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UK education is recognized and respected throughout the world. Your UK qualification will be a solid foundation for building your future, boosting your career and prospects for a higher salary. UK universities, colleges and schools will provide a vibrant, creative and challenging environment in which to develop your potential. Quality standards for UK institutions are among the best in the world. Universities, colleges and schools continually have to prove that their courses meet strict criteria. Many other countries are now trying to follow the example of the UK.
WHY SHOULD YOU STUDY IN THE UK?
You'll Gain Recognised & Respected Qualification:
UK postgraduate qualifications are respected and valued all over the world. A master's degree, PhD or MBA from a UK university will give you an edge over the competition. It will prove to employers that you're capable of independent thought and self-discipline, used to conducting and analyzing your own research and will let them know that you can make a real contribution to their company or organization.
It has Fantastic Value:
UK postgraduate study offers fantastic value for money alongside the sort of experience you can't put a price on: you'll learn to think for yourself and make your own decisions. You're not just paying for lectures and practical’s; throughout your course you'll have access to fantastic libraries, state-of-the art laboratories, ultramodern computer facilities and extensive research resources that will your skills for your future employment.
It makes the best use of your time:
Full-time postgraduate courses in the UK vary from one year to four years depending on the type of course you choose. The following will give you a general idea of how long each type of course will take to complete:
|One year courses
||Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma, Master's degrees, MBAs
|Two year course:
||Some master's degrees
|Three to four year course
||PhDs, New Route PhDs
YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH
By studying for a postgraduate qualification in the UK, you'll be able to practice your English language skills every time you buy a newspaper or meet English-speaking friends, as well as in the seminars and discussion groups that will prepare you for your future career. Many UK universities offer pre sessional language support and, if you need more help before you begin
YOU CAN CHOOSE TO STUDY THE WAY IT SUITS YOU
The wide range of postgraduate courses on offer gives you more flexibility than you're likely to find in another country's education system. You can start by enrolling on a master's degree, then transfer or start by taking an M.Res - Master of Research - which could lead on to a PhD. It's up to you!
GAIN THE SKILLS & QUALITIES EMPLOYERS WANT
UK postgraduate qualifications let employers know at a glance that you've got the skills they're looking for, putting you on the right tracks for a great job and a great salary. It's estimated that female postgraduates earn as much as 34 per cent more than female colleagues who have only a diploma or graduate degree and male postgraduates earn as much as 20 per cent more than male diploma or graduate degree. Almost 90% of the UK post graduates are qualified for employment .The latest figures available shows that one year after finishing their course, less than three per cent of UK postgraduate qualifiers are unemployed.
IT'S A MULTICULTURAL EXPERIENCE
At a UK university you'll be mixing with people from all over the world, whose different backgrounds and new perspectives will add to your experience. There are around 500,000 postgraduate students in the UK and at many universities and colleges more than 30 per cent of these are international. You'll meet students from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia, and will gain an insight into their customs and culture that will shape your view of the global economy in which you'll soon be looking to make your career.
When you come to the UK, you get four countries in one: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each has its own distinctive history, landscape and modern culture. And, because they're all within easy reach of one another, they're easy to explore. The national air, rail, coach and bus networks will get you almost anywhere in the UK - so you won't need a car, as you might in some countries. Discounts or special rates are generally available for students on most forms of transport. All international students staying in the UK for a period of six months or more will qualify for subsidized healthcare through the National Healthcare Service.
It's easy to see the rest of Europe. The Channel Tunnel, cheap flights and ferries mean that you're never too far away from the other great capital cities of the European mainland. The closeness of the rest of Europe means that many institutions offer work placements and periods of study there.
Some courses are taught while others require research. Taught courses usually involve presentations, written course work such as marked essays, exams and dissertations. Classroom sessions are highly interactive, requiring student participation.
Education system in UK is similar to that of India and Australia, since these two countries follow theirs!
There are more than three thousand educational institutions that welcome international students in the UK. You can choose from a variety of routes through the education and training system, combining different types of course according to your needs and abilities. Many courses can also be taken through distance learning in your home country.
There are currently more than 10,000 Indian students studying in UK universities and colleges.
The sheer variety of specializations means you will be able to find a course that suits your real interests, your ambitions and passions. For example, in the UK, you could specialize in anything from computer games programming, ocean engineering, music technology, meteorology or underwater photography to multimedia design, anthropology, women's studies, hotel management or dance.
UK degrees can take only three years graduation and postgraduate Master's courses only one year - compared with four years and two years in most other countries. This means you will save a great deal on both tuition fees and living costs - and you will be able to start working and earning money sooner. UK degree courses are shorter because they are more intensive, and therefore more efficient in terms of your time and money.
Admission is based on individual institutions' requirements, since there are no pre-requisite tests (other than for English proficiency).
Most universities require good performance at the undergraduate level, in relevant area, in order to consider admission into their Master's level programs. Most Master's programs are of 12 months duration.
And, unlike in the US, PhD applicants need a Master's degree. Otherwise, applicants could register for a M.Phil. degree and transfer to PhD program if the progress is good.
If you are applying for a UK student visa there is an IELTS test for you. You may need to have an English language qualification. In particular, for many categories of visa, you must submit an English language qualification which is included on the UK Home Office’s list of Secure English Language Tests (often referred to as SELT tests). IELTS and IELTS Life Skills are on this list.
UKVI IELTS is a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). UKVI IELTS score can be used to prove your English language abilities in support of a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application.
Applicant’s who are applying for a Tier 4 student visa , short term study visa to a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor to study for a bachelor or postgraduate degree are required to meet the English language level set by the institution. British universities and colleges accept UKVI IELTS results.
Cost of Education
For international students, universities set their own fees and they vary by subject and by institution. The average costs of tuition in various fields are:
Foundation courses -upto £ 16000
Arts courses £7,000 to £9,000
Science courses £7,500 to £22,000
Clinical courses £10,000 to £25,000
Arts & Humanities courses £7,000 to £12,000
Science courses £7,500 to £25,000
Clinical courses £10,000 to £33,000
MBA course -upto £34,000
For both types of postgraduate study (taught and research), you should budget for a 12-month academic year. Average living costs (covering accommodation, food, clothing, books, entertainment and travel) for an international student on a degree course are £1000 per month in London and £800 per month elsewhere.
Living expenses are depending upon your lifestyle and the city of residence. Please note, however, that some universities include the cost of accommodation and food within the total fee payable to them.
All sponsors (universities and colleges) must have been accredited by either Ofsted and its devolved equivalents, QAA, the Independent Schools Inspectorate, the Bridge Schools Inspectorate or the Schools Inspection Service and all must become Highly Trusted Sponsors.
The quality of education is controlled by the British Government if the institutions are state-funded Further Education and Higher education institutions. Whereas, independent and privately-funded colleges and institutions may voluntarily accredit themselves to the British Accreditation Council www.the-bac.org
It is illegal in the UK to offer degrees or related qualifications without proper authorization. Authorization may be granted under Royal Charter or by Act of Parliament or by a special order of the Department for Education and Skills. In order to award degrees, colleges and universities must demonstrate a commitment to quality assurance and show that they have adequate systems for safeguarding academic standards. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education publishes a code of practice, information on benchmark standards, and qualification frameworks that give details of the quality and standards publicly funded institutions are expected to maintain. This is available on the QAA website www.qaa.ac.uk.
Courses which lead to a vocational or professional qualification may undergo accreditation carried out by the relevant vocational or professional organization. Examples include engineering, law, accounting, medicine and dentistry.
Types of student visa
TIER 4 (GENERAL) STUDENT VISAS
If you are 16 or over and want to study at higher education level, you’ll need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
You need to wait until you have an offer from a university or college before applying for your Tier 4 (General) student visa. Your university or college will then be able to give you a document called a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). To do this, your chosen institution needs to be approved by the UK government as a ‘licenced Tier 4 sponsor’.
SHORT-TERM STUDY VISAS
Short term study visas are available to students who want to join courses that are up to six months long or English language courses up to 11 months long.
UK Student Visa (Tier 4) Requirements
International students from outside the UK or EU must apply for a student visa. You can only apply for a student visa if you intend to study a full-time degree course in the UK. Student visas are not issued for part-time courses. Your eligibility is calculated using a points-based rules system called a Tier 4 Student Visa.
You need 40 points to apply for a student visa. This is achieved by:
1. Course confirmation: you must receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from a university approved by UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI). All universities must have been given or applied for Highly Trusted Status (HTS) on the UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor list (30 points)
2. Funding: you must provide evidence of funding to pay for both your course tuition fees and your monthly living costs (10 points).
APPLYING FOR A VISA
Here’s UK visa requirements and what you need to put in the Forget-Me-Not list while applying for a visa for UK. Also you can fill UK visa application online.
1) You can fill UK visa application form three months before the intended date of travel. Remember not to confirm your travel bookings and other stuff unless you have been issued a visa for UK.
2) In case you wish to change the appointment date and time for the interview, you’ll have to resubmit the application. Thus, it’s advisable to be careful while selecting the appointment date or time for the first time itself.
Generally, it takes a maximum of 3 weeks for your visa to the UK to be approved if you’ve applied for a UK student visa. IF your start date is near you can apply in Priority visa service where you get visa decision within a week.
Many international students in the UK take a part-time job, work placement or internship alongside their studies. The hours and type of work you do will depend on the type of visa and your sponsoring university or college.
Tier 4 (General) students are allowed to work part time 20 hours per week during studies and full time 40 hours or more during vacation.
Your maximum working hours in during studies :
- 20 hours a week if you are studying at degree level or above at a higher education institution (HEI)
- 20 hours a week if you are on a study abroad programme at an "overseas higher education institution" in the UK
- 10 hours a week if you are studying a course that is below degree level at an HEI
- 10 hours a week if you have immigration permission as a Tier 4 (Child) Student and you are at least 16 years old.
Your maximum working hours in during Vacation :
- • 40 hours a week if you are studying at degree level or above at a higher education institution (HEI)