Postgraduate Master's Programme in the UK: What You Must Know (Exclusive)

It goes without saying that most universities in the UK are renowned in their quality of teaching and research, especially at postgraduate studies level. It's also not in doubt, the immense recognition employers of labour have for people with the UK high academic certifications. This is very obviously noticeable with students from developing countries of Africa and Asia continents, who have the opportunity to study and obtain higher degrees from UK universities.

For candidates from developing countries who wish to immerse themselves with the knowledge of the English language, the UK is their best option. Generally speaking, the UK has a fantastic and exciting community of students and academics. Upon completion of your postgraduate Master's degree in the UK, there will be great improvement in your career prospects; you will earn more because of the high recognition of the UK Master's degree all over the world. It will also help you to easily organize your academic schedules.


Categories of Master's Degree in the UK

Master's degree programme in the UK is basically categorized into two: Research Masters and Taught Masters.

1. Research Masters

Research Masters is further subdivided into the following: Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Master of Science (MSc) and Master of Research (MRes). Research programmes help students to take more responsibility towards their academic work schedules. Research Masters is similar to PhD but not as much demanding...

2. Taught Masters

Taught Master's programme is similar to undergraduate programme in that students are expected to attend weekly lectures and tutorials.

Taught Masters is of four types. They include: Master of Engineering (MEng), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Letters (MLitt). On full time schedule, each of the programmes takes 1 - 2 years.


Cost of Master's programme in the UK

When compared to American universities, Postgraduate Master's programme in the UK is far less expensive. The average cost of Master's degree programme in the UK is £8,000. There are variations in tuition fees. The variations are as result of type of course and area of residence. For instance, students on professional courses find the programme more demanding financially than students on nonprofessional courses.


Application Process for a Master's Programme in the UK

Generally, application process for a Master's programme in the UK requires the completion and provision of the the following documents:

> Application form,

> Original copies of your degree and academic transcripts,

> Academic cover letter,

> Academic references,

> Research proposal (this is only for students applying for Research Masters),

> English language test result (where applicable).


The following are the main types of English language tests:

(a) IELTS (international English Language Testing System)

(b) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language),

(c) Cambridge Assessment English's C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency,

(d) PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English).


It is important to note that course or/and institution can determine application process for a Master's degree in the UK as one, often times, can apply to one's academic department directly.


 Visas for Master's Students in the UK

Every international student needs student visa to study a Master's programme in the UK. Therefore, the following requirements are needed to be accepted for a student visa:

(a) Verifiable financial source(s) or support to cater for your tuition fees and living costs within the period of your Master's programme.

(b) Meet the required level of English language proficiency for your masters.

(c) Application fee of £350.


 Health Insurance for Students in the UK

While studying in the UK, it is advisable to make provision for adequate health insurance. If one is applying for a student visa, one will be required to pay an annual NHS surcharge of £450 as part of one's visa application. In any case, it is also of great importance to have a kind of private health insurance to cover unforeseen costs that wouldn't be covered by the NHS.


Working While Studying Master's Programme in the UK - A Guide for International Student

Students who hold student visa are allowed to work for 20 hours in the UK. The 20 hours is just during term time. They have unlimited and unrestricted number of hours to work during holidays. However, there are certain kind of jobs a student in the UK can't do while studying which include but not limited to the following:

> Trainee doctor

> Entrepreneur

> Self employment

> Professional sportsperson, etc.

Note: Part-time work can be very difficult to find while studying. You can't fund your programme entirely through the money you make from the part-time work you will find.


 Students from Switzerland and the European Economic Area (EEA)

Students from the aforementioned areas are allowed to work in the UK without restrictions. The only requirements on the part of the students is the provision of their identity cards or passport as evidence of their nationalities.


 International Students from Outside the EEA

Most international students pursuing a full-time postgraduate degrees can work in the UK during the period of their studies as long as they don't: pursue different career or full-time job, engage in personal business, engage in professional sporting endeavour, work for more than 20 hours per week, except during vacations.

 Note: to be eligible to work in the UK, you will need to have applied for a National Insurance Number (NIN). One can actually secure employment before applying for the number. In other words, one must not wait to secure the number before one commences search for a job.


After Master's programme, can one be allowed to start work in the UK?

If you wish to work in the UK after your Master's programme, you need to use the remaining few months from your programme to apply for a general visa. This will give you full entitlement to live and work in the UK for up to five years. However, your job will usually be a graduate-level position with an annual salary of at least £20,000.


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