Researching your course before applying for a Chevening Scholarship is essential. Chevening selection panels will expect applicants to have a clear idea of what course they plan to study, and at which university. The following information is intended to help you evaluate the options available to you.
The UK boasts over 1,800 postgraduate courses and is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Postgraduate qualifications are offered across a broad range of subjects, and are internationally recognised and respected. See our list of UK universities for further links to the postgraduate sections of university websites.
Before applying for a Chevening Scholarship, you should gather as much information about the institutions to which you want to apply, as well as the courses on which you want to enrol. It is a good idea to seek the advice of peers, colleagues and friends who have studied in the UK. In addition to this, many universities attend British Council organised exhibitions all over the world. These exhibitions provide the opportunity to interact with university representatives as well as alumni. Your local British Council office will also provide information on studying in the UK.
Every UK university has a website where information on the institution, the courses that they provide, as well as the application procedure can be found. All UK universities will have a prospectus available, either in hard copy form or online. Prospectuses are a useful way of getting a feel for a university and also provide detailed information on courses.
Please note that the institution at which you choose to study must have a Tier 4 sponsor licence in order to support your visa application. A full list of Registered Tier 4 sponsors can be found online.
Each university will have its own application form that you will need to fill out, usually online; however, paper-based applications are also made available. The application process will vary slightly from institution to institution, with some universities requiring more supporting documents than others. Each university will also have its own application deadlines: please note that these may vary within an institution, according to department. With all universities, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible, as course places are limited and late applications will not be considered.
You may find that entry requirements vary between institutions, but generally, all one-year Master’s courses will require a qualification equal to or greater than a UK upper second class undergraduate degree as well as proof of English proficiency, in the form of an IELTS, Pearson or TOEFL test score. You can check the equivalence of your qualification with that of a UK qualification by contacting the National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC).