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    I've looked around a bit but can't find an answer to this question. From what I understand a conditional offer is made (usually a 2:1 in your degree) to gain admission onto most Master's courses, so could I apply for 2011/12 entry now? If not, what's the earliest time that I could?

    Finally, if I were to apply and get rejected, is it possible to apply again later?

    Many thanks.
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    (Original post by Lysdexia)
    I've looked around a bit but can't find an answer to this question. From what I understand a conditional offer is made (usually a 2:1 in your degree) to gain admission onto most Master's courses, so could I apply for 2011/12 entry now? If not, what's the earliest time that I could?

    Finally, if I were to apply and get rejected, is it possible to apply again later?

    Many thanks.
    If you were rejected you could reapply at a later date. But I cannot see the point of applying in your second year; universities will take one look at your transcript and tell you to apply at a later date so it is a complete waste of time, and this is assuming you can get past your referees, which you won't. Normally people apply for postgraduate programmes at the beginning of their third year or once they have graduated.
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    Normally universities won't even let you apply for the following year, as far as I know. And why would you want to do that anyway? You'd be applying halfway through your second year, so your transcript would contain little beyond your first-year marks.
    If you're really keen to get an early start, start looking around for courses towards the beginning of your final year (i.e. October-ish). That should give you plenty of time to familiarise yourself with what kind of courses are out there, find referees, write a statement of purpose, sort out written work samples, find out about funding options etc. The earliest application deadlines I've come across are shortly before Christmas, but many are later than that, and you'll still be able to find places at relatively short notice at all but the most popular places even after you've finished - although you probably won't be able to get any funding at such a late stage.

    If your main worry is getting a place: for the vast majority of subjects, there are a handful of competitive courses (usually Oxbridge and a couple of specialist courses) and lots of courses where, as long as you're on course for a 2.1 or higher, you'll probably get offers, so as long as you apply to a few of the latter type, you needn't worry about getting an offer. For your subject area (i.e. archaeology / history, unless my post-stalking skills deceive me), funding will probably be the greater problem, so it would be handy if you'd be able to self-fund if needs be. If not, the best thing you can do now in preparation for your application is to start saving up...
 
 
 
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