Find Master's Degrees in United Kingdom

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  • Students 2,600,000
  • Int. Students 420,000
  • Listed Institutes 225
  • Ranked Universities 88
  • Academic Year September - May

Study in United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is probably one of the most cosmopolitan countries in Europe, joining people from all over the world in one truly multicultural society. More than 400,000 international students visit the UK every year.

British universities provide a broad range of internationally recognized study programmes, preparing students for future careers in major international companies. The United Kingdom is also home to some of the best research facilities in the world.

The UK is home to some of the best-known internationally renowned universities in the world. Since 1903, UK universities have produced 88 Noble Prize winners.

Student information about cities in the UK

Find the best information about what to expect when studying in top cities in the UK. Read about degree course offers, career opportunities, student life, living costs, and more.

  • Study in London
  • Study in Cambridge
  • Study in Manchester
  • Study in Liverpool
  • Study in Oxford
International education

British education offers students the freedom to explore new ideas and creativity. Students are encouraged to pursue individual research work but are also expected to take part in group activities demanding peer interaction. Teachers often engage students in classroom discussions, debates and quizzes, creating an open study environment that builds student confidence and nurtures critical and creative thinking.

Courses are skill oriented and career focused, keeping up to date with current industry demands.

Study options

Courses range from short courses, certificates, diplomas to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, British study programmes offer great flexibility. Students may also select career centred study programmes. Intensive academic programmes resulting in fewer years of study are also available. Some graduate degree programs are less than 1 year long. Students who plan to study and work may choose between remote study options, on campus classes or a mix of distance learning and on campus studies.

UK teachers are known for developing effective language learning methods. There are plenty of options available for students who want to brush up on their language skills.

Preparation courses in the United Kingdom

Some international students may not be able to attend a degree in the UK because their previous studies do not match the academic system of the country. For the UK, this may mean students don’t have A-level education or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. To be allowed to take an undergraduate or graduate degree in the UK, they will need to enrol in a one-year pre-Bachelor or pre-Master offered by a local university.

Popular foundation degree studies in the UK include pre-law degrees, pre-MBA courses, pre-medicine, pre-nursing studies, or other types of international foundation programmes in engineering, economics, finance, social science, science and other types of university pathway programmes. Preparation courses in the UK include academic English language training to help international students meet university language requirements for future undergraduate or graduate studies.

Foundation degrees in early years in the UK are perfect for increasing you chances of getting accepted to a British university. Pre-university business schools, law schools or med schools make sure international students develop the skills they need to succeed in the British academic system. Pre-university education also includes cultural integration classes that help students feel more at home. Some pre-university programmes guarantee enrolment to the institution if students complete the preparation with high grades.

Where can I study a foundation course in the UK?

The top cities from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland where students can take a foundation year programme include: London, Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, Belfast, Swansea, and more.

Read more about the enrolment requirement for international students.

English exam preparation courses in the UK

Meet language requirements for university admission in the UK by choosing an English language preparation course offered by English language schools worldwide, including the UK. By taking the right English exam training course you will advance your language skills in order to get the needed scores for IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, or other English exams.

General application requirements

Here are a few steps you might have to take in order to apply to a British university:

  • Complete online application.
  • Send transcripts of high school graduation papers and other graduate university programmes.
  • Apply for financial aid.
  • Provide proof of English proficiency, if English is not you native language.
  • Some universities may also require an online interview.

If you are not from the EU, the EEA, or Switzerland, you should also:

  • Provide a copy of your passport, passport size photos, birth certificate, certificate stating the birthplace of both your parents.
  • Present approved visa.
  • Provide proof that you will be able to afford your education and living expenses.

Each university generally has its specific admission requirements, so you should always check for additional information. The international student affairs office or the university admissions office can help with your enrolment process.

Check out additional details about how to apply for a degree in a university in the UK.

Student support

Student Unions help international students settle in. Trained professionals offer support and advice on issues such as health, finance, faith, accommodation, disability, language, career and more. Universities also provide social activities like meetings, parties or trips, and help students feel more comfortable and integrate into the new environment.

Universities offer a variety of scholarships and loans, including on campus work-study options to help students cover their tuition fees.

Credit system

Many universities now operate the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) credit system. All universities in Scotland use the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) enabling easier transfer between courses and institutions.

Student Visa

Students coming from certain countries do not need a student visa for UK. Find out if you country is on the list.

To obtain a UK visa you may be required to:

  • have certain vaccinations or – if you are coming from a tuberculosis high-risk area – a chest x-ray;
  • present proof of your finances and qualifications;
  • attend an interview or a biometric test;
  • Students who plan on taking a short course in the UK require a Student Visitor Visa
  • Students who plan to attend a long study programme should apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

Find more information on the official website of the UK Immigration Office.

Student Visas for United Kingdom

Here you can find all of the information you need if you’re a student from United States of America applying for a visa in United Kingdom. Most of this information is taking from your local embassy and consulate websites.
Make sure to know which type of visa you need. In United Kingdom there are two types of student visas:

  • This visa allows you to enroll in a complete degree programme in United Kingdom. You can also sponsor the rest of your family to join you in United Kingdom (with extra arrangements).

    • When should I start applying?

      You should start applying at least 3 months before your degree programme starts.

    • How long is my visa valid for?

      Your student visa is valid for the entire duration of your degree programme, plus one month after it’s finished.

    • How long is the waiting time before my interview?

      Unknown time after applying, before you can have an interview.
      Indication: it can take around 3 weeks.

    • How long will it take to process my visa application?

      After your interview, the final application process can take up to 10 days before you finally receive the visa.

    • Are there faster processing options?

      If you want to get your visa in 5 days, you can pay an extra £100 fee on top of the regular application fee. This extra fee gives your application a fast-track to processing.

    • Visa fee

      The standard price for the Tier 4 visa is £400.

    • Health insurance fee

      To secure health insurance, you’ll need to pay £175.

    • Proof of minimum funds

      To prove that you can support yourself studying in the United Kingdom, you need to show that you have a monthly minimum of £1265 (if you’re going to study in London), or a monthly minimum of £1045 (if you’re studying outside of London), in your bank account.

    • Other expenses

      If you’re a resident of United States of America, you’re not required to pay any other expenses.

    • Proof of language skills

      No need to prove your language skills for residents of United States of America.

    • Medical check

      No medical check is required for residents of United States of America.

    • Other required documents

      A checklist of required documents can appear here.

  • This visa allows you to study in United Kingdom for either 6 months or 11 months. These are typically used for semester exchange programmes.

    • When should I start applying?

      You should start applying at least 3 months before your degree programme starts.

    • How long is my visa valid for?

      Your student visa is valid for the entire duration of your degree programme, plus one month after it’s finished.

    • How long is the waiting time before my interview?

      After you’ve applied, it can take up to 3 weeks before you hear about being called for an interview.

    • How long will it take to process my visa application?

      After your interview, the final application process can take up to 15 days before you finally receive the visa.

    • Are there faster processing options?

      If you want to get your visa in 5 days, you can pay an extra £100 fee on top of the regular application fee. This extra fee gives your application a fast-track to processing.

    • Visa fee

      The standard price for the short-term study visa is £93 (for the 6-month visa), and £179 (for the 11-month visa).

    • Health insurance fee

      To secure health insurance, you’ll need to pay £175 for an 11 month visa. For a 6 month visa, no health insurance applies to you.

    • Proof of minimum funds

      To prove that you can support yourself studying in United Kingdom, you need to show that you have a monthly minimum of £1265 (if you’re going to study in London), or a monthly minimum of £1045 (if you’re studying outside of London), in your bank account.

    • Other expenses

      If you’re a resident of the United States of America, you’re not required to pay any other expenses.

    • Proof of language skills

      If you’re a resident of the United States of America, you do not need to prove your language skills.

    • Medical check

      If you’re a resident of the United States of America, you’re not required to undergo a medical check.

    • Other required documents

      You will need to bring copies of all supporting documents with you to your visa interview.

Living in United Kingdom

  • While London is the most expensive city in the country, universities in the countryside have considerably lower tuition fees. For example, undergraduate studies in Scotland are free of charge for Scottish and EU citizens. Tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in science or arts are £6000 to £10000 per year. Clinical masters and MBAs can be as high as £20,000 per year.
  • Students enrolled in programmes longer than 6 months are allowed 20 hours of work per week during their studies. They will also have access to free health care on the National Health Service.
  • Living expenses are around £600 to £770 per month, depending on the location.
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  • Student unions offer discounts for travel, sightseeing, nightlife and student shops.
  • Student cinemas, nightclubs, theatres and other forms of entertainment provided by most universities are a good way for students to save money.
  • Accommodation options for college students can include halls of residence, lodgings or home stay, hostels, and private flats and houses; around 30 per cent of international students live in accommodation offered by a university.
  • People in the UK usually drive on the left side, and the steering wheel of British cars is on the right.

Tips for social interactions

  • In the UK, being late is considered impolite. Always try to be 5 minutes early to an appointment.
  • Many restaurants add a 10% tip to the bill. This is called ”Service included”.
  • Parties start between 7 and 9 p.m. and guests are usually expected to bring drinks.
  • People are extremely polite. They use ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’ a lot.

Regulations & Advice

EU member since 1-1-1973

About United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is comprised of England, Wales, Scotland (which make up Great Britain) and Northern Ireland. The capital city of the UK is London, which is also the capital of England. Cardiff is the capital of Wales, Edinburgh the capital of Scotland and Belfast the capital of Northern Ireland.

The United Kingdom has fourteen overseas territories, the remnants of the British Empire, which was the largest empire in history, covering a quarter of the world’s landmass. It was also the world's first industrialised country, and the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

The English Channel to the south separates the British Isles from Europe. The Channel Tunnel is a rail tunnel built under the English Channel that connects Britain to France.

The UK is a constitutional monarchy, governed by a parliamentary system. The English language is spoken throughout the UK, but there are other official languages too, such as Welsh, Scots and Gaelic.

The United Kingdom is the world's sixth-largest economy. It is a member of the European Union (EU), the Commonwealth of Nations, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Most famous historic monuments include Stonehenge, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace) as well as many ancient castles and old villages. The UK is home to 28 cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A wide range of museums and art galleries present world-famous exhibitions. Madame Tussauds wax museum is one of the more popular attractions.

Listed Institutes in United Kingdom

Aberystwyth

Abingdon

Ardingly

Aylesbury

Bangor

Beddau

Belfast

Berkhamsted

Blackburn

Bolton

Bradford

Broadstairs

Buckingham

Buxton

Cheltenham

Chester

Chichester

Colchester

Coleraine

Corsham

Coventry

Cranfield

Devizes

Doncaster

Dundee

Dunstable

Durham

Ellesmere Port

Exeter

Falmouth

Gloucester

Grantham

Guildford

Harrogate

Hastings

Hatfield

Henley on Thames

Hereford

Hertford

High Wycombe

Huddersfield

Hull

Ipswich

Keele

Lincoln

London

Derry

Loughton

Luton

Middlesbrough

Milton Keynes

Musselburgh

Newport

Newtownabbey

Northampton

Penryn

Plymouth

Pontypridd

Port Glasgow

Portsmouth

Salford

Sheffield

Shrewsbury

Southend-on-Sea

Saint Andrews

Stamford

Stoke-on-Trent

Stratford-upon-Avon

Stromness

Sunderland

Swansea

Swindon

Taunton

Totnes

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Warwick

Wellington

Wigan

Winchester

Wolverhampton

Worcester

Worthing

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Netherlands
Netherlands
The Netherlands (also known as Holland) was the first non-English-speaking country to offer degrees in English. Therefore, various programmes are taught in English and are very internationally oriented.
Estonia
Estonia
EU's hidden gem Estonia is becoming a new hot-spot for studies abroad. Estonia`s vibrant and affordable environment together with well-developed technology sector make Estonia an attractive place to study and live. With high-quality higher education, internationally accepted degrees and various scholarships this is a safe target country for international degree.
Finland
Finland
Finland is situated in northern Europe and neighbours Sweden, Norway and Russia. For an international student Finland is both an exotic and a safe target country. Finnish society is credible: a networked and transparent open civic society, where education is always a top first priority.
Hungary
Hungary
Situated in Central Europe, Hungary is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Europe and in the world. If you haven't heard about the famous Balaton lake or the thermal water cave system, you have at least hard of the beauty of its capital Budapest and about the delicious Hungarian cuisine.
Ireland
Ireland
From literature to landscape, from innovation to internationalisation, Ireland offers a lot of opportunities in education and research… and the warmest of welcomes from the world’s friendliest nation!
Norway
Norway
The UN consistently ranks Norway as having the highest standard of living in the world based largely on average levels of education and income, combined with expected length of lifetime.
Poland
Poland
Studying in Poland will provide a solid education which will thoroughly prepare you for work in the most advanced labour markets of the world, at the same time stimulating your own personal development. You will also have the unique opportunity of meeting outstanding specialists and renowned intellectuals in your chosen field.
Sweden
Sweden
Swedish universities are renowned for their investigative research and independent thinking, and this reputation is cemented with nationally certified degrees and rigorous quality control. As a country, Sweden is an open and multicultural society with a long tradition of welcoming international students.
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The UK has one of the most cosmopolitan societies within Europe and you will study with people from all over the world. The variety of universities and degrees is broad and degrees will be accepted worldwide.
Canada
Canada
Canada has one of the strongest economies in the world, and Canadians enjoy a high standard of living, as well as an internationally renowned university system.
United States
United States
The U.S. is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. It has an internationally renowned education system, and offers a huge variety of English-language courses and speciality degrees.
Australia
Australia
Australia is well known for it's warm climate, great beaches and exceptional higher education system. It has strong influences from both Europe and Asia, and with the worlds second highest development index, it is a fantastic place to study!