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Masters Courses In The UK

Once an international student has successfully completed an undergraduate degree course, and providing they have met the grade, they can then go on to apply for a master’s degree course in the UK.

What is a Masters Course?

A master's degree course is the first level of graduate study after students have already earned an undergraduate bachelor’s degree. They generally require one to two years of full-time study, and there is a wide range of courses available to students who have successfully graduated from an undergraduate course.

Whether students are simply looking to enhance their academic learning, or wishing to specialise in a particular career path or field of study, there are many reasons students choose to enrol on a master's degree course in the UK.

Master’s courses are typically split into separate core and optional modules, and some subjects will include a work placement as part of the programme. The teaching methods for these courses are very similar to that of a bachelor’s degree, usually involving seminars, lectures and workshops. Students will generally be assessed on essay, assignments, presentations, portfolios and a thesis.

What Types of Masters Courses Are There?

There are predominately two types of master’s degree courses in the UK for international students to choose from, either a taught or research-based degree.

Undergraduate degrees and taught master’s degrees are quite similar in teaching style and structure, with students getting encouraged to work independently whilst receiving tutored support.

The most popular taught master’s degree courses are The Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MSc). Other options include, Master of Education (MEd), Master of Engineering (MEng), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Music (MMus), Master of Laws (LLM) and more. When it comes to a research-based master’s degree, students will be expected to produce a thesis on a particular topic using active and and independent learning. Usually the single thesis will take up around 60% of the student's overall time, with little or no class teaching. Some guidance is given to students on this type of course, through an appointed supervisor.

The Requirements Needed For Masters Course

The entry requirements for a master’s course can vary, depending on the course itself and the university. Keep in mind that most universities will show flexibility by taking your personal circumstances and experience into account.

For international students, you’ll need an overseas qualification of a similar standard to a bachelor's degree or other undergraduate course in a relevant subject, from a recognised higher education institution.

An upper second class degree grade (a '2.1') or its equivalent will generally be required for entry into a master’s degree course. Some universities accept a lower second class degree grade (a 2.2). Also, certain English language skills and professional experience may be necessary depending on the course chosen.

UK undergraduate degree grade classification:  
  • First Class (1st) An overall mark of 70%+
  • Upper Second Class (2.1) An overall mark of 60%+
  • Lower Second Class (2.2) An overall mark of 50%+
  • Third Class (3rd) An overall mark of 40%+
  • Fail Results from an overall mark below 40%

The Benefits From Taking a Masters Course

There are numerous benefits for international students looking to enrol on a master’s course in the UK, including:

  • Earn a qualification that’s internationally recognised by academics and employers alike.
  • Gain the chance to earn more from your career with a master’s qualification.
  • Your studies can be tailored to suit your exact needs and fit your schedule.
  • Take your English language skills and career prospects to even greater heights.
  • Study in a multicultural and exciting community of students and academics.
Support and tuition is always offered to any students on a master’s course in the UK, from academic supervisors, or through university services.

Thousands of international students from all over the world come to study in the UK every year - are you looking to join them? If so, then please contact us at IEC Abroad today. Our study abroad specialists can help you enrol at one of the many prestigious universities in the UK.