Nearly 2,000 students from Pakistan study undergraduate and postgraduate courses in London. Business, engineering and computer science courses are the most popular subjects for Pakistani students followed by social studies, law and medicine.

How to apply to a London university

Follow these three steps to start your application today.

1. Find a course: Our course search enables you to search over 30,000 courses on offer in London. Register with us to save your favourite courses and to contact universities for further information on entry requirements.

2. Prepare and submit your application: The application process differs for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

  • If you wish to apply for an undergraduate degree, you will need to submit your undergraduate application via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
  • If you wish to apply for a postgraduate degree, you will need to apply directly to the university via their own online application system. Contact your chosen university to find out more.

3. Check you are eligible for a UK student visa. Read our information on the Tier 4 Student Visa to make sure you are aware of the requirements in advance.

Entry requirements at London universities for students from Pakistan

The education system in Pakistan is different to that in the UK, even though some of the terminology is similar. Course entry requirements can vary depending on the university and degree you choose. The information below is only a guide so be sure to check the specific entry requirements for your favourite courses.

Entry Requirements for Undergraduate Courses (First degree)

Students who have taken the Pakistani Secondary School qualification (HSSC) will need to take an international foundation course before entering onto a UK bachelor degree. Alternatively, a two-year or three-year bachelor degree from Pakistan with good grades (60% or higher) might also be considered for entry onto the first or second year of a UK Bachelor degree.

Students are normally required to achieve an overall First Division pass (60% or higher) in the HSSC in order to be accepted onto an international foundation course.

Students who have taken A-levels, the International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement exams will be considered for direct entry for undergraduate courses.

Entry Requirements for Postgraduate Courses (Second degree)

For master’s degrees, Pakistani students are normally required to have a First Division pass in a 4-year bachelor honours degree.

Students who have a 2 or 3-year bachelor degree must also have a First Division pass in a master’s degree.

Where a GPA score is given, a minimum score of between 2.6 and 3.3 out of 4 is required at either bachelor or masters level.

Remember, you can contact the international office at your chosen universities and they will tell you if your qualifications meet the requirements of your chosen course.

Pakistani Students living in London

The nearly 2,000 Pakistani students living in London, amongst many other South Asian communities, contribute to the large and vibrant international community in London.

London is a popular education destination for students from Pakistan, especially due to the presence of a number of world-renowned universities. Pakistani students will be able to gain an excellent academic education which employers will respect, as well as experience a wide variety of cultural offerings.

London is a multicultural city with people from all faiths, and celebrates all of the major religious festivals, including Eid. It is home to the largest mosque in Western Europe, The Baitul Futuh Mosque, in South London.

As a Pakistani student studying in London you can be sure to find lots of Turkish events, societies, news and friends.

  • You will find Pakistani, Asian and Islamic student societies at most London universities. These meet regularly and provide the perfect opportunity to make friends and enjoy Asian culture, food and events.
  • provides information about events which are of interest to the Pakistani community in London.
  • The Islamic Society of Britain is a community based charity which organises events and activities which aim to combine Muslim and British cultures.
  • Pakistan in London provides information on Pakistani hot spots and some good places to get Pakistani food.

What London's Pakistani Students Say

"London is a cosmopolitan city and a business hub. The standard of education in UK universities is world-class."
Muhammad Khan, MBA student from Pakistan

"I choose London due to its education standard, wide mix of cultures, entertainment facilities, sports opportunities and historical background. During my stay in London, I am enjoying my student life. Londoners respect people of different cultures and beliefs."
Abdul Ahad, Software engineering student from Pakistan

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