There are many factors that need to be considered when choosing what and where to study in the UK. Things such as the cost of tuition fees and living expenses, the city where the university is located, the course curriculum and the university ranking are the most likely to influence a decision. Read UKCISA’s advice on how to choose a course and university
There are a range of study options in the UK including:
- foundation and pathway programmes, which are designed for students from countries whose school or degree qualifications are not recognised in the UK for direct entry to an undergraduate degree programme;
- undergraduate programmes, typical awards: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Education (BEd) and Bachelor of Engineering (BEng). A degree with honours is usually taken over three years but may occasionally be completed in five years depending on the subject and in Scotland, courses are on average four years in length.
- joint honour programmes at undergraduate level: it is becoming more popular to combine subjects so giving students the opportunity to study more than one discipline;
- postgraduate taught programmes, typical awards: Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc) and Master in Business Administration (MBA). These programmes are usually taken over a 12-month period and include the completion of a project or dissertation;
- doctoral research programmes, typical awards: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Doctoral research programmes typically last three to six years with individual study and the support of a research supervisor.
You can use our University Finder tool for a full breakdown on the courses on offer across all the UK’s higher education institutions.