Grad School in Scotland

The United Kingdom is made of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland part of the UK and is the North of the Island that is better known as Great Britain. Scotland is two-thirds the size of England and is surrounded by sea on three sides: and its only land border is with England. A country with beautiful castles, rolling hills and steamy lakes, home to nessie the mythical creature of the loch ness, is perhaps most known for its people or more so for their jovial character.

The country’s population is around 6 million and the most populous city is Glasgow with around 1.2 million. The city of Edinburgh is the capitol and is famous for hosting the annual Edinburgh festival and has a population of around 600,000.

Home to many

Like with the rest of the UK, Scotland is also home to many immigrants, mainly from India and Pakistan and as a result of the recent expansion of the EU, many peoples from the former eastern block of countries have made Scotland home. This makes Scotland also (like the rest of the UK) very multicultural, and diverse. Interestingly there are many more Scots living abroad than in Scotland itself. In a census done in the year 2000, 4.8 million Americans reported Scottish ancestry, which was 1.7% of the total U.S. population.

Scottish music is a significant aspect of the nation's culture, with both traditional and modern influences. The most famous of Scottish musical instruments is the bag pipe the wind instrument consisting of one or more musical pipes which are fed continuously by a reservoir of air in a bag.

Some of the oldest...

There are 13 Scottish universities and some of these universities are amongst the oldest in the World. As with other UK universities, they too are known to be excellent in quality which makes it an excellent choice fro grad school.

Nearly 70,000 international students chose the UK as their choice for study abroad destination last year. Wherever you decide to study, each institution will most certainly give you a high quality of education, but each of them would also have their own specialty, or a subject area that they excel at. So do you research to find out which university offers the exact match for your particular subject area.

Overall the UK is the second largest receiver of international students from all over the world and the largest for students from the USA.

Doing grad school in Scotland, you will benefit from a European lifestyle as well as have the opportunity to pick from an extensive array of courses and programs. The degree programs are also generally shorter than they are in the US and also in some cases less expensive than the US. Most importantly, a majority of institutions do not require the various admissions tests (GMAT, GRE etc) that are a requirement for many US grad schools.

Many students would undertake undergraduate studies and many would take up masters by coursework (called taught degrees) degrees, many opportunities await in the field of research also. The research undertaken by many Scottish institutions is first class. Like with many other countries such as Australia and England, another advantage is the fact that many masters programs run just for just a year in duration and (some even shorter, like the LLM programs) and many do have GMAT type requirements.

A different education system

The learning (and teaching style) is also very different to that of the US. The onus is put on the individual student much more to do independent study and research, and much less in class tuition. The assessment is also in the form of continues assessment where you will be expected to tun in papers regularly and sit for both mid term and final exams. There are usually lectures and tutorials (short discussion groups) and laboratory sessions for those undertaking subject areas linked to the sciences.

Scholarships for study in Scotland

A new development from the British Council means that it is now possible to search for a scholarship online. You can now find any scholarships that are appropriate to your country of origin, level of study, subject, and institutions where you are interested in studying. To try the search, visit: The grad school scholarships page

The main scholarships for master's courses are as follows:

- British Chevening Scholarships. - Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowship Plan (CSFP). - Department for International Development (DfID) Shared Scholarship Scheme. - Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS).

Recent Graduates

If you are a very recent graduate of a US university, you may be eligible to apply for a Marshall Scholarship, which covers the tuition and living expenses for at least two years at a UK university. This scholarship is specially for US students and each year around 45 students are awarded this each year. You will find further information via the following link:

Marshall Scholarships)

The Scholarship is a two or three year (in some cases) grant to study at one of the universities in the UK and the grant covers the following: Tuition fees Living allowance Round trip airline ticket to the UK Support of a dependent spouse Annual book grant Annual thesis grant Research and daily travel grant

Research Programs

If you are intending undertake a research graduate program, many of the UK’s research programs offer scholarships. Contact British Council USA for further details. Further information about funding can be found at the following link: scholarships for graduate research programs

Professional Degree programs

If you are undertaking a professional graduate degree program, then note that you may need to get accreditation from the professional bodies in the USA once you return back home. It is best to contact the accreditation (regulating) body for your specific area in the US (or the state) prior to commencing your studies in the UK.

International Graduate Scheme

For further information about grad school in Scotland, please contact British Council USA

or via our grad schools abroad search engine. * photos courtesy of Tourism Great Britain

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