University applications: four key points to help you apply

Verity Wilkes International Liaison Officer

Please note: The information contained in this blog was intended for those wishing to apply for a 2017/2018 Chevening Scholarship. Those wishing to apply for a 2018/2019 scholarship should visit the guidance page for the most up-to-date information.

Hello! I’m Verity, one of the international liaison officers at the Chevening Secretariat. In order to help you with your applications, we will be holding a series of five themed Q&A sessions.

Our second session focused on UK university applications. I was answering questions alongside my colleagues and we noticed a number of recurring questions. For those of you that missed the session, we have summarised the main points below.

Our answers to your questions can be found in full on our Facebook page.

(1) Applicants can apply for any Chevening-eligible course at any UK university.

To meet the eligibility requirements, your three course choices must:

  • Be full-time
  • Start in the autumn term
  • Lead to a master’s degree qualification

The course should meet the requirements above and must not be part-time, distance-learning, less than nine months or more than twelve months in duration, and cannot be a PhD or DPhil programme.

As long as the course meets the criteria above, then it will be eligible for Chevening. Applicants are not restricted to applying for courses at Chevening Partner universities.

(2) If your course is not listed on the course finder or application system, please let us know.

If any of the courses you are interested in are not listed on the course finder, please complete the online enquiry form and the course will be checked and added if it meets the requirements. For any queries about the courses available on the online application form, please use the Contact Us form on the Chevening website.

(3) Undertake independent research to choose your three courses.

The Chevening Secretariat cannot provide specific advice or guidance on university rankings. However, applicants are recommended to research the courses that will best suit their future career plans. To do this, we advise using university websites and course brochures, as well as checking independent university league tables, to help choose the right courses for you.

(4) UK university applications are not required at the time of submitting your Chevening application.

Applicants do not need to apply for their chosen courses at the time of submitting their application. However we strongly recommend that you apply for your UK university courses as soon as possible to ensure that your application is received by the university before applications close.

We hope you found the opportunity to ask questions in the live session useful. If you still have questions on the course criteria, here are a few things that you can do:

This was the second of five Facebook Q&A sessions we have planned over the next few Wednesdays. If you have questions about the English language requirement, join us on Wednesday 28 September at 12:00 BST. If you have questions on references, join us on Wednesday 5 October at 14:00 BST. Finally, if you have any questions that haven’t been answered in the other sessions, there will be a general session on Wednesday 2 November at 14:00. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you already have all the information you need, please apply by 8 November 12:00 GMT.