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Study in UK

UK is fast emerging as one of the most popular study destinations for education in the world. A high degree of sophistication, matchless charm, and above all, educational quality that's backed by centuries of tradition: the United Kingdom is just the right place to give your career that global edge. Quality standards for UK institutions are among the best in the world. The British qualifications are recognized and respected throughout the world. One major advantage of U.K. education is its one-year Masters Degree for almost all courses - saving you considerable time and money.

Also, unlike those in other countries, most UK universities recognize the Indian education system of 3 year graduation. One of the biggest advantages of studying in the UK is that the option of combining work placements with academic study such as sandwich courses at the undergraduate level and work internships at the post graduate level. According to visa regulations, students can work 20 hours a week part time and 40hrs a week full time during vacations. Minimum possible wage per hour for students working part time must be 4.50, and generally students get paid from 4 to 7 an hour depending on the nature of the job.
 
Education System
Admission Process
Undergraduate
Postgraduate
INTAKE
Admission Criteria
Duration of the Programmes
Expenses : Tuition Fees & Living Cost
USP's of Education in U.K.
Ranking System

Education System

Details about various Qualifications offered by UK Colleges and Universities :

Degree Courses in Arts and Sciences (Bachelor's degree) are normally of three or four years' duration and are largely taught courses, sometimes including the preparation of a short written thesis.

Sandwich Courses are where the coursework is accompanied by practical work. A student could either complete 2 years of college, then a year of commercial training before returning for a final year in college. Or, he/she could do a 4-year course with 3-6 months' training interspersed each year. The main advantage is that the student gets real experience while in the learning mode. Most universities offer this type of education.

Higher National Diploma (HND) is awarded by Vocational and Technical Educational Councils. They offer a 2-year course in a vocational subject like scientific and technical business subjects. Great emphasis is placed on work experience. It is often seen as the first step towards a degree course as the credits can be transferred.

Vocational Courses offer an opportunity to enter the university system slowly. Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC), General Vocational Qualifications (GNVQ), General Scottish Vocational Qualifications (GSVQ) offer recognized courses in a range of disciplines. Most students opt to take 1-2 years of, for example, BTEC courses before being transferred to a degree programme. BTEC national certificates/diplomas are usually accepted as an alternative to A-Levels.

Postgraduate study may take the form of an independent piece of research under supervision or a taught course, and leads to a variety of degrees and awards. The taught courses normally last for one or sometimes two years. Completion of a doctorate normally takes a minimum of three years. Many post-experience courses are also available, either leading to a qualification or providing a refresher course for graduates wishing to update or extend their knowledge. Students get admission in the same in few institutions in limited numbers. They attend courses or undertake research, possibly for a period of one or two years. These courses do not lead to any formal qualification or 'credit' although certificate of satisfactory attendance may be given
Integrated Ph.D. / MRes - are usually master's degrees with huge component of research. Such degrees usually lead to Ph.D.'s
Ph.D. degrees
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Admission Process

This section explains the process of applying to the UK universities. For Undergraduate and Postgraduate admissions

Undergraduate Application Procedure

Applications are made through a computerized national system known as Universities and Colleges Admission Services (UCAS) It is a central organization in the UK that is responsible for receiving undergraduate applications and forwarding them to the respective institutions as selected on the basis of the application form Students must complete a single UCAS form which allows them a choice of six universities and courses so that they don't have to make costly and time consuming multiple applications.

When to apply ( Important dates ) :
1 September, 2009 Application processing begins
15 October, 2009 Closing date for applications to Oxford University, University of Cambridge and courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science or veterinary medicine
30 June, 2009 Last date for receipt of applications for immediate consideration. Those received after this date held for Clearing.

Application Requirement for UCAS
Application fees : 15 pounds

Transcripts or official records of previous academic qualifications.

Letter of recommendation from last attended school or college.

Statement of purpose.
IELTS / TOEFL : For most courses and universities, International students are required to take IELTS (International English Language Test) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
GMAT : For some management programmes, some universities prefer GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test). But GMAT is not mandatory for all the management programmes.

Notes :
  • Most British Universities do not require the GRE for admission to post graduate courses.
  • Some Universities may waive IELTS / TOEFL if you have been studying in English medium throughout and they are convinced that you are proficient in English.
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Postgraduate Application Procedure

Students applying for postgraduate programmes will be required to fill the respective University application forms and there is normally no formal deadline for the applications to reach the University. However it is recommended that the students file their applications as soon as possible especially for those programmes where entry is very competitive.

Application Requirements
Application fees : Normally postgraduate application forms of most of the universities are free of cost but there are a small number of programmes in few universities where application fees is mandatory.

Transcripts or official record of previous academic qualifications.

Two letter of recommendations from last attended college. If HE /SHE is working, one from working place and other from last attended college.

Work experience certificate : : If HE/ SHE is working .Normally work experience is mandatory for MBA and some specific programmes in management.

Statement of purpose.
IELTS / TOEFL : For most courses and universities, International students are required to take IELTS (International English Language Test) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
GMAT : : For some management programmes, some universities prefer GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test). But GMAT is not mandatory for all the management programmes.

Notes :
  • Most British Universities do not require the GRE for admission to post graduate courses.
  • Some Universities may waive IELTS / TOEFL if you have been studying in English medium throughout and they are convinced that you are proficient in English.
 

INTAKE

The main intake for all the UK universities is either September or October but there are some universities that open admissions for certain courses in Jan. or Feb. also.
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Admission Criteria

HND Usually Year 12
Bachelors Degree

Year 12

Masters Degree

A good honors degree

Ph.D.

A good masters degree

 

Duration of the Programmes

Programmes Duration
A-levels Usually two years
HND

Usually two years leading to a bachelors degree

Undergraduate Degrees

Three years

Postgraduate Degrees

One year

Ph.D. Degrees

Three to Five years

 

Expenses : Tuition Fees & Living Cost

Undergraduate
10-12 lacs per year inclusive of fees and living cost

Postgraduate
12-15 lacs per year inclusive of fees and living cost excluding MBA where the cost will exceed 15 lacs especially in the case of top universities.

Undergraduate Expenses (in Pound Sterling)
Courses Average Total Tuition Fees per academic year Average Living Costs per academic year (9 months) Average Total Costs per year
Science 8,130 6,600 14,730
Medicine 15,660 6,600 22,260
Others
6,210 6,600 12,810

Postgraduate Expenses (in Pound Sterling)
Courses Average Total Tuition Fees per academic year Average Living Costs per academic year (9 months) Average Total Costs per year
Science 8,200 6,600 14,800
Medicine 15,450 6,600 22,050
Others
6,303 6,600 12,903
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USP's of Education in U.K.

The UK education system has a reputation for quality standards at all levels with many institutions considered to be among the best in the world for teaching and research.
UK courses encourage independence, creativity and self-reliance: the kinds of qualities that employers around the world are looking for.
UK qualifications are recognized by employers and organizations worldwide.
Degree courses are of three years duration (not four as in many other countries), and master's degree courses can take one year (not two), dramatically reducing your costs.
Access to National Health Centre; which is free for students registered in courses of six months or longer duration.
Opportunities for part-time and vacation work in the UK as well as organized work placements at leading businesses as part of courses.
Lot of scholarship schemes.
Experience of living as part of a multicultural society.
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Ranking System

Nearly all the British Universities are owned and funded by the British Government. It is, therefore, the government's responsibility to monitor and control the quality of education provided by each University. This is done through the Quality Assurance Agency of Higher Education (QAA).

There are 2 government assessment systems that accredit Programmes, faculties, quality of education and infrastructure.

RESEARCH ASSESSMENT EXERCISE

This is conducted by the government after every 5 years and it determines the level of research activity within a university in individual subject areas. The ratings range from 5* (highest) to 1 (lowest). The last RAE was conducted in 2001 and the results for all universities in the UK can be seen on www.rae.ac.uk

TEACHING QUALITY ASSESSMENT

This measures the quality of teaching provision in an academic subject in a university. The assessment is done on the basis of 6 areas with a maximum of 4 points being awarded each
Curriculum Design, Content and Organization
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Student Progression and Achievement
Student Support and Guidance
Learning Resources
Quality Assurance and Enhancement
The subjects rating is done on a scale of 1-24 points and 22 and higher is frequently referred to as "Excellent".

For TQA rating of all the subjects , one can get more information from www.tqi.ac.uk

In addition to these Assessment authorities, there are prestigious prime organizations in the UK that monitor quality and membership for specialized subject areas
AMBA
PROFESSIONAL BODY ACCREDITION
GENERAL LEAGUE TABLES
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