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:

 

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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.

 

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The UK’s Most Cost-Effective Cities to Study In

The NatWest Student Living Index looks at which university cities and towns are the most cost-effective in the UK. These types of studies are extremely useful in helping you determine where you want to study. You can’t always base your decision on course content alone, and so need to know more about the particular city and life in the UK in general. NatWest’s head of student accounts, Dave Jones, agrees, stating “Making the most of university can be expensive and there is a massive difference in the costs students face depending on where they choose to study” (source). The Student Living Index looks at a range of factors, such as average income for students, average time spent by students socialising, studying, or working part-time, average rent costs and living expenses, and stress factors for students.

The index found that the most cost-effective university city was Portsmouth, with Liverpool and Newcastle following on closely behind. Edinburgh was found to be the least cost-effective city, in part due to its above average rent prices. But students are also amongst the most sociable, spending the most amount each week on going out, so don’t discount Scotland’s capital just yet! Unsurprisingly, it was Oxford and Cambridge who topped the list when it came to the average amount of time students spent on academic study, whilst those from Belfast and Manchester work the most part-time hours.

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The top three cities in terms of rent costs were Oxford, Cambridge, and Brighton, with all three coming in at least £10 more expensive than the national average per week. Unexpectedly, London fell below the average weekly rate for rent prices, while Cardiff, Manchester, and Belfast were the three cheapest cities.

Despite these figures, subject choice was the number one consideration for students when deciding on their university of choice, with 46% of students naming it as their main motivation for choosing their university. Just 3% listed cost of living as a motivational factor their university choice. Perhaps this is why over half the students surveyed said that they found managing their finances stressful? Avoid the stress and make sure you are fully informed when choosing the right university for you. You can view the NatWest Student Living Index report in full here.

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Find out more about all the universities listed here, and others in the UK, on our University guide page.

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ApplicationUK Scholarship Competition – Win £2,000!

ApplicationUK are now offering students the opportunity to win £2,000 if they choose to study their postgraduate courses in the UK!

The UK is an incredibly popular study destination for international students, and looking at the figures, it isn’t difficult to work out why! Read on to find out more about ApplicationUK, and how you could be in with the chance to win £2,000 to study in the UK.

Great career opportunities

It’s all about getting that good job at the end of the day! Studying in the UK boasts top career opportunities. The UK ranks in the top five in the world for university-industry collaboration (according to the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15).

Statistics also show that UK educated international graduates achieve higher average salaries than if they had been educated at home, according to the Tracking International Graduate Outcomes study (BIS 2011). Think the price of studying abroad is too pricey? Think long term – your prospects for higher salaries and faster career progression can make up for those hefty tuition fees in no time at all.

UK qualifications are valued for their heavy skills-based focus for the workplace. Over two thirds of businesses in the UK have links with universities, and over a third partner with universities for research and innovation. This means that UK educated graduates will benefit from developing both a practical skill set and highly relevant academic knowledge.

Outstanding university reputation

Employers across the world value UK degrees very highly.  And little wonder, given that according to the QS World Rankings, four of the top ten universities on the planet are in the UK, and the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings found that employers worldwide consider UK graduates as among the most “employable”. From a global survey of 27,000 graduate employers, five UK universities were ranked in the top 10. This is a firm indication that UK degrees are recognised across the planet.

Consistently high levels of student satisfaction

The UK ranks second in the world for quality of scientific and research institutions (World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15).

The International Undergraduate Students: UK Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give feedback on what it’s like to study in this country. The UK scored top in every aspect: recommendation, overall satisfaction, arrival overall, learning overall, living overall, and support overall. (Source) The UK beat other countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the US. In summary, international students are usually very satisfied with their experiences here.

Famous courses unique to the UK

Previously, we listed some of the strangest courses on offer at universities in the UK (source). From Yoga Studies to the likes of Circus Studies at Bath Spa University, there are some bizarre combinations. Others on offer include:

MBA Football Industries

MA the Beatles, Popular Music and Society

You won’t find these British culture-specific courses anywhere else!

In need of more convincing to study in the UK? We think the details below might just do it for you…

Our ApplicationUK scholarship

We are offering a generous £2,000 scholarship for prospective postgraduate students who use ApplicationUK for their postgraduate applications to universities in the UK! This is a great opportunity to start off your university studies with a bit of extra cash – it certainly makes a difference! This is on top of our existing £300 enrolment bursary, available for all students who successfully acquire an offer to study a postgraduate degree in the UK, via ApplicationUK.

 

How to enter:

Step 1: Submit an essay or video focused on the following topic: “Why do you want to study in the UK?” Essays must be at least 500 words long, and videos have no length requirement. There are no structure requirements or guidelines. Be as creative as you like!

Step 2: All submissions must be sent via email to: info@applicationuk.com. Please input your full name and the heading “Why do you want to study in the UK?” into the subject of the email. Plagiarism is a big no-no – we will cross-check all entries for plagiarism.

Step 3: Successfully submit a postgraduate application via ApplicationUK, arrive in the UK and enrol at your chosen university.

Our ApplicationUK panel will announce the winners late October 2017, after we have confirmed the successful enrolments. 

 

Terms and conditions:

This competition is administered and promoted by ApplicationUK.

The deadline for you to submit your entries is midnight 30th of July.

Entries are limited to one per person. Only individual entries will be accepted. Essay answers must have a minimum word count of 500 words in order to be accepted.

Entries must be original work by the entrant.

Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that their essay does not infringe the copyright of any third party of any other laws.

Entries must be written in English in an appropriate document format.

ApplicationUK reserve the right to use names, information and submissions without obtaining further consent from the participant or providing payment to the participant for any commercial or non-commercial endeavours.

ApplicationUK will not be responsible or liable for any costs, problems, damage or loss of whatsoever nature to the participants resulting from participating in this competition.

ApplicationUK is not liable for any university application fees incurred by the university that the student applies for.

By submitting your entry, you are agreeing to being published on our website for promotional purposes.

ApplicationUK reserves the right to make any amendments at any given time without prior notice. 

Brexit, and its Impact on International Students in the UK

What we know so far about Brexit, and how it could impact international students in the UK

Following on from last night’s decision by MPs in the House of Commons to formally allow the Prime Minister, Theresa May, to trigger Brexit proceedings, we’re taking a look at what sort of impact it will have on international students in the UK.

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First up though, what even is Brexit?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past six months, those of you in the UK already (and those further afield) will have no doubt heard of Brexit. In fact, its recently dominated the news so much, we’ve hardly heard of anything else! But you may still be unsure of what it even means, let alone the impacts it could have on your life in the UK.

Back in June 2016, UK citizens voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a referendum with one of the highest voter turnouts the country has even seen. Over 30 million people cast their vote, with the ‘Leave’ campaign winning by 52% to 48%. The term ‘Brexit’ is simply a short hand way of referring to this decision, combing ‘Britain’ and ‘exit’.

And what will be the effects of this decision?  In short, nobody knows yet. The Prime Minister must trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon (sort of like the EU constitution) in order to begin negotiations to leave the EU. No negotiations can be made beforehand. Theresa May has previously announced her intention to trigger Article 50 by March 2017. Once announced, the government have two years in order to conduct negotiations about what sort of deal the UK will have with the EU once out of it. This includes things like trade, immigration, laws, and so on. If Article 50 is triggered at the end of March 2017, the UK will officially be out of the EU by April 2019.

 

So, what will this mean for you, international students in the UK?

Again, no one really knows. However, the fall of the pound against almost all international currency has meant that life in the UK is a much cheaper option for international students. Current exchange rates (correct as of 9th Feb 2017) include £1 to 1.26 US Dollar, £1 to 8.62 Chinese Yen, and £1 to 5.57 Malaysian Ringgit. Because of this, British universities could also stand to receive an additional £227 million in tuition fees as enrolments from international students rise by 9%. A further increase in funding of £187 million could also come through, if the Government decide to charge European students the international rates. Increased funding to universities should then mean better facilities, staff, and courses being offered to students.

Potential future plans include the creation of an ‘Erasmus Plus Plus’ scheme, in which the current restrictions on the Erasmus exchange programme are widened to allow students from across the world to participate. This would mean that international students from countries such as China, India, and the United States could complete exchange programmes with UK universities with the opportunities for scholarships and funding. Speaking to The Telegraph last month, Professor Catherine Barnard, Head of EU Law at the University of Cambridge, also described how relaxing current visa regulations could help offset the decline in applications from EU students. Something the Government may consider when working with the universities to attract new students to the UK.

No matter how Brexit turns out, ApplicationUK will always be here to help you through your postgraduate application process, and make your introduction to student life in the UK as smooth as possible.

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Coventry University – Postgraduate Courses beginning in May 2017

Coventry University postgraduate courses beginning in May 2017. Scholarships up to £5,000 also available.

Coventry University are offering a selection of Masters courses with May 2017 intakes. From Communication, Culture and Media MA, to International Business Management MSC, there are a range of courses from a wide variety of disciplines. The university are also running some courses at their campus in London, offering students the opportunity to gain “real experience in the City of London with links to industry leaders”.

Find out more about the courses on offer here.

ApplicationUK partner university
Coventry University Campus

Within their May 2017 intake, Coventry University are also offering International and EU scholarships worth up to £5,000 each. The university have invested £1.5 million into a scholarship fund for students, and offer a wide range of them. From Enterprise Awards and High Achiever programmes, to scholarships for students from particular countries, there is something available for almost all students. The deadline to apply for scholarships for the May 2017 intake is 31st March 2017, so you have plenty of time to pick the right one for you!

Find out more about applying for scholarships here.

ApplicationUK Partner University
Coventry University – London Campus

About the university:

Coventry University is a public research university in the city of Coventry, England, and was officially awarded university status in 1992. Accommodating over 27,000 students, the university has two campuses; one in Coventry city centre and one in London. The Coventry campus is currently undergoing a £160 million redevelopment programme.

Visit the Coventry University profile on ApplicationUK for more information.

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New Biomedical, Electronic and Sports Engineering courses at Nottingham Trent University

Are you a potential Engineering student? There are more options out there than you think. For example, have you considered Biomedical, Electronic and Sports Engineering? Nottingham Trent University may be the ideal place for you.

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Nottingham Trent University, previously dubbed “the most environmentally friendly university in the UK”, by the People and Planet Green League, also boasts outstanding employability records, and a strong research arm. The Research Excellence Framework, (REF) also claims 90% of research submitted by the university is “world-leading”, “internationally-excellent,” or “internationally-recognised” standard (Source). Nottingham Trent University has recently launched some new MEng and BEng Engineering courses in the fields of Biomedical, Electronic and Sports Engineering, specifically in collaboration with PepsiCo, GlaxoSmithKline and Speedo, which give graduates an edge in the industry. But firstly, what exactly are these fields, and what potential careers are we looking at?

1) Biomedical Engineering

In a nutshell, Biomedical engineering (BME) is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes (e.g. diagnostic or therapeutic). This exciting discipline involves the exciting application of engineering knowledge and skills to human biology, healthcare and medicine. It is a broad area of study which includes a remarkable amount of knowledge from other subjects such as electronic and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, maths and biology. Overall, students will gain broad training in modern biomedical engineering and learning about the complexities of human anatomy and physiology.

Biomedical Engineering can lead to exciting career paths such as:

  • Biomedical engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Manufacturing systems engineer
  • Quality manager
  • Nuclear engineer

What does Nottingham Trent offer?

To help you, the student, become a bioengineer of the future, Nottingham Trent works closely with the industry to prepare you for an exciting career in the industry. Their courses are highly practical, as they use real examples and projects. The courses will look at current health issues and develop materials, processes and devices to help prevent, treat and rehabilitate patients.

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2) Electronic Engineering

Electronics engineering utilizes non-linear and active electrical components (such as semiconductor devices, transistors, diodes and integrated circuits) to design electronic circuits, devices, microprocessors, microcontrollers and other systems. In summary, electronics is within the broader scope of electrical engineering as an academic subject, and covers subfields such as analog electronics, digital electronics, consumer electronics, embedded systems and power electronics. It is an exciting subject that covers an extremely relevant topic for today’s current society.

Electronic Engineering can lead to exciting career paths such as:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Broadcast engineer
  • IT consultant
  • Nuclear engineer

What does Nottingham Trent offer?

Nottingham Trent offers great Electronic Engineering courses. The course offers the opportunity to be at the forefront of the practical electronic engineering revolution, and opportunities to dig deep into the latest challenges facing electronic engineering departments and companies. Want the latest developments? These courses offer the invaluable opportunity to keep up-to-date in this rapidly developing field.

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3) Sports Engineering

Sports engineering involves the technical application of maths and physics to solve sporting problems, which is within the realm of designing equipment, building facilities, compliance with safety standards and analyzing athlete performance.

Sports Engineering can lead to exciting future career paths such as:

  • Exercise physiologist
  • Bicycle engineer
  • Sports technology engineer
  • Fitness app developer
  • Safety instructor

Sports engineering is a growing field, which opens up the realm of possibility for future work.

What does Nottingham Trent offer?

Being a relatively new field, Nottingham has taken the initiative to produce courses to meet growing demand. The rapidly expanding area is actually attracting large interest and investment from professional sports clubs, sportswear and equipment manufacturers, in addition to health and wellbeing app and technology developers. With the rise and demand of healthy lifestyles and fitness regimes, the demand for students with this skillset and knowledge base will definitely be valuable in the future. Nottingham Trent’s courses teach students to design and develop sport technology devices and concepts.

  • MEng Sport Engineering
  • BEng Sport Engineering

Scholarships by Nottingham Trent

All international students, regardless of nationality can get £2000 per year for the duration of their course, which is a fantastic tuition fee discount that makes a difference.

Accommodation by Nottingham Trent

Even better, students who apply for one of the courses above will be guaranteed accommodation in the NTU hall of their choice! Not only that, but they will also pay first term of rent! (Source) This is especially appealing for students who may be worried about accommodation availability and choice.

The final word

Nottingham Trent has some fantastic engineering opportunities for both undergraduate and postgraduate applicants. No idea where to start? That is where we can help.

Get into contact with our UKEC Malaysia counsellors for free consultation and application guidance. Our counsellors can advise and tailor your application, providing personal statement guidance, visa support, and general support which extends to our offices in the UK.

Cyber Security in the UK

Since the modernisation of business sectors and industries, digital technology has been developed into a key necessity for every enterprise. While digitisation of businesses can bring about convenience, it also poses a threat to information privacy.

A recent infamous data breach in the UK that happened back in 2016, was Three Mobile which had a major data breach which was caused by hackers accessing Three’s customer upgrade database via using an employee login. While no financial information was leaked, however names, phone numbers, addresses and dates of birth of its customers were obtained by the hackers.

A better operations and security management would have prevented such incident from happening. In fact, Royal Holloway, University of London, runs their Msc Information Security course since 1992. The course builds on the fundamental principles that underpin information security while keeping up to date with the latest developments. The strength and breadth of the expertise of the internet security awareness and its network of security professionals underpins the programme. The Masters course has been certified by the UK Government Communications Headquarters which is the centre for Her Majesty’s Government’s Signal Intelligence activities.

The demand in cyber security will only keep increasing as more new roles are implemented to fight potential cyber threats.  If you are interested to be part of the digital security for today’s businesses and be paid a competitive salary, a 1 year Masters degree in cyber security from the UK could just be the thing you require.

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Newcastle University, one of the top universities for computer science, also offer a Masters in Computer Security and Resilience. 91% of their international students rate their experience as ‘excellent’, according to the International Student Barometer. The course is also accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). The BCS is the chartered institute for IT. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation and is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional. In addition, the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University is an accredited and a recognised Partner in the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

In another recent case of cyber breach, Tesco Bank, the consumer finance wing of the British supermarket giant had to freeze its online operations after as many as 20,000 customers had money stolen from their accounts. Organisations have changed in the digital age and this is leaving them vulnerable without proper trained staff to handle such risks.

To train proper staff capable of handling cyber security, University of Surrey’s Msc information Security has professor Chen, who joined the Department of Computer Science lately. Professor Chen, will lead research into hardware security and cryptography, a key specialism within the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security. She moved to the University from Hewlett Packard (HP) Labs where she was principal research scientist in the Security and Manageability Laboratory. She is also the inventor or co-inventor of cryptographic solutions which have been incorporated into international standards and used in applications millions of people use every day. In the late 1990s she was instrumental in developing the trusted platform module (TPM), a hardware chip that ensures security by integrating cryptographic keys and algorithms into devices. While working with IBM and Intel colleagues, she co-designed Direct Anonymous Attestation (DAA), a special digital signature scheme which provides the signer with authentication while maintaining their privacy. To date, over a billion TPMs have been shipped and embedded in various computer systems, each incorporating DAA and other cryptographic functions to which Professor Chen has contributed. Under such experienced mentoring, students from Msc Information Security from University of Surrey is sure to be well qualified for a role in financial cyber security.

2If you are considering a career pathway in cyber security and hope to obtain a degree that could land you that particular job in that field, then be sure to follow us on social media for your application to the UK. Please don’t hesitate to write us should you have any questions and don’t forget, enrol to a course via our website and you will receive a bursary worth £300 on top of all the extensive university and scholarships you can access from our platform.

Spotlight on: De Montfort University’s most popular business courses

For prospective postgraduate applicants who are wondering where to study in the UK, there are plenty of excellent options out there. Arguably, the UK has some of the top business schools in UK, if not the world. Studying business in the UK is especially relevant if you are aspiring to eventually work in the UK. This article casts a spotlight on a promising option for all prospective business school applications – De Montfort University.

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Leicester Castle Business School

Leicester Castle has gone through some very exciting changes indeed. Originally built in 1150, the historic Great Hall of Leicester Castle has recently undergone some rapid development, and boasts an exciting portfolio of new postgraduate and undergraduate courses. Students can enjoy at least 15 hours of contact time, in addition to access to academic mentors, professional coaches and practical experience opportunities. Best of all, there are no strict course background requirements – meaning any student with no prior experience and excellent undergraduate grades can apply and potentially receive an offer.

1) MSc Business Management in Sport

As a programme that explores the evolving area of management through sport, this programme focuses on governance structures, ethical considerations, major competitions, sports marketing and the political, social, economic and cultural contexts in sport. There are two intakes throughout the year, September and January.

Example Modules include:

  • Business Creation and Innovation
  • Ethics in Sports Management and Governance
  • Mega-Events: Global Sport in Perspective
  • Global Sports Marketing
  • Sports Heritage and Legacy Management

DMU also boasts excellent partnerships with leading sports organisations such as Leicester City Football Club, Leicester Tigers Rugby Football Club and Leicestershire County Cricket Club, meaning that DMU is the ideal place to pursue your interest in Sports Management in the UK.

2) MSc Business Management in the Creative Industries

MSc Business Management in the Creative Industries aims to provide a platform for students to develop theoretical and practical learning skills. The programme will develop theoretical and applied knowledge in the areas of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, strategy, finance, people management, brand design and the influence of technological innovation. This course also offers two intake periods, September and January.

Example Modules:

  • Leadership and Talent Management
  • Creative Technologies
  • Introduction to the Creative Industries
  • Integrated Brand Management
  • The Business of the Performing Arts

The programme especially suits applicants who have a background in art, media, and film industries, and wish to strengthen their business skills. It also suits applicants who are interested in building a career in the creative industries.

The courses consist of three semesters, the third semester where you can choose to participate in an internship or a dissertation – or even an Entrepreneurship Project. The Entrepreneurship Project is an excellent option for students who wish to improve their creativity and entrepreneurial skills (Source).

Faculty of Business and Law

The Faculty of Business and Law at De Montfort University is based in the Hugh Aston Building, which is a state of the art, modern study facility. It is also one of the largest providers of business and management education in the UK.

1) MBA (Global)

Particularly aimed at those students who are recent graduates and wish to enhance their employability skills, this course aims to develop communication and interpersonal skills for future work. The course style is very practical, with many opportunities to gain practical experience, and earning potential. The course offers both September and January intake.

Example Modules include:

  • Corporate Performance Management
  • Project Management
  • Business Creation and Innovation
  • Work/Community Reflective Live Case Study

This course also offers the opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience by completing a 12-week project based in a UK company.

2) MSc Advertising and Public Relations Management

Similar to the MBA (Global), this course is particularly suitable for students who have no prior marketing experience or qualifications. The course focuses on the latest theory while placing great emphasis on practical elements. Key themes of the programme also include innovation and entrepreneurship, project management, customer management, paid, owned and earned media planning and international marketing perspectives, making it a fantastic option for those who wish to expand their practical skills.

Example Modules:

  • Marketing Theory and Practice
  • Managing Advertising and Communications
  • Marketing Research in Practice
  • Brand PR
  • Research Methods for Marketers

The course also offers accreditation and exemption opportunities, an example being the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) certification. If students complete the Direct and Digital Marketing module, then they will also receive an exemption for a Certificate in Direct and Digital Marketing. Best of all, the course benefits from regular contact with experts in the field, particularly from well-known multinational companies such as IBM, Tesco, NEXT, American Express, and BMW.

3) International Business and Management

This course is particularly tailored towards graduates and professionals who would like to give themselves a competitive edge in the current international job market. Being taught in a truly global business school, students will benefit from the diverse nature of both the staff and student body. There are also a vast range of relevant optional modules available, allowing students to tailor the course to their career aspirations. Examples include customer management, creative industry management, international trade, supply chain management, corporate management, strategic planning, human resources and marketing.

Example Modules:

  • Accounting for Managers
  • International Strategic Management
  • Markets and Resources

4) MSc Project Management

This course was tailored in response to the increasing demand for effective project management across all industries, and will equip students with skills and abilities for effective business planning. In particular, the course has a heavy focus on practical application, with the opportunity to undertake a three-month in company project within an organisation in the UK.

Example Modules:

  • Project Management
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Research Methods
  • Risk Management

 

How can ApplicationUK help?

Interested in studying at De Montfort University? Click here to see ApplicationUK’s De Montfort University page, and use ApplicationUK to swiftly submit your application. Sign up, add your chosen course to your application plan, upload your relevant documents and submit your application. Our counsellors are also available via the chat button, and would be happy to assist with any enquiries!

 

 

Why it is CHEAPER to study in the UK than in other countries!

> Studying Abroad in the UK: 6 Things You Must Know

> Where to study in the UK?

> At the Crossroads: UK or Australia

1You might have read quite a lot of good things about studying in the UK, but you might also have heard that it’s an exorbitant place to go to study.

Well, what if we tell you it could be actually cheaper to study in the UK, and with some good planning you can just make your UK dream come true right from today?

  1. TUITION FEE

Right, so first things first, when we talk about studying abroad, we talk about tuition per year, and since most courses in UK universities are shorter than in other countries (1 year instead of 2 for postgraduate and 3 years instead of 4 for undergraduate). And so, despite the higher exchange rates of the pound, if you calculate tuition fee for the entire degree, courses in the UK usually turn out to be cheaper than in the US, Australia or New Zealand.

For example, check out the table below which compares tuition fees for the same courses with similar QS rankings (1 in a UK university and 1 in an Australia/Canada university):

Course University Country QS Ranking by course Tuition fee for the whole course for international students
(in GBP)
Master of Science (Computer Science) The University of Melbourne Australia 13 £49,007
MSc Computing Science Imperial College London UK 12 £28,200
MBA University of Toronto Canada 35 £67,367.00
MBA The University of Manchester UK 28 £41,000.00

Check out our Find a course or Find a university and use the filter function to find the affordable best universities in the UK for you!

  1. SCHOLARSHIPS & OTHER FINANCIAL AIDS

There are many kinds of scholarships and bursaries offered by UK universities, from 10%, 30%, 50%, 100% to full scholarships, many of which could be within your reach. The problem is, when students look for scholarships to study abroad, not all of them are proactive in this search process. If you rely only on agencies’ referrals, you may stand a high risk of missing your full potential for scholarships.

The tip is to be strategic and remember the following when searching for them:

For example, this year the University of Worcester offers all non-EU students the Worcester Business School scholarships (£2500), while you can also apply for its International Postgraduate Scholarship (£2,000 – £3,000), and you can also get early payment of £500 if you pay in full.

Plus, don’t forget that if you apply here on ApplicationUK, you will also get an automatic £300 bursary ON TOP OF all those aforementioned scholarships and bursary.

By looking at all these possibilities, you may save up to £6,300 in tuition fee!

  • Early application always gives you a good advantage

For most scholarships offered by UK universities, you are required to have an offer into one of their courses before you can apply to scholarships. Therefore, the sooner you start applying to the universities and get your offers, the more time you will have to apply for scholarships, and the more likely you will get them.

Therefore, don’t hesitate and lose opportunities. Start applying today, get your admission offers, and apply to scholarships!

  1. MORE WAYS TO EARN MONEY

People usually look at the high exchange rates of the pound sterling (£), and talk about how the cost of living in the UK  could be higher than in other European countries. Now with Brexit looming large and the exchange rates going lower, it’s an even better opportunity for us to bust this myth and give you some tips about the cost of living in the UK:

Unless you aim to go to a non-English-speaking country where you can speak their language (for example if you aim to go to Germany and you can speak German), there can be no denying that it’s gonna be more difficult for you to get a part-time job (as most part-time jobs for students require you to be able to communicate with local customers). If you choose to go study in the UK, however, with your inherent English competency, there may be plenty of part-time job opportunities for you in various fields, such as restaurants, shops, call centre jobs, translation and interpretation, office administration jobs, etc.

Moreover, do you know that the minimum wage in the UK is higher than most other countries? (check out this site for more information: http://www.minimum-wage.co.uk/), so not only will you be more likely to find work in the UK, you will also be paid more, and that should help cover most if not all of your living expenses.

>> Job hunting 101

Lastly but most importantly, you may not think about this yet, but a part-time job is not just about earning money to cover your cost of living when studying abroad. It can make you feel confident and independent spending what you earn. It can offer you some extra cash to travel around. It can also give you the opportunity to go out more, interacting with local people and learning more about foreign culture. So much better than just staying home and studying till you finish the course, right?

So, hesitate no more, start searching and comparing courses , apply soon for a higher chance of getting scholarships, and start your dream of studying in the UK today!

Still have concerns about this? Have a chat with our support consultant now!