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.
Before submitting your application for a Saïd Foundation Scholarship, please read the following information about selecting and applying for your postgraduate courses.
What to expect from postgraduate studies in the UK
Postgraduate Masters courses in the UK typically last for one year but there are some two year programmes. DPhil and PhD programmes at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge typically last between three and four years. Candidates should check the specific course pages for further details.
Postgraduate programmes 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.
Researching your course
You should research your courses thoroughly. Candidates 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 full justification of your proposed courses and universities.
Candidates must apply to one or more of the Foundation's partner universities. Our partner universities offer a wide-range of courses. In the unlikely event that you are unable to find a suitable course at one of our partner universities, you must provide a thorough justification for your choice on the scholarship application form. The Foundation will only consider an application for a course at a non-partner university if it is not offered by a partner.
Applying to a partner university
Each university has its own application form that you will need to complete, this is usually online. Remember to check the 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 to hold a confirmed offer of a university place but you will be expected to provide proof that you have applied for your chosen course(s). You will need to either provide the university application/ID numbers or copies of any offer letters you have received.
If your chosen university will not accept course applications before 1 November 2019 then you can still apply for a Saïd Foundation scholarship. In the Study Plans section of the scholarship application form, candidates should enter course not currently open for applications in the application ID box.
You should apply for your chosen course(s) as soon as the university opens for applications. If you are invited to interview you will be required to bring a copy of your university offer letter for the course(s) listed in your scholarship application. If no offer has been received then you should take evidence of your university application.
Applications for our 2020/21 Saïd Foundation Scholarships will be open at 09:00 (UK time) on Thursday 1 August 2019 and will close at 23.59 (UK time) on Friday 1 November 2019.