A Master's degree at a UK university is an excellent opportunity for your scholastic and personal life. Typically, a Master’s degree is a one-year course in a subject area you want to specialize in. It is true that applying to any Master’s degree takes time and effort. To help take away some of the stress and confusion, here is a complete guide to what all do you need to apply for MS in the UK.
Most UK universities accept 15 years of formal education for admissions to postgraduate courses. An Indian Bachelor Degree like B.com or B.Sc. Is equivalent to a British Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree. However, some universities require a qualification of British Bachelor (Honours) Degree, which requires 16 years of formal education.
For several universities, the application process usually starts from an online channel called UKPASS (UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service). UKPASS provides a Course Search facility for all postgraduate courses in the UK. However, you can make a direct online application to the desired universities as well. Requirements in the application include full details of your education including your course subjects and grades. Transcripts or official records of your previous academic qualifications are crucial for your application. Most universities require only one transcript but some may ask for more than one transcript. Originals not in English should have a good English translation enclosed with them.
Most universities require having an internationally recognized English language qualification such as TOEFL or IELTS. The minimum English requirements vary as per the university and course but typically range from IELTS 6.5 to 7.5 and TOEFL 90 - 95.
For students who do not meet the minimum English requirements, there are certain English language courses offered by various universities.
IELTS - International English Language Testing System:
IELTS is a usually paper-based exam. The test comprises of two sessions of reading, listening, writing and speaking (which is done separately).
TOEFL - Test Of English as a Foreign Language:
Unlike IELTS, the TOEFL is both computer based and paper based. TOEFL is divided into sections of reading, writing, speaking and listening. You can learn more about TOEFL here.
Other Standardized Tests:
GRE- Graduate Record Examinations:
The test assesses the general academic abilities of the graduates. Most universities do not require GRE for admissions into their programmes. However, it is always a good idea to have a GRE score at your back because it can act as tie-breaker in case you have a profile as good as someone else.
Next, we shall deal briefly with few other requirements.
LOR- Letter Of Recommendation:
Letters of recommendation letters play a pivotal role in your admission. These letters should briefly explain whom you have worked with and should evaluate your skills and accomplishments. To learn more about LOR you can follow the blog we wrote.
SOP- Statement Of Purpose:
In the process of evaluating your application, another thing which plays a crucial role is the statement of purpose. SOP describes your aim for getting enrolled in a particular course. This article briefly describes SOP and further explains how to write a good SOP.
If you have thought of pursuing MS in the UK, you will have to undertake a channelized procedure. We hope that this article will help you simplify the process. Good Luck!
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