Go through this article on postgraduate courses in UK if you're planning to take one up. The details about the courses: eligibility and procedure along with the fees are all mentioned here.

Postgraduate Courses in UK

The Universities of UK, along with the spectacularly renowned and career centered undergraduate courses with many options and subjects to choose from, also host a bunch of brilliantly designed postgraduate courses that are sure to up the stakes for the aspirants who enroll in them. And not to mention that these courses offer great flexibility bundled with the first class infrastructure and other facilities for which the UK’s education system has an excellent worldwide reputation. For the students, it will make not only make their dream come true of studying in the UK, but also will have them shooting for the stars. And the experience of completing the post graduation in UK may be unlike anywhere in the world as here, you may find as many as 50 nationalities within the same campus. In terms of duration, these courses vary from 1 year to 4 years depending on the type of course you choose; postgraduate certificates and diplomas, Master’s degrees and MBA’s, and Doctoral programs. Continue reading to know about the types of courses, the eligibility and procedure to apply, and a list of top colleges and universities in UK.
Degree Recognition
The postgraduate education degrees from UK equip its students with in-depth knowledge and experience through innovative teaching methods and up-to-date curriculum following the global trends, and are thus valued by employers around the world.
Degrees Structure
Pre-Master’s Courses: These courses generally range from being one term to whole of the academic year and are usually taken if the qualifications of English skills are not quite up there with what is expected from a student who wants to take up a master’s course. If attended well to, these courses ensure a student’s progression into the master’s course at a particular university.
Post-Graduate Certificates or Diplomas: These courses generally are for one year and are taught postgraduate courses that don’t involve research or submission of a dissertation. Some universities also award PG certificates and diplomas to a student who had started the course as full on Master’s program but either chose not to do any research or dissertation or whose research was not up to the mark. These courses are great in giving the students a head start in the career.
Taught Master’s Courses: These courses (M.A. M.Sc. L.L.M. Med etc) generally are for one year duration and consist of two elements: one, the taught part in which the students are required to attend the lectures, seminars, and take examinations, and second, the research or dissertation part that has to be submitted to the university or college at the end of academic term.
Research Master’s Courses: As the name suggests, the courses (M.Res MPhil) are of one year duration but instead of attending the classes, seminars, or giving examinations; the students are required to devote the whole of academic year into research and preparation of a dissertation of 30,000 to 35,000 words.
Master of Business Administration: It is also a taught course of one year duration that provides the students with a deep insight of the global business world and acts as a stepping stone for entry into the managerial world of world business. It’s one of the most popular post graduation courses in UK.
PhD or DPhil: Doctorate of Philosophy is of three to four years in duration during which the students are required to work on a single research project of 100,000 words and present it in the final year.
Integrated PhD: Also known as the new route PhD, it is longer than the traditional PhD with minimum duration of four years and combines more elements; a taught element and a professional and transferable skill element to the already present research element.
Subjects for Postgraduate Degrees
The subjects for postgraduate degrees have been divided into 6 sections namely: Arts, Humanities, and Languages; Business, Finance and Management; Education and teaching; Law; Social Sciences; and Science and Engineering. And there are hundreds of subjects to choose from these six sections; catering to the interest of every student, considering he/she has all the requirement to qualify for the course.
Admission Requirements
  • The basic academic/education requirements along with minimum IELTS score to take up postgraduate studies in UK, for different courses has been given below:
    • Pre-Master’s Courses: An undergraduate degree plus IELTS score of 5.0 to 5.5.
    • Postgraduate Certificates or Diplomas: An undergraduate degree plus IELTS score of 6.5 to 7.0, or a Pre-Master’s course.
    • Master’s Degree: An undergraduate degree with first or upper second class scores plus IELTS score of 7.0, or a Pre-Master’s course.
    • Masters of Business Administration: An undergraduate degree with first class scores, 2-3 years of work experience plus IELTS score of 6.5 to 7.0.
    • Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD): A Master’s degree plus IELTS scores of 6.5 to 7.0.
  • The students who want to take up postgraduate courses in management (MBA) need to appear in Graduation Management Admission Test (GMAT) and score well in it. Without a good GMAT score (700 or more for top universities), admission in management based courses in UK won’t be allowed.
  • For management related courses like MBA, the universities in UK take up only those students with 2-3 years of prior work experience. A work experience certificate or letter is a must along with a detailed resume mentioning the career goal, position(s) held over the years.
  • All universities require complete transcripts/mark sheets/related documents of the previous academic records to be submitted at the time of the submission of the application form, along with the letter of recommendation and a statement of purpose.
  • It should be clearly mentioned on the statement of purpose why the student has chosen the particular stream and how he/she will manage financially during the stay in UK. Letter of recommendation should preferably be from the person who has taught the student, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of him/her and why he/she would excel in the field.
  • The IELTS English proficiency exam is conducted by the British Council in over 125 countries and therefore can be taken by the student in his/her home country.
Application Procedure
The procedure of getting admission into a postgraduate course in one of UK’s university requires a student to fill in the admission form of the respected university or college and submit it online or via air-mail, along with the details and documents of the previous academic record including the scores of IELTS exam, duly attested by the registrar.
  • Ideally, it’s best to start with all the searching and selecting the preferable universities or B-schools a good one year before the session.
  • Students have the option of either applying online or through post. In both the case, the supporting documents will have to be posted through registered mail.
  • The applications and supported documents need to be compiled together in advance to avoid any hassles during the application procedure.
  • The closing dates of submitting the applications can be found out at the universities’ or colleges’ official websites.
  • After the university or college has approved the application, the students can then proceed with fulfilling the visa formalities.
Cost of Postgraduate Education
The tuition fees for postgraduate courses in UK vary from the type of course to the university or institution applied in. The average total tuition fee per academic year can range from:
Arts and Humanities Courses: £7,000 to £12,000
Science Courses: £7,500 to £25,000
Clinical Courses: £10,000 to £33,000
MBA: £4,000 to more than £34,000
Along with the above mentioned tuition fees, the average cost of living per academic session also needs to taken into consideration which varies according to which part of UK the student is living in. It may be anywhere between £6,000 and £12,000 for an individual. These costs include accommodation, food, travel (bus/subway), entertainment (cinema/eating out/sports), and other (books/clothing/personal hygiene/telephone calls) and also varies according to person’s lifestyle.
Top Colleges and Universities
University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh, University College London, Imperial College London, The University of Manchester, University of Glasgow, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Warwick, and the University of Southampton are the top ten colleges and universities according to the rankings.

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