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An Overview of Study in UK Universities

September 2020

Universities in UK are ranked globally because the quality of their courses is unparalleled. A multicultural society, it welcomes students from a plethora of countries which enable the assimilation of cultures allowing students to have a fruitful experience when they decide to study in UK. To ensure that the quality of education imparted at universities in UK remains top-notch, universities go through regular assessments. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education is the key body responsible for maintaining these standards.

Compelling Reasons why students should study in UK

  • Shorter course duration when compared to other countries.
  • Undergraduate programs for a duration of 3 years, while postgraduate programs last for a period of 1 year.
  • The shorter course duration helps curb the cost of tuition fees and living expenditure.
  • Financial assistance in the form of scholarships and bursaries are offered by universities in UK.
  • Students are given the liberty to harness their creative potential.
  • Study in UK helps develop a student's personality and enhances their confidence.
  • The course structure and teaching paedology are such that it brings out the best in students.
  • Students get to be taught by some of the greatest minds in the field of academia.

Top Courses at universities in UK

  • Architecture Building Planning
  • Business Management and Maths
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Arts
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • English Literature and Media
  • Geography
  • History
  • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Nursing and Health
  • Politics, Philosophy and Theology
  • Psychology, Sociology, Sciences & Biosciences
  • Veterinary Studies and Agriculture
  • Design

Costs to study in UK

As mentioned earlier the costs to study in UK is economical when compared to other study destinations and the same can be understood for a quick overview of the cost framework of different areas of study:

 Subject   Tuition Fees (Per Year)
 Arts, Humanities   £ 8,000 to £ 10,000
 Engineering / Science   £ 10,000 to £ 13,000
 Business  £ 12,000 to £ 16,000
 MBA  £ 10,000 to £ 25,000 


Since in most cases universities in UK are funded by the government, they have limited resources available to provide students with scholarships. However, provisions are still made in order to avail students the opportunity to access scholarships and bursaries. These forms of financial assistance are provided on the basis of academic performance. Students looking to study in UK from India also have at their disposal specific scholarships dedicated to them. Moreover, individual university departments may also offer scholarships to students. Other renowned scholarships offered include Chevening Scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarship, DFID scholarship.


Universities in UK have an intake in September and October. While on the other hand, some also have a January or February intake.

Entry Requirements

Depending on the course and level of study students are required to possess academic scores. Moreover, in order to be eligible to study in UK students also need to possess English Language proficiency. The minimum score for IELTS is 6.5 for PG courses and 6.0 for UG Studies. Some universities in UK take into consideration the marks scored in English in XII. If students have scored up to 75%, some universities waive off the English requirement. What is also important for students to note is that certain universities also accept TOEFL and PTE scores as well.

Work Opportunities

During the duration of their study in UK students can work part-time that is 20 hours per week and full-time during their course break. Students can expect to earn around £ 5 - £ 7 per hour i.e. approximately £375 - £525 per month during the term. Local newspapers, job shops, university career cells are excellent starting points for students to gain information about jobs available.

Stay Back Avenues

International students from a range of countries which include India, can stay back in the UK two years upon the completion of the course. Until recently, those who study in UK from India received a stay back of mere four to six months respectively. The new visa applies to students studying any subject at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The new route is set to be launched in the summer of 2021, meaning eligible graduates in the summer of 2021 (Academic Year 2020-21) will be able to apply for this route. This also includes students who have already commenced their course.

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