Why the UK?
The UK is probably the oldest study abroad destination. Revered the world over for its education system, the UK is home to the alma maters of the great leaders of India. British universities have pioneered innovations over the years, retaining their prominence in the global education system.
UK universities are consistently ranked among the best in the world. The degrees and diplomas awarded by its institutions enjoy worldwide recognition and graduates from these institutions have a competitive edge in the international job market. Academically, the UK conducts more than 5% of the world’s scientific research and about 14% of the world’s most frequently cited papers are authored by scholars who matriculated from British institutions. The custom-tailored programs at UK universities include specialized modules which are taught by the world’s leading academics and experts and facilitate constant academic support to students.
The United Kingdom is a good place for students to develop English language skills and enhance their employability. Additionally, the UK is one of the most multicultural nations and a sanctuary for all major religions, cultures and cuisines, making it a leading destination for international exposure for study abroad students.
MS in the UK
Courses are shorter, usually one-year long.
The program may either be a master’s program or a research master’s program. Master’s programs in the UK include a Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Engineering. These programs are taught through seminars and lectures, and assessed through exams, dissertations or projects. A research master’s is typically a Ph.D. in which students focus their learning around a particular thesis and are supervised by an academic guide. Additionally, there are some research-based master’s degrees including a Master of Science (MSc), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Master of Research (MRes) which require shorter papers in comparison to a Ph.D.
Entry requirements vary between universities and depend primarily on the ranking of the university. Generally speaking, for master’s programs, most universities require a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and proof of proficiency in the English language.
Students who do not meet the minimum eligibility can opt for a Pre-Master’s program which will prepare an aspiring student for postgraduate study in the UK. A few universities run their own pre-master’s programs while others work in partnership with specialist colleges.
English Language Requirements
To prove proficiency in the English language, students may take the IELTS which is the most accepted test of English in the UK. However, TOEFL and CAE are also accepted.
As for the minimum scores, it varies from university to university, but on an average, most UK universities require a 6.5. The band requirement is higher for programs that require a higher degree of literacy like English Literature, Journalism, Mass Communication, Creative Writing and Law, which may require a band of 7 or 7.5. If these scores seem unachievable, students may also look for intensive English language courses run by some universities to enhance their level of English.
Top universities in the UK
• University of Oxford
• University of Cambridge
• Imperial College of London
• UCL Advances
• London School of Economics
• University of Manchester
• University of Sheffield
• Coventry University
• University of Nottingham
• University of Leeds
The UK student visa is called a Tier 4 (General) Visa, work on a Point Based System (PBS). In order to apply for a student visa in the UK, a student must be ‘sponsored’ by a recognized university. The university must confirm that the student has been offered admission and will be studying for their postgraduate degree within UK immigration requirements. Thereafter, the university will issue a ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies’ to the student applying for the visa.
The student visa is typically valid for the entire course duration plus one month. The best time to apply for the visa is at least 3 months prior to the commencement of the program. Students should apply online and book an appointment for a visa interview at a Visa Application Centre. The final application process time can vary anywhere from 2 to 30 days and the cost is around 322 GBP.
Arriving in the UK
Students are allowed to enter the UK one month before their program’s start date. The student visa issued is only a short-term entry permit which has to be replaced by a long-term biometric residence permit within 30 days of the student’s arrival in the UK.
A master’s program in UK spans 12 months, saving time and money and allowing students to enter the job market ahead of master’s students from most other countries.
Most universities have rolling deadlines, however, students should check with their desired university about program-specific deadlines.
A master’s degree from an elite UK university enhances a graduate’s profile, leading to better job prospects.
Full-time postgraduate students who are six months into their course can work up to 20 hours per week. However, this number of hours can increase during vacations or in case of an agreed work placement or internship. However, students are not allowed to engage in entrepreneurship, self-employment, or enter into professional sports or entertainment.
Tuitions fees can range from 22,000 to 24,000 GBP per year. Since most courses are only one year, this will be a student’s total tuition cost for their degree. Accommodation and living expenses can vary from 1,000 to 1,800 GBP per month depending upon the university and the size of the city.
International Students are provided free healthcare services through the National Health Service. Dental and optical care is not covered, and students may also have to pay for prescription medicine.
If you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in a country with some of the world’s most elite universities, consider the UK and reach out to our representatives for personalized application guidance tailored to your academic and professional profile.