The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 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 our country. Retaining its glory, the universities have pioneered innovations over the years retaining its prominence in global education system.
Speaking of the contemporary times, the universities in the UK have consistently been ranked among the best in the world. The degrees and diplomas awarded by the institutions enjoy worldwide recognition and graduates from these institutions gain the competitive edge in the international job market. Academically, the UK undertakes 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 include specialized modules which are taught by the world’s leading academicians and experts and also facilitate constant academic support to the students.
The birthplace of English, the United Kingdom is a good place to develop language skills and enhance your employability. Additionally, it is one of the most multicultural nation and a sanctuary to all major religions, cultures, cuisines, which makes it a leading destination for international exposure among 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. The Master’s program in UK includes the Master of Arts (MA), the Master of Science (MSc), the Master of Business Administration (MBA), and the Master of Engineering which are taught through seminars and lectures and assessed through exams, dissertations, or projects. The 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 of Science (MSc), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and Master of Research (MRes) which require shorter papers as compared to a Ph.D.
Entry requirements vary between universities and depend primarily on the ranking of the university. Generically speaking, for Master’s programs, most universities require a good Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and proof of proficiency in the English language.
Students who do not have the minimum eligibility can opt for a Pre-Master’s program which will prepare an aspiring student for postgraduate study in the UK. Few universities run their own pre-master’s programs while others work in partnership with specialist colleges.
English language requirements
To prove your proficiency in the English language, you may take the IELTS which is the most accepted test of English. However, TOEFL and CAE are also accepted.
As for the minimum scores, it may again vary from university to university, but on an average, most UK universities require a 6.5. The band requirement is higher for a program that requires 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, you may also look for intensive English language courses run by few universities to enhance the student’s level of English and bring them up to the desired level.
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, a Tier 4 (General) visa, work on a Point Based System (PBS). In order to apply for a student visa in the UK, one must be ‘Sponsored’ by a recognized university. The university must confirm that the student has been offered an admission and will be studying the postgraduate within the regulations of the 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. Best time to apply for the visa is at least 3 months prior to the commencement of the program. Apply it online and book your appointment for a visa interview at the Visa Application Center. The final application process time can vary anywhere between 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 the program date. The student visa issued is only a short-term entry permit which has to be replaced by the long-term biometric residence permit within 30 days of the student’s arrival in the UK.
A Master’s program in UK spans over 12 months which helps the student save time and money in addition to becoming ready for a career earlier than expected compared to most other countries.
Most universities have rolling deadlines, however, just check with the university specifically about their deadline for the particular program that you are applying to.
The Master’s program in the UK can enhance your profile multifold. You become the elite in the field of postgraduate education and a degree from a university in the UK will definitely lead you to better job prospects.
The full-time postgraduate students who are 6 months into the course can work up to 20 hours per week. However, this number of hours can go up during vacations or in case of an agreed work placement or internship. However, students are not allowed to engage in business, self-employment, or enter into professional sports or entertainment.
Tuitions fees can range from 22000 to 24000 GBP per year. Since it is mostly a one-year course, this is all you will be paying. Accommodation and living expenses can vary from 1000 to 1800 GBP. This tends to go up towards the higher range in bigger cities.
International Students are provided free healthcare services including surgeries. Dental and optical are however not covered and you may also have to pay for the medicines.
So why wait, if you want to do your Masters in one of the oldest and most venerable countries in higher education, then contact our representative right away who will guide you to your dream destination.