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Michael Sewell Recruitment and Admissions University of Kent, Brussels. Postgraduate studies in the UK. Contents. Why the UK? Types of postgraduate courses available in the UK Choosing your university Entry requirements: What do UK universities look for? Application procedure - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Postgraduate studies in the UKMichael SewellRecruitment and AdmissionsUniversity of Kent, BrusselsContentsWhy the UK?Types of postgraduate courses available in the UKChoosing 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?Why study in the UK? Prestigious Excellent reputation Well respected qualifications recognised around the world31 UK institutions in the 2012/13 Top 200 World University rankingsWorld leading researchthe UK has produced more than 44 Nobel prize winners in the last 50 years

UK 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. 3Why study in the UK?Quality High quality teaching, small seminar groups excellent contact time with experts in their fieldTeaching quality assessed by the UKs 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 nationwide 5 subject areas (Drama and Film Studies, Anthropology, Economics, English, and Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology) are among the UK top 20 A 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

4Why study in the UK?EmployabilityBetter graduate starting salariesExcellent graduate employment rates - over 90% of postgraduates graduating from Kent in 2012 found a job or further study opportunity within 6 months

For example at Kent:Transferable Skills Training ProgrammeGlobal Skills Award training programme

Transferable 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.5Why study in the UK?Superb facilitiesFantastic resourcesFree access to ultra-modern information services/facilitiesExcellent laboratoriesWell-equipped librariesFree Wi-Fi available over most campuses

6Why study in the UK?Perfect your English Experience life in the UKImprove your language skills every dayGain confidence in seminar discussionsBecome competent in academic EnglishLearn the language of businessTake advantage of extra English language support if neededSupport often provided to develop other (non-English) language skills

7Why study in the UK?A multicultural experienceMix 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 Kents postgraduates are from outside the UKInternational partnerships/exchange agreements bring more international students to the UK

8Why study in the UK?Gain the skills employers want IndependenceInitiativeResearch skillsProject management experience Skills for an international environmentCompete better in the international job market

9Why study in the UKChoice and flexibilityOver 50,000 postgraduate courses to choose fromPostgraduate diplomaTaught MastersMasters by researchDoctorate

TimelyComplete a Masters degree in just 12 months

10Type of Postgraduate qualificationsTaught 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

11Postgraduate qualificationsPostgraduate 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)1 year full time, 2 years part-timeMPhil2 years full-time, can convert to a doctorate Doctorate (PhD)3 years full-timeMBA (Master of Business Administration)1 or 2 years, work experience requiredStudy abroad opportunity/double degrees

Choosing your universityChoose the right course for you Search for courses at www.educationuk.org www.prospects.ac.uk and www.postgrad.comPostgraduate qualification for your career?

Academic qualityQuality Assurance AgencyVisit www.qaa.ac.uk

University rankingsNo official ranking lists but for a general guide look at www.timesonline.co.uk,www.independent.co.uk/education and www.guardian.co.uk/education

National 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 satisfaction Kent scored 88% - the 6th highest national score The majority of subjects are in a Top 20 position, 14 subjects are in the Top 10

Canterbury also rated the safest university city in England and Wales (Complete University Guide 2012)13Choosing your university

Location

Campus vs non campus

Transport links

Facilities Library, laboratories, sports centre etc

Accommodation

Off-campus housing advicewww.accommodationforstudents.comwww.landlordlaw.co.uk

University accommodation is available for Masters studentsImages are of Woolf College (Canterbury) and Liberty Quays (Medway)Choosing your universityWhat 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 Pharmacy Campus Watch - 24 hour securityStudents Union (including the Student Advice and Information Service)Campus nursery

Medical Centre and Pharmacy is on the Canterbury campus.

PASS provides the following: General academic guidance Assistance with academic problems or difficulties Individual progress monitoring Information about progression routes Support and guidance Personal development

15Entry requirementsUniversity qualificationsBachelors 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!

ApplicationCheck deadline dates, best to apply by February/March There may be deadlines for accommodation or scholarships

If research, contact the appropriate academic firstOnline application form Supporting 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).

17Fees, 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 / foundations Financial support for taught postgraduate students more difficultCheck websites for extra information

18Possible fees and monthly living costsFees at Kent for UK and EU students (2013/14): 3,900 Research courses 4,950 Taught coursesKents Brussels centre:16,500 (full-time)8,250 (part-time)

standard fee in the UK (some courses will vary)

Weekly living costsWeekly estimated costsFromToAccommodation (self catered) - Woolf College (51 week contract, Canterbury campus)104.00154.00 - Hothe Court (51 week co