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Study MBA in United Kingdom 2024

Study in United Kingdom

Students studying graduate-level business in the United Kingdom will study in one of the country's many universities, many of which have a rich history of strong academics. A graduate-level business degree in the UK is a Masters of Business Administration degree.

An MBA degree from a UK university will create higher earning potential for business professionals. It can also enhance your career opportunities, putting you in line for promotions and greater prestige in your own career. It also may open the door for you to switch your career.

The academic year for an MBA program in the UK is broken up into semesters. The fall semester runs from September through December. Students then receive a holiday break, then start back up in January with the spring semester running through May. Some schools will have summer programs as well.

Students can plan to spend anywhere from £16,000 to £73,000 for an MBA program in the UK. The difference will depend on the university chosen for study. The more prestigious the university is in the global marketplace, the more the studies will cost

International students can apply for an MBA program in the UK if they have an undergraduate degree and work experience in the business world. The undergraduate degree does not have to be in business, but it does need to show the student's academic prowess, because an MBA program is a detailed, rigorous program.

After graduation, your career possibilities will be great. Most companies will recognize an MBA from a British university. If you are already established in a career, you may be eligible for a new position or a promotion. If you are not, you will give yourself the edge as you search for a job in a crowded marketplace. Your overall income potential will be much higher as well.

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Sample lifestyle cost

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  • Pint of local beer


About United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is located on an island just off of the shores of continental Europe. This European nation has been influential in western history. It is from the colonies settled by the people of the United Kingdom that many modern countries developed.

The United Kingdom includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Often it is also called "England" or "Britain," but the official name is the United Kingdom. Today the UK is an economic and military leader in the global economy, and has contributed much to the economy, culture, and scientific understanding of the modern world. Today, it is also known for its iconic royal family, which have become celebrities of sorts in global culture.

Visa Requirements

Tier 4 (General) Student Visa has been replaced with the so-called “Student Route”. The Student Route is the UK’s new Student Visa, which will be available to EEA nationals as well, who, before Brexit, did not need a visa to study in the UK.

Student Route (ages 18+)

Child Student Route (ages 4 - 17, which has replaced the Tier 4 Child Student Visa)

What type of Visa do you need?

Visa name

Student Route

Price and currency

GBP 348

The current UK student visa fees are:

  • £348 if applying from outside the UK.
  • £475 if you apply to extend or switch to a Student Visa from inside the UK.

Who can apply for the visa?

Anyone entering the country for studies must apply for a Student Visa if entering after January 1, 2021. This includes EU/EEA nationals who previously did not need a visa to enter the UK for their studies. You will need to reach 70 points on the Points Based System, which measures whether you meet the requirements to study in the UK. This includes:

  • Have you been accepted into an approved institution?
  • Do you have the financial resources to fund your stay in the UK?
  • Are you proficient in English?
  • Does your course meet the course requirements?

Those graduating from a British educational institution by and after Summer 2021 will be able to apply for the post-graduate visa, allowing them to work/look for work in the UK for up to 2 years.

Where can you make the application?

UK visa application centre / Online

You can apply for a UK student visa at the UK visa application centre in your home country. You can find a list of UK visa application centres worldwide here:

You can also apply for a UK student visa online through the UK Home Office Visas and Immigration Service website. You can start here:


How to make the application?

To obtain a UK student visa, you will first need to be accepted onto a course. For most courses, you will also need to prove that you understand English to the required level.

The UK student visa application process differs slightly depending on the type of UK student visa you are applying for.

For your UK student visa application, you will need to provide the following:

  • passport or travel ID
  • proof that you can cover your course and living costs
  • proof of parental or guardian consent if you are under 18
  • proof of acceptance onto your course
  • proof of payment of healthcare surcharge

Depending on your country of origin, you may also need to have a tuberculosis test.

When you arrive in the UK, you may need to register your UK student visa with the police. You should receive information about whether you need to register in your UK student visa sticker or letter from the UK Home Office. You will also need to apply for a Biometric residence permit if you are staying in the UK for longer than 6 months.

When should you apply?

You can apply for a Student Visa up to 6 months before your courses start. UK student visa processing times vary according to where you are applying from but generally you will receive a decision within 3 weeks if you are applying from outside the UK, and within 8 weeks if you are applying within the UK.

The General student visa length depends on the duration of your course and you can apply to extend it if you wish to stay in the UK to work or pursue further studies. The Child student visa is valid for the length of the course, up to a maximum of 6 years, and can be extended. The length of the short-term student visa cannot exceed the length of your course and cannot be extended.

Processing time

3 Weeks

Work opportunities

International students are allowed to work with studying in the UK, under certain conditions. The type of work that you can do will depend on what you are studying and if you will be working during the school term, or during breaks.

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Why do you need this type of visa?

The main reasons for student visa refusals are:

  1. Missing or incorrect documents;
  2. Failure to meet financial requirements;
  3. Incorrect document format.