Study UK

UK has a world renowned education system and lead many areas of education including engineering, science, business & management, and many more. Some of the world’s top ranked universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, and London School of Economics etc. are in UK. Due to its reputation of proving quality education and good ranked universities, every year over 6,00,000 international students visit UK for variety of programs.

Why UK

  • World’s many Top ranked universities are in UK
  • UK Degree value all over the world
  • It is one of the main leaders in world’s scientific research and producing research papers.
  • Institutions follow flexible curriculum
  • The teaching and education methods used in the UK instigate creativity, make students confident, and develop other personal skills.
  • UK institutions are home of many world’s leading professors. Students get the opportunity to be taught by some of the best minds in the industry.

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Undergraduate Studies

UK universities are well known for their undergraduate programs. Different types of programs are available such as Foundation, Diplomas, Certificates, and Bachelor programs.

Foundation degree, diplomas/ certificates of higher education are equivalent to two years in an honours degree. These degrees are equivalent to two years of bachelor degree and students pursuing them can get a direct entry into third year at the university. Bachelor degrees are classified as either Ordinary or Honours. Average course duration of bachelor programs in UK is three years, however for some courses (e.g. engineering) its four years.

Admission Requirements

In general, Indian High School Leaving Certificate (all boards including CBSE and ISC) at the end of standard XII will generally be considered for direct entry onto undergraduate programs with an overall average score of 85% or above. However, to be highly competitive, students would require an overall average score of 90%Plus.

English Lanugage Requirements

There are several English language tests a student can take in order to prove his or her English proficiency level. Most popular ones are IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE etc. On an average minimum score requirements in most of the universities are given below:

  • IELTS – Overall 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL – Overall 80 (no section score less than 20)
  • PTE – Overall 58-64 (no section less than 50)

Required Documents

  • UCAS Application
  • Certified copies of all marksheets and certificates
  • IELTS or TOEFL
  • Statement of Propose
  • Letter of Recommendations

Application Intakes & Duration

There is one main intake in UK for undergraduate program as most of them follow UCAS application process. Programs start in September/ October and the application deadline is normally in the month of January.

Duration

  • Bachelor degree (3 or 4 years, e.g. ordinary programs)
  • Bachelor with honors (4 years, e.g. engineering programs)

Application Process

  • Step 1 Explore the options
  • Step 2 Decide on a subject
  • Step 3 Search for courses
  • Step 4 Check entry requirements with the university/college
  • Step 5 Choose up to five courses to apply to
  • Step 6 Complete application online
  • Step 7 Get a reference
  • Step 8 Submit the application
  • Step 9 Receive offers and check if an English language test is required, and choose final options
  • Step 10 See if the conditions are met and the application is accepted
  • Step 11 Arrange finances
  • Step 12 Apply for a student visa

Expenses & Scholarships

Tuition Fees
Depending on the program and university, the average tuition fee for undergraduate program is around £15,000 to £20,000 per year.

Living Expenses
Estimated living expenses is around £9,000 to £10,000 per year

Scholarships
Universities offer a range of funding opportunities international students. Funding information is generally available on institutions Scholarships and Funding pages. Students can also contact the department in which you will be studying to find out availability of any scholarships there.

Local British Council office might be able to offer advice on other potential sources of funding. It is always recommended to apply as early as possible for any possible funding opportunities.

Master Studies

There are four main types of postgraduate degree in the UK: taught masters (also called Masters by Coursework), and research masters: Masters by Research (MRes), Masters of Philosophy (MPhil). The most common varieties of taught Masters degree in the UK are the MA (Master of Arts) and the MSc (Master of Science). In some cases a subject-specific qualification may also carry professional accreditation: LLM (for Law studies at master level), and The MBA (for business masters programs).

Admission Requirements

A First or Upper Second class bachelor degree in the UK, or the overseas equivalent, in a related field with sufficient evidence in relevant modules taken.

English Lanugage Requirements

International Student need to take English proficiency tests in order to prove his or her English proficiency level. Most popular tests ones are IELTS, TOEFL etc. On an average minimum score requirements in most of the universities are given below:

  • IELTS – Overall 6.5 (overall average 7 for research masters)
  • TOEFL – Overall 80 (overall average 92 for research masters)

Required Documents

  • Application Form (if applying offline)
  • Original or certified copies of all marksheets and certificates
  • IELTS or TOEFL scorecard
  • Letter of Recommendations
  • Statement of Propose
  • Research Proposal (For research masters)
  • Resume
  • Copy of Passport

Application Intakes & Duration

There is one main intake in UK and it’s in the month of September/ October. Some Universities though offer a January/ February intake. of January.

Duration

  • Taught Masters (Ma/ MSc) – 1 Year Full Time
  • Research Masters (MRes/ MPhil) – 1 Year Full Time

Application Process

    • Step 1 Choose the program
    • Step 2 Select the university
    • Step 3 Check entry requirements and the application deadline
    • Step 4 Check documents requirements
    • Step 5  Start online/ offline application
    • Step 6 Upload required documents if applicable
    • Step 7 Submit online/ offline applications
    • Step 8 Pay application Fee if applicable
    • Step 9 Send required documents when asked
    • Step 10 If offered admission, students will receive unconditional/ conditional offer of admission
    • Step 11 Pay deposits towards your tuition fee/ letter from a financial sponsor
    • Step 12 Receive CAS Letter
    • Step 13  Apply for ATAS Certificate (for some programs)
    • Step 14  Receive ATAS certificate
    • Step 15  Apply for VISA

For Research Masters (MRes/ MPhil)

  • Step 1  Choose the program and the universities
  • Step 2  Align your research with universities research focus areas
  • Step 3  Choose and make contact with your potential supervisor
  • Step 4  Prepare research proposal
  • Step 5  Check documents requirements
  • Step 6  Start online/ offline application

Expenses & Scholarships

Tuition Fees
Depending on the program and university, the average tuition fee for undergraduate program is around £15,000 to £25,000 per year.

Living Expenses
Estimated living expenses is around £9,000 to £10,000 per year

Scholarships
There are several funding opportunities are available at masters level international students. For taught masters programs students receive merit scholarships as well as tuition fee discounts. Universities sometimes provide country specific scholarships for international students. For research masters, students receive bursaries, studentships, scholarships etc. although preferences are generally given to doctoral candidates.

Funding information is also available on institutions Scholarships & Funding page, and on department pages.
Local British Council office might be able to offer advice on other potential sources of funding. It is always recommended to apply as early as possible for any possible funding opportunities.

Doctoral Studies

A PhD course is largely based on independent education, so students generally need to submit a research proposal before being accepted. Successful applicants may then be asked to register for a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) degree. After one year of education, students and their work will be transferred to a PhD program, providing they can show that they have made expected progresses on the course.

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD programs, applicants need to have an undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognized overseas institution. They also need to hold a master degree in a relevant subject.

English Lanugage Requirements

Students need to provide evidence that they have achieved the following levels of English language proficiency.

  • IELTS – Overall 7 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL – Overall 92 (no section less than 20)
  • PTE – Overall 67 (no section less than 56)

Required Documents

  • Application Form (if applying offline)
  • Certified copies of bachelor and master degree marksheets and certificates
  • IELTS or TOEFL scorecard
  • Letter of Recommendations
  • Statement of Propose
  • Research Proposal
  • Resume
  • Copy of Passport

Application Intakes & Duration

Most PhD degree programs start in either October or January .

Duration

In the UK, most PhD programs last for three years. Students are expected to submit a thesis within 12 months of the end of the program (and preferably within the three year period).

Application Process

    • Step 1  Choose the program and the universities
    • Step 2  Find out a potential supervisor whose research interests match with yours
    • Step 3  Choose and make contact with your potential supervisor
    • Step 4  Prepare research proposal
    • Step 5  Check documents requirements
    • Step 6  Start online/ offline application
    • Step 7  Upload required documents if applicable
    • Step 8  Upload research proposal or send hardcopy with other documents
    • Step 9  Submit online/ offline applications
    • Step 10  Pay application Fee if applicable
    • Step 11  Send required documents when asked
    • Step 12  If offered admission, students will receive unconditional/ conditional offer of admission
    • Step 13  Pay deposits towards your tuition fee/ letter from a financial sponsor
    • Step 14  Receive CAS Letter
    • Step 15  Apply for ATAS Certificate (for some programs)
    • Step 16  Receive ATAS certificate
    • Step 17  Apply for VISA

Interviews: In many universities, PhD candidates will normally be interviewed and there are several different formats the interview could take. For international applicants it could be conducted either over the telephone or via Skype.

Expenses & Scholarships

Tuition Fees
Depending on the program and university, the average tuition fee for undergraduate program is around £12,000 to £27,000 per year.

Living Expenses
Estimated living expenses is around £9,000 to £10,000 per year.

Scholarships
Scholarships, studentships, fellowships, discounts, loans, and several other types of funding opportunities are available for doctoral students. Funding both from both universities as well as Government is also available. Most of the scholarships got application deadline, so it’s advisable to apply as soon as possible.