You may find this information useful before applying for a Saïd Foundation Scholarship and for your chosen postgraduate course at a UK university.

Why study in the UK

The UK has a global reputation for world leading education and research. UK universities continue to be placed highest on the world university ranking. Degrees from the UK are recognised highly by employers and academics worldwide.

Researching your course

Candidates should research your selected courses thoroughly. You will be asked to provide details of up of three postgraduate courses and they must be listed in order of preference. You will be expected to provide a full justification of your proposed course and university.

Candidates must apply to one or more of the Foundation's partner universities. Our partner universities offer a wide-range of courses and, in the unlikely event that an applicant is unable to find a suitable course, they must provide a thorough justification for their choice on the scholarship application form. The Foundation will only consider an application for a course at a non-partner university only if the course is not offered by a partner.

What to expect from postgraduate studies in the UK

In the UK, postgraduate masters courses typically last for one year but there are programmes which are for two years. DPhil and PhD programmes at Oxford and Cambridge typically last between three and four years. Candidates should check the specific course pages for further details.

Postgraduate programmes in the UK are challenging and can be very intensive. The academic style is focused on student-led learning, you will be expected to work independently and to develop your own critical judgement. You will be encouraged to ask questions, debate and develop your own arguments that are coherent and supported by evidence.

Many postgraduate courses include elective modules where students may be able to select the topics which they are most interested in. Some courses may require the student to write a dissertation whilst others may have a final examination instead.

Applying to a Partner University

Each university has its own application form that you will need to complete, usually online. Check course deadlines and apply as soon as possible. Course places are limited and late applications may not be considered so it is important that you apply to your selected university before their deadline.

When you apply for a Saïd Foundation scholarship you will not need a confirmed offer of a university place but you will be expected to provide proof that you have started the university application process. You will be asked to either provide the university application/ID numbers or copies of any offer letters you have received.