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Help with applying for Postgraduate Study

Help with applying for Postgraduate Study

Help with applying for Postgraduate Study

Help with applying for Postgraduate Study

If you need help with applying for Postgraduate Study this page outlines the various ways we can help including appointments, events and resources.

See also the Choosing Postgraduate Study page.


This session will provide information on the factors you need to consider when deciding to opt for postgraduate study and ways to identify suitable postgraduate courses. For the latest events, please check Handshake

This session will help you consider whether studying for a PhD is right for you. It will cover what a PhD entails, key motivations for studying a PhD and future career options. For the latest events, please check Handshake

Researching whether postgraduate study is right for you

As part of the application process for applying for a postgraduate course you may be asked to attend an interview. To learn how best to approach these types of interviews, take a look at our Interviews for Postgraduate Study information page

How can I find out about postgraduate study? The 'Postgraduate' pages on the University website contains lots of information about continuing your studies here at Exeter. You can also find information about choosing postgraduate study

Prospects’ guide to postgraduate study including advice about applications, funding etc. 

FindAMasters is a comprehensive database of postgraduate Masters courses. It features a wide range of international Masters degree programmes from universities across the globe.

FindAPhD is a guide to current postgraduate research and PhD studentships. It lists details of research programmes from universities throughout the UK, Europe and further afield. We offer many excellent courses here at the University of Exeter.

If you are looking at studying abroad for your postgraduate course, you might like to take a look at the following resources:

  • Prospects - Information on postgraduate courses and research abroad
  • FindAMasters
  • Fulbright Commission - Information on postgraduate study in the USA
  • UKCISA - UK Council for International student affairs
  • Peterson's - Guides on line guide to prospectuses for postgraduate study in the USA
  • Postgraduate directory
  • IDP - Placement and support service for people pursuing an international education experience and a leading provider of English language proficiency services
  • - Teaching English as a foreign language - courses and jobs worldwide
  • DAIWA Scholarships - funded study and work placements in Japan
  • Study Options - Free information and guidance service for UK based students who wish to study in Australia and New Zealand

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online

  • Find alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality. The guide contains a huge database of funding opportunities, guidance, and tools to help you prepare a grant application:

University of Exeter Funding Database

Prospects - Funding postgraduate study

  • Discover your postgraduate funding options with Prospects' guide to the loans, scholarships and bursaries available, and get advice on employer sponsorship and working while studying.

Funding Your Masters

  • University of Exeter information page on sources of funding for Masters courses. 

Is Postgraduate study the right option for you? Watch this video on My Career Zone Digital for more information. 

Career Zone Blog - This link takes you to features on postgraduate study on our blog. 

Our podcast covers a range of careers topics such as: Is postgraduate study for you? 

Preparing Your Application

If you are considering applying for postgraduate study, take a look at our Applying for Postgraduate Study information page. This includes advice about applications, funding, the types of courses available, searching for courses, along with advice about studying abroad. 

If you are struggling to write your personal statement, take a look at this example personal statement.

If you need help with writing a personal statement, take a look at our Writing a personal statement information page

Postgraduate Researchers CVs and applications - there is information about preparing applications on this ELE course for both academic and non-academic roles. 

As with any job application, you will also need to be able to provide references for your postgraduate application. To find out more, take a look at our References information page


You can book an appointment with us to get your Academic CV and/or personal statement reviewed by an adviser. You can contact us via the Live Chat icon at the bottom of this page, or you can phone us on +44(0)1392 724493. For any other enquiries, you can email us at