UK education

UK education system

The UK is respected around the world for the high quality of its education system and its high-ranking universities. The education system in Scotland is slightly different to that in England. Studying a degree in Scotland gives you the chance to try a range of subjects before specialising. The four-year programmes give you a broader and more flexible education (very few three-year undergraduate degrees are available). Living costs also tend to be lower in Scotland than in England.

Even if you have already decided what you want to do, you can still choose to study additional subjects. Degrees in Scotland tend to involve a high level of independent study. Employers value Scottish degrees for their breadth of knowledge. This means you will have the best chance of success in your chosen field. Read more about the benefits of studying in Scotland

The UK offers three main levels of degrees:

  1. Undergraduate (BA or BSc) 
  2. Postgraduate (MA, MSc or MPhil)
  3. PhD

They are all available at Strathclyde.

University preparation for international students

The International Study Centre offers pathway programmes that prepare you for a degree at Strathclyde. Programmes combine academic modules, study skills and English language training. They introduce you to the style of teaching in the UK. Find out more about our pathway programmes.

Why study at Strathclyde, UK?

The University of Strathclyde gives international students a real head start on their path to a successful career. With world-class research, strong links with business and industry, and practical learning, graduates develop the crucial skills employers are looking for. A UK university education supports you to become an independent graduate with the ability to make better decisions about your future.

Teaching, learning and assessment 

The International Study Centre introduces you to the style of teaching that you will experience when you progress to your degree at Strathclyde. This includes tutorials, seminar-style classes and large group lectures. Students at UK universities spend a lot of time studying independently. Some degrees also involve practical work and/or fieldwork. 

Assessments at UK universities may include:

  • Coursework
  • Project work
  • Presentation
  • Participation in seminars
  • Written assignments/essays
  • Practical assessments
  • Final dissertation.

Tutor support and independent study 

At the University you will have your own Study Adviser. The Study Skills Service also helps you to boost your academic performance. The curriculum at strathclyde has been designed to help you develop into an independent learner. Tutors give you the basic information to go away and gain a deeper understanding of your subject. Learning to work by and for yourself is an important skill to have as a graduate. 

Work placements

Practical learning experiences, such as internships and work experience placements, provide Strathclyde students with the skills and experience they need in today’s job market. Strathclyde is a top 10 UK university for graduate employment (The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2015).