Postgraduate study

Taught master’s vs research master’s

If you’ve decided that postgraduate study is right for you, your research has probably already shown you there are a wide range of courses available! One of the decisions you might be making is whether to do a taught or a research master’s. If you are looking at both then there are a few points to consider. Taught master’s A […]


10 tips for master’s applications

Writing a master’s application is very similar to applications for most jobs. Generally you will complete a form with your basic details, and then write a personal statement detailing why you should be accepted. For that reason, master’s applications should be considered as seriously as an application for a job you really want. It can be hard to know where to start, […]


Thinking about postgraduate study?

Thinking about applying for postgraduate study? There are many good reasons to take this step but it’s a big decision with time and financial implications. You’ll need to consider lots of factors so here are a few points to help you get started: Where do you want to study? It’s important to research different institutions and think about your criteria. […]


Thinking of doing a PhD? Ready to apply?

There are serious considerations to make before undertaking PhD studies. For example: Are you interested enough in your topic? Can you write a strong research proposal? Does a PhD fit with your long term career plans? Don’t expect an academic career. Where’s best to study? The institution, department and supervisor will shape your PhD experience Funding? Have you done enough […]


So you’re thinking about a PhD? 5 tips for prospective PhDs

Ever wondered what it’s like doing a PhD? Is doing further research something you’re thinking about now you’re clarifying your dissertation topic and thinking about life after your master’s? Here Mia Certo, an MPhil/PhD candidate in International Relations at LSE, shares her five top tips for things you need to think about if the prospect of doing a PhD sounds appealing. 1. […]


How to prepare if you’re starting a master’s soon

If you’ve got as far as choosing to study a master’s programme it’s fairly safe to assume that you have strong interest in the subject you’re studying. If you’re keen to prepare in advance for the course, you could contact the department administrator and ask if they can recommend any pre reading/work. Also, keep an eye out for news stories […]


Master’s funding for UK/EU students

If you want to study for a master’s in the UK once you’ve completed your undergraduate degree, have a look at the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme which aims to support up to 10,000 students into further study. You will need to be a current UK/EU student who has paid the higher level of fees for undergraduate study introduced in 2012-13, and […]


New charities added to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding database

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is an exclusive resource for LSE students and staff that identifies sources of funding – especially from charities – which can grant awards to students regardless of subject or nationality. Over the last three months, more than 60 new charities have been added to the funding database, including: Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust Grants for […]


New student resource: Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online

Current LSE students now have access to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online.

The guide identifies alternative sources of funding (especially within charities), which can grant awards to any student regardless of subject or nationality. This huge database is full of useful resources for those looking for funding, including:

  • funding opportunities
  • comprehensive guidance
  • grant application writing tools
  • sample personal and financial statements

To access this database, please visit the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online.

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Is a master’s right for you? – some thoughts from a former LSE student

Former LSE Economics and Economic History student Arnab Datta provides his thoughts on postgraduate education. There is no doubt that studying an undergraduate degree is hard work, so you may think twice before embarking on further study, such as a Master’s degree. Before making this decision, it is important to weigh up the advantages of another qualification with the costs, […]


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