Postgraduate studies in the UK. Michèle Schmitz Admissions and Recruitment University of Kent, Brussels - PDF

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Postgraduate studies in the UK Michèle Schmitz Admissions and Recruitment University of Kent, Brussels 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 Fees and funding Useful websites About the University of Kent Why study in the UK? Prestigious Excellent reputation Well respected qualifications recognised around the world Number of UK institutions in Top 200 World University rankings World leading research the UK has produced more than 44 Nobel prize winners in the last 50 years Why study in the UK? Quality High quality teaching, small seminar groups excellent contact time with experts in their field Teaching 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) Why study in the UK? Employability Better graduate starting salaries Excellent graduate employment rates over 94% of postgraduates graduating from Kent in 2013 found a job or further study opportunity within 6 months For example at Kent: Transferable Skills Training Programme Global Skills Award training programme Why study in the UK? Superb facilities Fantastic resources Free access to ultra-modern information services/facilities Excellent laboratories Well-equipped libraries Free Wi-Fi available over most campuses Why study in the UK? Perfect your English Experience life in the UK Improve your language skills every day Gain confidence in seminar discussions Become competent in academic English Learn the language of business Take advantage of extra English language support if needed Support often provided to develop other (non-english) language skills Why study in the UK? A multicultural experience Mix with students from all around the world; large percentage of student body from overseas In the UK 25% of postgraduate students are international At Kent, 53% of Kent s postgraduates are from outside the UK International partnerships/exchange agreements bring more international students to the UK Why study in the UK? Gain the skills employers want Independence Initiative Research skills Project management experience Skills for an international environment Compete better in the international job market Why study in the UK Choice and flexibility Over 50,000 postgraduate courses to choose from Postgraduate diploma Taught Master s Master s by research Doctorate Timely Complete a Master s degree in just 12 months Type of Postgraduate qualifications Taught courses Assessed by mixture of coursework and exams Set number of contact hours per week Taught in lectures and seminars Final project or dissertation Research courses In depth study in a specific field Students assigned a research supervisor More independence Teaching opportunities Postgraduate qualifications Postgraduate certificate/diploma 1 year full time, 2 years part-time Taught Masters (MA, LLM, MSc) 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time Some 2 years full-time Research Masters (MA, LLM MSc) 1 year full time, 2 years part-time MPhil 2 years full-time, can convert to a doctorate Doctorate (PhD) 3 years full-time MBA (Master of Business Administration) 1 or 2 years, work experience required Study abroad opportunity/double degrees Choosing your university Choose the right course for you Search for courses at and Postgraduate qualification for your career? Academic quality Quality Assurance Agency Visit University rankings No official ranking lists but for a general guide look at and Choosing your university Location Campus vs non campus Transport links Facilities Library, laboratories, sports centre etc Accommodation Off-campus housing advice 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 students Study Skills Centre: advice on essay writing, time management, exams University Jobshop for part-time work Careers Advisory Service Disability and Dyslexia Support Service Medical Centre and Pharmacy Campus Watch - 24 hour security Students Union (including the Student Advice and Information Service) Campus nursery Entry requirements University qualifications Bachelor s degree/ Licenciaat met grote (grotste) onderscheiding in an appropriate subject English language qualifications IELTS 6.5 (6.0 reading and writing, 5.5 listening and speaking) Pearson Test of English 62 (60 in all subtests) Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: grade C Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English: grade B TOEFL internet: 90 (22 reading, 21 writing+listening, 23 speaking) Other requirements Academic references Transcripts Research proposal (if research application) Academic ability, commitment, enthusiasm, dedication! Application Check deadline dates, best to apply by February/March There may be deadlines for accommodation or scholarships If research, contact the appropriate academic first Online application form Supporting statement Research proposal (research degrees only) Academic references, normally two English test (TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge) Translated and verified transcripts (summary of marks) A conditional offer will be made subject to degree result, when the conditions are met, you will get an unconditional offer (formal acceptance). Fees, living costs and funding Universities set their fees Can range from 4,500 to 20,000 Living costs are likely to vary Financial support for research students includes: University awards Research Council funding (open to EU students, fees only) Sponsored studentships Charities / foundations Financial support for taught postgraduate students more difficult Check websites for extra information Possible fees and monthly living costs Fees at Kent for UK and EU students (2014/15): 3,996 Research courses 5,100 MA Taught courses Kent s Brussels centre (2014/15): 16,500 (full-time) 8,250 (part-time) Weekly living costs Weekly estimated costs From To Accommodation (self catered) - Woolf College (51 week contract, Canterbury campus) Hothe Court (51 week contract, Canterbury campus) Liberty Quays (39 week contract, Medway campus) Additional study costs Food Clothing and laundry Socialising Mobile phone Television licence (required by law) Unexpected costs Funding Scholarships Research council scholarships cover tuition fees (www.educationuk.org) Up to 13,290 University postgraduate research scholarships Departmental research or teaching scholarships Graduate Teaching Assistantships Sports scholarships (Kent: p.a.) Music scholarships (Kent: p.a.) Overseas fee paying scholarships (non-eu) (Kent: 5000) Other funding options Funding within your country - check with the British Council Royal Belgian Benevolent Society (RBBS) 75% of students have a part-time job at some point use the University Jobshop to find the latest vacancies University of Kent, the UK s European University South East England Closest UK university to mainland Europe Canterbury, Medway, Tonbridge, Brussels, Paris, Rome, Athens Excellent train/eurostar links: 60 mins from London 60 mins from Lille 90 mins from Brussels 110 mins from Paris Nearest airport : Gatwick University top selling points World-leading research Strong academic community Strong academic community Graduate School External lectures Global outlook Strong focus on internationalisation Partnerships with prestigious European universities The Canterbury campus Page 24 Summary of useful websites Education UK (British Council) Prospects (lists postgraduate courses) Department for Children, Families and Schools (DCSF) Research Assessment Exercise The Times world rankings The Times Good University Guide National Student Survey The Guardian University Guide or Questions? For further information contact: Recruitment and Admissions Office The Registry, University of Kent Canterbury Kent CT2 7NZ E: T:
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