Are you thinking of applying for a Masters degree in the UK and you have no idea where to start? In this post I share with you how you can find a Masters course in 6 easy steps.
1. What Is It You Want?
Finding the right Masters course starts with the question: why do you want to take a Masters in the first place? What is it that you want to achieve?
2. Your Wish List
Make a list of the things that you want the Masters course to include. Don’t just think about your studies, but about your entire university experience.
Here are some things you should look at:
3. Prioritise Your Criteria
Next, take a moment to decide which of your criteria are most important. For example, is location as important as cost, or are some things more important to you than others?
4. Start Looking
Now you know what to look for, here are a few websites where you can get started to search for Masters courses:
This table by the Guardian newspaper has a lot of great information on Masters subjects but it’s not a ranking list.
This is the British Council’s website for international students.
If you’re going to look at rankings, look at this one as it measures the research quality at UK universities.
If location is important to you, here’s a great map with many options.
5. Make a List of Courses
As you find Masters courses that look interesting to you, see how they meet your criteria from step 3. You could give points to each course, like this:
3 Points = Fits very well
2 Points = Fits, but it’s not perfect
1 Point = Doesn’t fit at all
6. Get More Details
By the end of your search, make sure to have about ten Masters courses on your list. The next step is to find out more about each of them:
Finding the right Masters course will take some work and time. But you can make this task easier for yourself if you follow a plan.
Always start by answering some questions first, like: What do I want to achieve? What type of course am I looking for? What does my ideal university look like?
Also, don’t forget to consider your grades and financial situation.
Follow the 6 steps in this plan and let us know how they work for you. Would you add anything? Are there other helpful sites or information that you can tell us about? Leave your comments below, we’d love to hear from you.