Study in UK
UK is a world leader in the field of Engineering, Science, Art & Design, Business & Management, Law, and Finance. It has more than 100 universities offering various degree programs for students wanting to study in the UK. Every year, a large number of students opting from English language courses to PhDs prefer to study in UK so that they can make a difference in their career. As per the rule which will come into effect in 2020, all international graduates could qualify for a two-year period to work in the UK. This will lead to increasing their chances of finding long-term employment after studying.
Top Reasons to Study in UK
Top Ranked Universities
The United Kingdom is home to some of the best internationally acclaimed universities in the world such as Cambridge, Oxford, and University College London which makes it the most preferred study abroad destination. Students choose the UK as a study destination because its degrees and qualifications are internationally recognised. A world-class education, remarkable work prospects, and a good student work-life balance make it a popular choice for higher studies among students.
Quality Education and Better Research Opportunities
UK universities are known for their emphasis on students gaining practical knowledge in their chosen field of study. They promote small class sizes for each student to get equal access to all the required study-related facilities at the university. Students have the flexibility to choose from different subject modules offered by the Universities. The courses can be tailored to suit one’s interests, specialization, and career goals. The research opportunities for students are of world-class quality. Universities in the UK receive regular funding from various government and private sources for research. High quality of education and emphasis on science & research make students graduating from UK Universities, globally a top choice for corporations wanting to hire well-trained professionals. Students study and work along with some of the best minds from various fields and industries, using most advanced technologies in the world.
Pursuing a Postgraduate course in the UK is relatively short when compared to the other parts of the world. For example, an MBA in the UK is usually of a one-year duration making it a cost-effective option for international students. It also gives students an opportunity to enter the job market sooner in comparison to the students studying in other countries.
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The Education System in the UK
For degree-awarding bodies, there are two different types of higher education qualifications in the UK. One is followed by Scotland and the other by the rest of the UK.
- FQHEIS -The Framework for Qualifications of Higher Education Institutions in Scotland
- FHEQ -The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications of Degree Awarding Bodies in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
The power to award degrees is regulated by law; the national authorities only recognize those institutions which have been granted degree-awarding powers by a royal charter or by Act of Parliament. With bodies such as Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for higher education that look into improvement of quality standards of education and Research Excellence Framework (REF) a system for assessing research quality in higher education institutions, education quality in the UK has been world-class.
Types of Qualification
The minimum age for a student to begin his/her undergraduate course is 18 years and in Scotland it is 17. Various qualifications offered by UK universities are:
The Foundation Degrees are for school-leavers who have studied a non-British curriculum and wish to pursue a degree at UK university. The foundation course acts as a bridge between your current qualifications and UK university undergraduate entry requirements. One can study Business, Finance, and Management, Computing, Law, Art and Design, Engineering, Social Science, Medicine Science, and Pharmacy, Media and Humanities. A minimum IELTS score of 4.5 is required for international students wishing to study a foundation, with no single element less than 4.0.
International undergraduate applications to all UK universities are managed by UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Also known as First-degree courses they are usually awarded with honors. It typically takes three years to complete in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and four years at a Scottish university.
A sandwich course will last four years as it will involve spending one year at a work placement related to the field of course study.
Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and Diplomas of Higher Education (DipHE)
These are short undergraduate degrees that can be completed within 2 years. Both HNDs and DipHE are qualifications at Level 5 of the FHEQ which may be professional, technical or academic in nature. They do not lead to postgraduate study as a next step. Students who wish to do so can extend the course by a year to make them a degree qualification.
A taught Master’s degree normally takes one year to complete. There are four main types of a taught program, Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Engineering (MEng), with each lasting 1-2 years full-time.
A Research Master’s degree will take two years to complete. Research degrees include the Master of Science (MSc), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Master of Research (MRes).
MPhil (Master of Philosophy)
Students choose to study an MPhil if the proposed research in the course has insufficient scope for a full Ph.D. MPhil can last one year full-time and two years part-time. Post MPhil one needs to transfer to a Ph.D. program if one wants to pursue a doctorate.
MRes (Master of Research)
An MRes is an advanced postgraduate research degree within the areas of art, humanities and social sciences. Some Ph.D.’s require an MRes as a qualification before beginning the program.
Professional doctorates are similar to a Ph.D. but are intended to advance professional practice, rather than improve academic ability. Common professional doctorates include Law, Education, Business, Engineering, and Medicine.
Life as a student in UK
Living, studying or visiting the UK can really offer an enriching experience to any individual wishing to develop themselves either personally or professionally. The UK is an amazing mix of international cultures, varied diversity, and contemporary thinking held together by a strong sense of identity and tradition. Home to multinational corporate, a rich history, and varied culture, the country is the ideal place for academic, professional, and personal growth. Surrounded by some of the biggest names in the corporate field, your career prospects will be excellent once you graduate from here. As an international student, you’ll find a variety of exciting experiences ahead of you and will have the opportunity to discover different places and meet new people.
Intakes & Deadlines
For Universities, there are two major intakes available in the UK – September /October or January/February intake. Most undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses commence in September/October. A few institutes take January/February intake depending on the courses.
Financial Support for International Students
Fully funded and partially funded scholarships are available for the students studying in the UK. Scholarships, grants and bursaries are offered by the government and universities to meritorious students every year to both local and international students in various fields of study. The amount of university-specific UK Scholarships varies depending on the student’s profile, ranging from £ 1,000 up to £6,000. Doctoral degrees in the UK are generally fully funded.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in UK includes accommodation, transportation, food, course supplies, bills, health insurance, and miscellaneous expenses, along with the tuition fee. The various accommodations available for students includes Halls of residence (managed by universities, usually private room on shared basis), Off-campus (Rents are comparatively expensive an depends on facilities availed) and Private renting (apt for students seeking to stay with family and friends).
On an average for an international student per year expenditure can range from £12,200 -15,000.
Students can use TOTUM card earlier called the National Student Card/ NUS card to cut down their living expenses in the UK. These cards can help you to get some discount at national stores.
Working While Studying
Non –EEA (European Economic Area) students can work part-time upto 20 hours during the term-time. Students are allowed to work full time during vacations. Many universities have careers and work placement centers that also help to find employment for their students. However, the rules may vary for Ireland and Scotland. As a student you need to check the requirements for applying to jobs in the UK.
Post-Study Work Rights and Immigration in UK
A student who has a valid UK immigration status and has successfully completed a course of study in any subject at the undergraduate level or above at an approved UK Higher Education Provider is eligible for a two-year post-study work visa. It will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies.
The Manya Advantage
Manya Education holds an exceptional track record of guiding more than 2 Lakh students since its inception in 2002. Manya offers end-to-end guidance and solution for all the overseas education requirements focusing on foreign university admissions and test preparation. Our professionally certified staff and faculty guide students through the entire journey covering:
- Short-listing of Universities
- Test preparation
- Building a competitive application strategy
- Interview preparation
- Visa services
Admission and Counseling Process
At Manya Education, we understand the importance of right counseling & guidance when it comes to higher education abroad. Students and parents have multiple concerns related to studying abroad pertaining to course requirements, application processes, career advice, visa policies, financial aid, and other adjustment challenges when staying abroad.
Our expert education counselors have years of experience in higher studies abroad. They ensure appropriate support is given to all students by guiding them through every step of the application process. Counselors with in-depth screening and discussions help students identify their exact needs and follow them up by finding the best match for them.
Our team will engage in conducting a comprehensive profiling exercise with you who will help you analyse your overall profile and current status with respect to your future study goals.
At this stage, our team will:
- Assess your academic & professional background
- Provide you profile enhancement tips based on your preferred course of study
- Based on your current profile, help you understand the suitability of various program options
Based on a check of your academic performance, test scores, credentials, and work experience our team will compare your profile with other applicants. Based on the results the team will shortlist best-fit universities and suggest courses & majors. The final university shortlist list will be classified into:
- DREAM – Universities you have less than or equal to 50% chances of receiving an admit
- REACH – Universities where you have 50-80% chances of receiving an admit
- SAFE – Universities where you have more than 80% chances of getting an admit
Finance is a crucial factor in making a decision on higher studies. Our team of counsellors will provide information on the financial support options available to students for higher studies abroad. They will help you get detailed information on various foreign educations loans and other financial aid options. All your queries related to scholarships and grants offered by overseas universities and government will also be answered in detail.
Admission Test Support
Our counsellors will assist with all the necessary information concerning admission tests required for programs of your interest. They will support you with information on the eligibility criteria, test preparation, tips on acing the tests, fee and duration. Once the test results are shared by you with the shortlisted universities, the counsellors will follow up on your application with the next steps in the process.
Did you know that incomplete university application files or incorrect application forms lead to rejections?
A crucial step of the admissions service is editing your application essays/statements of purpose, resume, letters of recommendation, etc. These documents give the university admissions committee an extensive insight into your personality, abilities, achievements, and goals. Our team of editors will assist you with the following:
- Connect and brainstorm with you to thoroughly understand your profile and clarify the requirements of the university with respect to the written documents.
- Edit your resume to highlight your strengths and achievements.
- Edit and draft your written documents so that they stand out, above and beyond your scores.
Manya Education admissions team will closely collaborate with you to ensure that your application forms & documents are complete as per the College/University requirements.
Our expert application analysts along with advisors will provide you the required checklist of College/University-specific documents. All the filled-out forms will be duly checked to ensure an error-free application submission.
Upon receiving and accepting the university offer letter, the team will help you prepare documents to be submitted for securing the Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS).
Once your profile and application is shortlisted by the university admission committee, it may invite you for a round of interview either via telephone or Skype/Zoom.
Manya Education exclusive interview preparation services rendered by our experienced interview trainers conduct mock sessions with applicants and share incisive feedback & tips, suggest necessary improvements to enable the applicants to ace their actual interview(s).
Student Visa Assistance
Securing a student (TIER4) /Short-study visa is the final step towards realising your dream of studying in the UK. Our experienced visa advising specialists will help with documentation, and conduct mock sessions to prepare you for the visa interview. Based on your performance they will suggest necessary improvements required for you to successfully clear the actual interview. Our visa experts will assist you with:
- The checklist and formats required for a student visa.
- Information on financial documentation requirements for you & your immediate family.
- Review your filled visa forms and visa file to identify any errors.
- Prepare you for the actual visa interview.
The journey of studying abroad is an exciting one in many ways. One has to be prepared for changes and learn new ways of life. Before you embark on your journey abroad after obtaining the student visa, it is essential for you to have an insight on how to comfortably adapt and adjust life in a foreign nation.
At Manya Education, pre-departure orientation sessions are conducted by our well-traveled academic team where you will receive first-hand ‘Pre-Arrival’ and ‘On-Arrival’ information. The sessions share inputs and advice on important aspects of foreign culture, education systems, currency, and insurance to name a few. These sessions ensure you make a smooth transition into a new culture and lifestyle.