Step-by-Step Guide

Getting Started

All of our taught courses and research programme pages have information about how to apply. You should take a look at this first. We will clearly explain if there are different application procedures.

This guide will help you complete the key sections of the application process. It's worth reading this advice and preparing your personal statement or research proposal offline before setting up your account. As well as this step-by-step guide we also have some printable application form guidance (PDF:93KB).

You should ideally complete your application online. There are alternative application methods if you don't have access to a computer.

Creating an account

You can set up or access your account at any time.

To start just register and create a user name and password. You can save the form as many times as you like before you submit it.

You can also track the progress of your application once it has been submitted.

Video: Advice on applying for a postgraduate course

Personal Statement

You will have to provide a personal statement if you apply for a postgraduate taught course or some research programmes (MRes, MMus).

It's your chance to convey your motivation and enthusiasm for your chosen course and show your suitability for postgraduate study.

Your statement should include examples that draw on relevant work, voluntary or study experiences and illustrate your skills, for example:

  • time management
  • project management
  • communication skills
  • team working
  • problem solving

You should also cover your successes and achievements relevant to the course to show your aptitude for postgraduate study.

Outline why you have:

  • chosen the course
  • chosen Newcastle University
  • how you will apply your current skills, knowledge and experience.

You may also consider showing how the course fits into your career plans and ambitions.

Research Interests

If you are applying for a research programme, you will need to include information about your research interests.

This varies depending on which Graduate School you will be joining, as each School has different requirements.

Take a look at your programme page, it will explain what you need to do in more detail.

Applying for a research Masters' course, like an MRes, doesn't require you to provide details of your research interests. You do have to include a personal statement in your application.

Entry Requirements

If you are currently studying we can use your predicted exam results to help us assess your application.

Predicted results still need to meet the entry requirements for your chosen programme. If they don't, just contact us before you apply. Research programme applicants should contact their research subject area and taught course applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Service.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) means that you can apply for exemption from taught modules if you can demonstrate equivalent learning. For more details about APL contact the Postgraduate Admissions Service as it is not offered for all programmes.

Supporting documentation

When you submit your application, you need to include copies of transcripts to confirm your degree or highest qualification.

You will need to supply certified English language translations if any of your documents are in another language.

You should include a test certificate (IELTS or equivalent) to confirm your English language ability if your first language is not English.

If you are from outside the EU, you will also need to include a copy of the personal details page from your passport.

You do not need to send any pre-university qualification documentation, non-translated documents or non-academic certificates of achievement.

If we make you an offer, we may ask you to provide the original copies or certified copies of any documents you included with your application. You would normally bring these documents with you to Registration.