Presentation on theme: "Postgraduate studies in the UK"— Presentation transcript:
1 Postgraduate studies in the UK Michael SewellRecruitment and AdmissionsUniversity of Kent, Brussels
2 Contents Why the UK? Types of postgraduate courses available in the UK Choosing your universityEntry requirements: What do UK universities look for?Application procedureFees and fundingAbout the University of KentUseful websites-Why should a Flemish student (who has already an academic bachelor- or masterdegree from KULeuven) do a (postgraduate) study in the UK? What are the benefits of studying in the UK?- What different postgraduate qualifications do exist in the UK (+ differences between taught & research courses + differences beween postgraduate Diploma, postgraduate Certificate, different Master degrees, PhD)- How to choose the right program (+ resources for searching postgraduate courses). Rankings? Quality assurance?- Entrance requirements: the application process, timing, English language requirements, practical tips & tricks- Funding: scholarships! (for Belgian students there is the Belgian Royal Benevolent Society + scholarships from the Research Councils + financial aid from other organisations & funding from the educational institutions), assistentships, combining study and work,..- what are the possibilities of studentaccomodation in British towns, how to look for accomodation?
3 Why study in the UK? Excellent reputation PrestigiousExcellent reputationWell respected qualifications recognised around the world31 UK institutions in the 2012/13 Top 200 World University rankingsWorld leading research—the UK has produced more than 44 Nobel prize winners in the last 50 yearsUK Institutions in the top 200 are: Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, Edinburgh, LSE, Manchester, KCL, Bristol, Durham, York, St Andrews, Sussex, Sheffield, Royal Holloway, Nottingham, Warwick, Southampton, Glasgow, Leeds, Lancaster, Queen Mary, Exeter, Birmingham, Liverpool, UEA, Aberdeen, Reading, Newcastle, Leicester.
4 Why study in the UK? Quality High quality teaching, small seminar groups – excellent contact time with experts in their fieldTeaching quality assessed by the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)Research output measured via the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and new Research Assessment Framework (REF)Kent was ranked 24th in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (159 participating institutions):5 subject areas (Drama, English, History, Law, and Social Policy and Sociology) have had 30% of their research rated 4* (world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour)6 subject areas (History, Metallurgy and Metals, Social Policy and Sociology , Law, French, and Statistics and Operational Research) have been ranked in the top 10 of their discipline nationwide5 subject areas (Drama and Film Studies, Anthropology, Economics, English, and Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology) are among the UK top 20A further 10 subjects are in the top 30: Applied Mathematics, Business and Management Studies, Classics and Archaeological Studies, Religious Studies, Computing, Philosophy, Electronics, Spanish, German, and Environmental Studies
5 Why study in the UK? Employability Better graduate starting salaries Excellent graduate employment rates - over 90% of postgraduates graduating from Kent in 2012 found a job or further study opportunity within 6 monthsFor example at Kent:Transferable Skills Training ProgrammeGlobal Skills Award training programmeTransferable Skills Training Programme: Co-ordinated by the Graduate School and covers a diverse range of topics: research management, personal effectiveness, communication skills, networking and team working, and career management skills.Global Skills Award: For students on taught programmes. Delivered by the Graduate School and designed to enhance graduates’ awareness of current global issues and improve career prospects.
6 Why study in the UK? Superb facilities Fantastic resources Free access to ultra-modern information services/facilitiesExcellent laboratoriesWell-equipped librariesFree Wi-Fi available over most campuses
7 Why study in the UK? Perfect your English Experience life in the UK Improve your language skills every dayGain confidence in seminar discussionsBecome competent in ‘academic English’Learn the language of businessTake advantage of extra English language support if neededSupport often provided to develop other (non-English) language skills
8 Why study in the UK? A multicultural experience Mix with students from all around the world; large percentage of student body from overseasIn the UK 25% of postgraduate students are internationalAt Kent, 53% of Kent’s postgraduates are from outside the UKInternational partnerships/exchange agreements bring more international students to the UK
9 Why study in the UK? Gain the skills employers want Independence InitiativeResearch skillsProject management experienceSkills for an international environmentCompete better in the international job market
10 Why study in the UK Choice and flexibility Over 50,000 postgraduate courses to choose fromPostgraduate diplomaTaught Master’sMaster’s by researchDoctorateTimelyComplete a Master’s degree in just months
11 Type of Postgraduate qualifications Taught coursesAssessed by mixture of coursework and examsSet number of contact hours per weekTaught in lectures and seminarsFinal project or dissertationResearch coursesIn depth study in a specific fieldStudents assigned a research supervisorMore independenceTeaching opportunities
12 Postgraduate qualifications Postgraduate certificate/diploma1 year full time, 2 years part-timeTaught Masters (MA, LLM, MSc)1 year full-time, 2 years part-timeSome 2 years full-timeResearch Masters (MA, LLM MSc)MPhil2 years full-time, can convert to a doctorateDoctorate (PhD)3 years full-timeMBA (Master of Business Administration)1 or 2 years, work experience requiredStudy abroad opportunity/double degrees
13 Choosing your university Choose the right course for youSearch for courses at andPostgraduate qualification for your career?Academic qualityQuality Assurance AgencyVisitUniversity rankingsNo official ranking lists but for a general guide look at andNational Student Survey 2011 (survey of final year undergraduates at HE institutions across the UK)Kent is ranked 3rd in London and the South East for overall student satisfactionKent scored 88% - the 6th highest national scoreThe majority of subjects are in a Top 20 position, 14 subjects are in the Top 10Canterbury also rated the safest university city in England and Wales (Complete University Guide 2012)
14 Choosing your university LocationCampus vs non campusTransport linksFacilities – Library, laboratories, sports centre etcAccommodationOff-campus housing adviceUniversity accommodation is available for Master’s studentsImages are of Woolf College (Canterbury) and Liberty Quays (Medway)
15 Choosing your university What support services are available?At Kent we have:Personal Academic Support System (PASS)Centre for European and World Languages: free English language classes for all international studentsStudy Skills Centre: advice on essay writing, time management, examsUniversity Jobshop for part-time workCareers Advisory ServiceDisability and Dyslexia Support ServiceMedical Centre and PharmacyCampus Watch - 24 hour securityStudents’ Union (including the Student Advice and Information Service)Campus nurseryMedical Centre and Pharmacy is on the Canterbury campus.PASS provides the following:General academic guidanceAssistance with academic problems or difficultiesIndividual progress monitoringInformation about progression routesSupport and guidancePersonal development
16 Entry requirements University qualifications Bachelor’s degree/ Licenciaat met grote (grotste) onderscheiding in an appropriate subjectEnglish language qualificationsIELTS 6.5 (6.0 in reading and writing)Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: grade CCambridge Advanced Certificate in English: grade BTOEFL internet: 90 (22 reading, 21 writing)Other requirementsAcademic referencesTranscriptsResearch proposal (if research application)Academic ability, commitment, enthusiasm, dedication!
17 Application Check deadline dates, best to apply by February/March There may be deadlines for accommodation or scholarshipsIf research, contact the appropriate academic firstOnline application formSupporting statementResearch proposal (research degrees only)Academic references, normally twoEnglish test (TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge)Translated and verified transcripts (summary of marks)A ‘conditional’ offer will be made subject to degree result, when theconditions are met, you will get an unconditional offer (formalacceptance).
18 Fees, living costs and funding Universities set their feesCan range from £4,500 to £20,000Living costs are likely to varyFinancial support for research students includes:University awardsResearch Council funding (open to EU students, fees only)Sponsored studentshipsCharities / foundationsFinancial support for taught postgraduate students more difficultCheck websites for extra information
19 Possible fees and monthly living costs Fees at Kent for UK and EU students (2013/14):£3,900 – Research courses£4,950 – Taught coursesKent’s Brussels centre:€16,500 (full-time)€8,250 (part-time)standard fee in the UK (some courses will vary)
20 Weekly living costs Weekly estimated costs From To Accommodation (self catered)- Woolf College (51 week contract, Canterbury campus)£104.00£154.00- Hothe Court (51 week contract, Canterbury campus)£98.00£116.00- Liberty Quays (39 week contract, Medway campus)£125.50Additional study costs£43.00£108.00Food£30.00£60.00Clothing and laundry£15.00£45.00Socialising£25.00£65.00Mobile phone£5.00Television licence (required by law)£2.80Unexpected costsThese are estimated costs and mirror the figures on the Kent student funding pages: They are primarily for undergraduate, but it can give an idea of general living costs.
21 FundingScholarshipsResearch council scholarships cover tuition fees (www.educationuk.org)Up to £13,290 University postgraduate research scholarshipsDepartmental research or teaching scholarshipsGraduate Teaching AssistantshipsSports scholarships (Kent: £250-£5000 p.a.)Music scholarships (Kent: £350-£5000 p.a.)Overseas fee paying scholarships (non-EU) (Kent: £5000)Other funding optionsFunding within your country - check with the British CouncilRoyal Belgian Benevolent Society (RBBS)75% of students have a part-time job at some point – use the University Jobshop to find the latest vacancies
22 University of Kent, the UK’s European University South East EnglandClosest UK university to mainland EuropeCanterbury, Medway, Tonbridge, Brussels, Paris, AthensExcellent train/Eurostar links:60 mins from London60 mins from Lille90 mins from Brussels110 mins from ParisNearest airport : Gatwick
23 University top selling points World-leading researchStrong academic communityGraduate SchoolExternal lecturesGlobal outlookStrong focus on internationalisationPartnerships with prestigious European universities
25 Summary of useful websites Education UK (British Council)Prospects (lists postgraduate courses)Department for Children, Families and Schools (DCSF)orResearch Assessment Exercise 2008The Times world rankingsThe Times Good University GuideNational Student SurveyThe Guardian University Guide
26 For further information contact: Questions?For further information contact:Recruitment and Admissions OfficeThe Registry, University of KentCanterburyKent CT2 7NZE:T: