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How to apply for postgraduate study

There are various options to apply for postgraduate courses with us, depending on what and how you would like to study:

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

When considering postgraduate applications for part-time study, we assess the most relevant personal, professional and education experience. This is to ensure that the best postgraduate course can be found for you.

Postgraduate entry requirements vary so please check individual courses for details.

If you do not meet the Postgraduate entry requirements

We welcome postgraduate applications from everyone, and we know that relevant experience is just as valuable as qualifications. Whether experience is from your work, voluntary activities or independent study we still want to hear from you.

If you don’t meet all of the entry requirements for the postgraduate course you would like would like to study, contact our Admissions team: admissions2021@northampton.ac.uk. Let them know what other relevant experience you have.

Further information about your Postgraduate application

For more information on postgraduate study, please email: PGstudy@northampton.ac.uk. If you would like more information about applying for a course at the University of Northampton, please email the enquiries team: study@northampton.ac.uk. Alternatively, you can phone or phone them on 0300 303 2772.

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  • The majority of taught postgraduate courses start in October. Most courses do not have formal closing dates but you are advised to apply as early as possible to secure your place.

    Applicants should hold a good first degree with at least second class honours, or an equivalent qualification.

    Relevant personal, professional and educational experience is also considered. Exact postgraduate entry requirements vary between courses. Please check the relevant course page for details.

  • At the University of Northampton, we offer a number of PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) courses. When making your PGCE application, this should be done through UCAS.

  • We’re committed to providing a study and work environment that is led by our values of equality, diversity and inclusion in higher education. You can read about our commitment to equal opportunities.

    We encourage postgraduate applications from all sections of the community, regardless of:

    • sex
    • marital status
    • age
    • responsibility for dependents
    • socio-economic status
    • race
    • colour
    • ethnic or national origin
    • sexual orientation
    • or disability.
  • We work hard to ensure that, as far as possible, students with disabilities are able to study successfully with us.

    If you have additional needs for your postgraduate study, we advise that you contact the Additional Student Support and Inclusion Services Team (ASSIST) or course tutor as early as possible.You can discuss your needs and visit the University to assess the facilities if necessary.

  • Many postgraduate courses can be completed part-time. This is ideal for fitting your postgraduate studies around your life and other commitments.

    The majority of professional and part-time postgraduate courses start in October. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure we have your details before your course starts.

  • Our Applicant with Criminal Convictions Policy details how we handle our applicants who have criminal convictions. This includes:

    • Which applicants need to declare criminal conviction(s)
    • What happens if you are applying for a DBS programme and declare a criminal conviction(s)
    • How we assess DBS check outcomes and self-declaration of criminal conviction(s)

    The below also provides additional information on what you may need to consider if you are making a postgraduate application and have a criminal conviction(s).

    Non-DBS Programmes

    If you are applying for a Non-DBS Programme (e.g. the programme does not require you to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check) and have a criminal conviction:

    • You will not need to declare any criminal convictions during the admissions/application process
    • You may be required to declare criminal convictions during other processes (e.g. accommodation application). However this falls outside of the admissions process
    • You must do your own research to determine whether your criminal conviction may prevent you working in your chosen profession. This might include contacting relevant professional bodies, regulatory authorities or accreditation bodies

    We encourage you to contact us on admissionsconfidential@northampton.ac.uk if there is anything about your conviction, licence/probation rules etc which we may need to take into account. We won’t need to know the details of your conviction. However, we might need to know the rules or requirements surrounding your conviction/license/probation. This is so we can consider whether we can make reasonable adjustments so that you can study with us. This may include (but is not limited to):

    • You can only attend on certain days/times due to release or probation requirements/rules
    • You are not permitted to access certain resources or the internet

    DBS Programmes

    If you are applying for a DBS course (e.g. the programme requires you to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check) and you have a criminal conviction:

    • You will need to declare yes on your application (UCAS or Direct Application) if you have a criminal conviction which would appear on an enhanced DBS check. If you answer yes, we will send you a letter detailing how we will handle your declaration.
    • If you receive an offer from us and make us your FIRM choice we will contact you to complete a DBS check prior to enrolment. Upon receipt of your DBS outcome (or if we ask you to self-declare e.g. due to a late application) a Criminal Convictions Panel will make an assessment of your criminal conviction(s) and whether you can study with us

    We also advise that:

    • You must do your own research to determine whether your criminal conviction may prevent you working in your chosen profession. This might include contacting relevant professional bodies, regulatory authorities or accreditation bodies
    • You may be required to declare criminal convictions during other processes (e.g. accommodation application) however this falls outside of the admissions process

    Additional Information about your University application

    If you need additional support or information then you may wish to consider contacting Unlock or Nacro. They will provide support and information for individuals with criminal convictions.

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