United Kingdom is gaining ground as one of the most preferred studies abroad destinations for international students. It has some of the oldest and the most prestigious World’s Top Universities.
The good thing is that program options and qualifications offered by the UK universities are globally recognized, and UK is known as a Universal Leader in study areas such as Engineering, Science, Business, Management, Finance, Law, Art, Design, and many more.
There are numerous Scholarships and Internship opportunities available for international students to study in UK.
Another advantage of UK is that they provide shorter and more intensive courses; innovative teaching methods, easy admission and visa process make UK an ideal choice for International Students.
Popular Universities in the UK
The United Kingdom is home to some of the World-Renowned Universities that are known for their academic excellence. UK is home to 131 universities of international repute. To let you know 4 out of the top 10 World Ranked Universities and 17 of world’s top 100 universities are based in the UK as per QS World Rankings 2022.
Here’s a list of some of the top universities in UK:
These are just a few and the list is quite a lengthy one.
Masters in UK
In this article we will focus more on the prospects of pursuing masters in UK. The best part is that Post Graduate Degrees are mostly of 1-year duration in the UK, thereby saving time and money of international students. Let’s have a look at the qualifications offered at post graduate level, popular programs, entry requirements, intakes, cost of education, scholarships, internships, part time work options, student visa processing and post study work visa prospects. In short, we will give a complete overview for masters in UK.
Postgraduate Level Qualifications
You can pick any of the below mentioned qualifications for your higher studies in UK based on your eligibility.
Postgraduate Certificate and Diplomas,
MPhil and PhD.
The most sought-after programmes which students prefer for pursuing masters in UK are:
MBA, Business and Management
Design: Fashion, Interior, product
Hospitality and Tourism
Bio Medical Sciences
We have just enlisted the popular programs. If you have an interest beyond this, you can check out for it, and you’ll surely get any program option that you are looking for.
Let us now talk about the entry requirements to get an admit in the UK universities. For post graduate courses, students with a three years or four years bachelor’s degree with minimum 60-65% will be considered for direct admission into High Ranked Prestigious Universities of the UK.
There are many other popular universities in UK accepting students with average or lesser academic percentage up to 55% as well.
Other than academic requirements, international students will also need English Language Test Scores such as IELTS or TOEFL.
The tests such as GRE, GMAT are required by very few Universities and for selected courses only.
Intakes for Postgraduate Courses
Postgraduate courses often run from September to September. Certain universities offer multiple intakes so that the start dates can vary.
For universities offering one intake, students can start one year before the course commencement date. Whereas for the universities offering multiple intakes in a year, students can start the process at least 6 months before the start date.
Cost of Education in the UK
Let’s check out the cost to study in UK considering the annual expenses in GBP. Total Expenses for one year will approximately come up to 24775 GBP based on the below given bifurcation.
Tuition Fees for one-year (Indicative)*- 14000 GBP
Living and Accommodation- 9207GBP
Visa Fees- 363GBP
Immigration Health Surcharge/National Health Surcharge- 705GBP
Airfare from India to United Kingdom- 500GBP
As you see we have covered all the possible costs to be incurred. It can be slightly low or high depending on the university, program, study duration and the city you choose.
Scholarships for International Students
UK Universities offer a number of scholarships, bursaries, and grant schemes to international students allowing their study abroad journey to become smoother.
In general, the scholarships amount ranges by and large from £1000 to £5000. Scholarship amount can also range from full or 50% fees waiver for students with academic excellence, but these are obviously very few in numbers and highly competitive.
There are many external scholarships for international students in UK which cover full fees and living expenses. To name a few, Chevening Scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarships and Great Scholarship. These Scholarships are offered to select few talented individuals to pursue one-year master’s degree in UK in specific subjects only. So, you need to check out all the relevant details on the official websites.
Internships & Part Time Job Options
Students can take a part-time job, work placement or internship alongside their studies in the UK. They can work 20 hours per week during term time and 40 hours per week during vacations.
At PG level UK Universities offer 18-24 months Postgraduate Courses which allow students to get 6-12 months of internship.
Student Visa Applications Processing
UK Student Visa Applications are processed within 15 working days from the date of the completed application being lodged at the VFS centre.
Each applicant must have liquid funds to show the financial capacity to cover Tuition Fees (for one academic year) and Living Expenses (for 9 months at least)
Student and parents can be the ideal financial sponsors for UK Student Visa Application. Any other relatives like grandparents, uncle, brother, sister cannot sponsor the student and funds in their account will not be accepted.
So, it is essential for the applicant to have a clarity of all these aspects so that the visa processing goes smoother without any hassles or rejection.
Post Study Work Visa
Most of you must be aware that the UK Government announced a new immigration route called a GIR which is effective from 1st July 2021. It is open to all international students who have successfully completed a course of study in any subject at undergraduate level or above with an approved UK Higher Education Provider. This will allow eligible students to work, or search for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies.
Speaking in a nutshell, the UK is providing great academic opportunities to international students with equally great opportunities post studies. So, if you also have been giving a thought to studying masters in the UK this is the right time to approach KC Overseas Education, one of the most renowned Study Abroad Consultants in India and South Asia.
KC’s UK experts will give you in-depth information about the universities, course options, admission, application, and visa process. They will help you shortlist the universities and programs as per your eligibility. KC also assists in standardized test coaching, which you can take in person or online, assistance for Overseas Education Loans and accommodation assistance as well.
In short, KC does complete hand holding from counselling to coaching, application to admission, Education Loan to Visa Process. We give Pre-departure briefing as well to make you feel more adaptable before you leave to your study abroad destination.
Our team is just a call away, so check our website and connect to our UK experts right away. We have 60+ offices across India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. You can connect to our team in person or virtually and get the entire process done.
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