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Higher education landscape in the United Kingdom

England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have one of the most diverse higher education landscapes in Europe. English universities enjoy a high reputation and are represented among the best universities worldwide. Particularly universities like Oxford and Cambridge are highly recognized. There are different types of schools in the UK that are not clearly separated. You have the traditional universities, university colleges, colleges and higher education institutes. Colleges are often part of a university and collectively form the university structure of a collegiate university.

British universities have a very family-like atmosphere. The courses are rather small, so students, teachers and university staff often form a tight-knit community. As a postgraduate student in the UK, you will enjoy an individualized education and personalized mentoring.

British university cities

Variety of postgraduate studies

Masters programmes in Great Britain are divided into ‘taught’ Masters and ‘research’ Masters. Taught coursework is composed of lectures and conventional classes. In contrast, research work consists mostly of an independent project that you finish during your studies. While working on your project, you will receive ongoing support from your teachers.

Before you apply for a postgraduate programme at a British university you should inform yourself about the degree you will obtain at the end of your studies. At the moment there are some dubious schools around that offer false or ‘bogus’ degrees. When in doubt, contact the British Department for Business Innovation and Skills for information about an institution.

English is the world’s number one business language. Therefore, if you're not from the UK, an English Masters degree can help you broaden your career opportunities. You can benefit from your stay in the UK and improve your language skills or gain experience in the international environment typical of British universities.

The costs of a Masters in the UK

Tuition fees in the UK are rather high in comparison with other universities in Europe. You have to expect costs of about £4,000 to £9,000 depending on the postgraduate course you choose. Some MBA courses charge fees of up to £30,000. Your home country is also important, as EU and non-EU students pay different fees. But whether you are from the EU or not, you can always apply for one of the many scholarships offered in the UK.

Here is an overview of universities in the UK:

comprehensive profile   University of Reading
comprehensive profile   University of Edinburgh
comprehensive profile   Newcastle University Business School
comprehensive profile   University of Essex
comprehensive profile   London School of Economics and Political Science
comprehensive profile   London College of Contemporary Arts
comprehensive profile   Sheffield Hallam University
comprehensive profile   Glasgow Caledonian University
comprehensive profile   Edinburgh Napier University
  The University of Sunderland
  University of Stirling
  University of Salford
  University of Hull
  University of Manchester
  Imperial College London
  Coventry University London
  Middlesex University London
  WMG at the University of Warwick
  University of Dundee
  Southampton Solent University
  University of Derby
  Edge Hill University
  Cardiff Metropolitan University
  Bournemouth University
  School of Advanced Study
  Anglia Ruskin University
  University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  The University of Buckingham
  University of Brighton
  Plymouth University
  Manchester Business School
  Royal Veterinary College
  London School of Business and Finance
  University of Gloucestershire
  York St John University
  University of Bath
  University of Bedfordshire
  Bath Spa University
  University of South Wales
  London Business School
  Queen Mary University of London
  Royal Agricultural University
  Swansea University
  University of York
  University of Leeds
  Nottingham Trent University
  University of Portsmouth
  London South Bank University
  Birkbeck, University of London
  University of Birmingham
  ...

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