As we all try to keep up with the ever-shifting political situation in the UK as a result of Brexit along with a new prime minister by the end of July there is a certain amount of uncertainty for postgraduate students.
However, try not to let it put you off your postgraduate studies in the UK as it seems that the situation since the Brexit vote over three years ago is thus far remarkable unchanged.
Gaining a place on a postgraduate course in the UK hasn't changed. The way you apply, the value of your qualifications or the transferable nature of your course hasn't been impacted by the planned British exit from the EU. Universities across the UK, Europe and the world continue to collaborate and work together and most institutions do not intend for this to change in the future. You will find any university you wish to apply to will have lots of information about how they are directly dealing with the UK leaving the EU – like the University of Edinburgh does – and if you are coming from an EU country to study in the UK, you should keep an eye on the information your institution supplies.
The British Government has made pledges to continue to charge tuition fees at the same home rate for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 to EU students and this will continue for the rest of their course. International students will find that nothing has changed for them with regards to tuition fees apart from the usual annual increases. EU and home students in the UK will find that tuition fees will have a small annual increase each year as well. Students from EU countries starting after the academic year 2020-2021 currently have no information, as there have been no decisions made yet. The political uncertainty will have an impact on international exchange rates, so you might find that your course tuition fees are little lower when you convert them into your home currency.
International students will see no changes in the way they fund their courses. Most international students will be taking advantage of funding opportunities from their own countries or are self-funded, so will not be part of any UK Government loan or grant scheme. EU students who are eligible for a loan or grant from the UK Government will continue to be eligible for that funding for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 until the end of their course. Like the tuition fees guarantees, no decisions have been made about students starting in 2021-2022.
For EU students coming to the UK for postgraduate courses in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, there will be no need for additional student visas. However, if your course continues after the 30th of June 2021 or you intend to continue living in the UK after this date, then you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to register your intentions. All EU citizens in the UK must complete this unless you are an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain. International students from outside the EU or the EEA continue to need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa.
Countries of Origin for International Students in the UK 2017-18
Here is a table illustrating the top 10 countries of origin for international students in the UK between 2017-2018.