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.
Apart from a handful of professional degrees, the course duration of most master’s programmes is 12 months – starting from late September to early October, and last till the following August. Holders of a second-upper class (or 2:1 in the UK) honours bachelor’s degree will usually be admitted into a taught postgraduate programmes in the same academic discipline in UK’s Top 50 universities.
A very good option for graduates who are considering a career change! Most Postgraduate (Conversion) last for one to two years, which is significantly shorter than doing another 3-year bachelor’s degree from scratch. Upon completion of the postgraduate conversion degree, students will be able to fulfill certain academic requirements in their selected profession, enabling them to obtain the required professional recognition through registration or further examinations.