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Study in United Kingdom

Whether you dream of scrolling the hallowed halls of Oxford or embracing the vibrant culture of London while pursuing your academic journey, the UK has something to offer everyone.

  • The UK is known all over the world for its historical significance, vibrant cities, literature, art, culture, and stunning landscapes.
  • The UK's multicultural society also fosters a welcoming environment for International students. Exposure to diverse cultures and perspectives enriches the educational experience, thus preparing students for a multi-functional, globalised world.

The British Education System

The British Education System is famous worldwide for its excellence and rich history.

  • The education system emphasises research, innovation, and flexibility, allowing students to choose from a wide range of courses to tailor their education journey to their interests and career goals
  • The British Education System comprises of four components -
    • 1. Early years
    • 3. Primary education,
    • 5. Further education, and
    • 2. Foundation years
    • 4. Secondary education,
    • 6. Higher education.



Age group

Early Before 3
Foundation 3-5
Primary Key stage 1 5-7
Key stage 2 7-11
Secondary Key stage 3 11-14
Key stage 4 14-16
Further Key stage 5 16 - 18
Higher Beyond 18 and above

Universities and Colleges

The UK incorporates most of the high-ranking, prestigious and oldest Universities in the world. Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) assesses Universities and colleges in the country through regular reviews and audits. The process ensures access to the best quality of education.

  • Universities encourage a holistic education approach, nurturing academic excellence, personal development and leadership skills.
  • Universities in the UK ensure that education is imparted beyond textbook learning so that the students get a taste of the world outside.
  • Group discussions and debates form a regular part of the classrooms, allowing an interactive environment to persist constantly. Universities and colleges in the UK offer various curriculum activities such as workshops, seminars, conferences and tutorials. UK university students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, providing a platform for intellectual growth and discovery.

One key aspect of pursuing academic life in the UK is understanding the duration of courses available in the Union. In the UK, higher education comprises Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees.



Top courses

University of Cambridge 2nd BA (Hons) Economics, BA (Hons) Law, M.B.A
University of Oxford 3rd M.Sc. Advanced Computer Science
Imperial College London 6th MEng Mechanical Engineering, MBBS/BSc Medicine, M.Sc. Finance
University College London 9th Science and Technology, Law LLB, M.B.A
University of Edinburg 22nd M.Sc. Data Science
King's College London 40th L.L.M
London School of Economics and Political Science 45th BSc Economics, L.L.M
The University of Manchester 32nd M.B.A
University of Glasgow 76th M.B.A, Politics, International studies
Durham University 78th M.Sc. Management, BA English Literature

Courses and Duration

Undergraduate courses and duration

Undergraduate courses in the Universities of the UK offer a variety of courses in humanities, social science, art, design, business, technology, science and many more. The average duration of courses is about three years.
Types of Undergraduate courses offered in the UK are as follows-

Undergraduate courses


Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Diploma (HND) 1 to 2 years
Certificates or Diplomas of Higher Education (Cert HE/Dip HE) 1 to 2 years
Foundation degrees (FD A/ FD Sc) 1 year
Degrees (BA, B. SC, B Eng.) 3 to 4 years
Integrated courses 4 years
Sandwich degrees 4 years
Postgraduate courses and duration

A commitment to higher academic standards characterises postgraduate courses, rigorous assessment, and precise and in-depth study. Most master's degrees are completed in one year, allowing early access to the work life. There is a heap of courses to choose from that are highly valued in the industry.
Types of postgraduate courses offered in the UK are as follows -

Postgraduate courses


Postgraduate certificates and Diploma (PG Cert/ PG Dip) 9 to 12 months
Specialised Masters (MA, M.Sc., LLM, MBA, M.Res) 12 months
Research Masters (MPhil, PhD, DPhil) 24 to 26 months
Part-time and Online Programs

The UK has long been one of the most preferred destinations for International students and working professionals. Many universities in the UK offer part-time and online programs specially designed to accommodate working professionals. Part-time courses allow students to balance their studies with their existing profession.
Few of the popular part-time courses in the UK for Indian students are tabulated below-

Part-time courses



Revolution in Biomedicine 1 month Imperial College London
Immunology of Tropical Diseases 1 month Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
General English Course 1 week CIE Oxford
Communication for PR and Advertising 21 days University of Arts, London
Human Rights Law 19 days University of Sussex
Accelerated Programs

Some UK universities offer accelerated programs that allow students to complete their degrees expeditiously. However, these programs involve intensive coursework and shorter breaks between the terms. Gain the same degree qualification sooner; you'll just work harder for it.Employers value the drive and focus to achieve an accelerated degree.You can complete an accelerated degree and a master's degree in just three years.

London School of Economics Summer Program

The London School of Economics is the largest summer school in Europe. The courses for the summer program are designed by the LSE Faculty to deliver the same learning experience as full - time students.

  • LSE offers two study options for the summer program - Blended Learning on Campus in London and Remote Learning.
  • Program duration can be three, six or nine weeks long.
  • The Program offers a diverse range of courses - business & management, accounting, finance, law, economics, international relations and more.
  • This short-duration program also includes Social Activities like West end theatre trips, walking tours in and around London, and day trips to Oxford, Cambridge and Bath.

UK universities offer a wide array of options across different verticals. The option of pursuing a Foundation Course allows students to decide whether they would like to carry on with their studies or move on to employment.

Universities offering Accerated courses in the UK

University of West London
University of Buckingham
Birmingham City University
Staffordshire University
University of Greenwich
London School of Economics
Saving money with an Accelerated Degree

Type of Degree

Tuition fees

Estimated living costs

Total amount

Regular Degree £ 27,800 £ 25, 290 £53, 040
Accelerated degree £ 22,200 £ 16, 860 £ 39,060
Savings £ 5,600 £ 8430 £13, 980


The Academic year is typically divided into three terms, with variations depending on the institutions and course structure.



Applications Open

Michaelmas Term/Fall Intake September to December December - July
Lent Term/Winter Intake January to April September - November
Easter Term/Summer Intake May to August October - November
  • Intake Michaelmas Term/Fall: The primary and most common intake for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK is in September or October. Because the academic year in the UK starts in September, this is the most preferred period for 80 per cent of UK aspirants. Fall intake is an excellent chance to bring academic costs down as this period offers most Scholarships.
  • Lent Term/Winter Intake: The Majority of UK Universities have January intake, but fewer courses are available compared to the September intake. However, winter intake experiences the second-largest inflow of international students in the UK.
  • Easter Term/Summer Intake: Very few universities offer summer intake. And the number of courses available is also minimal. This intake is more common among students applying for specialised programs.


Most of the UK population speaks English. The UK has excellent standards for the English language. A good English proficiency is required to understand and respond to advanced level courses. IELTS is the UK's most popular and widely accepted English proficiency test.
The average minimum score for all English proficiency tests accepted by the UK universities are as follows:

English Proficiency Test

Average Minimum Score

TOEFL 70-100
PTE 54+
Duolingo test 105-120
Eligibility Guide for Bachelors program


Eligibility requirement

10th 60%
12th 60%
Education year Gap 2-3 years
Budget 12-25 lakhs
Post Study Work Visa 2 years
English Proficiency Test Waiver Possibility *2
Prerequisite Test N.A
L.O.R Yes
S.O.P Yes
Eligibility Guide for Master's program


Eligibility requirement

10th 50%
12th 50%
Bachelors 50%
Education year Gap Up to 10 years
Backlogs 10-15
Post Study Work Visa 2 years
English Proficiency Test Waiver possible
Budget 12-30 lakhs
Prerequisite Test Waiver
L.O.R 2
S.O.P Yes
Year of Education accepted 15 years of education
Student Visa Tier 4 visa
Certificate of Eligibility issued by the University CAS
Part time work opportunities Available, £9-20 hours per week,
Double Masters Yes

Cost and Expenses

Before you give your dreams- wings to fly, it is essential to go through the cost and expenses to live and study in the UK. With a long history of welcoming International students from around the globe, the country offers Indian students an academic and living experience that is hard to beat globally. However, the cost of studying in the UK depends on numerous factors ranging from institution, course, location, and funding options.
Here is an overview of education costs in the UK.

Accommodation city wise


Accommodation Average cost approx.

Cost of Living excluding Rent

London £1,480 Rs. 148,000 £1,074.3 Rs 109062.08
East ( Cambridge, Peterborough, Norwich) £860 Rs. 86,000 £845.08 Rs 85791.85
North East (Sunderland, Durham, Darlington) £530 Rs. 53,000 £760.14 Rs77168.80
East Midlands (Nottingham, Lincoln, Leicester) £561 Rs. 56,000 £786.70 Rs79865.15
South East (Hampshire, Oxford, Brighton) £940 Rs. 94,000 £826.06 Rs83860.95
North West ( Liverpool, Manchester, Salford) £623 Rs. 63,000 £1398.77 Rs142002.01
South West ( Bristol, Plymouth, Bath) £752 Rs.75, 000 £788.0£ Rs79997.13
West Midlands ( Birmingham, Dudley, Coventry) £602 Rs. 60,000 £704.0 Rs71472.26
Yorkshire and the Humber ( Leeds, York, Bradford) £550 Rs. 55,000 £683.6 Rs69401.19
Edinburgh £1016.6 Rs 9103213.56 £783.5 Rs79543.35
Glasgow £800.6 Rs 81276.27 £801.1 Rs81327.03
Monthly rental cost of popular cities


Apartment Type

Average Monthly Cost (£)

Average Monthly Cost (INR)

London 1 bedroom apartment (city centre) £1,799 ₹179,900
1 bedroom apartment (outside of city centre) £1,309 ₹130,900
3 bedroom apartment (city centre) £3,309 ₹330,900
3 bedroom apartment (outside of city centre) £2,183 ₹218,300
Manchester 1 bedroom apartment (city centre) £925 ₹92,500
1 bedroom apartment (outside of city centre) £650 ₹65,000
3 bedroom apartment (city centre) £1,738 ₹173,800
3 bedroom apartment (outside of city centre) £1.050 ₹105,000
Edinburg 1 bedroom apartment (city centre) £926 ₹92,600
1 bedroom apartment (outside of city centre) £717 ₹71,700
3 bedroom apartment (city centre) £1,845 ₹184,500
3 bedroom apartment (outside of city centre) £1,110 ₹111,000
Cardiff 1 bedroom apartment (city centre) £763 ₹76,300
1 bedroom apartment (outside of city centre) £613 ₹61,300
3 bedroom apartment (city centre) £1,717 ₹171,700
3 bedroom apartment (outside of city centre) £1,008 ₹100,800
Tuition fees


Tuition fees

Arts and Humanities £8,000 and above
Science and Engineering £10,000 and above
Business £12,000 and above
MBA £10,000 and above
Living Expenses


Living expenses

Outer London 9200+ GBP
Inner London 12000+GBP

Accommodation is one of the most crucial aspects that has to be factored into the total cost of expenses. Many Universities and colleges have come up with options to minimise student stay costs, allowing international students an affordable living across the UK. These institutions provide students guaranteed accommodations in their Halls of Residence for at least their first year. The most common types of accommodation options available in the UK are college hostels, renting an apartment or a homestay with a family near the institution.


Several scholarships are available to help students with Tuition fees and expenses. Some universities across the UK offer several awards to their students based on their merit and performance during the course.

  • Apart from Scholarships offered by these Universities, another vital source of scholarships is available to aspiring students, including the British Government-sponsored awards.
  • Adhering to the continuity of friendship between the British and Indian governments, many special awards are made available specifically for students who want to pursue their studies in the UK. Let's take a look at that.

Scholarship name

Scholarship Amount

Scholarship Field

Commonwealth Masters and Fellowship Plan £1,000 Humanities, Science, Technology and agriculture.
Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships. No fixed amount Energy, Marine, Aerospace, Social, and Economics
Chevening Scholarship GBP18,000 Journalism, Cyber security and Science
Felix Scholarships. GBP 78,840 Post-graduation by Underprivileged students
Scotland Saltire Scholarship . £8000 Creative Industries, Health care and medical sciences, and Renewable and Clean energy.
Goa Education Trust Scholarship. Variable Extra curriculum activities
British Council Great Scholarships . £10,000 Post-graduate Scholars
Inlaks Scholarship . $100,000 Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine, Public Health, Business Studies, and Fashion Design.

Employment opportunities

The UK has seen a significant decline in the unemployment rate over the past years, contributing to it are several Indians who chose to build their careers in the country.

As per the new post-study visa policy, international students graduating from the summer of 2021 can stay in the UK and work for 24 months. Enrolled students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week during term time and 40 hours during holidays and vacation time.

Popular jobs in UK for Indian Graduates

Job Type

Average Salary

Teaching £31,295
Engineering £50,968
Healthcare £25,000 to £100,000
Accountancy and Finance £73100
Human Resource £67,100
Advertising and PR £71,400
Sales and Marketing £79,600
Information technology £70300
Law £47,000.
Art and Graphics £34,000
Popular part-time jobs in UK for Indian students

Job Type

Average base salary

Retail Assistant £9.88/hour
Tutoring £24.50/hour
Receptionist £8.97/hour
Library Assistant £10-15/hour
Customer service Representative £11.13/hour
Warehouse worker £10.08/hour
Grocery store clerk £8.95/hour
Event planner £14.36/hour
Dog walker £12.50/hour
Data entry clerk £14.98/hour
Here is a list of most in demand jobs in UK

Most in demand job

Average salary

Degree required

Cyber Security Specialists £26,000 Information Systems, Cyber security or Cybernetics.
Architects £28,000 Architecture, Design or Architectural Sociology.
Health Services and Residential Care £21,000 Health care, Nursing or Public Health.
Physical Scientists £29,000 Geophysics, Geology or Geochemistry.
Programmers and Software Developers £26,000 Software Design, Computer Sciences or Information Technology.

As the country is known for its robust economy, graduates looking to build careers in the fields of food & beverages, mining, manufacturing, logistics, oil & gas, construction, information technology, health care and medical can grab the opportunity to be a part of it and live a life of quality.

Maintain balance and keep moving!
Latest update on the Visa fee for UK

THE UK Government has proposed a visa fee hike, which will affect international students, including Indians.

  • The proposed changes mean raising the cost for a visit visa for less than six months to £ 115, and the student visa fee applying from outside the UK will rise to £ 490.
  • It is confirmed that the fee hike for a visa may be around 5-7 per cent across visa categories, including health and care visas, applications to register and naturalise as a British citizen, fees up to six months, two, five and ten-year visit visas,to support the country’s public sector wage.
  • So, at this moment, we have a 15 % hike for work and visit visas and an increase of at least 20 % in the cost of priority visas, study visas and certificates of sponsorship.

According to another development, VFS Global has joined hands with Tata Owned Indian Hotels Company and the Radisson Group, after which students willing to study in the UK can apply for a UK visa at a nearby hotel, where the students will be assisted for visa application.

  • This new announcement will make the visa application process for the UK more efficient. However, it is essential to book an appointment and attend the same within 240 days of submission of your online visa.