United Kingdom

With some of the world’s best universities, the UK is highly popular with international students and according to the latest UNESCO statistics, more than 427,000 international tertiary level students study there each year – of which 30,000 are from India.

Basic information

Situated in northwest Europe the United Kingdom is a political union made up of four constituent countries: England, Scotland, Wales (Great Britain) and Northern Ireland. The two official languages in Britain are English and Welsh, English being the most widely spoken. The United Kingdom has a highly industrialised economy and the sixth-largest gross domestic product in the world. Nearly 80% of UK economy is services based, with around 19 % the industrial sector. Main industries include; aerospace, energy, chemicals, telecommunications, electronics, and financial services. The UK is one of the world’s top ten spenders on Research and Development, which topped 27 Billion Euros in 2015. It has more than 3,000 educational institutions welcoming international students.

United Kingdom


British High Commission New Delhi, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India

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The Higher Education System

Degrees are the most popular undergraduate qualification in the UK. They are academic courses, usually studied over three years in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, or four years in Scotland (where the title master’s degree may be awarded). University International Foundation Year courses help to bridge any gaps between qualifications already held and the ones needed to begin a degree course at a UK university. There are a wide variety of postgraduate study options. Pre-master’s Courses can last from one term to a complete academic year. Postgraduate Certificate or Diplomas (PG Cert/Dip) are one-year taught postgraduate courses that don’t usually involve research. They’re often accepted as professional qualifications in the relevant field, giving you a head start in your chosen career. Taught Master’s (MA, MSc, LLM, MEd etc) courses generally last for one year and consist of two elements: a number of modules and a dissertation from original research. Research Master’s (MRes, MPhil) is a master’s degree by research. You will devote the entire year to research and your final mark will be determined by the quality of your dissertation.Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a specialist business taught master’s course. It’s the most popular postgraduate qualification. A Doctorate (PhD) will take you three to four years to complete, during which you’ll be working on a single research project. New Route PhDs include taught elements as well as a research project and give you the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary study. The UK is popular with international students and according to the latest UNESCO statistics more than 427,000 international tertiary level students studied in the UK in 2012 – of which nearly 30,000 were from India. In fact India is second only to China as a country of origin for international students studying in the UK. The UK is well-regarded internationally as a higher education destination offering a wide range of world-leading educational institutions, faculties, disciplines and courses. For e.g., A total of 45 UK universities feature in the Global Top 400 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016, of which 16 are in the Top 100, and 3 in the Top 10 – Imperial College London ranked 8, The University of Cambridge ranked 4, and the University of Oxford ranked the second best University in the World.


Chevening scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme. Funded by the FCO and partner organisations, the programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK. For further information please visit- www.chevening.org/india GREAT Scholarships: The GREAT scholarship 2015 is a programme jointly funded by the GREAT campaign and UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI). This year in partnership with 57 UK institutions, 401 scholarships worth 1.5 million pounds are offered to Indian students. These scholarships are awarded in varied subject areas ranging from Engineering, Law, Business, Art & Design, Biosciences etc. For further information please visit www.knowledgeisgreat.in

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