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Postgraduate Study in Britain
A guide for those planning to study for a postgraduate degree in Britain

This 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.

Our 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 :
- reading 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).

Once 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.

Pay 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!!

So here are some sources of reference where you can get important information:

The Prospects website gives you some powerful search tools to find which university offers what you are looking for as well as brief information about each course.

University 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 Greece.

QAA. 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.

Research 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).

If 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.

Web-sites 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 order.

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