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Universities in United Kingdom

World University Rankings 4 of the top six universities on the planet are in the UK – Oxford, Cambridge, University College London (UCL) and Imperial College London.

England is one of a few countries whose educational system combines old teaching traditions with modern technology. Entry requirements to most colleges and universities are very high and demanding but that sets them at even higher level.

British diploma will guarantee you excellent education and a really good opportunity to start your career in any company worldwide. You will also gain such important life skills as Independent decision making and thinking.

Our education experts at Imperial & Legal will help you choose an ideal place to study in England and become a student there. We offer a whole range of services to support you in the application and enrolment process, and during your studies afterwards. No more stress and unknowns.

Benefits of universities in England

  • Inspiring teaching and coaching, high level of educational services and excellent research facilities and environment. You will always be involved in business and scientific activities.
  • Higher employability. Oxford or any other UK university mentioned on your CV increases your chances of nailing a job of your dream.
  • Improved language skills. British colleges and universities in England create an ideal environment for improving your language skills.
  • A diverse range of courses anywhere, anytime. Courses and locations can be customised and tailored to your needs.

Where to get higher education in the UK

You can obtain bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degrees in colleges and universities all over UK. UK colleges and universities offer the same subject areas, a very high level of teaching and learning support for students.

If you are up to a more practical, vocational course, such as Higher National Diploma (HNDs) and foundation degree, go to a college. Many colleges offer full honours degrees (those that don’t allow students to continue to a full degree through a ‘top-up’ course at a university). Please also bear in mind that some UK colleges don’t provide student accommodation, and some like universities have halls of residence. That’s why it’s important you check about accommodation before you apply for a college-based course.

Infrastructure of UK universities

In the UK, you generally get two types of universities – campus and city universities. Both offer access to bars, cafes, gyms and libraries. City universities are located in the middle of a city; however, they normally have their own canteens, student accommodations, laundries, etc. Campuses have everything in one place – laundries, ATMs, shops, parks and post office.

Student community

Most of the UK universities have students’ Unions making student life easier. They provide different services such as sport clubs, social clubs, theatre clubs, etc. Unions are normally run by students elected from course or school leaders. They are funded by the university. Union members are given discounts and benefits, e.g. for public transport or meals.

Academic year in the UK

In most UK universities academic year normally starts in September or October and ends in June-July. It is often divided into 2 semester each starting in September or October and January or February. Semester dates show when teaching starts and ends. At the same time most universities divide the year in 3 terms starting in September/October, January and April.

Qualifications and degrees

UK colleges and universities offer a variety of courses and degrees from which to choose.

Foundation year

It is sometimes called year zero. Its aim is to prepare students for a full-degree course in case they do not meet entry requirements after finishing school.

Foundation degrees

Usually two-year courses (longer if part-time). Good for doing a vocational degree while working, i.e. combining academic skills and knowledge with workplace performance. Characterised by lower entry requirements and fewer examinations. Can be used for employment or, if students wish, they can progress to a final ‘top-up’ year, leading to a full bachelor’s degree.

Higher National Certificate/Diploma

1- or 2-year work-related courses, equivalent to the first year or first two years of a bachelor’s degree. Can lead to a full bachelor’s degree by completing another two or one years.

Bachelors degree

3- or 4-year course. Some degrees offer a sandwich year involving work placement in local industry or abroad.

Master’s degree

Full-time learning from 1 to 3 years. There is a choice between a taught master’s degree, which focuses on learning by teaching, and master’s by research, that involves training in research methods and conducting a substantial research project.

PhD, or doctorate

Normally 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time. The highest degree you can obtain in the UK. Involves creating an in-depth, unique and important piece of research with a thesis at the end.

MBA (Master’s in Business Administration)

A choice of general, combined and industry-specific courses. Normally 1-2 years full-time or 2-5 years part-time.

Study in a UK university with Imperial & Legal

If you wish to study in one of the UK universities, either city or campus one, we will be happy to support you with application, enrolment process and documents. We have a vast experience and knowledge of helping international and local candidates to apply to study in universities of their choice all over England and beyond. Our educational experts will help you make the right choice, prepare application and documents, and even go to an interview on your behalf.

Apart from providing advice on what UK universities have to offer, we can help you with arranging flight tickets, accommodation and visas. You can ask us any question, and our consultants will be there to help you. Get in touch with one of our advisers by phone or via website form.

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