Life in the UK

You can choose from thousands of courses in science and technology, computing and business, art and design, social sciences and many others


Study in the United Kingdom and you’ll find an array of exciting experiences to discover — music, celebrations, accents, people to meet, places to visit – the list is endless. As the UK is such a cosmopolitan society you’ll find that many customs are already familiar to you — so you’ll settle in faster than you think. There are many reasons why you should study an undergraduate or a post graduate course in the UK — and an even greater number of subjects to choose from. Courses ranging from accountancy to zoology are delivered at hundreds of universities and colleges of higher education throughout the region. With a UK degree you can specialise in the subject that interests you, in a country renowned for the quality of its research and the reputation of its academics.

You can choose from thousands of UK courses in science and technology, computing and business, art and design, social sciences, the humanities and many others. The broad range and flexible approach of the UK education system means that you’re free to choose exactly what you want to study.


Undergraduate study

The wide range of undergraduate courses in the UK gives you a huge amount of flexibility. You can enrol on a bachelor’s degree from the beginning, or you can start by taking a two-year HND or foundation degree and then top up to a degree afterwards. You can study a single honours degree and focus entirely on one subject, or study two subjects in a joint honours or combined honours degree – it’s entirely up to you. Full-time undergraduate courses in the UK vary from one year to four years depending on the type of course you choose:

HNC: one year

HND, foundation degree,

Dip HE: two years; three with a year in industry/overseas

Bachelor’s degree: three years (four in Scotland); four with a year in industry

Master’s degree (where these are awarded as a first degree): four years

Go for the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a centralised application process for UK undergraduate study. It makes applying for full-time undergraduate degree courses and Higher National Dipomas (HNDs) straightforward and easy to understand.


Postgraduate course

To begin a postgraduate course in the UK, you’ll need to hold an undergraduate degree from the UK or overseas. You’ll be expected to have obtained a first or good 2:1 (or international equivalent) in a directly related subject and you’ll need to speak English to at least IELTS 6.5 level for most courses. Most master’s degrees and MBAs at UK universities last one year compared to two in other countries, including the USA and Australia. Choosing the UK means you only have to pay tuition fees for one year and you’ll be back in the workplace before you know it. A master’s degree, PhD or MBA from a UK university will prove to employers that you’re capable of independent thought and self-discipline. They’ll know you can conduct and analyse your own research and make a real contribution to their company or organisation.

Full-time postgraduate courses in the UK vary from one year to four years, depending on the type of course you choose:

  • One-year courses: Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma, Master’s degrees, MBAs
  • Two-year courses: Some master’s degrees
  • Three to four-year courses: PhDs, New Route PhDs


Entry requirements

There are many different entry requirements depending on your chosen type of UK study. The great thing about studying in the UK is that even if you don’t meet the requirements for one course, you can choose another at a different level and work your way up. The UK offers a range of study options to suit international students at all levels. You will need a good understanding of English before you can study at most further and higher education institutions in the UK. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s leading English test of its kind, testing the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.  Over 1,000UK institutions recognise IELTS and the test is available in over 125 different countries. The qualifications you need depend on the course you want to study. You should have completed at least 13 years of education in your own country or in the UK, and have taken pre-university qualifications equivalent to UK A-levels, Scottish Highers or National Diplomas.



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