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University of Bedfordshire

Address: University Square, Luton LU1 3JU, United Kingdom

Description University of Bedfordshire

  • Founded: in 1993
  • Location: Luton, United Kingdom
  • Students age: 17+ years old
  • Number of students: 24000 (number of foreign students - 21%)
  • Programs: Preparing for University, Bachelor, Master, MBA, Pre-Masters
  • Type of studying: mixed
  • Accommodation type: residence (boarding house)
  • Language: English.

In 1993, in the British county of Bedfordshire, the University of the same name was founded, which was created through the unification of several oldest colleges in the UK. In 2006, the university modernized its campuses, and today each of them has excellent technical equipment and comfortable educational buildings.

Annually students from more than 100 countries all over the world come to Bedfordshire University, especially from Europe and the UK. One of the main reasons for this popularity of the university was a high level of teaching in it. The University of Bedfordshire has a really strong pedagogical staff consisting only of highly qualified specialists - some of them have national awards for outstanding contributions to teaching.

The main focus of the University's educational programs is on the practical application of the acquired knowledge and skills. In addition, in Bedfordshire, students can get higher education in the most demanded in the labour market specialties and areas. An obligatory part of each educational course is competitiveness measures that help future graduates to develop the necessary qualities.

Due to its work towards the individual development of its students, the University of Bedfordshire became the holder of the status of the National Center. In particular, such a title is awarded to educational institutions that seek to create conditions for students as close to real life as possible. Also one of the merits - the 7th place in the ranking of universities in the UK edition of the Guardian in 2014.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in University of Bedfordshire

Program name


  • Age of students: from 17 years old
  • Dates: start of study in September / January
  • Duration of the program: 3-4 years.

The undergraduate program at the University of Bedfordshire, as in other universities, is designed for graduates of schools who want to pursue higher education. On different specialties there can be different number of hours of study, which are measured in credits (1 ECTS credit = 25-30 academic hours). To obtain a bachelor's degree, a student needs at least 180 credits for the entire period of study. Thus, the time of study at the first stage of higher education takes 3-4 years (or 5-6 years in law and medical specialties).

All bachelor's degrees are divided into several types depending on the specialization - in Britain this is Bachelor of Arts (BA), which is awarded to virtually all disciplines and is of a mostly theoretical nature, and Bachelor of Science (BSc) provides studying of both theory and practice.

On a bachelor's degree, students have much more freedom than at school: here they form their own program, choosing subjects themselves + 3-4 compulsory disciplines. At the end of the course, young people pass a certification exam on them.

Master's Courses (Postgraduate)

  • Age of students: from 18 years old
  • Dates: start of study in September / January
  • Duration of the program: 1-2 years.

The master's program is the second stage of higher education. The educational course in this case can be aimed at obtaining a practical part for a particular specialty, or for research activities. Students of the course should know the methodology of receiving and processing scientific information, and also have an impressive scientific base.

Obtaining a master's degree takes from one to two years, and gives its holder additional opportunities for career growth. It is believed that a specialist with a master's degree has sufficient skills to occupy a managerial position, unlike an employee with only the first level of higher education. Also this degree is necessary for the construction of the teacher's career.

In order to enroll in a master's program at a university, a candidate must have a diploma of higher education.

from 12 500 £ / term


  • Age of students: from 18 years old
  • Dates: October, November, February, March, May
  • Duration of the program: from 1 semester.

The Business School of the University of Bedfordshire has more than 20 years of experience teaching the MBA program. This course consists of the main thematic subjects combined with innovative areas in the field, such as leadership and entrepreneurship. Studying these disciplines will help students to acquire the skills of strategic management and competent leadership in state or commercial companies. A key requirement for the students of the program is that they have at least two years of management experience.

In this course, managers will be able to get a powerful breakthrough to advance the career ladder, new business skills, to change the direction of professional growth and even go into the field of entrepreneurship to open and develop their business.

Accommodation, housing and food

For students, the University of Bedfordshire offers students accommodation at a residence on one of the campuses - Luton or Bedford. Here, young people are waiting for a modern hostel with more than 500 cozy rooms with private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, as well as the insurance that is included in the rental of housing, and staff working 24/7. The residences also have a kitchen where young people can cook their own meals (self-catering, without a boarding house). In general, each hostel is designed in such a way to become the second home for every student for the period of study.

Also students of the University of Bedfordshire can live in an English guest family, where they will be offered comfortable accommodation conditions: a separate room with or without amenities, half-board food, Internet access. Plus, living with a British family, students will be able to better learn the characteristics of English culture and will be constantly surrounded by foreign speech.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : Accounting, art, Art and design, biochemistry, business, Business and management, computer science, computer techologies, English, English literature, Event management, finance, Food and nutrition, Health care, healthy lifestyle, journalism, jurisprudence, law, legal proceedings, marketing, Natural Sciences, pedagogy, Performing arts, Physical culture and sports sciences, psychology, social sciencies, technology, The media, tourism

Events University of Bedfordshire

There are four faculties at the University of Bedfordshire, where students can qualify for a variety of specialties - from design and medicine to marketing and computer technology:

  • Robotics, Art, Technology and Science (CATS)
  • Business School (UBBS)
  • Health and Social Science (HSS)
  • Education and sport (FES).

So, the full list of directions offered at the University of Bedfordshire looks like this:

  • Design and art
  • Biomedicine
  • Computer science
  • Journalism and communication
  • Media production
  • Performing arts
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Tourism
  • Business
  • Management
  • Personnel management
  • Right
  • English Language and Literature
  • Psychology
  • Social sciences
  • Nursing
  • Sports Management
  • Sports therapy
  • Football
  • Fashion design
  • Advertising and animation
  • Development of computer games
  • Hotel management, etc.

In addition, the university has a business school, as well as an entrepreneurial program for 10 young people who are not EU citizens: thanks to an agreement with the UK Immigration Service (UKBA), starting in 2013, under the International Business program, students from this category may stay in Britain after completing their studies here to develop their careers.

To participate in the program, students must submit on a competitive basis a business plan telling how they can hold on to their business in for 12 months. Ten people with the most successful business plan will get a place in the program where, under the guidance of a mentor, they can improve their project and implement their startup.

In addition, for residents of the campus in Bedfordshire there is a leisure program Village Life, which implies regular entertainment activities - small trips, night cinema, barbecue, etc.

Equipment University of Bedfordshire

The entire territory of the University of Bedfordshire is located in the two largest cities of the same name county - Luton and Bedford. In these cities there are campuses of the university, each of which is only 30 minutes by train from the center of London.

Luton - It is a multinational city, where they are very friendly to a large number of foreign students. There are also many different cafes, clubs and shopping centers where you can have a snack and spend time. Also, from the Luton campus to London Luton Airport, you can get there in just 5 minutes.

On the university territory there is everything for comfortable studying and living: modern laboratories, television studios, a practice court, business studios, auditoriums for lecture classes both in Stanford, a library, comfortable hostels, as well as well-equipped sports centers and etc.

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Additionally paid :

  • Roundtrip air tickets
  • Transfer to the campus of the university
  • Visa service and consular fee
  • Medical insurance
  • Living in the residence
  • Feeding and entertainment at their own expense.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

The minimum level of language proficiency for the programs offered at Bedfordshire University is as follows: bachelor's degree - IELTS 6.0-6.5, master's degree - IELTS 6.5-7.0, MBA - IELTS 7.0 (at least 7.0 by of each section), Pre-Masters - IELTS 5.0.

In order to enroll at the University of Bedfordshire on one of the undergraduate programs, applicants need the following:

  • Leave the application for studying through the central Online system UCAS, intended for high schools in Britain
  • Have a document on full secondary education with a high average score, and that go through one of the pre-university educational courses - A-level, International Foundation or International Baccalaureate (the level of assessments depends on the requirements of the specific direction)
  • Have a level of knowledge of a foreign language no lower than IELTS 6.5
  • For creative specialties such as design, visual arts or architecture, it is necessary to have a portfolio
  • For enrolling in medical or biomedical specialties candidates will need to pass a BMAT or UKCAT test.

For admission to magicians (Second highest) of the University of Bedfordshire, students need:

  • Leave a request for studying on the official website of the university or through the online service UCAS Postgraduate;
  • Have a diploma of first education with a high average score (requirements for academic achievement may vary depending on the specialization chosen)
  • Have a level of knowledge of a foreign language no lower than IELTS 6.5
  • In the event that the grades in the candidate's diploma are lower than required, he will need to  study additionally on Pre-Masters preparation course
  • Some Master's programs may require experience of relevant work
  • To enter some specialties from the business area, you must additionally pass a GMAT test
  • For master's programs in creative specialties - design, architecture, visual arts - an applicant also needs a portfolio.

Scholarships University of Bedfordshire

In addition to all the educational opportunities listed, the University of Bedfordshire also implements one of the most generous scholarship programs throughout Britain:

  • Foundation Year Degree

Foundation Year Year Bursary of £ 500 can be received by students who are enrolled in the first higher education programs in 2017. The scholarship will be issued within one academic year to British or EU citizens currently residing in the country and undergraduate studying.

  • The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship scholarship

In the academic year 2017-18, the Vice Chancellor's scholarship is offered to foreign students from EU countries or to British citizens. To find out which scholarship can be available to each individual student, he can in his country.

  • Sports scholarship

Such a scholarship can be got  by students who have high achievements and good results in any sport, and they want to continue to compete and train.

  • Care Leavers Bursary

This scholarship is available to those students who are willing to take care and help other people with support of local management organizations.

  • Additional support for students

The University of Bedfordshire also provides budget support students who experience some financial difficulties. For detailed information on possible assistance, you need to contact the university representative (contacts on the university's official website)

  • Postgraduate High Achiever

Students who are citizens of Britain or the EU countries can receive a discount of 50% on studying, and in 2017 they are going to continue their studies on a full master's program. The scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis, therefore, to obtain it, the candidate must have an excellent diploma of first higher education and show a good result in the entrance examinations.

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- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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