Resources for Study in the UK and Ireland
Yale students and alumni thinking about pursuing post-graduate study in the United Kingdom or Ireland are encouraged to make an appointment to talk with Kate Dailinger in Fellowship Programs. She studied in England herself and can interpret academic websites, put you in touch with useful contacts, and help with fellowships, applications, interviews, and more.
Where to begin
If you are interested in graduate school, whether in the UK and Ireland or closer to home, faculty members are your best source of advice. Talk to these experts in your field about who is doing interesting research, where the strongest degree programs are, and which of them might best suit your background, interests, and longer-term aims. You'll be able to have more fruitful conversations if you go in having done some homework first...
To help everyone make the most of limited advising hours, we ask you to begin by attending one of the info sessions on postgraduate study in the UK and Ireland, offered each spring. If you cannot be there in person to hear the essentials, plus Q&A and advice from past winners of these fellowships, you can still get an online version of the basics—and meet the info session requirement for one-on-one advising—here; then just follow the rest of the usual steps to book an appointment, being sure to fill out the pre-advising questionnaire as thoroughly as possible. Thank you!
Ranking Courses and Institutions
- Research Excellence Framework 2014
The easiest way to get at this peer-reviewed government rating of the research strengths of most UK programs and institutions is via the Times Higher Education Supplement (especially their downloadable pdf, which gives ranked overall scores or GPA in a helpful table). Some tips for reading the THES pdf: Subjects are not in alphabetical order, so page through until you find something which might apply to what you're hoping to do in graduate school, bearing in mind that names might not match what you're used to here. The first column on the left tells you where in the 2014 rankings a particular institution falls in a given subject; the second column tells what their rating was in a similar survey in 2008, the RAE, when applicable; the third column gives the name of the program; the fourth gives a rough idea of the size of the program, by listing the number of scholars whose work in that field was submitted for assessment in 2014; and the fifth column tells you what percentage of that program's research got the highest possible rating (4*).
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education Assessment of degree courses in the UK, focused on teaching and student experience, indexed by institution and subject.
Decoding UK Degrees
Wondering what an MPhil is or what distinguishes a "research degree" from a "taught degree"? Try our unofficial guide to decoding UK degrees.
Searching for Specific Degree Courses
Other Useful Links
- Fellowships for Study in the UK or Ireland
- Choosing an Oxbridge college…
Look at the good advice offered by Oxford and Cambridge. Apart from practical considerations involving funding and accommodation, you should look for a community you think you'd like to join. Browse college websites, especially information for prospective postgraduates or about the MCR (which means, essentially, the postgraduate student community). Talk with Kate Dailinger at Fellowship Programs, and see what others have to say: ask Kate for contacts, talk with Graduate Fellowship Affiliates here at Yale, ask other people you may know about their experiences at Oxbridge, and see what student websites have to say about Cambridge and Oxford colleges - remembering that their opinions may not match yours. The good news? If you are offered a place to read for a postgraduate degree, even if neither college listed on your application can take you, one of the other colleges will!
- Universities & Colleges Admissions Service
Provides an application guide to all UNDERGRADUATE courses of study in the UK.
- UKCISA: The UK Council for International Student Affairs
Provides useful advice for international students on subjects including immigration procedures, choosing courses, study methods in the UK, etc.
- Goodenough College
A great housing option for students doing degree courses in London.
See official Home Office advice about student visas and the ATAS clearances required for study of certain science and technology subjects (usually if you need ATAS clearance your university will tell you). For visa information for the Republic of Ireland, click here.
- Students Abroad
Helpful US State Department advice for students traveling and studying abroad, including how to sort out passports and visas, how to vote while abroad, what to do in an emergency, etc.