Why Study in UK?

The United Kingdom possesses an authority in providing education and a status of dominance in the world of learning. Its research and quality driven institutions are unmatched in a variety of subjects including Engineering, Law, Economics and Business. The knowledge base of UK University Departments, Research Centres and Faculty is of superior quality that must be tapped into by those aspiring to be future leaders.

The United Kingdom has allocated sufficient resources and investment to institute the education powerhouse it is today. With some of the most ancient and prestigious universities in the UK, the education establishment has always attracted the brightest of students presenting a wonderful networking opportunity to work together in a truly global marketplace. The diverse range of courses offered by UK universities has resulted in UK being the 6th highest ranked study destination in the world. Moreover, 4 of the Top 6 Universities in the World are in the UK. Due to these reasons, thousands of students are opting to study abroad in UK.

Top Universities in UK

The Russell Group, which is a league of 24 Universities, is driven to nurture the best research and learning environment for its students with extensive links in the private and public sector. Its strategy execution is unmatched when it comes to conducting research and delivering its knowledge base to students with significant numbers of highly experienced faculty members coming from industry. However, given the diversity of courses from which to choose, there are a range of other institutions that may be appealing and suitable for a student’s profile and interests. This has been made evident over generations of discoveries and innovations including The Theory of Evolution, Telephone, Railways, Carbon Fibre, ATM’s, World Wide Web, etc.

UK universities and colleges have a comparative advantage in the following areas of study: History, Biosciences, Nursing, Psychology, IT and Computer Sciences, Art and Design, Sociology, Law, Engineering as well as Business and Management Studies.

List of Universities in the United Kingdom

  • Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)
  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • Birmingham City University
  • Brunel University London
  • Durham University(D86)
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Edinburgh Napier University (ENU)
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh (HW-H24)
  • Kingston University London
  • Lancaster University (L14)
  • Leeds Trinity University
  • Loughborough University (LBRO-L79)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU-M40)
  • Middlesex University
  • NCUK
  • Oxford Brookes University (O66)
  • Regent’s University London
  • Royal Holloway,University of London (RHUL-R72)
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Dundee
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Glasgow (GLASG-G28)
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Hull
  • University of Kent (KENT-K24)
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde(S78)
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Emerging Sectors in UK

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) economies, also known as the developed economies, have experienced a structural shift from manufacturing toward services given the emergence of BRIC countries and other Asian economies in the manufacturing sector. In particular, the knowledge intensive industries such as Communications, Digital and Information Services, Financial and Business Services, Research and Development as well as Education account for a third of the UK output and a quarter of total employment (BIS, 2013). Other established sectors include Health Care, Real Estate, Hotels and Restaurants etc.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills from the United Kingdom Government has conveyed certain sectors they are focused on to build a sustainable future for the country. Significant investment is being made in the following sectors as they see a close government and industry partnership central to their industrial strategy for the future. These sectors include Aerospace, Agricultural Technology, Automotive, Construction, Information Economy, International Education, Nuclear, Wind Power, Oil and Gas as well as Professional and Business Services.

The report further indicates a total of £2 Billion invested into Aerospace alone over the next 6 Years along with several hundred millions and billions of pounds pumped into the above listed sectors over the next 10-15 years.

Skill Shortages

One of the fundamental issues facing the developed world is their skill shortage as a result of regional mismatch, cyclical shifts, inadequate training levels and labour market restructuring. The UK has a range of professions that fall under Occupation Skill Shortages category as companies fail to find suitable candidates from within the local talent pool to perform certain jobs. This opens up a wide array of opportunities for the international student and labour market. Some sectors facing skill shortages include Engineering (Especially Oil & Gas Industry), Electronics Engineers in Aerospace & Railways, Civil Nuclear Industries, Waste Management, Medical Consultants as well as IT Specialists, Graphic Designers, Animators, Social Workers.

Cost of Studying in UK

If you are thinking of studying in the UK, it is essential that you know about the education costs there. The cost of higher education in the UK is quite high. Take a look at the UK education costs below to get an idea.

Tuition Fee: GBP £

Undergraduate: £11, 400 per annum

Postgraduate: £12, 200 per annum

Doctoral Degree: £13, 000 per annum

Note: These figures vary from one institution to another and one could pay up to double the amount listed above in a leading UK University.

Living Expenses: GBP £

  • London: £9,180 per annum (minimum)
  • Rest of UK: £7,380 per annum (minimum)

Scholarships to Study in UK

  • Major Intakes: September
  • Minor Intakes: January, February, March, July & November

Students considering the UK are recommended to begin the application procedure 8-12 months prior to the intake. Scholarship deadlines vary amongst institutions. In order to capitalise on the available UK scholarships, we advise you to walk into Global Education Ideas Offices as early as possible. We will provide you complete information on the UK scholarship process.

Admission Process to Study in UK

To be assured of obtaining the best quality advice about the opportunities available for studying in UK, students should register with Global Education Ideas. After registration, students will be carefully guided through a number of key stages, maximising their chances of getting admission in the institutions of their choice. This is how we, at Global Education Ideas, work on the UK admissions process.

  • Registration 
    You register with Global Education Ideas and be assured of obtaining the best quality advice.
  • Profiling 
    We make an assessment of your academic qualifications, work experience, financial status, career goals as well as life interests and aspirations.
  • Standardised Tests 
    We evaluate the requirement of any standardised tests you may need to take or review results that has been already obtained.
  • University/Course Selection 
    Together, we shortlist potential universities and courses that match your profile.
  • Document Editing 
    We edit the essays, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation and Resume, which have been written by you.
  • Application Review and Submission 
    The completed application forms are reviewed before they are submitted to your final choice of universities.
  • Interview Preparation 
    We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the chosen universities.
  • Visa Counselling 
    We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the High Commissions or Embassies, as well as the collation and review of relevant documentation for submission of the visa application.
  • Pre-Departure Information 
    We deliver comprehensive information about the country of choice to ensure that you are completely prepared for life at an overseas university.

Student Visa for UK from India

Here is a list of documents required for UK:

  • Attested copies of X, XII & Graduate Degree (if applicable), Mark Sheets including Backlogs (Re-sits)
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
  • Standardised Tests e.g. GMAT, GRE (where necessary for the programme)
  • Two academic references
  • Two references from employers (where applicable)
  • Passport sized photographs
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Resume/CV
  • Draft for application fees, if applicable
  • Portfolio (for Art, Design & Architecture programme)
  • Other Certificates & Achievements of Extracurricular Activities

Note: Documents required for individual universities and individual courses in the UK may vary.

Exams for Studying in UK

Students have to pass one or more additional tests before they can be considered by most universities for admission. These range from the standardised graduate and college admission tests such as GRE, GMAT and SAT to English Language tests, such as TOEFL and IELTS.

Contact Global Education Ideas today for detailed information relating to the tests that may be needed for admission in the United Kingdom.

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