Study in the UK

Published On: 07 Oct 2008

 | Last Updated On: 28 May 2014

If studying abroad is your goal, then United Kingdom (UK) is one of the most sought after destinations for higher education, providing you with the flexibility to shape your study to suit your needs. You will get to experience centuries-old tradition of excellence and innovative approaches that makes UK education respectable and recognized all over the world.

Here are a few pointers that'll help you prepare for studying in UK:

Applying to the UK:

You need to know the entire process of applying to a UK university and obtain the student visa. You need to do some research on universities that fit your bill and shortlist them depending on your personal interests and financial situation.

As one needs to demonstrate the English language ability, the standard tests for English proficiency that a student needs to appear for are the IELTS (International English Language Test) or Cambridge language tests. Those applying for management courses must take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).

After you get an acceptance letter from any of the universities you applied for, get your documents in order and apply for a visa at the UK consulate in India. Most of the big cities in India have a British Council branch, where you can get information and attend orientation programs that help understand the visa application process.

Intake Months:

The highest intake by most UK universities happens in September/October; a few universities do offer January/February intake too.

UK Undergraduate Courses:

Full-time undergraduate courses in the UK vary in length from one year to four years depending on course type. Most undergraduate courses in the UK have core topics that are to be compulsorily studied. The courses also offer optional modules to choose from. You can check the UK application procedure to get an idea on applying to undergraduate courses.

UK postgraduate courses:

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

·       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

UK postgraduate courses give students excellent opportunities to pursue their own special interests. The course durations range from one year to four years, and you can choose from a wide range of options in the arts, sciences, social sciences and humanities.

English Language Courses in the UK

UK being the home of the English language offers English language courses for its students at all levels. The courses employ creative teaching methods that include problem-solving, role-playing exercises, games and group discussions. Students will also use language and technology laboratories for independent studies.

UK Independent Schools and Colleges

The UK independent boarding schools are known for their quality education and facilities of high standards. These schools promise individual attention to all its students and impart independence, love for learning and sociability skills.

UK Career-based and Pre-University Courses

UK career-based courses help you to take up the responsibility for your own studies. Students will be working on various projects and will be assessed on practical demonstrations. These career-based courses are a combination of academics and practical skills that prepares you to be job-ready.

Academic Eligibility:

·        Students must be at least 18 years old and have completed secondary education in their own country.

·        Most UK universities accept the Indian graduation system of three years for entry into most post graduate courses.

·       An Indian bachelor's degree like B.A., B.Com or B.Sc. is equivalent to a British Bachelor (ordinary) degree. However, some courses and universities may require a qualification equivalent to British Bachelor (honors) Degree, which requires 16 years of formal education, which would mean another year after graduation or a four year degree course like BE, BTech or other such courses.

·       Students who have completed part of their bachelor's degree programme in their own country can apply for second or third year entry to a UK degree.

·      Students must have taken an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination and have a score of 5.5–6.0 (undergraduate courses) and 6.5–7.0 (postgraduate courses) overall for most universities. Many of our universities offer pre-sessional English courses to bring the level of English up for non-native speakers.

Cost of Study

UK postgraduate study offers you great value for money. Course fees can vary considerably between institutions, but the figures below show approximately what you'll need to pay.

Arts and humanities courses

£7,000–£12,000 per year

Science courses

£7,500–£12,000 per year

Clinical courses

£10,000–£21,000 per year


£4,000 to more than £30,000

The flexibility in the education system, coupled with world class teaching techniques makes UK the best choice for higher education. If you are looking for best educational experience that would enrich your life, UK is your final destination. 

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