University applications: four key points to help you apply

Amy Mitchell-Bell Programme Officer – International

Hello! I'm Amy, one of the Programme Officers – International at the Chevening Secretariat. Last year, we held a number of themed Q&A sessions, including one on university applications. We noticed that there were a number of recurring questions and have summarised the answers below.

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

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

  • Full-time
  • Start in the autumn term (usually September/October)
  • Taught master's (i.e. not research-focused MRes programmes)
  • Lead to a master’s degree qualification
  • Based in the UK

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:

If you already have all the information you need, please apply by 6 November 12:00 GMT.