Find out what the subject-specific entry requirements for postgraduate university courses are, and what universities are looking for.

When choosing a postgraduate course, it’s important to check the entry requirements thoroughly. If you are applying for either a taught or research-based course, universities will be looking for:

  • strong evidence of your interest in your chosen field
  • sustained commitment to research at undergraduate level
  • the ability to work independently and in a team
  • realistic expectations of what can be achieved in your studies
  • evidence from other training, experience, and study that you have the requisite academic skills to cope with the course (this is particularly important for mature applicants or those who do not meet the normal entry requirements)
  • indication that you have the requisite motivation to take on a new discipline in a short space of time if completing a conversion course

Some entry requirements are applicable for all postgraduate qualifications. This helps both you and your chosen university check you’re ready for the level of study a postgraduate qualification requires.

  • MA/MSc/MRes/MPhil – You will normally need at least a 2:2 in a relevant degree. Subject requirements vary depending on the course. Some courses require a degree in a science related subject, while others have more flexible requirements. Industry experience may also be required for certain courses. Other qualifications equivalent to a degree and relevant experience may also be taken into account by some universities.
  • PhD – As above you require a minimum of a 2:1 in a relevant degree (other equivalent qualifications may be considered), although many courses also require a master’s degree. You will also be expected to submit a research proposal detailing the scope of your study.

Subject-specific entry requirements