To register and apply for postgraduate courses, you will need to provide:

  • Your personal details including your qualifications.
  • A reference or contact details for a referee (someone, such as a lecturer or tutor, who can confirm your ability to do the course).
  • A personal statement – where you explain why you want to do this course – and the skills, life experiences and achievements that make you suitable.

Different postgraduate courses in the UK have different entry requirements, so check the individual course websites for instructions on how to apply.  

Many postgraduate courses do not have a fixed application deadline, so you can apply as soon as you decide that you want to study on a UK course. However, it is always best to apply early to make sure you have the best chance of being accepted. 

Direct applications

Many UK universities handle their own postgraduate applications and you can often apply directly through their website. You can check the course information for instructions on how to apply.


Some courses now use the UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) scheme. This makes the process very easy, as you can apply for up to ten postgraduate courses through one simple application. 

You can apply using the UKPASS service at any time as there are no deadlines. However, your preferred universities and colleges may have their own closing dates, so you'll need to check with them before you apply.

Find out more at the UKPASS website.


UCAS Conservatoires is a separate application system for some music, dance and drama courses, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You can find more information and apply online at UCAS Conservatoires.

Teacher training

UCAS also operates an application system for graduates who want to take postgraduate teacher training courses. Find out more and apply online at the UCAS Teacher Training website.

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