Why Study in UK?
Let’s Look at the Numbers!
- As per QS World University Rankings 2018, 4 UK universities are in the top 10 list – University of Cambridge (Rank 5), University of Oxford (Rank 6), University College London (Rank 7), Imperial College London (Rank 8); 9 universities are in the top 50 list
- 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 UK came eighth in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2017-2018, ahead of Finland, Norway, Denmark, New Zealand, and Canada
|University of Cambridge|
|University of Oxford|
|University College London|
|Imperial College London|
|The University in Edinburgh|
|King’s College London|
|The University of Manchester|
|London School of Economics & Political Science|
|The University of Warwick|
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Powerful Reasons to Study in the UK
|Internationally Reputed Education||Cost of Education||Proximity to other countries||Multi-cultural Exposure||Strong Employment Prospects|
|High Quality Standards and Rigorous Quality Control||Much lesser than that of US owing to 1-year courses||Closer to other European nations||Diverse Class||Extensive Job Opportunities|
|Programs of shorter duration than US; accepts 15 years of education||Variety of Scholarship options available||travel time between countries||Cross-cultural exposure||Strong & Robust Economy|
Popular Fields of Master’s Study
|Engineering & Technology|
|Mass Communication & Documentation|
|Architecture, Building & Planning|
|Subjects Allied to Medicine|
Types of Master’s degrees
|Taught Master’s||Research Master’s|
|Programs such as Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Business Administration and a Master of Engineering; taught through seminars & lectures, and assessed through exams, dissertations or projects||Programs such as Master of Research (MRes), Master of Philosophy (MPhil); typically a Ph.D. in which students focus their learning around a particular thesis and are supervised by an academic guide.|
Program Duration & Cost of Education
|Duration||Cost of Education per annum (Tuition Plus Living)|
|Usually of 1 year||Tuition 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.|
Eligibility Criteria for Master’s Programs
|Strong Academic Credentials||Standardized Test Scores||Other Aspects of Profile|
|An undergraduate degree (3 years) in a related discipline
Pre-Master’s – 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.
|GRE is not mandatory for most programs at most universities
IELTS is required
As for the minimum scores, it varies from university to university, but on an average, most UK universities require a 6.5 on IELTS. 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.
|Strong Academic Profile, projects, internships, papers|
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.
Intakes & Application Deadlines
There are two intakes available in the UK institutes – January or February intake and September or October intake.
Most universities have rolling deadlines, however, you should check with their desired university about program-specific deadlines.
Student Visa Terms and Provisions
The UK student visa is called a Tier 4 (General) Visa, which works on a Point Based System (PBS). In order to apply for a student visa in the UK, you must be ‘sponsored’ by a recognized university. The university must confirm that you have been offered admission and will be studying for your postgraduate degree within UK immigration requirements. Thereafter, the university will issue a ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies’.
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.
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.
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.