The UK is one of the countries which come to mind while planning for overseas education. The UK stands in the 2nd position amongst the world’s most desirable and leading destinations for higher education, with four of its universities making to the top 10 among the best universities in the world.
International Students in Higher Education in the UK: A Fact Check
According to the UK’s Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA), in 2018-19:
About 15% of the top Business Schools in the world, including Judge Business School (Cambridge University) and Said Business School (Oxford University), are in the UK. Here is a list of top-ranking business schools in the UK, as per the Financial Times Global MBA rankings 2020:
There are four main categories of taught programmes- Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Engineering (MEng), with each lasting for 1-2 years.
Students need to attend weekly seminars, tutorials and lectures in taught programmes and are assessed on the basis of exams, dissertation or project.
For a Research Master’s, students are expected to work on a schedule, submit a thesis by the end of their research and work under the supervision of a faculty advisor. PhD, Master of Science (MSc), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Master of Research (MRes) are some of the research degrees offered in the UK.
The best part about the UK universities is that, for MBA and Master’s programs, only 15 years of education is needed, which is equivalent to a three-year bachelor’s degree, unlike US and Canadian universities where usually 16 years of education is needed (equivalent to a 4-year bachelor’s degree)
Owing to a 3-year bachelor’s degree offered by UK universities, the UK is a hit with undergraduate international applicants.
Apart from the 3-year bachelor’s degrees, the other types of undergraduate courses offered in the UK are:
|Study Program||Average Fee Per Year (in GBP Euros*)|
|Undergraduate courses||10,000 to 20,000 per annum|
|MS courses / MBA programs||10,000 to 20,000 per annum|
|PhD||15,000 to 24,000 per annum|
*Note: all figures are indicative; PhD cost might vary as fully-funded options are also available in the UK
The application start date(s) depends on the intake. There are three intakes offered in the UK universities: Fall or September/October intake; Winter or January/February intake; Summer/Spring or May intake.
The application deadlines may vary between universities, courses and levels of courses. Usually, the deadlines fall between October and January.
The release of admission decisions depends on the number of applications received for a particular program of study. Generally, the decisions are released between January and March.
It is ideal to apply at least three months before the commencement of the course. The visa decision is generally notified in around three weeks from the date of visa application.
There are three intakes offered in the UK universities: Fall or September/October intake; Winter or January/February intake; Summer/Spring or May intake. The Fall intake is the main/primary intake.
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Tuition fees in UK vary from £14,000 to £36,000 for entire course. Living expense however may vary from £10,000 to £12,000
If you want to apply to top MBAs programs in UK, GMAT is strongly recommended. However, there are options wherein you can apply to an MBA without taking GMAT.
For Masters, you need to have at least 60% in your bachelor’s (in UK terms 2.1 for top universities and 2.2 for average universities). For an undergrad, you should have at least scored 70% and above to get into UK University.
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All International students planning for study permit in UK for longer than six months are required to pay a ‘health surcharge’ in order to gain access to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The health surcharge is £150 per year (or £75 for 6 months or less) for students and is payable when you submit your visa application on-line. Visa applicants need to pay up-front for the total period of their UK visa.
You’ll need to start preparing the applications 10-12 months in advance with respect to the intake in which you are applying. For e.g. for September 2021, start the application by Oct-Nov 2020. However, don’t wait until the last moment to apply – you’ll also need time to sort out your finances, travel arrangements, accommodation, and possibly your visa.
Yes, students’ loans are available for higher studies in the UK. Based on merit, international students can avail grants, scholarships, and bursaries in the UK. The amount will vary basis the course and its level.