Attracting over 458,490 international students according to the HESA website, the UK has a long tradition of quality education and houses universities dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. 25 universities from the UK rank among the top 200 universities according to QS World Rankings 2020. And 4 universities lie among the top 10 universities. Universities in the United Kingdom are known to have excellent pedagogy merged with a focus on research.
Among the non- EU countries, China, India, the USA, and Hong Kong send most students to study in UK. The strength of Indian students approximates to 22,000 by June, 2019. A positive aspect for Indian students is an acceptance of 96 percent visa applications.
The country is known to provide generous discounts to students (including international) on public transport, food, books and entertainment; hence students are advised to ask about student discounts everywhere. There's a great deal of second-hand shopping that can happen in the UK.
The main areas of education that the country is known to offer are engineering, science, art & design, business & management, law and finance. Masters in UK is a popular choice that students explore.
Made up of four regions - Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales, the UK offers 50,000 courses in around 25 subjects. Different regions in the UK can have a different set of academic rules. For higher education, there are mainly two bodies to maintain academic standards:
FHEQ - The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications of Degree Awarding Bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
2. FQHEIS- The Framework for Qualifications of Higher Education Institutions in Scotland
More than 395 universities and colleges offer undergraduate or bachelor courses to students. In the table below, we provide a brief of types of undergraduate degrees for you to explore which you can pursue after 12th:
|Degree title||Duration||Eligibility requirements||Key points|
|Bachelor’s degree||3- 4 years|| |
Minimum 70% in SSC (varies with stream)
|Focussed on a particular subject Examples-BA, B.Sc., B.Ed., BEng|
Diplomas of Higher Education (DipHE)
|2-3 years||Below 60% in SSC ILETS 5.5-6.0||Equivalent to 2 years of Hons. Program Can be stretched to 3 years for Hons. degree For professions such as social work, medicine.|
|Certificates of Higher Education (CertHE)||2-3 years||Below 60% in SSC IELTS overall 5.5.0-6.0||Equivalent to 2 years of Hons. Program Can be stretched to 3 years for Hons. Degree Designed for you to build confidence to study at university level|
|2- 3 years||Below 60% in SSC accepted IELTS 5.5-6.0||Equivalent to 2 years of Hons. Program Usually opted if you wish to work right after secondary school Can be continued to third year for obtaining Hons. bachelor degree|
|Higher National Diploma (HND)||2-3 years||Below 60% in SSC accepted IELTS overall 5.5-6.0||2 year certificate If you score well, you can go for the third year|
|Specialized undergraduate Master’s Degree program||4 years||Minimum 70% in SSC (varies with stream) IELTS minimum 6.0||Integrated course Not common Melds first degree with master’s program|
|Sandwich degree||4 years||Minimum 70% in SSC (varies with stream) IELTS minimum 6.0||One year is dedicated to workplace experience|
|Type of Masters||Duration||Eligibility requirements|
|Taught Masters Courses (Examples: M.Sc., M.A, M.Eng.)||1-2 years||First or upper second class undergraduate degree IELTS 7.0|
|Research Master’s (Examples- M.Sc., M.Phil., M.Res)||2-3 years||First or upper second class undergraduate degree IELTS 7.0|
|MBA||1-2 years||First degree, 2-3 years’ work experience, IELTS 6.5-7|
|PH.D.||3-5 years||Master’s degree IELTS 6.5-7.0|
|University||QS Rank||Times Higher Education Rank|
|University of Oxford||4||1|
|University of Cambridge||7||3|
|University College London||8||22|
|Imperial College London||9||10|
|The University of Edinburgh||20||37|
|The University of Manchester||27||60|
|King’s College London||33||53|
Let’s see the list of documents required in the entire process to procure a visa.
Given below is a set of universities, third parties and government institutions that offer scholarship opportunities to international students wanting to pursue their studies abroad.
List of scholarships for Study Abroad for Fall/Spring 2021
As a student in the United Kingdom, you can work upto 20 hours per week and full-time during holidays, if you are on a study abroad programme in a recognized university. The National Minimum wage for a student aged between 16 to 20 is £5.3 per hour, and for 21 or above is £6.7 per hour.
There are various part time options available depending on what suits you and what you get hold of:
1)At a cafe, restaurant, back office, store, malls, supermarkets, gas stations, etc.
2)Social Media Jobs: Companies pay students to create and manage their social media profiles. If you know how to have the skills to do digital marketing, you can get paid a lot of money here.
3)Freelance Jobs: If you have a skill, you can share it on Youtube or make a course online
4)Tutoring: You need to pre-apply for this. If there is a research opportunity, you can work with a professor as their assistant.
1)Students have multiple available resources for them to help look for part time or full time jobs.
2)Most universities have career centres that help you get jobs. Other resources include looking for jobs online using websites like LinkedIn, StudentJob, Employment 4 Students, etc. You can also go and apply in person if there are vacancies.
3)Keep in mind that you must be polite and professional in all your communications (via email or phone). Also, if the application happens in rounds or stages, then politely follow-up if you haven’t heard from them in a while.
1) You are entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
2) You must get paid as an intern even if the same company has offered you a future full-time position.
3) You are entitled to equal pay rates, sick-leaves, maternity, paternity and other holidays by the company.
4) You are entitled to training and development events, and career breaks.
5) Monetary benefits are to be given on pro-rata basis. For example: If a full-time employee gets 1000 pounds bonus, part-time must get 500 pounds.
6) You are not entitled to overtime pay unlike full-time workers.
7) One can justify not having your health insurance because you are part-time.
8)Interns may not entitled to payment in case of unpaid student internships, school work experience placements (under 16 years of age) and volunteer work.
9) If the intern just has to shadow another employee, they may not get paid.
10) One can report to Employee Tribunal if treated unfairly.
Job Title Average Annual Salary
Data Scientist £35,000
Project Manager (IT) £42,000
Physician/General Doctor £51,000
According to the latest regulations, starting from international students graduating in 2020-21 will get post-work study rights in the UK. This means that their visa will be extended for two years after their study. Unlike for the past students, they will not have to depend on a single employer to apply for their visa.
You will need to apply the latest by June or July (check each university’s deadlines separately). The classes start in September End or October beginning. To be safe, apply four months in advance.
If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK (unlike national and European students), you can only pursue a full - time course.
The average cost of study may be about 11000-20,000 a year. Details about the overall cost of education in the UK can be found here.
Ordinary degrees imply that a student has completed all the classes. Additionally Hons. Degree tells about the achieved level of scores. This depends on a university.
VISA interview is conditional. UKBA has reintroduced visa interviews, so students applying for a UK visa may be asked to appear for an interview with the visa officers. Those who have once declined a visa or whose scores on standardized tests are low are more likely to be chosen for a visa interview.
Due to insufficient funds or incorrect financial evidence, your visa may be rejected.
You need to pay for the first academic year tuition fees mentioned on your CAS. Additionally, you should have funds for supporting your living expenses for the first 9 months in the UK (£1265 per month for inner London, £1015 per month otherwise).
This may be a student loan from a bank, government scholarship, if you have any financial sponsorship from an international organization as per UKVI, bank account statement or bank letter under you or your parent’s names.
No, the UK government doesn't provide loans to non-EU students.
The university can sponsor for a part-time Tier 4 Visa for part-time postgraduate degrees.
For Masters students, the tuition fees are around £10,500 to 33,500 a year.
Taught Masters and Research masters are offered in the UK.
It is around 1-2 years in the UK.
According to U.S. News and World Report, these are Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham and University of Oxford.
They are England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It has a temperate climate. The extreme weather is rare. The summers and winters are not towards unpleasant sides in the UK.
These are Business and Administrative Studies (MBA), Engineering & Tech (B.Tech., M.Tech.), Social Sciences (B.A, M.A in History, M.Phil.), Creative Arts & Design (Graphic, Film, Media) and Law (LLB, LLM).
This is a Master in Philosophy course which is a research degree.
These are Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Masters Scholarships and Gates Cambridge Scholarships.
These are Masters Courses that have integrated work options. Work in an organization is part of the entire coursework. This adds to students’ resumes.
The London School of Economics requires GRE. But requirement of GRE is university and program specific.
You can stay for two years after completing your course in the UK.
There is a list of doctors on a panel suggested by Australian government from which you can get your medical examination done.
Most Masters Degrees are taught courses, consisting of lectures and seminars followed by a dissertation project. Research Masters involves much more independent work, but the exact difference between a taught and research Masters varies. An MRes (Master of Research) usually involves longer (or multiple) dissertation tasks. An MPhil (Master of Philosophy) is entirely research-based and may form part of a Ph.D.. Research Masters are less common outside the UK.
The most popular postgraduate subjects in the UK are: Business Studies, Education, Nursing, Economics, and Biological Sciences. There is a huge range of Masters Degrees out there though, so take the time to find the right one for your interests and career plans.
Universities in the USA may look at your undergraduate GPA (grade point average) score when considering Master’s degree applications. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is usually considered 'good' – and is roughly equivalent to a UK 2.1. Universities in the UK and Europe don't usually use the GPA system.
All students with Tier 4 visa are allowed to work for 20 hours per week during an ongoing session and full-time during vacations. Doctorate students can work full-time throughout the year.
Usually business, engineering and science related subjects are offered for these programs. You can go to a university's website and check for such courses. Some examples include Bath, Lancaster, Surrey, Loughborough and Aston.
These are thick (a year long) and thin courses(2-6 months).
Legally, you are not entitled to get a pay. However, if a company wishes to pay you it can do that. It usually pays £10,000 to £17,000 a year.
You need to pass three years of your bachelors with at least third class passing marks to get a hons. degree.
You can study Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Education (BEd) and Bachelor of Engineering (BEng).
Yes, although the name is confusing, Scottish Masters of Arts is not a graduate masters but an undergraduate degree.
More than 50,000 undergraduate courses can be found on UCAS website.
You can follow this link to search for undergraduate courses on UCAS in UK.
These include Level 4 or Certificate (C) for one year of undergraduate study, Level 5 or Intermediate (I) for two years of study and Level 6 or Honours (H) for three or four years of study.
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