Across the Pond

Applying for a Graduate Degree

At the graduate level (known as postgraduate in the UK) students have a choice between a taught master's degree, a research-based master's degree, or a PhD. You can read more about the types of UK degrees here.

In order to apply to our UK partner universities, start by making an enquiry with Across the Pond! Once we have received your initial enquiry, you will be assigned an advisor who will assist you with the next steps should you wish to progress forward. Whether you have a question about studying in the UK, would like more information on specific universities or programs, or you are ready to start the application process, we can help!

In the UK, applications for undergraduate (bachelor's) degrees are handled differently from postgraduate (master's and PhD) applications, although there are a few exceptions for each. Our advisors will provide the appropriate instructions to ensure your application is submitted properly.



Your Across the Pond advisor will tell you exactly what is required for your specific postgraduate application(s) but below is a list of basic documents that are likely to be required. 


In order to complete your postgraduate application, you will usually need two letters of recommendation. We will provide you with guidelines for you to pass along to your chosen references in order to help them ensure their letter meets the requirements for your applications! Not sure who you can choose as a referee? Not to worry - your advisor can also provide guidance on how to choose the best person and make suggestions for how to ask.


An official transcript of your current/most recent grades will also be required from your place of education. Your Across the Pond advisor will provide further details of transcript and diploma requirements for different types of applications. The key thing to remember is that academic documents will need to be official.


You will need to write a personal statement as part of your application for postgraduate study. Writing for a UK audience can differ from an American application, so this is a key aspect of the process we help facilitate! Your Across the Pond advisor will provide you with detailed guidelines on how to create the perfect statement and provide you with feedback to ensure it meets the criteria British universities expect! It may seem like a daunting task, but the personal statement is your best opportunity to communicate to the university why you are the perfect candidate for their programme and to highlight why you would be an asset to their student body. Your advisor will work with you to review and make editorial suggestions on each draft until you both agree it's ready to submit!


Most postgraduate applications will require you to submit a copy of your CV or your resume. For some programs, especially professional degrees, it's important for you to have some work or volunteer experience. Our advisors will send you detailed guidelines on how to create the perfect CV for British universities, making sure you've included all the right information in an appropriate format.


Across the Pond will help make sure you are informed and confident throughout the process, ensuring you submit a strong application to the program of your dreams! Contact us and let's get started on pursuing your next academic adventure!

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