Has watching the excitement from London awakened your latent anglophilia? (Or maybe it was the off-beat celebration of British identity during the opening ceremony?) Studying in the UK can be a great option.
Undergraduates can apply to UK universities through a central application system: ucas.com.
For Master’s degrees, most UK universities offer both “taught” and research-based options (the majority of these degrees can be completed in one year). PhDs tend to be entirely research oriented. Because they lack the initial years of coursework that American doctoral students complete, British PhD programs are usually shorter than American programs. To apply to grad school in the UK, you’ll need to research the requirements of the university and department you’re interested in. Since British BA degrees tend to be more specialized than their US equivalents, don’t be surprised if you’re required to hold an undergraduate degree in the specific field you’re applying for, in order to compete with the level of preparation UK applicants have. Most programs require a statement of purpose, as well as a research proposal detailing your specific research plans and goals for your graduate program. (Some programs also require samples of your written work.)
If you’re applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), it’s advisable (if not required prior to application) for you to contact faculty members in the department who you see as potential mentors, to discuss your interests.
If you’re interested in studying in the UK, one place to start researching programs is the British Council: http://www.educationuk.org/ The British Council provides information on courses, visas, and scholarships.
By Dr. Rebecca Blustein, author of Financing Your Future: Winning Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards for Grad School. Rebecca will be happy to assist you with your grad school applications.