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MS in US vs UK ( for getting jobs ) – Study Abroad Student …


MS in US vs UK ( for getting jobs ) – Study Abroad Student …

MS in US vs UK ( for getting jobs ) - Study Abroad Student ...

MS in US vs UK ( for getting jobs ) – Study Abroad Student …

There are several types of degree programs in the UK: Bachelor’s, Foundation, Master’s Degrees and Doctorates or PhDs; all of which are all globally recognized qualifications. You can choose either a 3 year undergraduate degree in England and Wales and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) or a 4 year sandwich course which includes one year’s professional experience in industry or a year studying abroad.

If you choose to study in Scotland, you can study and graduate with an MA (Master of Arts) or MSc (Master of Science) degree after 4 years. These are undergraduate degrees in Scotland as opposed to graduate degrees and not equivalent to a Master’s degree you would take after a Bachelor’s degree

British taught Master’s degrees have a structure that is similar to American Master’s programs, however, the British version is arguably a bit more professionally oriented and can be completed in just 12 months, compared to the usual 2 years needed in the US, thus saving you time and money.

Main differences between US and UK degree programs

UK degrees tend to focus on the main degree subject from the beginning of the degree program and thus are more professionally oriented than the US liberal arts education, which requires each student to learn a broader curriculum. For students who have a clear idea of what they want to study, a British degree is ideal as you are allowed to specialize in your subject area from the start. UK undergraduate degrees are typically 3 years in length, with the exception of Scotland, where undergraduate programs take 4 years to complete.

Undergraduates are expected to extend their own research conducted on their subject and to motivate themselves outside of lectures.

How are British degrees taught?

  • Lectures – Formal presentations to large groups of students, who take notes on what is said.
  • Seminars – Small groups of eight to twenty students who discuss assigned topics with a tutor.
  • Tutorials – More informal meetings in which one to three students discuss their work with a tutor. The close contact between student and tutor in seminars and tutorials is a particular strength of UK degree courses.
  • Continuous assessment – Depending on your degree course you will be expected to produce coursework, participate in projects, seminars and exams. Plus, depending on the course, produce a final dissertation and take final exams.

Undergraduate degree programs 

There are 2 types of British degrees which you can apply for as an undergraduate:

  • Single honours programs involve focused study of a single subject. The core of each program is already designed and you have the opportunity to shape your work by choosing additional modules.
  • Joint honours programs/Combined programs enable you to study a combination of subjects, creating opportunities for you to build a degree program to suit your personal interests and needs.



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