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How to do an Elite masters?

What factors other than grades get you in? How does it compare to undergraduate degrees in terms of competitiveness. Will being able to afford fees give an advantage? I study at City - how high can I go up - is Elite realistic. How can I prepare application? What do they look at extra circular?
It depends what you mean by 'élite' Masters.

For most taught Masters degrees a 2:1 from any UK university, a clear demonstration of an interest in the subject area and the university concerned, one or two academic or professional referees and an ability to pay the fees is all you need. Entry is not particularly competitive. For a research Masters, you would need a good 2:1 or a 1st, a research proposal (typically 1,500 to 2,000 words) and would need to establish that the university had someone willing and able to supervise on that topic.

A few taught Masters degrees, however, are very competitive, notably those offered by Oxford or Cambridge where a 1st would be more or less essential and the quality of the application would need to be very high, with a word perfect personal statement and CV. You may also be asked to submit a sample of work or undertake a written exercise. For the Cambridge taught MPhil in Education, for example, you have to review a journal article as part of the application procedure.

Always bear in mind that applications are made, one by one, to specific institutions. There is no equivalent of UCAS. This means you can tailor your personal statement to the specific courses to which you apply.
If you go to Cambridge then the élite Masters Degree is awarded a few years after you have completed your Bachelor of Arts.
Original post by the bear
If you go to Cambridge then the élite Masters Degree is awarded a few years after you have completed your Bachelor of Arts.

This refers to the Cambridge (and also Oxford and Dublin Trinity) MA, which is not a postgraduate degree. Postgraduate Masters degrees at these universities have other award names, such as MSc, MPhil or MSt (Master of Studies). Most undergraduate degrees at these universities are entitled BA, including STEM subjects. The MA denotes academic seniority and is awarded only to BA graduates of the above universities on application. There is no MA course or examination.

Some Scottish universities award the MA as an undergraduate degree and thus their postgraduate degrees also have other titles, notably MLitt (Master of Letters).

The OP would obviously not be a candidate for a Cambridge MA but would be able to apply for admission to one of this university's other postgraduate courses or to an MA at another 'high ranking' UK University such as, for example, UCL.
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