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PG in the UK

Know why the UK is popular for PG programs among international students

The UK is one of the most popular destinations for pursuing higher education among international students. Being easily accessible with globally acclaimed degrees, it offers endless opportunities for higher education.

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Why study PG in the UK?

A master’s degree can boost your career growth and helps you understand and resolve challenging workplace problems. It improves your subject knowledge and helps you gain the fundamental skills for independent research and further pursue a PhD program. The duration of most PG programs in the UK is 9-12 months which means it saves your time and money both. You can also opt for sandwich courses which allow you to work while you study. Whether you are a fresher or working, there are masters’ courses in the UK for all. You can enrol yourself after working for a few years if you plan to enhance your skills or switch your career field. 

Studying PG in the UK also helps expand your global network and the connections you build will come in handy when you are out seeking jobs. 

Two kinds of PG courses

  • Taught master’s: Taught master’s programs are mainly seminars and lectures and are assessed via dissertations, exams, and projects. For instance, Master of Science (MSc), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Engineering and Master of Business Administration are a few examples of Taught masters. 

  • Research master’s: Research master’s programs focus their learning on a particular thesis under the supervision of an academic guide. For instance, Master of Research (MRes), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or PhD are some examples of Research masters. 

Popular PG courses in the UK

Engineering & Technology

Computer Science & Data Sciences

Mass Communication

Subjects allied to Medicine

Architecture, Building & Planning

Dentistry & Veterinary Science


Social Sciences

Cost of studying a master’s program in the UK

The cost of pursuing a master’s in the UK highly depends upon the type of course. Here’s your guide to understanding the same:

Type of study program

Average cost*

MA (Arts / Social Sciences)

£9,000 - £14,000

MSc (Science / Engineering)

£9,500 - £22,000

MRes / MPhil

£12,000 - £33,000


£9,500 - more than £34,000


Eligibility criteria for a PG course in the UK

While the criteria for every subject and institution will vary, here are the basic requirements for studying PG in the UK:

  • An undergraduate degree

  • GMAT/GRE scores depending on your course and institution (required by only a few UK universities)

  • English language proficiency test such as IELTS score (minimum 6.5 for UK universities)

Career prospects after a PG course in the UK

After pursuing your PG in the UK, you will have enough exposure to venture into many fields. According to Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2022, the average salary of an employed postgraduate is £42,000 in contrast to £32,000 for undergraduates*. You can build a career in Engineering, Business Management, Healthcare, Human Resource, Finance, IT, PR and Advertising, Law, Education, etc. 

To study PG in the UK, feel free to connect with our international education experts who can guide you throughout your admission process, course and college selection abroad.


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Updated on July 5, 2022

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