Graduate Education – Next-Generation Education

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“[The Government’s investment in science] will support scientists and budding scientists from school age through to postgraduates and from schools through to cutting-edge research. It will boost teaching skills, fund increases in pay in higher education, and provide exciting new training opportunities. The Government investment in science is a recognition of its importance both to the economy and to society.”—Estelle Morris, UK Secretary for Education and Skills

A graduate degree from one of the United Kingdom’s academic institutions commands global respect. And with programs offered at close to 200 institutions, from the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world to some of the newest and most innovative, the UK offers exciting, challenging opportunities in science and technology studies.

UK universities offer graduate students many advantages and benefits:

  • The UK has one of the world’s strongest systems for ensuring quality education; UK institutions are reviewed regularly to ensure they meet national education standards.
  • Most UK graduate degrees can be completed in less time than equivalent programs in the U.S.
  • Competitive tuition, U.S. and Canadian federal aid loans, and scholarships help make UK graduate study affordable.
  • UK universities offer expanded choices for graduate programs, including taught master’s, research master’s, traditional Ph.D., and the NewRoutePhD, an innovative program that combines a proportion of taught subject-specific and interdisciplinary modules designed to enhance students’ knowledge and skills.

Universities and businesses in the UK are working together closely in the knowledge economy. There has been a remarkable culture change in UK universities in recent years, creating a rapid increase in the number of spin-off companies, licenses, and patents resulting from university research programs.

The UK underscored its commitment to science and technology (S&T) education in its 10-year investment framework for science and innovation. The framework sets out the government’s ambition for public and private spending on UK S&T initiatives to rise to 2.5 percent of GDP over the next decade. It also provides annual real growth in public science funding of 5.8 percent over the 2004 spending review period, with science spending $1.8 billion (£1 billion) higher in 2007-08 than in 2004-05. Specific commitments for S&T education include:

  • Establishing a dedicated stream of capital for universities, worth $893 million (£500 million) per year by 2004-05, to develop their science research infrastructure and to allow them to plan for the future.
  • Expanding the Higher Education Innovation Fund to more than $161 million (£90 million) per year by 2005-06. The fund increases the ability of higher education institutions to provide industry with technical expertise and business-savvy science and technology graduates.
  • Increasing the funding available to the Higher Education Funding Council for England for the research component of university block grants.
  • Improving the pay and training of scientific postgraduate researchers, and enhancing technology, mathematics, and science education in schools, colleges, and universities.

Find out more about the scholarships and funding available for study in the UK by visiting the following page:

  • Scholarships and Funding

Learn more…

Graduate Studies in the UK Fact Sheet (PDF)
Important information about studying in the UK.

British Council: Graduate Study
The British Council site provides a wealth of information on graduate programs, the application process, funding and scholarships, and visas.

Academic Fellowship Scheme
The program will provide funds to create 1,000 new academic fellowships (200 a year, each lasting five years) to provide more stable and attractive routes into academia.

Higher Education Funding Council for England
Promotes and funds high-quality, cost-effective teaching and research in universities and colleges in England.

Education UK
Produced by the British Council as a resource for international students interested in studying for a UK course or qualification.

A new UK initiative to equip Ph.D. students with the skills they need to pursue successful careers as leaders in universities, companies, and government.

Scottish Higher Education Funding Council
Provides financial support for teaching, research, and associated activities in Scottish higher education institutions.

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
Administers funds made available by the National Assembly for Wales to support education, research, and associated activities at higher education institutions.

Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland
Provides resources and information on higher education, funding, and statistics, and research on education.

British Council USA
Features information on studying in the UK, plus a list of more than 100 UK universities approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in federal loan programs.