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How To Choose A University for Your Postgraduate Course

Choosing a university can seem like a daunting task! There are so many universities and even more courses to choose from so how do you chose? Here I will share my tips and tricks for choosing a university for your postgraduate studies!First of all, you need to decide on a course subject. When looking at universities you need to make sure that they have the relevant course that you’re interested in! Once you have decided on a subject area I recommend having a look at all of the courses in this area. There might be a lot! 🙂

Next, location! Do you want to move? Do you want to commute? These are things that you really need to consider. Once you have decided on this you’ll be able to narrow down your university selection. For example, if you want to commute you’ll be able to narrow down to universities within commuting distance. 🚆

What I did next was I created a spreadsheet and ranked the courses from the selected universities. I looked at previous student feedback, how the course aligned to any future career goals, support the university offers, any scholarships/bursaries and how much I liked the module content of the course. I looked at each course in depth, looked at what they had to offer and what the university had to offer. 🎓

I would then recommend visiting the university! You can really get a feel if it’s going to be the right fit when you visit! For me, as soon as I came to DMU I knew this is where I wanted to study. The atmosphere, the universities values and the students and staff made it feel like the right fit. If you can’t attend the university in person, email them and they might be able to offer a virtual tour. 📖

I would also advise to reach out to universities. Ask any questions you might have! From the responses you’ll be able to feel if it is the right fit! Universities are eager to help you. Also make sure you look at the support the universities offer. If you have a disability, how good is their disability team? Do they offer things you need? Academics are really important, but making sure you are looked after and given the right tools to succeed is vital. ☺️

I hope this helps! If you have any questions please feel free to reach out! 😊
DMU Student Rep
MSc Psychological Well-being Student🧠
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