Universities Working Hard to Overcome Trump and Brexit Fears: #WeAreInternational


With recent economic and political changes, Donald Trump’s presidency and the UK Brexit vote in particular, we know that there is a fear amongst many international students both abroad, and in the UK, that an atmosphere of hostility towards students from outside the West is increasing. Plenty of international applicants simply feel that the UK government isn’t doing enough to make them feel at ease about their future studying abroad.

However, while the UK government might be tightening their policies on immigration in the response to the Brexit vote, UK universities are taking a completely different approach. Feeling the burden of easing student fears has been put on them, they are making great efforts to support the international community.

What are UK universities doing to help international students?

The #WeAreInternational campaign was co-founded by the President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sheffield, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, and the President of the University of Sheffield Students Union (2012-13), Abdi Aziz-Suleiman. The campaign is now backed by over 100 UK universities. International organisations, including the British Council, have also lent their support.

In an extract from their website, the #WeAreInternational campaign describe themselves, and their aims as:

“We are deeply proud of our international university communities and what we gain from our diverse student and staff population is immeasurable. Scholars from across the continent and the world enhance our academic life, knowledge and our economic growth. They are central to the teaching of students and research in everything from medicine and science to engineering, social sciences and the arts and humanities.

We are committed to ensuring our universities remain diverse, inclusive communities of international scholarships open to students and staff from across the world.

 We will continue to ensure our research knows no geographical boundaries and our students and staff from around the world are able to celebrate their own cultures and friendships.

 Our commitment to the UK remaining a welcoming home of global scholarship, which provides a superb education to the most talented people from around the world remains firm.”

Campaigns from supporting organisations and universities include:

British Council, in partnership with Great Britain

Study UK: Discover You

 De Montfort University


 University of Kent


 University of Sheffield


You can find the full list of universities supporting the #WeAreInternational campaign here.

What is UKEC doing to help international students?
Alongside our partner company, ApplicationUK, we are one of a few companies in the UK listed on the #WeAreInternational website’s list of supporters.

We are honoured to be participating in this campaign as UKEC is passionate about helping international students studying in the UK. We recognise the importance of international study, and the benefits it can bring to both the student and host country alike.

With that in mind, we want your help to raise awareness of the #WeAreInternational campaign, and the benefits of being an international student in the UK.

Upload a selfie on Instagram, either on your own or with your friends, and tell us what you love most about studying in the UK. Tag a friend, and nominate them to share their story too! Make sure you tag us in your picture, @ukeducationcentre and use the hashtag #WeAreInternational.


For more information on the #WeAreInternational campaign, and studying in the UK as an international student, please contact us here.

Keep up to date with all the latest news from UKEC on Facebook, and Instagram, or visit our website at www.ukec.com.

Pre-sessional English Courses

All you need to know about pre-sessional English courses. What are they? How are they different to IELTS? Where can you study them?

What are they?

Pre-sessional English courses are short courses which seek to better the English of international or overseas students with either a conditional offer, or the aim to study a UK university degree.

While pre-sessional courses commonly range from 4 to 12 weeks in length, it all depends on the individual’s current English language level, and the language level required by their chosen degree.

Who needs it?  

Pre-sessional English course students are, more often than not, international or overseas students whose first language is not English. Students can also be those who:

  • have yet to meet the minimum language requirement of their conditional offer;
  • are joining an exchange programme in the UK (e.g. Erasmus or Study Abroad);
  • and / or are planning to progress onto a degree programme at a UK university.

Though, there are rare cases where people do a Pre-sessional English course just to familiarise themselves with British university culture and life before beginning their actual studies… We’re not here to judge!


Who provides them?

Many HEIs (Higher Education Institutions), as well as Pathway Providers, offer Pre-sessional English courses that are tailored to the degree programmes they offer.

Whilst it makes more sense for individuals to choose the same university of their intended degree course, it is important to consider the gap between their current and required language level to be accepted for their intended degree course.

Length of Pre-sessional English course Score difference to achieve conditional offer requirement
4 – 6 weeks 0.5
8 – 12 weeks 1.0
16 – 24 weeks 1.5

This is due to the reason that some UK universities offer lengthier pre-sessional courses than others (e.g. 100+ weeks pre-sessional courses), which are more useful in some cases!

Here is a short list of the HEI Pre-sessional English course providers:

·         Royal Holloway University, London ·         University of Oxford
·         University of Essex ·         University of Edinburgh

A short list of some Pathway providers and their partner universities:

To check whether a university offers Pre-sessional English courses, contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

What are the entry requirements for a Pre-sessional?

Pre-sessional English course programme students are expected to have at least a basic level of knowledge in the English language. Different universities however, have different levels of minimum English language requirements. It is therefore advisable to check with us before making your decision.

What happens after the Pre-sessional course? Is there an assessment?

Unfortunately, yes. After the Pre-sessional course is fully completed, a test with four different components – Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading (similar to IELTS exams) – follows.

The big difference between a Pre-sessional’s assessment and an IELTS examination however, is that the test will cover what was taught during the Pre-sessional course. IELTS tests are a more general English exam.

Is there a high success rate for Pre-sessional students?

The short version – yes (hooray!). In comparison to the IELTS rate, Pre-sessional English courses tend to have a higher pass rate. For instance, the Brunel Language Centre (Brunel University London) reported that their Pre-sessional programmes  have an average pass rate of 96%. Plymouth University also hold a ‘high student success rate’ for their Pre-sessional courses.

What are the pros & cons of doing a Pre-sessional?

Pros 😊 Cons
A large variety – Tailors to different needs, hence better chances at succeeding Costly
UK study experience, prior to intended degree course Time consuming
Enhancing your English Language ability Examination
No need to take the IELTS repeatedly  

 Pre-sessional English course vs. Internal English Test

University Internal English Tests are distinct English tests created by universities.

Internal English Tests are much shorter in duration since they do not require the need for classes nor lessons. While they are also similar to the IELTS tests, which assesses four different components at once, they are only offered by a limited amount of UK universities such as Birmingham City University and Coventry University.


For more information, and to apply for a pre-sessional course, contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.


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Media Graduates – What to do Next?

It may be seen as a ‘soft option’ by many, but media studies and its related fields are by no means easy degrees. Along with the industry being notoriously difficult to get into, you may now be worrying about what you will do after you graduate. Luckily, that is where we come in. A fair amount of Team AppUK are themselves media graduates, and so we have plenty of experience in what to do once you have completed your course. We know that your degree has enabled you to develop excellent communication and analytical skills, you have great cultural awareness, and are up to date with all the latest technologies and theories. These skills are some of the top for employability, making you stand out to future employers. Media Studies degrees have high employability rates, with over 78% of students in full time employment after graduating, whilst a little over 6% of graduates go into further study.

Here, we will talk you through the top job opportunities available to media graduates, and how further study could boost your employability even further.



Social Media Marketing

The amount of job vacancies with ‘Social Media’ in the title has jumped by over 1500% (and climbing!) since 2010, meaning that social media is one of the fastest growing jobs markets out there. With a high number of dedicated agencies, who provide social media marketing services to other companies, alongside the growth of in-house social media teams, there are plenty of options for those who want to go in to social media marketing. Social media roles are ideal for new graduates, as many of you will have grown up with social media and so have a solid understanding of how the various different platforms work. This is an area in which young, fresh graduates have an advantage over older, more professionally experienced colleagues.

Using social media in a professional sense is not the same as using it personally however, so you may feel that you need a little more training before you enter the work place. Many universities now have both MA and MSc courses in social media available, covering areas such as understanding social media, analysing social media statistics, social research, and business intelligence. Offering both practical and theoretical practice and experience, a Master’s in social media would give any new graduate the edge over their contemporaries.

Find out more about Master’s courses in Social Media here.

Digital Marketing

If you are interested in Social Media Marketing, but would prefer a job that covers a slightly broader base of activities, Digital Marketing could be for you. Digital Marketing Assistants and Executives traditionally look after all online marketing activities for a company, including social media, SEO, email marketing, and website management. Digital marketing roles combine creativity with technical knowledge and know-how. Again, there are many agencies who will look after the online marketing activities for external companies, whilst other businesses will have their own in house teams. In general, in house digital marketing roles will have a far broader scope of activities. Within an agency, the job may be more specialised.

A digital marketing postgrad qualification will enable you to learn the basics of theory behind digital marketing activities. You can complete a qualification in Digital Marketing through The Chartered Institute of Marketing (the top professional body in the UK). You can find details of these courses here. Alternatively, universities also offer both MA and MSc courses in Digital Marketing. Within these you will receive full support from industry professionals and leaders, and could even carry out placements within professional settings.

Find out more about Master’s in Digital Marketing here.

Public Relations (PR)

PR covers all aspects of advertising a company that are not marketing. It is a hard role to explain, and an even harder industry to get in to, but the rewards from a PR job can be great. In its essence, a PR role involves raising brand awareness through indirect activities such as news stories, events, and social media, amongst others. It is a creative and challenging industry, but there is a reason it is so popular with job seekers! PR works across many different markets, and again you would have the choice between working in an agency for a range of different clients, or working in house focusing on one brand and identity.

Universities across the UK offer great quality PR Master’s courses, both MA and MSc. Many of these also include placements within PR agencies, allowing students to gain real professional experience and build a network of useful contacts before they have even entered the industry as a professional. These aspects make graduates look favourable to future employers, and enable you to stand out from the crowd in what is a very competitive market. Courses include modules on areas such as media relations, brand strategy, crisis management, and even digital media.

Find out more about Master’s degrees in Public Relations here.

Media Planning

Media Planners work with clients to identify which media platforms would best promote their products. Platforms range from social media, to television, to billboards at the side of the road, and those in media planning apply both critical thinking and creative ideas to decide which would be best for their clients at building brand awareness and driving sales. Media planning is a slightly more analytical, and less creative, role than those we have previously discussed, and so may suit some graduates more. Media planners tend to be agency based, rather than in house, so have to opportunity to work with a range of clients, sometimes within a range of industries.

As of yet, there are no specific media planning qualifications or postgraduate degrees. However, more general marketing master’s courses will often have elements of media planning within their structure and content, and many courses will allow students to choose elective modules so that they can focus on their individual interests.

Find out more about MA and MSc courses in Marketing here.

TV/Video/Radio Production

Another area in which your Media Studies degree will come in useful is in producing for TV, film, and/or radio. A bit of research on the top producers in the industry reveals that many of them started off with an undergraduate degree in media and communication studies. The roles require good communication skills, and a strong knowledge of the media and culture, both of which your degree will have provided you with and allowed you to develop. The industry is competitive, and experience is extremely beneficial. If you feel you have time, you could complete an internship whilst studying for your undergraduate degree. Even getting involved in your university’s TV channel or radio station would help.

Fortunately, many master’s courses in media production also offer placements, and encourage you to get professional, hands-on experience of the industry. Many universities in the UK have links to some of the top media companies, and courses are taught by industry experts and professionals themselves. Therefore, completing a master’s degree provides you with both an excellent theoretical understanding, and practical skills.

Find out more about TV/Video/Radio Production courses here.

To find out more about all master’s courses, visit our Find A Course page, or contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.


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Studying ACCA at Birmingham City University

Previously, we discussed the benefits of studying ACCA in the UK. So, now you have decided that you want to complete the course over here, you now need to decide on which university you want to attend. Here, we take a look at Birmingham City University, examining the benefits of choosing them to study your ACCA qualifications.

Why choose Birmingham City University?

Birmingham City is one of only two public universities in the UK that are Platinum approved by the ACCA. This is the highest level of accreditation, and showcases their high-quality tuition and outstanding pass rate success.

Industry experienced staff and small class sizes mean students get personal, dedicated tuition and support.

Fees are very competitive and include revision, tuition and mock exams, providing our students with great value for money.

The university is ranked within the top 100 in the UK, has a high student satisfaction rate of 84.0, and has the largest intake of international students out of the five universities in Birmingham, making it extremely attractive to students from all over the world.

Why study ACCA at Birmingham City University?

As discussed above, Birmingham City University are a Platinum Status tuition provider for ACCA, meaning you will be receiving top class tuition and teaching. Students studying ACCA at BCU, will study in the brand new, state of the art Curzon Building on campus, along with students from over 80 countries, and various other subjects and disciplines. From its central location in the heart of Birmingham, the BCU campus is in close proximity to a number of large, multi-national companies, providing students with great experience, networking, and employment opportunities.


ACCA Course Details

Papers available at BCU:

Birmingham City University teaches F4, F5, F6, F7, F8, F9 and P1, P2, P3, P4, P6, P7.

Paper Structure:

  • 4 to 5 papers – 12 months
  • 6 to 7 papers – 18 months
  • 8 to 11 papers – 24 months

Students starting at Level 6 would need to complete or be exempted for F1 – F3.

Students starting at Level 7 would need to complete or be exempted for F1 – F6.

Students that have studied an MSc (Level 7) and would like to apply for ACCA would need up to 6 papers exempted in order to demonstrate academic progression.


Similar courses offered by Birmingham City University

MSc Accounting and Finance – 15 months

Birmingham City University’s accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) helps boost your postgraduate qualification even more, giving you professional qualifications employers would be hard pressed to ignore.

The university’s accreditation enables them to offer an extensive list of CIMA exemptions, including all CIMA papers up to (but not including) the Final Strategic Case Study, which they also offer tuition for upon completion of your MSc (in November / December).

60 credit top-up option – students that have completed a CCAB, ACCA or CIMA can choose to study a 60 credit dissertation module to gain an MSc Award.


Find out more about studying at Birmingham City University here, or contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com for more information.


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IELTS – Commonly Asked Questions


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. It is a pre-requisite for obtaining a Tier 4 visa, and a good IELTS grade is usually required by universities when applying for Masters courses in the UK. Previously, we gave advice on ‘How to prepare for IELTS’, explaining the test procedure, and what to do in the lead up to it.

Here, we answer your most commonly asked questions, hopefully making what is quite a confusing process, a lot simpler for you!

Which type of IELTS should I take?

There are two types of IELTS; IELTS (Academic) UKVI, and IELTS (Academic). The main difference is that you will need IELTS (Academic) UKVI if you are applying for a visa to study in the UK. There are some exceptions, and UK universities will accept IELTS (Academic), but you don’t want to take any chances. After all, no visa = no study!

What score do I need in my IELTS results?

The results you need will depend on the university and course you wish to attend, as entry requirements vary. You can check this by searching for your chosen universities here. However, as a general rule, master’s courses need an IELTS of between 6.0 and 7.0. The majority of Engineering courses require 6.0, and Business courses 6.5. For courses such as English Literature, where a high proficiency in English is needed, 7.0 is often asked for. In addition to this, the majority of IELTS will also have a minimum individual scoring level, for example: a university may be looking for an overall average of 6.5, but with no individual score lower than 5.0.

Where can I take the IELTS?

UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) have a certain number of approved English language test centres that meet Home Office requirements. If you are intending on using your IELTS in your UK immigration application, you must ensure that you take your tests in one of these centres. Details of approved test centres can be found here.

How do I register for IELTS?

We recommend registering through British Council, who will take you step by step through the registration process, and have a number of UKVI approved test centres around the world. They will also make it clear whether you are applying for IELTS (Academic) UKVI or not.

Click here to apply through British Council.

What will the IELTS consist of?

Below is a handy chart detailing the components of the IELTS (Academic) exam, so you can know what to expect in advance.


With the UKVI approved IELTS, you can also take a pre-sessional course. These last for between 3 and 20 weeks and focus on improving your academic English. They cover areas such as academic writing, note-taking, and presentation skills. Find out more about IELTS pre-sessional courses here.

For information and tips on taking IELTS, please visit the below links:

General IELTS help and guidance

IELTS tips

IELTS practice papers

If you have any further questions or queries on IELTS for postgraduate study, please contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

For queries on IELTS for undergraduate study, please contact UKEC on international@ukec.com.


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Exclusive Scholarships for ApplicationUK Students from University of Hertfordshire!

The University of Hertfordshire is offering six ‘early bird’ scholarships worth £4,000, exclusively to students who apply through ApplicationUK! The average tuition fee at University of Hertfordshire is around £12,000, meaning that with this scholarship, you could get a first-class postgraduate education for just £8,000! The deadline for this scholarship is 27th March, with successful applicants contacted the beginning of April. So, don’t delay, contact Team AppUK today! Get in touch at info@applicationuk.com.

Also on offer are scholarships worth £2,000 and £1,000. For these scholarships, no separate applications are necessary. You will be put up for the scholarship based on recommendation from Team AppUK, and your personal statement will act as your application. Therefore, we always recommend taking the time to make your personal statement as strong as possible. Find out more about these particular scholarships here.


About University of Hertfordshire

Founded in 1952, the University of Hertfordshire is the UK’s leading business facing university. It is mainly located in Hatfield in Hertfordshire, which is just 20 miles from London. It therefore offers opportunities for both city life, with excellent transport links into the capital, and a more peaceful existence, with the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside on its doorstep. The university’s location means that it has excellent links with many top businesses in the City of London, providing great work experience and placement opportunities for students. The university itself has a high student satisfaction rate of 82.0 and a career prospect rate of 74.7. It also has a relatively low average living cost of £12,200, making it ideal for students who want a taste of London life, but do not want to pay London prices!

Find out more about University of Hertfordshire by visiting our university list page here.

Courses on Offer

University of Hertfordshire has a wide range of Masters courses on offer to international students, many with placement years, and/or scholarships available. You can find a full list of the September 2017 courses here, but we’ve picked out a few we think would be most of interest to AppUK students;

Courses with placement years:

MSc International Business – 2-year master’s programme with 1-year work placement (guaranteed for students who achieve 60% in the 1st semester of MSc study)

MSc Computer Science (Conversion) / MSc Advanced Computer Science / MSc Artificial Intelligence with Robotics / MSc Computer Networking Principles & Practice – same as above, i.e. have 1-year work placement as well

MA TESOL – no teaching experience required, but 3-month teaching practice embedded in the programme

Courses with 100% coursework:

MSc at Business School with 100% coursework including:

MSc Marketing,

MSc Management,

MSc Accounting & Financial Management,

MSc International Business

MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Courses with lower entry requirements:

MSc Management – consider students with a pass degree in any subjects and offer additional embedded support to allow students to exit with a higher grade, IELTS overall requirement is 6.0

LLM Law (all programmes) – same requirements as above.

MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management / MSc Manufacturing Management – IELTS requirement is overall 6.0 and each band above 5.5

All MScs at School of Engineering & Technology only require IELTS overall 6.0 and each band 5.5 or above.

Courses with global opportunities:

MSc Global Business – one-year master leading to two master’s degrees (e.g. MSc + MBA) and multinational living & studying experiences (e.g. USA, Germany, France, Spain, Russia)

MSc Psychology (Conversion) – for people who have degrees in other subjects, but who wish to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)


For more information on any aspect of the above information, please contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com. And remember, if you are interested in the early bird scholarship, exclusive for students who apply through ApplicationUK, your application deadline is 27th March 2017.


ApplicationUK’s easy-to-use online application portal provides a simple solution to postgraduate application stress. With its smart digital self-assessment tool, personalised application plan, and application tracking system, you can be rest assured that your application will go through smoothly. Our experienced counsellors are also here to provide expert advice, reassurance, and continuous support.

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What Now? Next Steps After Your Undergraduate Degree



If you are in your final year of undergraduate study, February is probably the time you are starting to think seriously about your future. You’ve got around four months before you graduate. What are your next steps? The reality is, you’ve got three options; employment, travel, or further study. As an international student you will also have other factors to consider, namely: do you want to stay in the UK? During your three years spent completing your undergraduate degree, you will have met plenty of people you may not want to leave, meaning that being able to remain in the UK is a priority for you. But what do you do whilst you are here?

Here, we run through the three top post-graduation options, hopefully making your decision a little easier! 


One option, post-graduation, is to go straight into employment. Should you choose to stay in the UK, you have two choices; graduate scheme or direct entry. Graduate schemes are typically offered by large companies and can last anything between 18 months and 3 years. They generally include a mixture of paid training and work, and have start dates in the autumn months. This means you get a summer off! Direct entry jobs work just like any normal job in that you would be expected to start soon after accepting the role. These roles tend to be in smaller organisations, and often employers will be looking for more specialist skills. Depending on your home country, the situation is likely to be similar, and your UK degree will certainly work in your favour in a crowded jobs market. Working in the UK, even for a short period of time, after you graduate will nonetheless provide you with great experience that will help you stand out in the global employment market.

Going from student life, to employment life, is a big adjustment though. No more lie ins, midnight feasts, or mid-week nights out! And your holiday time will be seriously reduced. In the UK, the minimum holiday entitlement is 28 days (including the 8 national bank holidays), which is just four weeks in total, making it very hard to fit in any travelling you may still want to do.

For more information on graduate employment, click here.





During your undergraduate degree, you probably took advantage of the prevalence of cheap flights and the UK’s proximity to the continent, and so have seen much of Europe already. Therefore, you may be keen on venturing further afield. Traditional travel routes for student’s post-graduation include Australia, the USA, and Asia. Now, as an international student, you may likely be from one of these countries or areas anyway, so this option might not be for you. You also need to consider what you want to do once you’ve finished travelling. If your ultimate goal is to settle in the UK, you may find it difficult to get visa approval after having been away for a number of months or years. And if you think the adjustment between student life and employed life will be hard, returning to the 9-5 after months of living it up in paradise will be even tougher!

Which is why we would recommend your third option:

 Postgraduate Education

Whether it is a masters degree or a conversion course, further study will ultimately enhance your employment prospects both in the UK and worldwide. You’ll be able to stay in the UK for at least another year, meaning you won’t have to say goodbye to your UK based loved ones just yet. You’ll also be able to take advantage of university term times and holidays, and fit in some more travelling. Did we mention that postgraduate students are also eligible still for student discount? Whilst still being an official student, you can take advantage of websites such as STA Travel, who offer significantly reduced rates and discounts to those still in education.

Applying for postgraduate study doesn’t even have to be a stressful process! ApplicationUK’s online platform allows you to compare and apply for UK postgraduate courses in one simple process. We also have a team of dedicated advisors on hand to give you personalised support and help, whenever you might need it. There are plenty of scholarships available for international postgraduate students, details of which can be found here, including those based on country of origin, subject type, and academic merit. Apply and enrol on a course through ApplicationUK and you could even receive a £300 bursary.


We hope this has made your options, and future decisions, a little clearer. Should you decide to go for postgraduate education, applications for courses beginning in the next academic year are still open. Search for your ideal course here, or contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

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Postgraduate Scholarships – March and April 2017 Deadlines

Thought about where you want to study your Masters yet? Or, have you not even considered your options? Most of all, the big question is: how about your funding and scholarship research? Luckily, ApplicationUK has a comprehensive scholarship database specifically aimed at providing busy people like yourself with all the scholarship and funding information you need. And scholarship deadlines are coming up fast. This article will focus on exciting scholarships from our database with March and April deadlines.

March 2017





University of East Anglia (partial and full scholarships available)

Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies School Scholarships (partial)

Interested in studying politics, language, philosophy, or communication studies? UEA has a great opportunity for you. They offer £1,000 scholarships for all international students who are beginning their course in September 2017. These scholarships will be awarded on academic merit, by achieving IELTS (7.5 overall with at least 6 in each component) and the overall strength of the application. Students must apply and receive an offer by the deadline to be considered.

Deadline: 31st March 2017

Link: http://intl.applicationuk.com/Home_News_detail_id_756.html

MSc Academic and Professional Scholarships (full International fees)

UEA has an outstanding opportunity for aspiring Economics and Finance students. The university is offering competitive scholarships equal to full International fees, available to students taking any of the following programmes:

  • MSc Economics
  • MSc Finance and Economics
  • MSc Behavioural and Experimental Economics
  • MSc Industrial Economics

No separate application is necessary, and all international applicants who have received an offer by 17th March will be automatically considered. Need helping acquiring this offer? ApplicationUK can help. Click here to register and start applying.

Deadline: 17th March 2017 (get applying, the deadline is coming up soon!)

Link: http://intl.applicationuk.com/Home_News_detail_id_759.html



Coventry University (partial available)

As previously highlighted, Coventry University has a May intake, and best of all, they also have scholarships available. See below for links and deadlines:

Faculty of Business and Law – International Dean’s Excellence in Academia Scholarship (IDEAS)

Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing – International Dean’s Excellence in Academia Scholarship (IDEAS)

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences – International Dean’s Excellence in Academia Scholarship (IDEAS)

Value (for each): £3,000

Deadline (for each): 31st March 2017

April 2017


University of Sheffield (partial available)

International Merit Postgraduate Scholarships (Eurasia)

Sheffield University have some excellent Merit Postgraduate Scholarships, which are worth 50% of annual postgraduate tuition fees.

However, these scholarships are nationality-specific, and are only available to students from the below countries,

Eurasia: Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Georgia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Iran.

To be eligible, students must have applied for a place by 14th April 2017, and the deadline for scholarship applications is Friday 21st April 2017.

Link: http://intl.applicationuk.com/News_detail_id_574.html

Postgraduate Taught Sheffield Scholarships

Sheffield also offer a wider range of scholarships for different countries, including:

Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Mauritius, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, USA.

An award of £2,000 is available if your tuition fees are between £16,000 and £18,000 or £2,500 if your fees are £18,001 and above. If you are applying to the MSc Global Marketing Management course, the scholarship amount is £1,250.

Link: http://intl.applicationuk.com/News_detail_id_575.html

Deadline: Apply as soon as possible to get an offer and secure the funding!



University of Bournemouth (full and partial available)

BU Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (External Scholarship) – MSc Public Health, LLM Public International Law or MSc Tourism Management 

Students from developing Commonwealth countries, who are applying for the above courses are eligible to apply. This extremely generous award includes a full tuition fee waiver, return airfare to the UK, arrivals allowance, monthly allowance, and thesis and study costs. The deadline for this is coming up shortly, so make sure you get your application in, receive your offer and apply!

Link: http://intl.applicationuk.com/News_detail_id_777.html

Deadline: 1st April 2017

Academic Excellence Scholarship (International)

Bournemouth University also has an award for outstanding international students. To qualify, students must have achieved a minimum of 65% in their Bachelor degree, or an upper second-class Honours (2:1) degree from a UK university. The award is £3,500 in the form of a tuition fee reduction.

Link: http://intl.applicationuk.com/News_detail_id_778.html

Deadline: 1st April 2017


To get a scholarship, you need a conditional/unconditional offer from the university. ApplicationUK’s easy-to-use online application portal provides a simple solution to postgraduate application stress. With its smart digital self-assessment tool, personalised application plan, and application tracking system, you can be rest assured that your application will go through smoothly. Our experienced counsellors are also here to provide expert advice, reassurance, and continuous support.

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Reminder: Americans are eligible for federal student aid!

The FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a student aid fund run by the U.S. Department of Education to help finance students pursuing higher education, whether it be a Bachelors or Masters degree.

What a lot of Americans don’t realise is that they are still able to make an application for student aid EVEN if they choose to pursue a degree in the UK. There is a lot of confusion on whether funding is available for Americans overseas and who it might be available to.

Let’s make it simple then…

Remember this date: June 30th
Most Americans will be familiar with the FAFSA if they have previously completed an undergraduate degree in the U.S. In fact, even earlier; as Seniors in high school are required by their schools to fill out a FAFSA as a class assignment. This is in order to teach students to take control of their student funding in the years ahead.
June 30th is the typical deadline for the online FAFSA application but it does vary in some states so please check on this website: https://fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm

Eligibility: You must be an American citizen with a high school diploma or GED who has been enrolled or accepted as a student at a university degree or certificate program. You can click to see this simple pathway on the following image:



Type of aid: Pell Grant, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct PLUS Loan
If you’re an undergraduate student who is spending less than a year’s time in the UK then Pell Grants are the best option. Grants don’t have to be paid back but are only awarded if you’re eligible according to your financial need. Those who cannot apply for a grant will need to look at Direct Subsidized Loans, loans with no interest charges until after graduation.

For undergraduates who don’t demonstrate financial need (depends on yours or parent’s income)—Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available but charge interest straight away.

Direct PLUS Loans are most suitable for postgraduate students and parents of students with a good credit history, interest is charged at all times.

Which UK universities are eligible to receive US student aid?
For a full list please have a look here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/international-schools-in-federal-loan-programs.xlsx

Not the right option for you? If you’d like to learn more about other funding opportunities for American students, please message our AppUK team at info@applicationuk.com

Source: http://fafsa.ed.gov

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Working Part-Time as an International Student in the UK – A Guide

Studying for a postgraduate degree can be an expensive business, and in order to have a little bit of spare cash, many students will get a part-time job. Whether or not you need to get a part-time job could depend on the university you choose, a quick look at the most cost-effective UK cities will help highlight this for you. If you do decide to work part-time alongside studying, there are a few things you need to know:

Maximum Hours Per Week:

During term time, you can work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. The sticker in your passport of your biometric residence permit (BRP) specifies the maximum number of hours you are allowed to work in a week, so always make sure you check this. Click here for more information.

National Minimum Wage:

In the UK, there is a National Minimum Wage, with different rates based on your age. These change every April, but the current rates are as follows:

25 and over = £7.50 per hour

21 – 24 = £7.05 per hour

18 – 20 = £5.60 per hour.

No matter how many hours you work, your employer must pay you at least these minimum rates per hour. Click here for more information.

National Insurance:

You need a valid National Insurance number to work in the UK. This may be printed on the back of your biometric residence permit (BRP). If it is, you do not need to apply for a new one. If there isn’t one there, you need to apply for one, and you can only do this once you have arrived in the UK. In order to get a National Insurance number, you must have the right to work or study in the UK. To apply for a National Insurance number, ring the application line on 0345 600 0643. This line is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Click here for more information.


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What jobs can I do?

In general, you can do any kind of job, as long as you do not work over the maximum number of hours a week. There are a few restrictions on what jobs you cannot do. These include; professional sportsperson, including a sports coach, entertainer, doctor or dentist (unless you are on the foundation programme), or a full-time permanent role. You may also not be self-employed. Find out more here.

That means, there is plenty that you can do! Below are a few examples we would recommend:

Bar/restaurant work – Okay, so the pay isn’t amazing, but the hours are flexible and can easily be fitted around your studies. Tips also help to boost your bank balance somewhat! This kind or work does usually involve late nights, and slightly unsociable hours though, so if you are not a night owl, it may not be for you.

Shop work – Whether it is in your local supermarket, or favourite clothes store, there are plenty of opportunities to work in shops in the UK. This type of role will involve a lot of weekend work, so can easily be fitted around your studies, and you may even receive a store discount. This type of role often involves a lot of time on your feet though, and unhappy customers can sometimes be trying on your patience (to say the least!)

Office work – You could consider getting a part time role in an office, either in an administrative role or a junior position version of what you want to do when you graduate. This will give you a great opportunity to really develop your English language skills, and gain some experience in a professional workplace setting. However, offices tend to work 9-5 hours, Monday to Friday so you may find it more difficult to fit around your university commitments.

Or, you could become a Student Ambassador for ApplicationUK!

We are currently looking for enthusiastic, passionate, and confident students to help spread ApplicationUK’s message and what we do. The role involves flexible working hours, the chance to receive up to £100 per student you refer, and the opportunity to develop key employability skills and experiences. You will receive full career development support from your dedicated advisor, and even secure a full-time job offer for when you graduate. Find out more here.

Before you do anything more, take a look at Job Hunting 101, our handy guide to searching for, and applying to, part-time roles in the UK.


ApplicationUK’s easy-to-use online application portal provides a simple solution to postgraduate application stress. With its smart digital self-assessment tool, personalised application plan, and application tracking system, you can be rest assured that your application will go through smoothly. Our experienced counsellors are also here to provide expert advice, reassurance, and continuous support.

Keep up to date with all the latest news from ApplicationUK on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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