Options for further study

Each year, around a fifth of Bristol undergraduate students go on to further study. There may be a need to specialise in a subject to progress on your chosen career path or you might want to continue working or studying in an academic environment. Take it further by planning ahead and competing in the application process.

How we can help

Types of further study

There are many further study options available. There are specific qualifications allowing you to convert (including PGCE, GDL), Masters courses (including MA, MSc, MEd) allowing you to expand your knowledge, Graduate Entry courses (including medicine and dentistry) allowing you to specialise by completing an accelerated second degree, and Doctorates, including the PhD. For more information on the types, check out the Complete University Guide types of postgraduate study website and TARGETjobs types of postgraduate study.

Choosing where to study

When exploring further study, there are a number of factors to consider, including location and employability. For more detailed information, check out our choosing a place to study guide but remember there's no right or wrong answer.

Applying for further study 

Applications are normally submitted to each individual institution you're interested in. There are a few exceptions where central systems are used (e.g. the GDL for converting to law and applying for a PGCE). You will usually be asked to write a statement in support of your application and there may be the opportunity to upload your CV. 

Deadlines for applications vary depending on institutions, the number of places and whether or not there's a centralised system. Make sure you are aware of the different possible dates by doing your research and keeping a note of them.

For more detailed information, have a look at our how to write a winning personal statement blog and our top tips for applying for further study:

  1. Thoroughly research the course
  2. Check application deadlines as soon as possible
  3. Express why you are interested in studying at that institution
  4. Explain your motivation and provide relevant evidence of interest, experience and skills
  5. Ask an academic to be your referee and give them an outline of the courses and your reasons for applying
  6. Complete all the application sections and carry out any additional instructions
  7. Proofread your application, checking spelling and grammar

Take a look at the following links for more specialist help:

Funding further study

For information about funding, check out our dedicated funding webpage which includes links to databases, charities and trusts and information about scholarships.