How Scottish universities are different from the rest of the UK

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Students looking to study in the UK are usually well-aware of the fact that the degree structure requires early specialism, with applicants making clear at the point of application which course of study they wish to follow.

Though this is certainly the case for universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (with a few notable exceptions such as the small number of Liberal Arts or Flexible Combined Honours courses), in Scotland the model is somewhat different.

Scottish universities offer a four-year bachelors (and, by extension, a five-year integrated masters) programme, with that additional year allowing students to take a few subjects outside of the area of study they applied for. This flexibility works differently at each university, but the broad outline follows the example shown by Edinburgh in this video:

As well as this great flexibility, Scotland has a large number of highly-regarded institutions. From the traditional and historical elite such as Edinburgh, St Andrew’s and Glasgow, to specialist institutions with world-class reputations including Abertay (for Games Design), and Strathclyde (for Engineering).

And then, beyond that, Scotland is an amazing place to be: wonderful lifestyle, brilliant countryside and cities full of culture, nightlife and history, what’s not to like?