How can you find out about different courses or research possibilities?

  • Ireland:  the Gradireland website allows you to search all the postgraduate taught courses in Ireland and provides links to each university wbesite 

  • UK for postgraduate programmes in the UK the Prospects Web is a good place to start and has links to the universities offering courses

  • abroad:  If you are considering studying abroad, allow extra time to make arrangements - for some countries applications should be made a year in advance.  Check with the embassy of the relevant country. The Prospects website has information on study in different countries.  Note that language skills may be required as well as visas and/or resident permits

  • Research Opportunities: to find out about research opportunities you need to contact universities directly or check their websites and keep an eye on the national newspapers

Check-list for selecting postgraduate courses

  • What is the focus of the course? Does it match your areas of interest?
  • Is the course available full-time, part-time or by distance learning?
  • What are the fees and possible funding options?
  • What jobs have graduates from this course actually gone on to do? Remember that university Careers Services collect information on the first jobs of postgraduates after one year.
  • Is the course in the right location? Can you commute or will you have to move area? Does that affect any dependents? Do you need to think about any constraints?
  • Are there any constraints such as health or disability that you need to consider? Are there any constraints?

Things to know about application procedures