Choosing a University in the UK


Higher education in the United Kingdom is provided in a wide variety of universities and one or two specialised institutions and business schools. A full list of institutions at which Marshall Scholarships are tenable can be found in UK Institutions. In certain instances, awards may be held at other institutions which offer degree courses in partnership with and validated by a university. Please click on the map for details of UK Institutions.

Candidates are advised to find out all they can about British universities and the availability of their chosen programme of study or research since facilities vary from one institution to another. Some programmes which are commonly available in the universities and colleges of the United States are not found in British universities and, where they are available, different kinds of preparation are required.

The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) provides quality ratings for research across all disciplines. Panels use a standard scale to award ratings for each submission. Ratings range from 1 to 4* (4* being the highest grades) according to how much of the work is judged to reach national or international levels of excellence. For further information on this exercise and the grading please go to Research Assessment Exercise 2008 or the Times Higher Education Supplement RAE 2008 results.

In 2014 a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs) called the Research Excellence Framework (REF). It will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).  For further information please see

Candidates can also use the following course guides to find out which UK Institutions offer specific courses and subjects.

For Graduate courses:

For general information about universities (these guides are aimed at undergraduates but can be useful for an overview on the universities):

For general information about studying in the UK:

To read about some of the experiences that recent Scholars have had around the UK please click here