Education in the UK

An LJMU student in Liverpool

Students choose to study in the UK because of its long history of educational excellence and the high-ranking universities here. They also come to experience the UK's culture, which has many international influences.

Studying at LJMU gives you the chance to gain a degree that is designed with your future career in mind. You can study specialised courses along with LJMU’s award-winning careers programme. It enables you to gain experience that is relevant to employers whilst you become an expert in your chosen field.

What is the higher education system in the UK?


Undergraduate programmes are three-year courses focused on a particular area of study. This is shorter than in other countries, and means that it is possible to graduate sooner, which could save you money on living costs and tuition fees.

At LJMU, most undergraduate degrees are made up of two semesters each year, and you will study core modules that are relevant to your degree each semester. As your degree progresses, you may have opportunities to specialise by choosing from a range of modules.


Postgraduate programmes are usually more specific than undergraduate degrees. This allows students to choose a Masters that suits their career ambitions. A Masters degree at LJMU is usually a one-year programme that is studied across two semesters. By completing a Masters in the UK, you show employers that you're dedicated to your field, and have the skills to be successful in many job roles.

Pathway programmes

You can begin your studies with a pathway programme at LJMU International Study Centre. Upon successful completion of our programmes, you can progress to a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. 

Teaching and learning in the British education system

There is often flexibility to degree programmes in the UK. The options available allow you to pick your modules and shape your studies to make sure the programme you choose suits you.

If you study in Britain, you will be expected to learn independently outside of your classes. LJMU has three well-equipped libraries, which will give you the facilities you need to succeed in your studies as well as a quiet place to focus.

While you will be working independently, staff at British universities are trained to provide support to students throughout their course. At the International Study Centre and throughout your degree at LJMU, you can rely on the support and encouragement of staff who truly want to help.

After completing your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you will be given an award, such as Bachelor of Science for undergraduate students, or Master of Arts for postgraduate students.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is the UK the best for higher education?

The UK is renowned for its high academic standards, world-class universities, and a wide variety of courses which makes it an excellent choice for higher education.

What are the benefits of studying in the UK?

Studying in the UK provides students with a globally recognized education, opportunities for cultural immersion, and the ability to develop important connections in their field of study.

What is the importance of the higher education system?

The higher education system is crucial as it prepares students for their chosen careers, encourages critical thinking and independent learning, and contributes to personal development and societal growth.

Majed, an international student, in the library.

After I finish my programme I aim to progress onto Nautical Science at the University. I have been to visit the specialist facilities that the University has in this area, including the ship’s bridge simulator. This has been really useful as it’s helped me to understand more about what I’ll be doing next year and get a sense of my future job. 

Majed from Saudi Arabia
Studied International Foundation Year in Engineering, Computing and Life Sciences