When it comes to an undergraduate application, you’ll probably already be aware that applicants have up to 5 choices of which university and/or which university course they want to apply for. Your next question might be whether this is the same when it comes to a master’s degree.
Master’s degrees are nowhere near as common as bachelor’s degrees and as a result much less is known about them. This is especially the case when it comes to its application process as there are so many little details that you need to get just right. One of the most important of these is being able to properly understand the restrictions and rules in place for a master’s degree application. This includes the rules around how many master’s degree programmes you are even able to apply to.
In short, when it comes to applying for a master’s degree in the UK, applicants will be able to apply to as many master’s degree courses as they wish. However, while there is no set limit, applicant should try to limit themselves to applying to about 5 at most. This is because the process of applying to a master’s degree can be time-consuming and quite full-on. Therefore. Only applying to a limited number allows applicants to complete all of their applications with good quality.
Continue reading to get a better idea on what limits students apply for a master’s degree have and what they mean. This article will take you through the important details that you need to know to get your master’s application just right.
How many master’s can you apply for UK?
If you’re looking at master’s degree, you’ll probably be more familiar with undergraduate degrees and how you apply to these. In the UK, for an undergraduate degree, students will have up to 5 choices for their UCAS applications.
These 5 choices can be for different universities, different university courses or a mixture of both. You can learn more about this by checking out this Think Student article.
When it comes to applying for master’s degrees, it is once again very different. This is because you can apply to as many master’s degree courses as you would like.
This means that unlike with an undergraduate degree application, you will have very few restrictions on your master’s application. The only restrictions that you’ll really have may be to do with the entry requirements, the application deadline, which tends to be in June or July for autumn start and getting funding for your course as well as a student visa for international students.
You can learn more about the entry requirements for a master’s degree by checking out this Think Student article. For more on the application deadline and when is best to apply for a master’s check out this Think Student article. If you would like to learn more about how student visas work in the UK, have a look at this Think Student article.
However, while you do have all this freedom in when applying to master’s degree programmes, you should try to limit yourself. It is recommended that you only apply to between 3 and 5 different master’s degree programmes.
This is because the application process can be long and as you are applying to each university separately, you will have to tailor your application to each. Therefore, applying to lots of different master’s degree programmes can put you at risk of either spreading yourself too thin or weakening your applications due to not having put enough effort into each of them.
For more information about this, check out this article from Postgrad.com.
Can you apply to two master’s at the same university UK?
When applying for a master’s degree course, there are so many different finer distinctions than at undergraduate level. This may make it even harder for you to choose between them.
If you’re interested in two different master’s degree courses at the same university and you’re not quite sure which one you want to go for, you may feel that the best option is for you to apply for both and to see which one you get.
In the UK, it is possible for you to apply to 2 master’s degrees at the same university. In order to do this, you will need to make 2 separate applications for each of these. This means that you will have to go through the whole process of writing your personal statement, filling in your details and getting references, etc. all over again.
How you would go about making this second application would be dependent on the university. You may need to just do the same as you had previously done for your first application. Alternatively, there may be an entirely different process.
Due to this, you need to make sure that you check with the university that you’re applying to. Particularly as while it is possible for you to apply to 2 master’s at the same university in general, this may not be the case at all universities as they each have their own policies.
If you’re interested in how to write a personal statement for the multiple master’s degree courses that you wish to apply to, check out this Think Student article.
Can you accept two master’s degree offers?
As we’ve already established in this article, you can apply to as many master’s degree courses as you want and can even apply to different courses at the same university. However, if you were to apply and get more than one offer back, you might be wondering if you would be able to accept more than one of these.
Like most things at master’s degree level, this will mostly be up to the university to decide. However, particularly if you’re planning to study both courses full-time, it is unlikely that the university or universities that you have applied to will permit you to do both courses. This is likely due to the intensity of the master’s degree course as well as issues that would arise simply due to timetabling and other factors.
If you’re planning to study the courses part-time, you may be able to study them alongside each other, particularly if you can make sure that there are no clashes. However, as this is less clear, it would be best to consult the universities that you wish to accept offers from to get a better idea.
For more on the information above, check out this page on the University of Oxford’s website.