Public Relations and Communication.
Qualifications Tests for English proficiency : TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT, SAT, GRE, PTE Note: Applicable as per the Course and Universities.
Chevening Scholarships Chevening Scholarships, the UK government’s global scholarship programme, are awarded to outstanding scholars from Chevening-eligible countries around the world. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree. Most Chevening Scholarships cover tuition fees, a living allowance at a set rate (for one individual), an economy class return airfare to the UK, and additional grants to cover essential expenditure. Commonwealth Masters Scholarships The Commonwealth Scholarships are intended for students from developing Commonwealth countries who wants to pursue Master’s study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Each Scholarship provides airfare to and from United Kingdom, tuition and examination fees, personal maintaining allowance, thesis grant (if applicable), initial arrival allowance, among others.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from any country outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding. Rhodes Scholarships at University of Oxford Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards that supports exceptional international students from selected countries at the University of Oxford. A Rhodes Scholarship covers all university fees, personal stipend, health insurance, and airfare to and from the student’s home country.
The University of Edinburgh will offer 30 scholarships to outstanding overseas students who intends to pursue a PhD Research Programme in any field of study offered by the University. Each scholarship covers the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU graduate student and that chargeable to an overseas graduate student. The awards do not cover maintenance expenses.
The Denys Holland Scholarship aims to support undergraduate students from any country, who without the support of the scholarship would be unable to secure the funding required to study at University College London (UCL), and who can demonstrate their intention to make full use of the activities offered by UCL and the Student Union. The scholarship is worth £9,000 per annum and scholars may choose to use all or part of the scholarship to cover fees.
University of Sussex Chancellor’s International Scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential to non-EU international students who have applied for and been offered a place for eligible full-time Postgraduate Taught degrees at the University of Sussex. The scholarship is 50% off international student tuition fee and is offered for one year.
The University of Bristol is offering five International Office Scholarships for new international students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree at the University. The scholarships are worth £8,500 which can go towards your tuition fee.
The International Ambassador Scholarship recognizes and provides financial support for outstanding students who wish to pursue a full time undergraduate or postgraduate degree at University of West London. The scholars will act as international ambassadors for the University of West London. Up to 50 scholarships worth up to £5,000 are available.
The University of the West of England, Bristol offers more than £100,000 worth of scholarships for international students each year. This includes the Chancellor’s Scholarship wherein the recipient will be required to undertake an internship working within the International Development Office and other departments. The scholarship covers the full tuition fees for one academic year.
Transform Together scholarships are open to international and European Union (non UK) students applying to study a full-time postgraduate or undergraduate taught course at Sheffield Hallam University. Half fee waiver (50%) is available for postgraduate courses and for each year of an undergraduate degree.
University of Westminster awards scholarships to eligible students from any developing country who wish to study in the UK and pursue a full-time Masters degree in any field of study at the University of Westminster. The scholarship awards full tuition fee waivers, accommodation, living expenses and flights to and from London.
The Warwick Graduate School awards around 25 Chancellor’s International Scholarships to the most outstanding international PhD applicants yearly. The scholarships are open to students of any nationality and to any discipline offered at Warwick. The scholarships include the full payment of overseas tuition fee and a maintenance stipend.
The Developing Solutions Scholarships are designed for international students from Africa, India or one of the developing countries of the Commonwealth who want to study a Masters Degree at the University of Nottingham and make a difference to the development of their home country. Each year, 105 scholarships are awarded– 30 scholarships will cover the full tuition fee while 75 will cover 50% of the tuition fee.
The University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships (formerly known as Countries in Crisis Scholarships) are intended to aid students in financial hardship due to the fact that they are domiciled in a country that is in crisis as a result of the political situation, war, natural disaster etc. Each scholarship is worth approximately £25,000 which includes full tuition fees and accommodation plus £4,200 per annum living costs.
Attested copies of X, XII & Graduate Degree (if applicable), Mark Sheets including Backlogs (Re-sits)
Evidence of English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
Standardised Tests e.g. GMAT, GRE (where necessary for the programme)
Two academic references
Two references from employers (where applicable)
Passport sized photographs
Statement of Purpose (SOP)
Draft for application fees, if applicable
Portfolio (for Art, Design & Architecture programme)
Other Certificates & Achievements of Extracurricular Activities
The cost of higher education in the UK is quite high. Take a look at the UK education costs below to get an idea. Tuition Fee: GBP £ Undergraduate: £11, 400 per annum Postgraduate: £12, 200 per annum Doctoral Degree: £13, 000 per annum Note: These figures vary from one institution to another and one could pay up to double the amount listed above in a leading UK University. Living Expenses: GBP £
London: £9,180 per annum (minimum)
Rest of UK: £7,380 per annum (minimum)
1. Internationally recognised universities & qualifications UK is a popular destination for higher studies for students from around the world and is home to three of the top 10 universities in the world, according to the 2015 – 2016 THE World University Rankings. A degree that you gain from an UK university will be recognised internationally by universities, employers and government bodies.The top 5 universities in the UK (as of 2015 – 2016) are:
University of Oxford – Two of India’s Prime Ministers, Indira Gandhi and Dr.Manmohan Singh have studied at Oxford
University of Cambridge – Indian’s first PM, Jawaharlal Nehru and famous economist & Nobel laureate, Amartya Sen are both alumni of Trinity College part of Cambridge university
Imperial College, London – Known for its Science education, this university has produced many Nobel laureates including the inventor of Penicillin, Sir Alexander Fleming
University College London (UCL) – The Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, studied law here
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) – Kaushik Basu, an Indian economist & Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of the World Bank is an LSE graduate (Also read: List of best UK universities)
The UK has retained its position as a popular destination among international students owing to its long standing tradition of providing quality education. The standard of teaching and research at UK universities and colleges is routinely assessed and graded by official organisations to ensure that set benchmarks are met. Although UK institutes undertake the responsibility of ensuring standard and quality of different programmes themselves, independent audits are carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Professional bodies may also guide the curriculum and perform reviews on individual departments in an institute. Colleges in Scotland may undergo reviews by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education.
Opportunities offered by UK education system
Among the benefits of studying in UK is a wide choice in picking your field of study and institution. You can choose from 150,000 courses at universities and colleges across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and directly contact the institute to order prospectuses. If you are looking to pursue a Master’s course in UK, you may find the one-year duration for all Master’s programmes to be a big advantage. Alternatively, you may opt for a Master’s programme in combination with PhD, which will save you an additional year. Shorter duration of courses in UK helps reduce tuition and accommodation costs. The UK education system promotes close interaction between students and lecturers and provides the freedom to combine different subjects into a single course of study. English language support is offered by many institutions to help international students develop the essential study and language skills required to complete their course successfully. Most universities have counsellors and advisors to provide information and support to international students who can help you get used to the education system or any aspect of your course.
Strong research infrastructure
As a research student evaluating the benefits of studying in UK, it will be interesting for you to note that the country puts across 6.4% of global journal articles, 11.6% of citations and 15.9% of the world’s most highly-cited articles, even though it constitutes just 0.9% of world’s total population. The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) which checks the quality of research conducted by more than 154 leading universities and colleges in the UK, classified 30% of the research as ‘world-leading’ and 46% as ‘internationally excellent’. An impressive number of 95,184 research doctoral degrees were awarded in the country from 2008-09 to 2012-13. The fields of clinical sciences, health & medical sciences, social sciences, business and humanities command strong emphasis in UK research (International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base, a report prepared for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills).
Work while you study
Many Indian students in the UK gain work experience along with their study. A part-time job, internship or placement during vacation and volunteering are some ways to develop valuable skills that you can add to your CV. A work placement is a part of the study course for some colleges, and your university or college may assist in providing placement.
Work permit after study
There have been some changes on the post-study work visa since November 2015. You can now stay in the UK after completing graduation if you hold a job offer with an annual salary of at least 20,800 pounds (Rs. 18.3 lakh). There is no limit on the number of international students who can stay in the UK upon completion of their course. In order to work in the UK after completing your studies, you need to switch from a Tier 4 Visa to a Tier 2 General Visa. You will be required to apply for a work visa from the UK Border Agency, and you can opt from the following, depending on your employment status post study: Tier 2 (General) Visa – Open to recent graduates holding a UK recognized Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree with a job offer from a licensed employer paying a salary of at least £20,800. Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa – Open to students who are in process of developing a world-class innovative idea and are sponsored by their university.
Scholarship and financial support
Indian students who’re worried about expensive tuition fee need not lose sleep either, for there are many scholarships that you can apply to, especially at postgraduate and research level, to support your study and cost of living costs. For scholarships offered by UK universities, you will need to gain acceptance to the course of study before you become eligible to apply.
Indian students in the UK are eligible to receive free medical treatment by the National Health Service (NHS) if enrolled in a full-time course. Your spouse/partner and/or dependent children will also be exempt from payment if they reside with you during the course of your study programme. Your college or university may have a special health policy for students too.
There were 4,36,585 international students from 180+ countries studying in the UK last year, out of which Indian students were the 2nd largest group (18,320)! Studying in UK is an opportunity to experience a multicultural environment, meet new people and fellow international students from across the world and discover new places. You benefit by developing a range of skills that are necessary to be part of today’s global workforce.
University of Portsmouth