Apply for Postgraduate Study

This page provides key information about applying for a postgraduate programme at the University of Lincoln. Please take the time to read this information and the detailed entry requirements on your chosen course page before completing your application.

Step-by-Step Guide to Applying

Follow these five simple steps to apply for a postgraduate course at Lincoln:

1. Find your course

On this website you will find an overview of the postgraduate courses available at the University of Lincoln.

Choose the course you wish to study, making sure you check the entry requirements.

We strongly recommend you attend a Postgraduate Taster Day to find out more.

2. Check for a closing date

Most of our postgraduate courses have no official closing date for applications. The majority of our taught courses start in September, although some courses have intakes in January or February. Please allow enough time for your application to be considered prior to the start date. If you are an international student you may need to factor in time for your visa application. We would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

3. Are you eligible for a postgraduate loan or scholarship?

The government has announced a new system of Postgraduate Loans where eligible full-time and part-time students could borrow up to £10,280 towards the cost of a taught postgraduate Master’s qualification. Visit our Postgraduate Fees and Funding page to find out more. The University of Lincoln also offers a range of postgraduate scholarships.

4. Research candidates only - compose your research proposal

If you are applying for a research programme, you will need to draft your research proposal. In your application you will be asked to give a description of the topic or theme you intend to research.

5. Apply online

When you have found the course you are interested in, go to the course page and click ‘Apply Online’.

You will need to register with us first to proceed.

PGCE Courses

Applications for PGCE courses should be directed to our partner schools. Details can be found on the School of Education's pages.

Following successful completion of this stage, applications should be made through the UCAS Teaching Training system. Our PGCE team can offer advice and support to applicants. Contact the team on +44 (0)1522 886236 or

Paper-based applications

Application for taught programmes (MS Word)

Application for research only programmes (MS Word)

International taught and research application form (MS Word)

Full Time MBA Application (MS Word) (for full-time MBA only)

We can provide guidance and support throughout your application to the University of Lincoln.

If you have any questions, contact our Postgraduate Team:

Telephone +44 (0)1522 886644 or email

Alternatively, if you would simply like to talk to someone about any aspect of the University of Lincoln, please call us on +44 (0)1522 886644 or fill in the enquiry form and we will get right back to you.

Postgraduate students join us from all walks of life. Some continue with their studies directly after completing an undergraduate degree, while others have industry or work experience that enables them to pursue a postgraduate qualification.

Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas

Applicants for postgraduate certificate and diploma programmes typically have one of the following:

• An honours degree

• Other relevant qualifications together with appropriate, related experience

• Substantial related experience, which demonstrates the appropriate knowledge and skills to undertake the proposed programme.

Taught Master’s Degrees

Applicants for Master’s programmes should usually have one of the following:

• A first or second-class honours degree (or an equivalent-level qualification from an overseas university)

• A postgraduate diploma or professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to an honours degree

• Other relevant qualifications or experience which demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to study at postgraduate level.

Research Degrees

Applicants for research degrees (MA/MSc by Research/MPhil/PhD) should usually hold one of the following qualifications:

• A first or second-class honours degree (or an equivalent-level qualification from an overseas university)

• A qualification which the University has deemed equivalent to an honours degree

• A postgraduate or Master’s-level degree from a recognised UK university or the Council for National Academic Awards or equivalent as recognised by the University of Lincoln. Specific entry requirements for courses are detailed on individual course pages on this website.

English Language Requirements for Postgraduate Study

International applicants should have the national equivalent of UK entry requirements and proof of proficiency in English (e.g. IELTS). Find out more about English Language Requirements.

Advanced Entry via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

The University offers the opportunity for advanced entry using credit awarded for previous achievement, both through formal study and knowledge, and through skills acquired through life and work. Accreditation of Prior Education/Learning (APL) is typically undertaken at the time of admission. If you would like to discuss your suitability for a particular programme, please contact our Postgraduate Team on +44 (0)1522 886644 or

Useful Links

Student Admissions Terms and Conditions (PDF)

If you have any questions about postgraduate study, please call +44 (0)1522 886644 or email