Universities in The United Kingdom


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About universities in The United Kingdom

Higher education is a major priority in the United Kingdom, a fact that is reflected in its many universities that are consistently ranked among the world’s best.  There are several different types of higher education institutions in the United Kingdom, including comprehensive colleges and universities; as well as institutes and academies that tend to focus on a narrower range of study areas, such as technology, vocational studies, or the engineering sciences.

As a member state of the European Union, the United Kingdom has recently restructured its credit and degree system in accordance with the Bologna Process that began in the late 1990s.  The aim of this educational reform measure was to homogenize the credit and degree structure at all universities throughout the European Union, with the goal of facilitating student transfer between universities across Europe.  Under this new system, the colleges and universities in the United Kingdom (and across the EU) have adopted the European Credit and Transfer System, or ECTS.  This system assigns 60 credits to one academic year; 180 credits to earn an academic bachelor degree; and an additional 120 credits to earn a Master Degree.

Like the United States, the colleges, universities and other institutions in the United Kingdom essentially have three degree levels:  the Bachelor Degree, Master’s Degree and Doctorate or PhD Degree.

Bachelor Degrees

Undergraduate or bachelor degrees in the United Kingdom are offered at both colleges and universities in a wide range of program areas and categories, including arts and humanities; health sciences; physical or applied sciences, social science; and engineering and technology.

Most bachelor degree programs in the United Kingdom span three years, in accordance with the Bologna Process.  These “academic” bachelor degrees require the successful completion of 180 ECTS credits, or 60 credits per academic year.  Although no formal degree is conferred to students who complete this type of bachelor degree program, it does qualify them to pursue graduate studies in the same subject area or one that is closely related.  Students pursuing an academic bachelor can either study the general or basic degree program, or choose to study for an honour’s bachelor degree, which includes more advanced subject matter.

Students not interested in earning a Master’s degree can instead complete the “professional” bachelor degree, a four-year, 240 credit program that results in the awarding of a formal degree, usually in a professional field, that enables them to pursue entry-level employment in their chosen field of study.

To qualify for undergraduate admission into one of the United Kingdom’s institutions of higher learning, students must submit an application—at least one year in advance—to the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS), a centralized body that handles the applications for most higher education institutions throughout the country.  Once a student is approved for general admission by the UCAS, a decision which is predicated on the results of their A-level or O-level examinations, they can then apply to the college or university of their choosing.

Master’s Degree

To qualify for admission into the Master’s or graduate-level program, students must possess a bachelor degree or its equivalent.  Naturally, students who possess an honour’s bachelor degree are much more likely to be accepted than those who studied in the general program. Most graduate programs in the United Kingdom now span a total of two years in duration, the equivalent of 120 ECTS credits. Others can range from one to three years depending on the type of Master’s degree and the subject matter.

There are essentially two types of Master’s Degrees in the United Kingdom:  the standard Master’s Degree and the Master of Philosophy.  The standard Master’s Degree can range from one to two years, and normally includes a combination of classroom-based courses and applied research.  The Master of Philosophy, on the other hand, typically spans 2-3 years, and is mainly a research-based program, with little classroom study.  Both types of Master’s degrees require the completion of a thesis, project or comprehensive examination.

Doctorate Programs

Doctoral programs in the United Kingdom are typically reserved for the “best and the brightest”— exceptional students who wish to continue their studies in a given field after earning their Master’s degree.  These programs generally span 3-5 years depending on the subject and the student. They are heavily geared towards research and fieldwork.  Prior to being awarded their degree, students must develop and defend an original dissertation or thesis. 

List of universities in The United Kingdom

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Contact: Abacus College

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Threeways House, Gloucester Green, Oxford, The United Kingdom
Abacus College is an international college, specialized in helping students from all over the world get access to a British university. It is situated in the heart of Oxford and has been in operation for forty years. The school provides opportunities such as A Levels, University Foundation,... See full description.
Contact: Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University

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Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, Scotland, The United Kingdom
Robert Gordon University is an institution of higher education, located in Aberdeen, Scotland. The school receives approximately 16,407 students and has built excellent reputation for its modern educational approach. The university operates two campuses at Garthdee and the City Centre. Aberdeen... See full description.
Contact: Anglia Ruskin University

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International Office, East Road, Cambridge, The United Kingdom
Anglia Ruskin University was awarded university status in the early months of 1992. Presently, with a student population of just over 31,000, the institution is one of the largest universities in the Eastern part of England, and a large provider of part-time... See full description.
Contact: Bournemouth University

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International Office, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole Dorset, The United Kingdom
Bournemouth University is a university based near Bournemouth, UK. The school was established in 1992, and its main campus is located in the town of Poole. The school has built an excellent reputation for a number of its departments, such as The School of Applied Sciences (which teaches... See full description.
Contact: Cardiff University

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40-41 Park Place, Cardiff, Wales, The United Kingdom
Cardiff University is a research university founded in 1883. The school is situated in the Cathays Park area of Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, and is a member of the Russell Group of Universities. Cardiff consists of 27 academic schools, and has built a reputation for offering high quality... See full description.
Contact: Cass Business School, City University London

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106 Bunhill Row, London, The United Kingdom
Cass Business School was founded in 1967 and is the business school of City University London. The school is divided into three faculties: the Faculty of Actuarial Science and Insurance, the Faculty of Finance and the Faculty of Management. The institution grants BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA and PhD... See full description.
Contact: Cranfield University

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Cranfield campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, The United Kingdom
Cranfield University, situated in Cranfield, Bedforshire started its operations in the year 1946 as a postgraduate and research university. CU has one other campus in the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham, Oxforshire. CU has a functional airport adjacent to its campus, which... See full description.
Contact: EFLT Direct English Training Online

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Minshull House, Manchester, Lancashire, The United Kingdom
EFLT Direct English training is a global online English language learning school. We train career languages for business and professionals in English. We teach English Integrated Studies (EIS) for schools in core curriculum subjects, English Proficiency Practice for professionals and travelers... See full description.
Contact: ESCP Europe, Campus London

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527 Finchley Road, London
ESCP Europe is an international business school, which runs campuses in five of the most renown European cities: Paris, London, Madrid, Berlin, and Turin. ESCP Europe was formed in 1819, and is the oldest business school in the world. The programs made available at the London campus include a... See full description.
Contact: European Business School London

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Regents College - Regent´s Park, London, The United Kingdom
European Business School London is a private institution of higher learning, based in Regent's Park in central London. The school was established in 1979 to currently offer a good variety of course options in the field of International Business. Most of these also incorporate languages, study... See full description.
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