Special case: Foundation Degree
For applicants without a high school diploma who have at least a secondary school diploma and, if necessary, initial work experience, it is possible to acquire a foundation degree. The Foundation Degree is a specialty in the British study system. Students there primarily acquire the language requirements to then enroll in a bachelor’s degree.
Admission to postgraduate or master’s degree in Great Britain
A successfully completed bachelor’s degree, usually also a diploma and master’s degree, grants admission to graduate studies in Great Britain. The only exception is a job-related course such as an LLM course.
A first state examination is required for admission to an LLM master’s degree. In contrast to an MBA in the USA, many UK universities do not require professional experience or a GMAT to be admitted to an MBA in Great Britain. Bachelor students who do not want to complete a full Master’s degree can obtain a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma in a postgraduate course in the UK. To learn more about United Kingdom and Europe, please visit a2zcamerablog.
Even those who have already started a master’s degree in Great Britain but do not want to complete it can, if necessary, receive a postgraduate diploma after the first semester of the master’s and a postgraduate certificate after the second semester without submitting the thesis.
Special features when changing subject in the master’s degree
In Great Britain, in certain subjects such as economics, it is also possible to join a non-consecutive master’s degree after a Bachelor’s degree. In contrast to students who study a consecutive master’s degree, such as engineering, non-consecutive master’s usually do not require proof of specialist knowledge.
The so-called conversion courses are designed to provide introductory courses to bachelor students from various disciplines with a new additional qualification. The courses therefore offer less incentive for students who already have previous knowledge of the respective subject.
Admission Requirements for a PhD in the UK
As in Germany, the admission requirements for doctoral studies in Great Britain differ depending on the university and subject. In order to start a doctoral program, a good to very good degree in the graduate area is required:
- Master’s degree
- possibly also a diploma or master’s degree
- possibly also a Bachelor of Honors
The most important basis is the availability of a research proposal. There are also combined Masters and PhD programs in the UK, such as the Master by Research.
Bachelor or master students who are aiming for a doctorate, but who lack research experience, can compensate for this in a research master.
Attention: If you have completed a one-year master’s degree in Great Britain and are aiming for a doctorate in Germany, you must prove that you have a sufficient number of credit points in the course of verifying the credit points you have completed.
Admission requirements for short-term studies
A short-term study visit to Great Britain is particularly popular with students who cannot or do not want to include a semester abroad in their course of study. Summer sessions, a special range of courses in summer, as well as language courses or further education have low entry barriers.
Enrollment at a British university is not required for short-term studies, so an application – provided there is capacity – is also possible shortly before the start. For admission, all you need to do is provide evidence of your Abitur or, if applicable, a technical diploma as well as a certificate of enrollment from your home university.
If the assessment for a language test is not carried out on site, proof of language proficiency should provide sufficient information about the current status of the language to be learned.
Additional admission requirements for studying in the UK
In Great Britain, there are also additional requirements in the undergraduate and graduate sector in addition to language certificates and academic requirements, which differ depending on the study program and university.
This includes the reference letter, which is always required for a full degree in Great Britain. Applicants should definitely find out which reference letters are necessary in their individual case and to whom the letter should be addressed. Semester students, for example, sometimes only have to name two references without having to write a reference letter.
When applying for a full course, a letter of motivation is also required. Applicants should explain their choice of subjects and their qualifications in the letter of motivation. A letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae can also be requested from the university for a semester abroad.