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Posted Jan. 22, 2024

A practical guide to applying for a masters degree in London

University of Westminster

Thinking about studying for a masters degree but not sure where to start? Let’s break it down into five simple steps to help you out.

Step 1: Explore your options

Start by checking out what different universities in London offer for masters programs. Look into the courses, read student reviews and visit the campuses by going to open days. Most universities offer evening or online open days, these are ideal for mature students who most likely work during the day. Open days are a great way to meet academics, speak to students and visit the facilities. Ask yourself if it all matches up with your career and personal goals.

Other things to think about...

Lifestyle – make sure the course gives you the flexibility you need, especially if you're juggling a job while studying part time.

Location – consider where the university is. Do you want the hustle and bustle of central London, or the peace and quiet outside the city? Also, think about your commute – this will impact your time and budget.

Choosing the right course – pick something that aligns with your interests and career plans.

Step 2: Collate necessary documents

Once you’ve picked a course and know what the entry requirements are, start gathering your paperwork. You are likely to need academic transcripts, a statement of purpose, a recommendation letter and a CV. Make sure everything shows off your achievements and dreams in a professional way.

Step 3: Develop a great personal statement

Your personal statement is an opportunity to tell your story. Share why you are excited about the subject and why this university is your top pick. Make sure your statement stands out and demonstrates your experience, skills and commitment to your chosen field.

Step 4: Submit your application

Whether you submit your application through an online portal or some other platform, make sure you meet those deadlines.

Step 5: Financial prep for your studies

It’s really important to plan and prepare for your masters degree financially too. Think about tuition fees, living costs and any other costs that might come up. Check out scholarships, grants and student loans for funding.

About Westminster

University of WestminsterAs one of the most diverse universities in the UK, the University of Westminster is a global university with London energy, and has more than 19,000 students from 169 countries in attendance.

If you’re interested in studying at Westminster, browse our postgraduate degrees on our website. For most of our September-start postgraduate courses, you will need to try to apply by Thursday 1st August 2024. If you need to apply for a visa to study in the UK, you should aim to apply by Monday 1st July 2024. For more information about the application process, you can join our next Open Evening Online in February.

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