Master’s programme application deadlines
Universities start accepting applications for master’s programmes as early as one year in advance. The system is different from the bachelor’s programme and for most courses, there is no deadline as such. The applications are accepted right until July-August, just before the studies begin.
Does this mean you can leave it till the last moment? Unfortunately, not.
Most universities process applications on a rolling basis. There are only about 20-25 places on each subject course, and they are given out based on the first come – first served basis. Once the programme fills up, the university closes the intake for the academic year, and you will have to look for a different option.
It goes without saying that the most popular programmes fills up first. So the earlier you apply, the better are your chances of getting a place.
Is it the same for the UK Top universities?
The UK Top universities are considered among the best in the world, and the lucky few who graduate with one of their diplomas will go on to make some of the most successful careers in leading companies. Applicants go to a great length to compete for a place at one of these institutions. The competition is fierce – up to 20 candidates per place.
If you want to make sure that your application will be considered, you need to apply as soon as the university opens the intake.
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), for example, starts accepting postgraduate applications in October and issues the first offers in January. This means that if you apply after January, your chances of getting a place will already be reduced.
The Oxford University system is slightly different, and there are 3-4 rounds to make an application from September to March. However, some programmes close as early as January, so make sure you do your research and don’t miss out.
As a general rule for the elite universities, we recommend you have all your documents ready in October when the intake opens, and make your application as soon as you can. This will help you to improve your chances in this very competitive environment.
As for all the other universities in the UK, it is better to submit your documents as early as autumn-winter if you are determined to get a place on a programme of your first choice.
Every summer there are international students who are ready to start their studies in September but at the last moment they find out that they cannot. What is the most common reason for missing the deadlines?