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Study in Scotland

Study in Scotland and fall in love with this beautiful country

Study in Scotland – why is it worth it? Scotland has a long history of educational excellence, going back to the fifteenth century, when universities were established at St Andrew’s (1413), Glasgow (1451) and Aberdeen (1495), with Edinburgh joining the so-called “Ancients” in 1582. Over time, another eleven universities were set up in Scotland, and at present it is possible to study over 450 courses at undergraduate level.

Scottish research is highly rated, with 86 per cent of studies having an “outstanding impact” and, when measured relative to GDP, Scotland’s research is the strongest in the world. If you are still trying to decide where to apply to study in Scotland, then one of factors which could influence your final choice is the ranking of the university. The table, below, provides up to date information on the rankings:


World University Rank 2021 

Scotland Rank 2021





University of Edinburgh




University of Glasgow




University of Aberdeen




University of Dundee




University of St Andrews

St Andrews



University of Stirling




Heriot-Watt University




SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College)




University of Strathclyde




University of the West of Scotland


Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2021

NB: Edinburgh and Glasgow are both members of the Russell Group, the UK’s most prestigious research universities.

Study in Scotland - the higher education system

Unlike England, Scottish universities run four-year bachelor degrees. There is one idiosyncrasy worth knowing, and this is the fact that the four Ancients universities, as well as Dundee, grant Master’s degrees  to students who have done their first degree in the Arts- so they will receive an MA rather than the usual BA.

If you intend to study in Scotland for a traditional Master’s (postgraduate) degree, this   takes around 12 months to complete. Applications to study in Scotland are processed through UCAS, the UK’s central admissions system, and, as in England,  you can apply to five universities and for more than one course at each university.

Study in Scotland - practical information

1. The UK has left the EU. You will therefore now need a student visa to study in Scotland, England, and Northern Ireland. The process is simple, and can be done on your smartphone, as long as you can upload a biometric passport to confirm your identity – a national identity card will not be accepted.

To apply for the Tier Four student visa you will need:

  1. International students make up 21 per cent of the student body in Scotland.

3. 94% of international  students recommend their university and are happy that they chose to study in Scotland.

4. Scottish universities have the UK’s highest rates of graduate employment/ moving on to further studies six months after finishing their courses.

5. Teaching quality is highly-rated  at every Scottish university.

6. You are entitled to work 20 hours a week during term-time , within the terms of your visa.

Study in Scotland - popular courses

In addition, certain universities  have an outstanding reputation for  particular courses: Glasgow is known for its forensic sciences, Aberdeen for modern languages and marine ecology , Edinburgh for law, physics and psychology, Dundee for STEM subjects, St Andrew’s for international relations, physics and mathematics.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the broad range of choices open to you to  study in Scotland, call us here at Elab, and we will talk you through the possibilities, narrow down options, and help you find the best universities and courses for you. Remember, you will study in Scotland for four years, so it’s also important to find the ideal location, since it will become your home. For further information on the cities and towns of Scotland, contact us at Elab and we will match your preferences with the perfect  university. 

Study in Scotland - world-class research

Scottish universities have cutting edge technology, modern facilities and amazing libraries. Perhaps the best way of illustrating how much Scotland has contributed to the world is to draw up a list of Scottish inventions and innovations – the products of its research!

And don’t forget that Higgs, of the Higgs-Bosum particle, is an emeritus professor at Edinburgh University and St Andrew’s awarded an honorary doctorate in music to none other than Bob Dylan.

Study in Scotland - the cost of living

This varies from city to city and town to town but, overall, the costs of studying in Scotland are 20 per cent lower than living expenses in London, and 10 per cent cheaper than the rest of the UK. As a rough guide, you need around £800 a month to cover your expenses, the largest part of which is the £375-475 you will have to spend on accommodation.

Study in Scotland -the land of Braveheart

Anyone who has seen Braveheart , Highlander, Ring of Bright Water or the frightening Wicker Man cannot have failed to notice the astonishing  natural features of Scotland. Mountains and lochs, castles and battlements, fields of flowering heather and herds of Highland Cattle , beaches, rivers and hundreds of islands, many of which remain uninhabited, encircling a landscape which just takes your breath away. Scotland is beautiful.

 It is not surprising that, when Amazon starts filming  its new TV series of Lord of the Rings, it will be  shot in Scotland.

Apart from the amazing landscapes, Scotland has a long and proud cultural history. Its kilts and Highland Games, its whisky and piping-in of the haggis on Burns Night are known the world over, and thousands of tourists flock to Edinburgh for its Festival every autumn, or flock through the streets to celebrate Hogmanay and sing Auld Lang Syne, arm in arm with former strangers , now friends. Scotland is sociable and welcoming , and studying in Scotland is a life-changing and wonderful experience.

Study in Scotland -tuition fees

At present, February 2021, the UK government has yet to make a formal declaration on how Brexit will affect tuition fees from August 2021. Here at Elab, we are monitoring the situation daily. All that has been stated to date is that EU citizens will no longer be treated as home students, and will therefore have to pay a different tier of fees for tuition. EU students  will also not be eligible to apply for government loans.

Individual universities and a number of banks are preparing to step in and set out financial plans and options, but they too are waiting for a government statement. As a result, the situation remains unclear. Once we have further information, we will post it online and on our Facebook page, so keep an eye out. If you want to discuss finances, then don’t hesitate to call us or drop us an email.

What do the following people have in common?

Yes, they are all alumni of Scottish universities.

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