United Kingdom

Study in United Kingdom

Last edited on 23 Oct 2018
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Welcome to United Kingdom

Situated in northwest Europe the United Kingdom is a political union made up of four constituent countries: England, Scotland, Wales (Great Britain) and Northern Ireland. The two official languages in Britain are English and Welsh, English being the most widely spoken. The United Kingdom has a highly industrialised economy and the sixth-largest gross domestic product in the world. Nearly 80% of UK economy is services based, with around 19 % the industrial sector. Main industries include; aerospace, energy, chemicals, telecommunications, electronics, and financial services. The UK is one of the world’s top ten spenders on Research and Development, which topped 27 Billion Euros in 2015. It has more than 3,000 educational institutions welcoming international students.

Despite uncertainties following the nation’s referendum on EU membership in June 2016, UK universities are united in their efforts to continuing welcoming students from across the EU and the entire world. Indeed, the country is home to many of the world’s most internationally diverse campuses and communities – and this, for many, is a large part of the appeal of studying in the UK.


Higher Education System

Degrees are the most popular undergraduate qualification in the UK. They are academic courses, usually studied over three years in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, or four years in Scotland (where the title master’s degree may be awarded). University International Foundation Year courses help to bridge any gaps between qualifications already held and the ones needed to begin a degree course at a UK university.

There are a wide variety of postgraduate study options. Pre-master’s Courses can last from one term to a complete academic year. Postgraduate Certificate or Diplomas (PG Cert/Dip) are one-year taught postgraduate courses that don’t usually involve research. They’re often accepted as professional qualifications in the relevant field, giving you a head start in your chosen career. Taught Master’s (MA, MSc, LLM, MEd etc) courses generally last for one year and consist of two elements: a number of modules and a dissertation from original research. Research Master’s (MRes, MPhil) is a master’s degree by research. You will devote the entire year to research and your final mark will be determined by the quality of your dissertation. Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a specialist business taught master’s course. It’s the most popular postgraduate qualification.

 A Doctorate (PhD) will take you three to four years to complete, during which you’ll be working on a single research project. New Route PhDs include taught elements as well as a research project and give you the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary study. The UK is popular with international students and according to the latest UNESCO statistics more than 427,000 international tertiary level students studied in the UK in 2012. The UK is well-regarded internationally as a higher education destination offering a wide range of world-leading educational institutions, faculties, disciplines and courses. For e.g., A total of 45 UK universities feature in the Global Top 400 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016, of which 16 are in the Top 100, and 3 in the Top 10 – Imperial College London ranked 8, The University of Cambridge ranked 4, and the University of Oxford ranked the second best University in the World.