Postgraduate Courses: Before You Apply
Please read the relevant course information carefully. If you would like to know more about a programme or research area, we suggest that you contact the programme leader or centre director, in writing, by telephone or by email via Postgraduate Admissions. They will be able to answer your questions in more detail and send you further information.
How to Apply
If you are applying for a postgraduate taught course, you should apply directly to Postgraduate Admissions via the online application form.
Before doing so, please ensure that you inform your referees. Once you have submitted your application, the system will automatically contact your referees on your behalf. Your application may not be considered without two appropriate references and all additional documents required with your application, which include:
- Copies of certificates/transcripts
- Copy of English language proficiency certificate (if required)
- Full curriculum vitae (if required)
- You may also be asked to complete a fees assessment in order to determine the level of tuition fee payable.
Specific programmes may require additional documents to be submitted with your application.
Once your application is submitted, we will then forward it to the relevant programme leader for consideration. If your application is successful, an offer of a place will be made in writing by Postgraduate Admissions. This will either be unconditional or conditional, depending on the completeness of your application.
Usually, postgraduate applicants should have an appropriate first degree, with a minimum of second class honours or equivalent. However, if you do not have appropriate academic qualifications, you may be admitted by virtue of prior work experience or by demonstrating relevant knowledge and skills in a specific field. If you are unsure whether your qualifications are acceptable for admission to your chosen programme of study, contact the programme leader or Postgraduate Admissions for further advice.
If your qualifications or experience are not suitable, we will be able to advise you about further options that might bring you up to the required level necessary to enter the course of your choice.
Each course has its own entry requirements, which are shown on each individual course web page under the 'Entry requirements' tab.
If you have any queries concerning the applications process please contact us at:
T: 01244 512456/512474
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)
To be admitted to a postgraduate course, evidence of your prior learning should be equal to higher education Level 3, now referred to as level 6, which is the final year of an undergraduate degree course, or other equivalent, e.g. related professional qualifications. A subject tutor will help you to determine how much of your prior learning can be credited against the course. This may not have been undertaken in an educational environment, but its value may be the same, or more. Information about how this system works and how professional qualification equivalence is available can be obtained from the subject departments.
We may give credit for a course, or part of a course, that would exempt you from having to study that area again. The onus is on you to prove that your learning and experience matches the area for which exemption is claimed.
There may be subject areas for which course attendance is compulsory and credit exemption does not apply, but, equally, there may be areas of study for which credit may be gained purely on the basis of your prior academic achievements or experience.
It is possible to claim credit for up to 66.7% of any award.
If you have any queries or would like to find out more about CATS or APL/APEL, please contact the APL Officer via the relevant course contact.
When do the programmes start?
The majority of postgraduate programmes commence in early October each year, although some allow students to enter in January or April. For specific start dates for your chosen programme, please consult the relevant section of the website, or contact Postgraduate Admissions, who will be able to help you.
What is the deadline for applications?
There are no specific deadlines for most applications made directly to us, although there are some exceptions (check your programme details) and we strongly recommend that you apply prior to the end of June to avoid disappointment, since some courses fill quickly. You must also apply early if you are seeking funding from any of the research councils.
Students with Disabilities
We are committed to a policy of equal opportunities for applicants with disabilities or specific needs. Although applications from all prospective students are considered according to the same entry criteria, those of you who declare a disability or specific need will also be considered on an individual basis. As some of our buildings are old and not purpose-built, they may not be suitable for those of you with restricted mobility.
However, we are continually working to improve access routes and other facilities on campus to assist physically disabled students during their programmes of study. Wherever possible, we try to make arrangements or adaptations as appropriate, within the existing restrictions placed upon us.
We are keen to receive applications from prospective doctoral candidates aligned to our research strengths and interests. While your research may be conducted in the Shrewsbury locality, the research environment, community and facilities at Parkgate Road Campus in Chester will be the base for the student experience.
Applications for these opportunities can be made through the University of Chester. More information can be found at: www.chester.ac.uk/research/degrees/application
Good luck with your application!