Moved from Montserrat W.I | Written by Isis Harvey. Currently studying MSc Mental Health: Psychological Therapies
Applications are usually open by January, and I would recommend applying early as some courses have a smaller intake limit and fill up fast. Most courses will need a personal statement and at least two references. If you’re currently in undergrad, it would be beneficial to develop a good relationship with your academic advisor or supervisor so you can get a good reference from them.
Financing a master’s degree is a lot harder than undergraduate in terms of funding available and I was lucky enough to not have to fund mine by myself so I’m really speaking from a place of privilege here.
For those of you eligible, you can apply for a post-graduate loan from student finance, but the maximum given is around £11k, which about covers tuition and a few months’ rent.
Some university’s offer scholarships and if you’re currently in an undergraduate programme it might be useful to enquire about scholarships your department has available for post-grad or discounts they have for students who choose to continue to post-graduate at that university.
It’s beneficial to think about accommodation prices when choosing the location you want to do your master’s in. Both campus and off campus accommodation seem to be cheaper up north. Also, in some cases, off campus accommodation is more affordable so make sure to take this into account.