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The Higher Education System in the UK

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Expand your education and see the world with a Master's from Royal Holloway University of London. This Top 25 UK university offers a number of top masters programs in business, finance, marketing and human resources.

The number of international students studying in the UK has been consistently rising. If you’re planning on studying in the UK, you will have a wide range of higher education institutions and programs to choose from when finding the perfect fit for you!

All UK universities are independent bodies maintained by tuition fees, research outputs, and government funding. The country operates under the three-tier higher education system like the rest of Europe, which is divided into undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate study.

Undergraduate degrees usually last three years (four in Scotland or with a placement in industry or overseas) and provide a more general overall education, resulting in a Bachelor's degree. In Scotland, however, a four year undergraduate degree will result in a Scottish Masters of Arts, equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in the rest of the UK Two-year career-based or foundational courses also fall into the category of undergraduate higher education, though these are less common.

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For a more specialized education, graduate and post-graduate studies give you the opportunity to hone your research interests with more specific training. Master's and Doctorate (PhD) programs are generally shorter in length than a Bachelor’s program. If you’re planning to pursue your studies at the graduate level, expect one to two years of study for a master’s program, and three to four years of study for a PhD. If you’re pursuing your studies after the undergraduate level, you will be expected to develop original research under the supervision of academics at the top of their field.

Quality standards for UK universities at all three levels of study are among the best in the world and credentials from UK institutions are generally internationally respected. No matter your level of study, studying in the UK is a surefire way to make a positive step towards your prospective career in any field.

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Choosing the UK as your study abroad destination means more than a top-quality education. Get an overview of what the UK and why you should study abroad there.

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Student Visas

What kind of study visa do international students need to study abroad in the UK? UK student visas are awarded on a points-based system, obtained by submitted certain information and documents.

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Housing & Living Costs

Most UK universities own accommodation which they rent out to students, commonly called ‘halls’. But many other housing options also exist if university halls are not your thing.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for the United Kingdom vary depending on where you are from and where you are studying. Find out more about costs as well as scholarship opportunities for international students.

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Language & Culture

The UK has a long and rich history and culture. Find out more about what it offers in terms of language, culture, and more!

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Application Process

The facility for undergraduate admissions in the UK is The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). There are two rounds of applications each year. Find out more here.

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Last update: 03 Dec 2019

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