Why should I study in the United Kingdom?

The country is known as the home of both modern parliamentary democracy and the Industrial Revolution...

How to Study in the UK

Known for its high-quality university system and inhabitants with a quirky sense of humor, the UK is situated in north-western Europe. Whereas Scotland, England, and Wales share one island, the UK’s fourth constituent part of Northern Ireland borders on the Republic of Ireland on the neighboring island.

The United Kingdom’s Higher Education System

Generally speaking, there are 3 degree levels in the UK, foundation pathway courses, undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Foundation pathway courses serve to prepare you for attending a UK higher education institution, should your academic and/or English language skills are not sufficient for studying on a degree programme straight away.

The below table shows the national breakdown of UK universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), or below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the countries strengths and areas for improvement. UK higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s teaching & learning, international orientation, and research dimensions.

National performance: United Kingdom

Percent of all Universities 100% 80% 60% 40% < below Average above > 40% 60% 80% 100% Teaching & Learning 1% 93% Research 28% 53% Knowledge Transfer 50% 38% International Orientation 12% 75% Regional Engagement 51% 31%

What are the entry requirements for universities in the UK?

If you are interested in studying at undergraduate level, you will need to do this through UCAS, the UK’s Universities and College Admissions Service. For postgraduate degrees including doctoral degrees, you are required to check the individual entry requirements of the individual courses. However, you are likely to need transcripts of the university degree, a reference letter and a personal statement outlining why you wish to pursue your programme of choice. Moreover, you will also need to pass an approved English language test equivalent to CEFR (Common European Framework for Languages) level B2, for instance, IELTS.

How much does it cost to study in the UK?

Fees vary greatly in the UK, depending on the level of study, the university of choice and your status as EU/third country citizen. Please consult the individual study programme website of your university of choice.

How to get a Scholarship in the UK?

A scholarship database can be found here.

Do I need a Student Visa for the UK?

Unless you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, you need to acquire a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

How do British Universities fare in U-Multirank?

  • In 2019 U-Multirank covers 158 out of 162 UK universities.
  • In a global perspective, UK universities are strong in the Teaching & Learning and International Orientation dimensions. The strong performance of UK universities is shown by the fact that 26 universities reached top positions ( ‘A’ scores) in 10 or more indicators. These universities received their top scores across all 5 UMultirank dimensions.
  • Across the 5 U-Multirank performance dimensions, Cambridge University (16), Newcastle University (16), King’s College London (14), University College London (14), the University of Oxford (14), and the Royal Veterinary College (14) have the highest number of A scores.
  • UK universities show high scores in the International Orientation indicators: 151 UK universities have a top score (‘A’) in International Academic Staff, and 79 in International Joint Publications.
  • In our selection of 10 indicators, UK universities received 41 global Top 25 performer entries. Primarily, these are located in the indicators of International Joint Publications, and Top-cited Publications.


The UK's Higher Education Performance in U-Multirank

Where to study in United Kingdom

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