Look for a suitable university and course: Once you have decided to opt for a masters degree in computer science from the UK, you need to be sure about your academic goals. After that, you need to prepare your application according to the specific guidelines of the university and masters program.
**Keep in mind about the deadlines: ** After you have shortlisted the list of universities for pursuing computer science from the UK, the next step is to check the deadlines of the universities you have selected. Visit university websites to know more about the deadlines.
**Check the program requirements: **Once you have set your target, it’s time to know what you need to get there. You must check the requirements for the program that you have chosen. Usually, UK universities provide all the relevant information on their official website.
Academic transcripts: Candidates have to show academic transcripts required by the institution. For MS courses in computer science, students are commonly asked to show documents up to Bachelors program.
Statement of Purpose: A Statement of Purpose talks about the aspirant’s intention to join the university and the reasons behind pursuing a particular program in computer science.
**Letter of Recommendation: **LORs are an evaluation of the aspirant’s potential by an independent body. It may be your professor or your previous employers. Most of the universities in the UK demand 2 – 3 recommendation letters for pursuing masters in computer science.
Resume: UK universities also require aspirants to submit a resume showcasing all their academic as well as professional qualifications.
Submit your application: After you have collected all your required documents, it is time to submit your application for the master’s degree course in the UK. To opt for an MS in CS from the UK, you’ll need to hold an undergraduate degree from the UK or from overseas. You’ll be expected to have obtained a score in a directly relevant subject. You also need to speak English to at least IELTS 6.5 level for most of the courses.
To apply for a masters degree, you need to apply directly to the university through the university’s website, or via a system called UCAS. UCAS Postgraduate portal gives applicants a simpler and more efficient online application platform to apply for a postgraduate course.
You need to complete all your details online and scan and upload the relevant documents such as a copy of your passport and degree certificates. You can also apply to as many universities as you like and applications are usually free. You will increase your chances of acceptance by sending an application that is specific to the course and university you are applying for
Wait for the admission letter: Now, it is time for you to wait and let the university completes its part of the job. Meanwhile, you can use this time to take care of other upcoming issues which are explained in the sections below.
Get your student visa: This is the final step to a successful application to pursue a master’s degree in the UK. To apply for a UK visa, the very first thing you need to do is to check the type of visa you are going to apply for. Use the UK Visas and Immigration website to check the kind of visa you would require. If you’re a student from India, you’ll need the Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the United Kingdom.
Get your health insurance: Students enrolled at universities in the UK are eligible for free healthcare. The National Health Service (NHS) grants free medical treatment to students as well as their spouses and dependent children if the students are enrolled in full-time programs. Some universities also offer special health policies to their students.
Master’s students can apply directly to their chosen university. Most universities allow you to send your application throughout the year, but some degree courses have their deadlines. Usually, for most of the universities, there are two intakes for the master’s program in CS from the UK. The intakes are in January and September. For some universities, it is also in May. It’s best to contact your chosen university to find out specific details about their graduate application process.