UK HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMMES
UK degrees are highly regarded all over the world. All degrees issued by UK universities are subject to control by the UK government. All are Honours degrees and the standard length is 3 years. Courses with a 1 year work placement included are called sandwich courses. Professional courses leading to qualifications that allow graduates to join professional bodies and practise (such as Medicine, Architecture, Pharmacy, Engineering) take longer.
Note: in Scotland degrees are 4 years in length but Scottish students graduate from high school after 12 years. Students with good A Levels / IB results or having completed Foundation courses in the UK may be able to enter Year 2 of a Scottish degree.
All Masters degrees in the UK are 12 months long (unless work placements are added).
You can study for a UK degree at any of these institutions:
1. UK Universities: there are around 150 universities in the UK and 20% of these are ranked in the World Top 200. Find out more here. All universities are state-funded except for a small group (The University of Buckingham, BPP University and The Law University, which are self-funding).
2. UK University Branch Campuses: a number of UK universities operate branch campuses overseas, and these offer exactly the same UK degrees as in the UK itself and are subject to the same strict regulations.
3. Private Business Schools: these are mostly in London and they offer UK degrees validated by UK universities but taught in the private institutions. These institutions offer Business, Finance and IT degrees at lower fees than the universities and operate from smaller campuses containing only classrooms and libraries.
4. UK Colleges of Further and Higher Education: these offer 2 types of qualification:
- Foundation degrees and HNDs - these are 2 year courses which allow graduates to work on completion. If they want to continue to an Honours degree they need to do a 1- year top-up.
- Bachelor degrees with Honours – these are awarded by partner universities but taught on the College campus.
Degrees offered by overseas universities (such as US university branch campuses) are NOT validated by the UK government and are not considered to be UK degrees even if studied in the UK.
- Bangor University
- De Montfort University
- Newcastle University
- Birkbeck University of London
- University of East Anglia
- Nottingham Trent University
- BPP University
- Exeter University
- Queens University Belfast
- Brunel University
- The University of Gloucestershire
- Queen Mary London
- The University of Buckingham
- Huddersfield University
- The University of Reading
- City University London
- Kingston University
- The University of Stirling
- Coventry University
- Keele University
- St George's University of London
- Dundee University
- Leeds Beckett University
- University of West London
Overseas Branch Campuses
- University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
- The University of Reading Malaysia
UK State Colleges
- Bournemouth & Poole College
- The Edinburgh College
- Wakefield College
- Llandrillo College
- Westminster Kingsway College