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Studies in the United Kingdom

Studying in the United Kingdom is a great opportunity to share academic and other interests in a multicultural environment with many prospects in finding employments in the country and around the world.

Higher education in the United Kingdom is offered by more than 100 universities and several colleges of higher education.

A wide range of courses are offered that can suit any candidate at a quite a lot of level types, starting from, HNC, HND, HE diplomas, Access courses, Foundation years, Foundation degrees, Bachelor degrees, Pre-Master programmes, Master courses and PhD.

Many other types of courses are also available: English language courses at Schools accredited by the British Council, short courses or professional courses available at Colleges or other Institutions.



Undergraduate studies:

Most undergraduate degrees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland last for 3 years (Sandwich courses or courses require one year study abroad usually last for 4 years).

Moreover, degrees in Medicine related fields or Architecture require more years to complete.

Most undergraduate degrees in Scotland last for 4 years.

Postgraduate studies:

Most taught master courses last for 1 year while master of research can take longer especially when linked to doctorate.


Entry Requirements


The main requirement for Cypriot students for admission to a bachelor’s programme is the High School Leaving Certificate (Apolytirion). Even though, there are universities that require one or two A’ levels in addition to the Apolytirion while others accept students only with A’ levels or a foundation course. There are also study programmes – in the arts for example – for which institutions have additional requirements like portfolio of work and in some cases interview is required as well. Several competitive courses also prerequisite an interview before receiving an offer of study.


For admission to a master’s degree programme, applicants must have at least a Ptychion from Cypriot or Greek Universities or its equivalent from the UK or other countries.

Language requirements

It is essential for foreign students to be able to speak, read and write English well. Students must have passed an English language test. IGCSE in English language but mainly IELTS and TOEFL are commonly accepted, but institutions may accept other tests as well.


IGCSE in English language is accepted with C or above, the required scores are at least 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) for TOEFL and for IELTS a score of at least 6 is required.

Please note that each university sets its own language requirements and in many cases minimum grades in the subtests of the IELTS are required. Moreover, usually science and paramedic degrees require higher scores (IELTS 7.0) for entry to the first year.


The most commonly test accepted is the IELTS which is usually sufficient with grade 6.5 or above.

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