The Application Process Series – How to Apply for a Postgraduate Course

Hey there,

I’m here again and we are still talking about the application process.

Remember in my last blog, we discussed how to apply for a PhD. I hope you or someone you know found that useful. Moving unto the next, let us talk about how to apply for a postgraduate course. A postgraduate course at the University of Surrey could be an MA, MSc, MRes, MFA, MBA, MMus, PGDip, PGCert, depending on the programme you want to enrol in. Just as I did in my previous blog, I will take you through this process using six simple steps. Let’s dive in:

Step 1: Check to confirm that your programme/course of choice is offered by the University of Surrey

First, do your research to confirm that your dream course or your area of interest is offered by the University, and applications are being accepted. Note that the programme may not be described in the exact words you have in mind. So, it might be worth going through the course details and the content of the different modules of the different courses that are within your area of interest. For a list of postgraduate courses offered at Surrey, visit:

Step 2: Check the academic criteria and general entry requirements

Once you find a course you are interested in, check the academic requirements. These will explain the qualifications required to apply. The entry requirement specific to each course is listed on the individual course page. However, for further information about general entry requirements including English language requirements for Nigerians, visit:

Step 3:  Start your application

Each of the postgraduate course pages has an “apply” button to start your application. Once you’ve checked that you meet the academic criteria and other entry requirements, click on the “apply” icon to begin your application.

Step 4:  Include all the supporting documents requested in your online application

All the supporting documents required for your application will be clearly stated on the application page. Some of these documents may include:

  • Scanned copies of your qualifications, these include certificates and transcripts
  • Evidence of the English language requirement
  • A copy of your passport data page
  • Your CV/resume
  • A personal statement (where requested)
  • Contact details of two referees

Step 5:  Check for scholarships and keep an eye on deadlines

There are different scholarships that could be available for your course of study as at the time of your application. For a list of scholarships available, visit:  Also, keep an eye on your deadlines for both the course application and the scholarships you are applying for. Be sure to submit your application.

Step 6: Wait for an offer, accept your offer, and hey presto!

Offers could be conditional or unconditional. If you have a conditional offer, ensure you meet all the required conditions before the stipulated deadline.

I hope you find this useful.

Till next time,