University Admission Process (Postgraduate Degree)

University admission is a step by step process that helps students get into universities and colleges. There are different processes or systems to follow, and are majorly dependent on the country involved and sometimes the institution chosen. Independent organizations, government agencies or institutions, centralize the administration of standardized admission exams and the processing of applications.

Generally, a post-graduate degree is a degree studied after a bachelor’s degree, as a means to further education in a specialized area of the discipline from their first degree. Some post graduate degrees require the completion of particular bachelor’s degree, while others don’t need a specific pre-requisite bachelor’s degree course. For instance, to be qualified to pursue a master’s degree in Transportation Engineering, you must have obtained and completed a bachelor’s degree in the course Civil and Environmental Engineering or any other course having a direct link with Transportation Engineering.

There are four types of post-graduate degrees:

·        Taught Courses:  There are two main types of taught course: master`s degree and postgraduate diplomas (or certificates) A taught master`s degree usually takes over one or two years and mostly involves the completion of a dissertation or project.

·        Research Degrees: A huge part of postgraduate study revolves around independent research. Research degrees are often taken after a master`s degree, Research degrees are often referred to as doctorates which are PhDs, DPhils, integrated PhDs, and professional doctorates, the main component of a PhD is the doctoral thesis.

·        Conversion Courses: Postgraduate degrees are not all about academia and shimmying up the academic career ladder. Further postgraduate study is sometimes needed for certain careers. Postgraduate conversion courses give you the vital lifeline if you haven’t studied a relevant undergraduate degree for the profession you want to pursue. They give you the option to transfer to a different subject area.

·          Professional Qualification: There are a number of professional qualifications offered by professional bodies, which are essential entry qualifications for various careers.

Important questions to consider before applying for a particular course in an institute:

1.     What is your motivation? Want to boost your knowledge, want to become a specialist in your subject, want to improve your job prospects, want to stay on for an extra year because a lot of mates are in the year below.

2.     Where are you going to study? What course are you going to do? You might not be able to re-locate, you might be able to manage the fees at a certain university, or an employer may have recommended a particular course and institution. Regardless of all this, the most important thing to consider is that your postgraduate degree is beneficial to your further prospects.

3.     Costs. The cost of postgraduate study varies from institution to institution. Sources of funding for school are, self-sponsor, parents and family, banks, companies grants, banks, etc.

In summary, make sure you read carefully the documents that are required and prepare them as soon as possible. Doing this early offers you a great advantage. If you send the documents and something is wrong, you still have enough time to make the necessary changes or visit Study-Local to get expert advice.