UK university education has a long history of over hundreds of years. The combination of good traditions and multiculturalism as well as the excellence in research and teaching are recognized and well-respected all around the world. Housing over one hundred universities, academic disciplines in the UK are so diverse that most students are able to choose to study the subject of their interest. Subjects that are rare or even not available in Hong Kong such as aerospace engineering, disaster management and museology have their own undergraduate and master’s degree programmes. With such diversity and vacancies, most students can study their subject of interest, which in turn would increase their motivation of learning.
Undergraduate degrees in universities of England, Northern Ireland and Wales are all three-year programmes. In contrast, as Scotland runs their own Scottish education system of 6-year high school education, undergraduate degrees in universities of the area are usually four-year programmes.
Entry to universities are academic based, the majority of students would apply with their GCE A-levels qualifications or progress via foundation programs. Alternatively, students can also take the more vocational pathways such as National diploma and Higher National diploma, which are equally recognized.