Postgraduate How to Apply
The method of applying to Winchester depends on whether you wish to study full-time or part-time and which programme you are interested in.View content
Full-time and part-time applicants (MA, MSc, MBA and MRes taught programmes)
Applicants may apply online at UKPASS, the UCAS online applications system for postgraduate programmes in the UK. Applicants need to complete the registration process before creating their application online. Full details are on the website located at UKPASS.
If you are unable to complete your application online, it is possible to apply directly to the University by completing the Masters Direct Entry Application Form.
It is in the best interests of all applicants to apply as soon as possible and before the deadline (31 May 2017). While late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, the University reserves the right not to consider applications received after the deadline if the course has already reached capacity.
If there are insufficient acceptances at the published closing date (31 May 2018) to make a course viable, the University reserves the right to close the course. If applicants have received an offer for any course described in this prospectus, but the University discontinues the course prior to registration, the University will notify offer holders by 7 June of the year of entry and will use reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable replacement course.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education
PGCE Primary (full-time and part-time applicants) and PGCE Secondary Religious Education (full-time and part-time applicants)
All applications should be made via UCAS Teacher Training – the UCAS online application system for graduate teacher training programmes in the UK. Applicants will need to complete the registration process before creating their application online. Full details are available on the UCAS teacher training website
Applications can be made via UCAS from the autumn of the year prior to entry and although there isn’t a formal deadline, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
MSc Social Work
Students looking to apply to the MSc Social Work course need to apply via UCAS. Applications will not be accepted via UKPASS or Direct Entry.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL – formerly known as AP(E)L)
Applicants who wish to apply for advanced standing (exemption from part of a programme) based on previous study and/or experiential learning may apply for RPL. Please note that any credits or marks gained from previous study shall not be counted in your final result as your award is calculated solely on the credits and marks accumulated while registered at the University of Winchester. Please refer to the RPL Policy on the website for further details or contact Course Enquiries.
Winchester offers a range of postgraduate study options at various levels of award that can result in different qualifications. Fields of study are within the academic fields of the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Sport and Business. Awards comprise Masters degrees (MA/MSc/MBA/MRes), PGCEs and research degrees (MPhil and PhD), designed to enhance skills in the workplace.
Most postgraduate study at Winchester is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs. Study is offered part-time as well as full-time, with teaching often taking place in the evenings and at weekends enabling you to combine study with employment, lifestyle or family commitments.
Masters degrees are designed to take the skills and knowledge of graduates and other professionals to the levels of critical awareness associated with postgraduate study. The programmes offered at Winchester cover a variety of study fields. They are self-contained and provide the foundations for further training or study such as a Research degree.
Each Masters programme is organised into modules which are offered within our two semester system academic year. All offer taught modules for the first two-thirds of the programme. The final third is based on self-directed learning concentrating extended critical awareness and research skills. It culminates with the production of the dissertation, consultancy or other projects.
It is possible to study for the full Masters degree or study the programme to gain other qualifications such as a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert). The chart below highlights what is required at Masters degree level and the exit qualifications available.
Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)
- Average length: 5 months full-time or 10 months part-time minimum (depending on module selection)
- Requirements: 60 credits taken in one semester full-time or 60 credits taken over two semesters part-time
Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)
- Average length: 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time minimum (depending on module selection)
- Requirements: 120 credits taken in two semesters full-time or 120 credits taken over four semesters part-time
Masters degree (MA/MSc/MBA/MRes)
- Average length: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time
- Requirements: 180 credits taken in two semesters full-time and a further period of study, or 180 credits taken over four semesters and a further period of study
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
The University of Winchester has an excellent reputation for teacher training and offers Postgraduate Certificates in Education (PGCE), providing teacher training for both Primary and Secondary Schools. Both programmes offer innovative and flexible learning.
Research degrees (PhD and MPhil)
The University of Winchester offers a supportive and focussed community to undertake research study and we provide excellent support and expertise. Whether your ultimate aim is further exploration of an area of interest or employment, postgraduate research study at Winchester allows you to delve deep to broaden your knowledge and be challenged and enriched.