Build your expertise with a postgraduate degree in science and engineering

Science and engineering masters degree in the UK

By finding solutions to global challenges, scientists and engineers make a vital contribution to improving quality of life around the world. If you choose postgraduate study in science and engineering, you will help create a brighter future for yourself and the people around you.

Why study science and engineering in the UK?

There are many reasons why international students choose to study science and engineering at a postgraduate level in the UK:


Britain has produced many of the world’s most famous scientists and engineers. This is reflected in the quality of teaching at UK universities, which have a strong reputation for excellence, world-class facilities and industry experience.

Career options

Science and engineering graduates enjoy varied careers, as their transferrable skills mean they can access work across most industries.

Global opportunities

UK science and engineering graduates are in demand around the world, and your postgraduate degree will be recognised wherever you choose to work in the future.

Your postgraduate pathway

Study Group offers a pathway programme to help prepare international students begin a science or engineering postgraduate degree.

Pre-Masters Programme

Our Pre-Masters Programme prepares international postgraduate-level students to progress to the first year of a Masters degree at a UK university by:

  • Teaching students the essential skills to meet the entry requirements and begin their postgraduate studies with more confidence
  • Offering a tailored combination of academic and English language study modules.

Progression universities

The University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde has a renowned reputation as one of the largest and best equipped engineering faculties in the UK.

The University's recently launched Technology & Innovation Centre represents a major step forward in partnership between industry and the University. Expert staff are building on existing partnerships to develop photonics and sensors, nanoscience and health technologies as key components of the Centre. They also engage with the public sector and charitable bodies.

Postgraduate students have the opportunity to study one of over 30 highly ranked engineering and science degrees in a research-driven environment. Top ranking degrees include:

  • Physics: 1st in the UK for research quality (REF 2014)
  • Forensic Science: 2nd (The Complete University Guide 2019)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering: 5th (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • Biological Sciences: 13th (The Complete University Guide 2019)

Key facts

A five-star rated University
(QS Stars University Ratings 2017-20)
City centre location in Glasgow, one of the UK's largest and most dynamic cities
Quality facilities including modern laboratories and teaching rooms, and a sophisticated virtual
e–learning environment
In 2018, 99% of International Study Centre students who completed their course were offered a place to study at the University of Strathclyde.
Pathway programmes available:

Academic: Recognised first degree in a related field

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 overall (with minimum 5.5 in all areas)*

If you do not have the required level of English language to start the Pre- Masters, you can take an English for Pre-Masters course at the International Study Centre before you start your academic programme.

For direct entry to our Pre-Masters Programme, we can now accept the following qualifications as part of the English assessment: Pearson, TOEFL, Cambridge Business and Cambridge Main Suite.


  • 2018/19: £9,300 (two terms)
  • 2019/20: £9,580 (two terms)


Pre-Masters Programme: January or April

English for Pre-Masters: January or September

The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is internationally renowned for its science and engineering research and education. It attracts more engineering research funding than Oxford or Cambridge (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017).

The Progression Support team at the International College offers expert university advice to students. With dedicated guidance, 100% of international students who completed the Science and Engineering Pre-Masters programme in 2017 and 2018 gained an unconditional offer to study their Masters degree at the University of Sheffield.

Sheffield's Pre-Masters programme offers routes to over 50 postgraduate degrees across the science, engineering, and medicine, dentistry & health faculties, including advanced engineering disciplines, biological sciences and computer sciences.

Pathway programmes are taught at the University of Sheffield International College. The College is on campus and ideal for university integration. It is a new building specifically built for teaching international students and offers modern facilities and equipment.

Key facts

World top 100
(QS World University Rankings 2019)
City campus
Russell Group university
Over 50 engineering-related progression degrees
Pathway programmes available:

Academic: Recognised degree – must be in a related field for some subjects

English language:

Three term programme – Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)**, or equivalent

Two term programme – Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)**, or equivalent

** If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.


Two terms

  • 2019/20: £16,600

Three terms

  • 2019/20: £18,850


Three terms - September and January

Two terms - March

Lancaster University

Lancaster University’s Engineering Department is housed in a brand new, award winning building. Engineering postgraduate degree programmes are offered in a range of disciplines with a record of innovative teaching and integration with industry. The University’s research output is in the UK top 10 for quality, with 94% ranked as world-leading or of international excellence (REF2014).

Postgraduate students in science disciplines benefit from links with NHS Trusts and the Division receives financial support from a broad range of grant-awarding bodies, including UK Research Councils, the European Commission, charities and industry.

In the 2018 QS World University Rankings, Lancaster was ranked 8th in the UK and 112th in the world for citations per paper category in the Engineering and Technology category.

Key facts

Ranked in top ten in all three major league tables in the UK in 2019
City campus
Links across industries and cutting-edge research
Awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
3rd in the UK for employability (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
Pathway programmes available:


Successfully completed appropriate first qualifications in their own country. Relevant degree required for Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science.

English language:

Academic IELTS 5.5 or above in all 4 components, or equivalent


2018/19: £18,000

2019/20: £18,000


September and January

Careers in science and engineering

In 2017-18, engineering generated 23% of the UK’s total turnover; engineers are key to the UK economy, and to society. The infrastructure they build improves lives around the world.

In recent years, the UK’s government and businesses have made significant investments in engineering research and development. This ensures that engineers studying in the UK stay at the forefront of innovation. The UK has been at the forefront of science innovation for hundreds of years. A strong passion for discovery and the incredible things those discoveries can achieve is unmatched throughout the world.

Science and engineering graduates are highly employable, and in demand around the world for their practical knowledge.

University preparation with Study Group

Study Group helps international students reach their goals by matching them to the right course at the right university. It offers a range of pathway programmes at respected universities to prepare students for international study and beyond. Study Group supports students at all stages of the student journey, from application and visa support at home to English language and subject-specific tuition when they reach their chosen UK university.

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