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...
Ranking Courses and Institutions
- Research Assessment Exercise 2008
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 overall scores for the 2008 RAE along with the 2001 ratings in one helpful table). The Official RAE may be searched by area of study ("Units of Assessment") or institution; the introduction gives a key and you can click on ? next to a heading to see what it covers. The 2001 RAE (still quoted on many British university websites) gave one overall rating, with 5* the highest possible.
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: Students section
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.
Advice from the British Council about "Entry Clearance" for students. See also Home Office advice about student visas and/or 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.