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The Best of UK Universities

August 2016

United Kingdom commonly known as Great Britain is the 78th largest sovereign state in the world and is in the north western coast of Europe. Its capital city London is an important global city and financial centre.

The UK consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland their capitals being Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast, respectively. The United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP and the ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. The UK is considered to have a high-income economy and is categorized as very high in the Human Development Index, ranking 14th in the world.

The UK has become one of the top destinations to study around the world. With traditions of excellence dating back hundreds of years, high class institutions in every corner and much more flexibility than many other countries, the United Kingdom has much to offer international students more than other English-speaking countries.

The UK is known for its multicultural society, with all religions and faiths. With a racial, ethnic, and religious jumble, UK is open to new traditions and cultures.

The Best of UK Universities

The Best of UK Universities

University of St Andrews

Founded in 1413 St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world.

In the QS University World Rankings 2015/16, St Andrews is placed 68th, with the highest place ever in a global ranking, and the ninth year in succession, St Andrews has made the world's top 100 universities.

The University of St Andrews welcomes students from around the world. Approximately 30 percent of student population joins the university from overseas, with some 1,500 undergraduates representing more than 120 different nationalities.

University of Edinburgh

From Nobel laureates and Olympic champions to space explorers and prime ministers, the University of Edinburgh has been influencing history since it opened the gates to its first students in 1583.

It is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world, and one of Scotland's ancient universities. The University of Edinburgh was ranked 17th and 21st in the world by the 2014-15 and 2015-16 QS rankings.

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is a public research university based in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, and United Kingdom. It was founded as University College Nottingham in 1881 and was granted a Royal Charter in 1948.


University of Nottingham ranked amongst the top 1% of the universities worldwide by QS World university 43000 student studies across the campus in UK, China, and Malaysia.

Ranked 8th in the UK for research power, it is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain's leading graduate employers.

Benefits of studying in these top 5 UK Universities

One of the Russell group universities

"Graduate recruiters rank 10 Russell Group universities in the top universities in UK worldwide, and Russell Group graduates typically receive a 10% salary 'top-up' over others."

Students will be working with and learning from some of the brightest minds in the sector who are currently changing the world with their work.

Entrance Exams

For UG and PG - IELTS with bands 6.0 to 7.5 varying according to the course MBA - good level of work experience after graduation and GMAT varying between 600 to 700 if required.


UK Universities have a September intake

Popular Courses

Various departments rank high for their courses like

University of St Andrews

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Human Computer interaction
  • Economics
  • Finance and Economics
  • Creative writing
  • International politics and
  • Astrophysics

University of Edinburgh

  • Architecture
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Electronics
  • Fire and safety engineering
  • Public health
  • Bio informatics
  • Biotechnology

University of Nottingham

  • Arts and Design
  • Architecture
  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical, manufacturing and materials engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Biomedical sciences

Time duration of course for UG and PG

UG - Varying between 3 years and 4 years
PG - Varying between 1 year and 2 years

Fees structure

Fee structure for the University of St Andrews

Faculty of Arts, Divinity or Science, tuition fees for 2016-2017 will be £17,890.
Faculty of Medicine, tuition fees for 2016-2017 will be £25,200.

Varies between £16250 to £19400

Fee structure for the University of Edinburgh

Arts and design, business - £16700
Engineering and biomedical science - £21900

Varies between - £17400 to £26350
MBA - 27100

Fee structure for the University of Nottingham

Arts and design - £14850
Business - £14850
Engineering - £19120

MBA - £24000
Arts and design, business - £18000 to £19500
Engineering - £19300

Scholarships offered by the top 5 UK colleges & Universities

University of St Andrews

The entrant scholarships are available for international students who will be studying at St Andrews for an undergraduate degree starting in 2016. The scholarships will be awarded as a tuition fee reduction of up to £4,000 per year for each year of the student's undergraduate studies.

Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
This scheme offers up to 100 awards across Scotland, each worth £4,000 towards tuition fees for full time Masters and PhD Programmes in a wide range of subject areas.

University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh and Deutsche Post DHL offers 15 scholarships to students for undergraduate study in an eligible program within Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)

The scholarship covers an annual maintenance allowance of £2,000 and is tenable for the duration of the program of study.

Edinburgh Global Masters scholarships
The University of Edinburgh will offer a number of scholarships for postgraduate Masters Study in any subject offered by the University for the 2016-2017 academic sessions.

Each scholarship will have a value of £3,000 and will be tenable for one academic year. The scholarship will be deducted from your tuition fees.

University of Nottingham

Developing solutions master scholarships
30 full tuition fee scholarships and 75 50% fee scholarships are available for students proposing to study in the department of Engineering, Medical, Sciences and Social sciences

Lasalle College of Arts

LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is a leading tertiary institution in cutting edge contemporary arts and design education and practice. The college offers 30 undergraduate and post-graduate programs in art, design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theatre, art management, arts education, art therapy, and art history. The faculty is led by a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers, and their practice-led research sets LASALLE Founded in 1984 by De La Salle Brother Joseph McNally - a visionary artist and educator - LASALLE is a not-for- profit, private educational institution. LASALLE receives tuition grant support from the Singapore Ministry of Education. The degree programmes are validated by Goldsmiths, University of London.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the best universities for studying in the UK?

The best universities in the UK for studies can be seen below:

Are there any scholarships or financial assistance available for studying?

Yes, there are various scholarships and financial assistance options available for international students in the UK. The various types of scholarships include University specific Scholarships, Government Scholarships, External Scholarships, student loans, research grants and assistantships, etc.

What are the best programs offered in the best universities of the UK?

The universities in the UK are known for their courses, which focus on practical training, good quality education and a lot more. Here are the best programs offered by the universities in the UK: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), Medicine, Law, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Economics, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Business Analytics, Social Sciences (including Sociology, International Relations, and Political Science), Architecture, Psychology, Nursing, Accounting and Finance, etc.

What is the student life and culture like in the UK?

The student life in the UK is characterized by academic excellence, cultural diversity, vibrant social life, and good opportunities for personal and professional development. The environment is such that it provides a good exposure to all its students. The UK is known for its diversity and inclusivity, academic excellence, social life, student union, sports and recreation, cultural and social events, part-time work, and student accommodations. This enriches the student life and culture of the UK.

How does UK stand out in terms of education as compared to other leading nations?

UK as a nation is home to several prestigious universities that ensure the best education and lot more. UK, in terms of education stands out because of higher education reputation, quality assurance, innovative teaching methods, research excellence, flexible resource or pathways, internationalisation, etc. This makes UK a top destination for students seeking a world-class education.

How can I apply in the best universities of UK?

Applying for a university in the UK, requires the following steps:

  1. Research about the university and the programs available
  2. Be well prepared for English Language proficiency tests (IELTS/TOEFL) and standardised tests (ACT/SAT).
  3. Make sure you meet the deadlines for submitting the documents.
  4. Apply for your chosen universities though UCAS (for undergraduate programs) or UCAS postgraduate.
  5. Complete the application form and wait for acceptance from the university.

How can I make the most out of my student life?

Making the most out of the student life will lead in active engagement in academic pursuits, extracurricular activities, personal development, social connections, and a lot more. Here is how you can make most out of your student life:

  1. Set specific goals.
  2. Attend short programs.
  3. Explore different subjects.
  4. Seek mentorship and guidance.
  5. Indulge in extracurricular activities.
  6. Prioritise your time effectively by taking breaks.
  7. Develop transferable skills.
  8. Build strong networks through internships.

Embrace cultural diversity and cultural exchange

What are the facilities and support services for students studying in the universities of UK?

  1. Academic support: This includes libraries, academic advising, tutoring centres and writing centres.
  2. Career services: It involves career counselling, job placement services, career workshops and events that focus on counselling services, career goals, interview preparation, seminars, and professional development workshops.
  3. Student support services: This includes counselling services, disability services, health services, financial aid, and welfare services.
  4. Student accommodation: Both in-campus and off-campus accommodation facilities are available for students based on their stay preferences.
  5. Student union societies: This is available for all the students who wish to socialise.
  6. International student support and facilities: All the students who wish to seek guidance on a specific university, culture and student life are provided with the support. Also, dining facilities, recreational and sports activities and campus facilities.

As an international student, can a student work while studying or managing finances?

Yes, as an international student, there are opportunities to work for part-time to manage finances. Students abroad can work as a part-timer during their semesters and for full-time (20 hours per week) to manage their finances. The various types of part-time work include retail, hospitality, tutoring, administrative roles, research assistantships, etc.

What are the living cost and tuition fees for studying in the UK?

For undergraduate students, average tuition fees for international students ranges from £10,000 to £ 30,000 per year. Whereas for postgraduate students, the average cost of education would range from £10,000 to £40,000 per year.

Talking about the living cost, the estimated living cost starts from £10,000 depending on the location and lifestyle.

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