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Well-known worldwide for their high standard, UK universities offer a rich mix of traditional lectures and cutting-edge teaching and research methods for those interested in studying their Master’s, MBA or PH.D, making them leaders in post-graduate education.
They consistently feature in the QS World University Rankings 2024, where four out of the top 10 universities in the world are based in the UK.

From the 157 universities surveyed as part of The Research Excellence Framework in 2021 (REF2021), 41% of the research work submitted was found to be ‘world-leading’ and 43% to be ‘internationally excellent’.

Other key findings include:

  • More than 80% of research judged was regarded as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in each UK nation and English region
  • At least 15% of research was considered world-leading (4*) in three-quarters of the UK’s universities

The Research Excellence Framework is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions and takes place every 7 years with its initial report taking place in 2014. The next exercise is planned for 2029.

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What to know about studying in the UK

The United Kingdom (UK) is home to some of the world’s oldest universities and colleges having their roots in the 12th and 13th centuries. Coming from such a strong legacy, studying in the UK offers a world-class education as well as access to a renowned global hub for excellence in education and research. Each university has its own unique offering, not just academically but from a professional and cultural aspect too.

Master’s degrees are usually assessed through a combination of exams, assignments and a mini-thesis. However, for a research-based MA degree, you will need to conduct independent research with the help of a supervisor and submit a dissertation for examination. This is sometimes called an MRes degree or MA by research.

Taught vs research masters

There are the two main types of master’s degrees to choose from which differ in teaching format:

  • A taught master’s degree can be similar to a bachelor’s degree in that you will have lectures, seminars, and some compulsory modules e.g. a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MSc).
  • A research masters requires more independent study with very few classes. You may instead be expected to work on a research project with the help of a supervisor. These types of programmes can be a Master of Research (MRes) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

In terms of choosing between a taught or research masters, it really depends on your goals. If you’re working towards a specific career, you might prefer a taught master’s that offers a more hands on approach. Whereas if you are working towards a PhD or want to work within academia, you might consider a research masters.

What are some of the benefits?

From Master’s, MBAs to PhD-level programmes, universities in the US offer world-class academic opportunities across a range of disciplines. Each university has its own unique offering, not just academically but from a professional and cultural aspect too.

Popular schools

Our most popular schools in the UK

The UK is home to some of the world's best universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London and University College London (UCL), to name but a few, which are all ranked amongst the top ten in the world. Let’s look at some of the top performing university options in the UK below.

University of Oxford

Famous for the exceptional teaching, research and learning opportunities, the University of Oxford has a long history of excellence, being regularly ranked as one of the top 3 universities in the world (ranked 3 in the QS World University Rankings 2024).

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 and is one of the oldest universities in the world and one of the largest in the UK. It has a global reputation for outstanding academic achievement and world-class original research and boasts a ranking of 2 in the QS World University Rankings 2024.

Imperial College London

Imperial College ranks 6th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2024), with their degrees highly valued by employers across the globe. Imperial College London is the only university in the UK to specialise solely in science, technology, engineering, medicine, and business (STEMB).

EngineeringMedicineBusinessNatural Sciences
University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s oldest and highest-ranking university, founded in 1413. It is ranked 95th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2024) and offers 239 postgraduate degrees, including: Anthropology, art and perception, Statistics, Postcolonial and world literatures, Peace and conflict studies as well as 5 separate departments (Arts and Humanities, Business and Management, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, and Natural Sciences).

University of Nottingham

Nottingham University is a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group and the Universitas 21 international network, with campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia. It is home to 48,000 students from more than 150 countries.

EngineeringMedicine & HealthSocial scienceScienceBusiness
Lancaster University

Located just three miles from Lancaster city centre in England's scenic North-West, Lancaster University is internationally renowned for excellence in teaching and research. It has been rated as a UK Top 10 University (Complete University Guide 2024) and one of the Top 125 in the World, according to the QS World Rankings 2024.

Newcastle University

A Global Top 115 university (QS World University Rankings 2024), Newcastle University is home to 29,000 students from 140 countries. It is one of only 19 universities in the world – and just three in the UK – to achieve a five-plus QS Star rating for overall excellence (2024).

The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence, located in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Sheffield is a member of the Russell Group, a group of 24 leading UK universities known for being world-class, research-focused institutions.

BusinessEngineeringComputer Science

Admission requirements

Securing your admission

Depending on the university or college you apply to, each will have particular requirements that they use to help their selection process. For many of the top schools and colleges, the acceptance standards are very high, so it helps to have a strong academic record and submit all applicable documentation that could help you stand out from the other applicants.

You’ll find specific details alongside individual course outlines. Generally, however:

  • For a taught master's, you'll need a qualification that’s comparable to a UK undergraduate degree, normally to 2.1 standard or above. Also, you’ll need to demonstrate enthusiasm, skill and knowledge of your discipline (and possibly relevant work experience), particular if your first degree is in another topic

  • For a PhD or a Master's in Research (MRes), entry requirements can be higher. You may be turned down if your first degree is not in a relevant area, and you may also need a master’s degree to study at doctorate (Phd) level

  • you may need to pass an entrance test for some types of course, for example the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) for the MBA

  • If you want to be a PhD student, you usually need to create a research proposal

Some general requirements also include:

  • High school degree with an ACT/SAT score for undergraduate courses
  • Relevant bachelor’s degree for postgraduate courses
  • Relevant master’s degree for Ph.D.
  • GRE/GMAT scores for graduate courses
  • Proof of English proficiency (IELTS / TOEFL / PTE test results supplied)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose or letter of motivation
  • College or school transcripts
  • Completed application
  • Valid passport and visa
  • Financial support
  • Health care insurance

Academic Records

  • For admission to graduate programmes, all international students need to have a tertiary degree that is comparable to a four year US bachelor’s degree.
  • The degree in question must be from an officially recognised institution in the country where it is based.
  • Official or attested transcripts for each tertiary or post-secondary institution attended need to be submitted, with certified translations of these records provided, should the records not be in English.
  • Whilst the requirements for degree and certificate programmes may vary from school to school, transcripts and any other documentation required must be uploaded as part of your application.
  • Once you receive confirmation of your admission, and accept it, you'll be asked to send an additional official transcript, as per instructions from the specific school or college applied to.
  • Some of our graduate-level business programmes (e.g. MBA) may require travel to the US to fulfil particular degree requirements.

Language fluency tests

As an international student looking to study in the US, you are required to prove your fluency in English by taking either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS ) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) as part of the admission requirements.

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