page gives some web addresses and other contacts containing useful information
on postgraduate courses offered in the UK. Click on the highlighted
text to visit the respective website for more information.
advice in choosing a university for you postgraduate degree is simply choose the best! (that will have you). To find which are the best ask
around, consult ratings and carry out a thorough investigation which
should include :
carefully the information on their website to check out all details,
- ask your professors if they know the institution and if they think
it is good,
- talk to students who have been there (this is not always easy but
ask friends if they know someone).
you find which are the best select up to about 4 or 5 to which you
apply. Make sure your application is well completed and all
required documents are included. (Usually these are transcripts of
your up to date progression in your current degree, English language
qualification if you have one, other qualifications as may be necessary
and don't forget the references - some institutions require that
references are sent separately but because you cannot rely on this
happening in Greece go ahead and enclose your references with your
application. Make sure they are in sealed envelopes though your professors
who will give them to you should know about this). It is also important
to send a cover letter with the pack explaining what you have included.
careful attention in describing your career aspirations and why, you
think, the course on which you apply will help. Also try to explain
why you think you will do well in the course (because of your relevant
first degree, because of your true interest in this field, because you
have already worked in a relevant professional field and you find it
exciting and interesting, etc. This information is expected as part
of your personal statement and this is where an experienced educational
consultant can be extremely useful. I have seen some rather irrelevant
statements and in poor English. Although a good personal statement is
extremely important, there are some parameters that are quite decisive
in the outcome of your application. The main one is the transcript.
If your degree transcript reflects an average grade of 6.5 it is extremely
difficult to gain admission on a course that typically required 7.5.
So be realistic when you make choices. Having said that, it is always
better to aim above your level rather than below. And there are some
corrective strategies for weaker students such as taking the GMAT and
excelling or making sure your most recent exams are all 10's but these
are not easy!
Although few students use them, professional consultants can help improve
your chances and make a difference. They cannot take your weakest students
and place them at the best institution but they can take an average
student and get them to the second or third best institution. And this
is VERY IMPORTANT!!
here are some sources of reference where you can get important information:
The Prospects website www.prospects.ac.uk
gives you some powerful search tools to find which university offers
what you are looking for as well as brief information about each course.
Ratings. Two highly acclaimed British newspapers The
London Times and the Guardian publish lists of University ratings where universities are rated and
compared in specific academic fields or departments. These lists are
compiled on the basis of each department's performance in certain
academic and non-academic aspects such as employability of graduates
etc. Although the ratings are a useful source for assessment we suggest
that you take them into account within a broader strategy of assessment
where other information such as content of the course, overall reputation
of the institution, accommodation facilities, etc. Remember that,
officially, all British universities give mutually equivalent qualifications
and are recognised as equal by DIKATSA which is the Greek agency responsible
for the accreditation of university qualifications obtained outside
The Quality Assurance Agency is the formal agency for the assessment
of university provision. Each department of each university in the UK
is assessed periodically every 4 to 5 years and the results of the assessment
are published in this agency's site. The assessment exercise looks at
6 areas of teaching provision and overall student experience and these
are marked on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 4 (highest). The maximum score
thus obtained in 24 points. In reviews that are more than a couple of
years old a different scale was used so beware of this when comparing
and contrasting different institutions. At the QAA site you may find
all the past assessments of departments of British Universities.
Ratings. Research ratings are indicative of the performance of university
departments in research. This assessment is conducted on the basis of
publications of members of staff from the various departments of the
universities. This is the official agency for the assessment of research
at British Universities and its assessment is made public in its site.
Note that the results of the research assessments and the teaching assessment
are two of the factors incorporated in the compilation of the ratings
that are published by the British press (see previously: The London
Times and the Guardian).
you need help with your application, you may seek some professional
help. Find out about Foundation College's advisory
and placement service. Our experience can assist you maximise your
prospect of admission to a reputable university. We are not alone in
this. There are a number of other educational consultants such as the
BCE, on Lykavitou Street or the British Council in Plateia Kolonakiou
who also offers a placement service.
of British Universities. Click on the university name from the list
below and you will be linked to the respective university's website.
These websites provide a wealth of information about the courses offered,
student life, accommodation, etc. Universities are listed in alphabetical