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    Do places actually get filled up quite soon for master courses for life sciences. If they do, then why are the deadlines like in july/August?
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    The reason deadlines are in July and August is because the number of students on most postgraduate courses is variable, meaning once research council scholarships and the most capable students have been placed there is then a lull while people wait to see if they are being financed or if they meet their academic offers; or, whether postgraduate is a viable option after graduating. For example, if you apply for the general research council deadline, which is 22/01, then you will not find out if you have been successful for months in most cases, and if you are unsuccessful then the type of university you can attend is limited in most cases since most people want to limit the amount of debt they take on; if I apply for a career development loan and they will only give me x amount of money then that might meaning moving home to avoid paying living costs in the short-term, but being able to study full rather than part-time.

    Essentially, there are lots of variables with the applicants applying for postgraduate courses and the universities themselves offering them, which is why deadlines are unfixed; some might go right up to when the courses begin! I have no idea about social sciences though, unfortunately.
 
 
 
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