Welcome to the second installment in our two-part Study your Master’s in the UK series (if you haven’t seen the first part, click here). If you have followed us through from the previous post, then we like to think that you’ve been tempted by the possibilities in studying a Master’s degree in the UK so read on for more reasons why we think YOU should make the UK your primary choice, in fact, your only choice!
1. Satisfaction is guaranteed
About half of the top 10 from QS World University Rankings 2015/16 are British:UK universities are regulars in world rankings. That’s because the quality of teaching in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is assessed by the British Government’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to ensure each subject area and department at every university is up to the standards in terms of curriculum design, assessment, student support, learning resources etc.
Every year the Times Higher Education (THE) UK Student Experience lists out the top 100 UK universities based on student satisfaction, in which many of our partner universities have been ranked top 20 in 2016, including Nottingham Trent University, Bangor University, Cardiff University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of East Anglia (UEA), University of Sheffield and sitting right at the top of the chart, Loughborough University.
Given such high assurance, now you just need to Keep Calm and Take Your Masters Degree!
2. Support at the ready
We all need a little TLC from time to time, especially when you’re in a land far away from home. Adapting to a foreign learning environment and general cultural differences can be challenging, for example the UK grading system may mean you will receive a dishearteningly lower marks than you’re used to back home or you may be offended by tutors marking papers with red pen (don’t be!) In the UK, you’ll be in good company and even benefit from the Student Wellbeing department dedicated to help international students. Given the plus point that they are trained professionals that offer support on issues such as health, learning difficulties, mental health counselling, registration with a General Practitioner (commonly known as GP, a medical doctor who treats short term and chronic illnesses and provides preventive care and health education to the public) and any distressing events that may involve your friends and family. That’s not all, there are many activities available through the university to help you meet like-minded people, make friends and settle into living in the UK so our advice is to simply get out, do more, make the most of your time here and if you ever find yourself struggling, remember that help is always on the standby.
Financially, students who are limited leave with a ‘no recourse to public funds’ condition and experience a temporary disruption of funds may be able to receive support from the UK government. Furthermore, every school offers bursaries and scholarships, consult one of our UKEC advisers to find out more about your options. We offer FREE consultation. Contact details can be found here on our website or simply write us a message using this form. We hope to hear from you soon!
3. Career opportunities
Data released by GOV.UK shows that most Master’s degree holders acquire professional and managerial jobs after graduation:They also tend to earn higher income than their graduate and non-graduate counterparts.
It’s a fact that UK Master’s qualifications are respected wherever you’re from or headed to afterwards, but what if we tell you that you can start working when you’re studying? As a Master’s student in the UK, you are permitted to work 20 hours during term time, outside which you are free to work as many hours as you wish, even after your graduation providing your visa is valid.
Some Master’s courses involve a (paid) work placement in which you can gain invaluable experience and contacts. Cardiff University offers 2-year Computing courses where half of it you’ll spend undertaking a placement role as an IT professional. Similarly, the University of Leicester’s Department of Computer Science also have courses with opportunities of an industry placement after the taught part while Sheffield Hallam University’s International Hospitality Management degree gives you the option of a 12-month additional placement. Drop us a message in the comment section or on social media to find out more (all useful links can be found at the end of the post.)
Apart from the money, which is appealing, what’s even better about the work experience is all the soft skills that come it. You will enhance your general people skills and ability in time management and decision-making as well as learn to communicate more effectively, show commitment, accept responsibility and work as part of the team because as capable as one may be, teamwork is everything.
This brings us to the next point…
4. Birthplace of the English language
The number of students who flock to the UK to improve and perfect their English is simply remarkable. Here’s why, the UK is the place of origin of the world’s most influential language, this is the place to be if you aspire to talk like the people of Hogwarts…
If that alone is not a good enough reason, speaking fluent English and having a convincing accent (not necessarily British, a neutral mid-Atlantic one will do) can be more beneficial for your career prospects than you think. According to experts, employers make rather instant judgement and hiring decision based on the applicant’s accent and not much else since communication skills are one of the key attributes they look for in a qualified employee. As harsh as it may sound, don’t give employers an unjust excuse to not hire you for the job! Master the standard English accent! Despite its modest size, the UK offers more English language courses than any of its English-speaking cousins including the US, Australia and Canada, you’re seriously spoilt for choice here.
5. Tuition fees
This varies between universities but relatively speaking, a UK Master’s degree is still cheaper. To put things into perspective, the tuition fees for non-EU students in the UK is roughly £12,800 per year, whereas the average cost at a US university is £16,200 and £15,655 in Australia. You do the maths!
Moreover, a UK Master’s degree lasts for a year, whereas it takes students in the US and Australia up to two years to complete their Postgraduate studies. It’s obvious that by choosing UK, you can cut the costs by half and leave education that much younger…Ok, maybe not that young but applying for a UK university NOW means you can potentially graduate from a Master’s course at the tender age of 24, now that’s something to write home about!
If you ever catch yourself wondering “what’s next?” after your Undergraduate degree, we hope these posts have given you the answer. The best way to predict the future is to create it so act now, take the first step towards your masterpiece. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for guidance on your journey to a UK Master’s degree.Remember to comment below or connect with us on social media and we’ll see you again in the next post.