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The University of Northumbria
Northumbria University, located in Newcastle Upon Tyne, is a business-focused university ranked 4th in the UK for graduate business start-ups. Nestled in the heart of the city, one is six people living in Newcastle is a student so there's countless activities to take part in and places to explore both within the city and in countryside and beaches beyond.
QS World Ranking (2022)
Times Higher Education (2021)
Complete University Guide (2022)
Guardian League Table (2021)
Teaching Excellence Framework
Green Credentials (2019)
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Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne has two large campuses, City Campus and Coach Lane Campus. City Campus is divided into City Campus West and City Campus East and is situated right in the heart of the city. The campuses are linked by a £4m bridge which was opened in 2008 by Lord Digby Jones.
City Campus East houses the School of Law, School of Design and the Newcastle Business School (NBS). City Campus West houses the Schools of Arts, Social Sciences, Built and Natural Environment, Engineering and Information sciences, Computing and Life sciences. Also on this campus are the University library, Students’ Union and Sport Central, a £31m sports centre which opened in 2010.
In 2010, the Students' Union building at City Campus West underwent a multimillion-pound makeover with a new lobby, additional recreational facilities, and a refurbished bar and cafe space.
Coach Lane Campus is located two and a half miles outside the city centre and is home to the School of Health, Community and Education Studies. The Campus also has computing and library services; its own Students' Union, and sports facilities and an all-weather floodlit pitch. There's a free shuttle bus which runs between the two campuses.
Northumbria also has a campus in Central London which opened up in 2014. This campus focuses mainly on business courses for postgraduate students.
The University has its origins in three regional colleges, The Rutherford College of Technology which was established in 1880, the College of Art & Industrial Design and the Muncipial College of Commerce. After an amalgamation in 1969, it was given university status in 1992.
Faculties & Departments
Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences
- Media and Communication Design
- Social Sciences and Languages
- Northumbria School of Design
Faculty of Engineering and Environment
- Architecture and Built Environments
- Computer Science and Digital Technologies
- Mathematics and Information Sciences
- Mechanical and Construction Engineering
- Physics and Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Business and Law
- Newcastle Business School
- Northumbria Law School
Faculty of Health and Sciences
- Applied Sciences
- Education and Lifelong sciences
- Public Health and Wellbeing
- Social Work and Communities
- Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Results from the UK-wide 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) revealed Northumbria to be the UK’s biggest riser in research power between 2008 and 2014. They obtained second strongest pool of research activity of all the modern universities, with strong results in Allied Health, History, English, General Engineering, Art and Design, Communication, Culture and Media. In General Engineering, English and History, Northumbria recorded scores in the top 25% of all universities in the UK for its proportion of research outputs rated as world-leading.
International & Industrial Opportunities
Northumbria offers an extensive range of Study Abroad options. The opportunity to study abroad, for a semester, year or summer, is integral to many courses, available to the majority of students and actively encouraged.The benefits of studying abroad are huge, ranging from widening cultural awareness to improved job prospects and increasing levels of confidence.
Placements in industry are a core element of many Northumbria courses. They offer you a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience, develop your workplace skills, and increase your awareness of current practice. Northumbria has a wide range of companies and organisations across a number of sectors they work with, and placements are usually paid. On a three/four year course you can undertake a year-long placement after your second year, while shorter workplace projects and internships are also possible.
UK Students (2020/2021)
Scholarships & Bursaries
Northumbria's Bursary and Scholarship packages provide financial help to a wide range of students, including rewarding high achieving students and supporting students from low-income households. All Scholarships and Bursaries awarded by the University are support that does not need to be paid back. Their bursaries are an automatic cash contribution towards your time at university to be spent on things like food, rent or books etc. and the amount you receive will depend on your household income. Their scholarships are cash contributions awarded to high-achieving students, therefor if you do well in exams before and/or during your time at Northumbria, you could receive a nonrepayable scholarship to help with your day-to-day finances.
Northumbria's sports scholarships offer funding towards accommodation and fees, whilst also providing a range of support packages of up to £2,000 for Performance Athletes including world-class coaching, state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated programmes focusing on physiotherapy, strength and conditioning and physiological assessments.
Northumbria's comprehensive library service provides access to over 550,000 print books, 500,000 ebooks, large digitised collections, specialist databases, and over 40,000 ejournals. Across three libraries they've 2,000 study spaces to suit every learning style. The City Campus Library is open 24/7 during term time and the University's library facilities have been ranked the third highest scoring university library in the UK in the Times Higher Student Experience Survey for the last three years.
All of Northumbria's libraries are fully IT-equipped and wireless enabled, and also consist of range of collaborative tools, to develop and share ideas, and practise your presentations.
The Northumbria Skills Programme offers you the chance to develop the effective study and information skills you will need to succeed in your studies. Through this programme you will develop your academic skills, such as essay writing, referencing and giving presentations.
Additionally, each department at the University also boasts it's own state-of-the-art facilities, for example the laboratories at Sport Central include a biomechanics laboratory, a gait laboratory, a performance analysis suite, a nutrition laboratory and a physiology laboratory.
In the University's design area you’ll discover 3D prototyping workshops, the latest in computer-numerically controlled machinery, CAD suites and sophisticated equipment for textiles and printing, while as a fine art student you'll receive specialist studio space as well as access to darkrooms, a printmaking workshop, digital media suite and MAC lab, wood and metalwork shops and a papermaking studio.
The University has its own mock hospital ward and mock courtroom to enhance professional practice while the Business School has its own trading room with Bloomberg Terminals.
Sport Central is the University's one-stop sporting hub on campus. It is home to squash courts, sports halls, indoor golf simulators, sixlane swimming pool, 12m climbing wall and a 3,000-seat indoor area. The fitness centre is equipped with 150 personal stations, and there are more than 70 exercise classes ranging from aqua jog to yoga to attend.
The University has several venues for students to socialise, including three award-winning bars and clubs, as well as a venue for performance and live music, offering a great social scene. There's over 50 student societies to join, and a packed events and entertainment calendar.
The Union run a free, independent advice service and support a large network of student representatives who work to ensure your voice is heard on queries related to your course, your accommodation and the wider community.
They also provide a number of CV-enhancing opportunities such as Volunteer Northumbria, Fast Friends (explore the UK with organised trips), ECO NSU (for all things environmental), and Raise and Give (RAG) events.
Religion & Spirituality
The University has a number of chaplains to help you by providing a listening ear and encouragement, prayer and occasional advice. They can also help you by finding and disseminating information on local places of worship, such as churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and gurdwaras.
Health & Wellbeing
Northumbria offers practical advice on keeping safe and healthy, from how to register with a doctor and dentist through to personal safety and health-care costs. Their multidisciplinary counselling and mental health support team offers a free and confidential service if you have personal worries, emotional anxieties or a mental health condition. The variety of services the university offers means that we can help in the way that is most suited to you. Northumbria University can also offers advice and support to disabled students.
Northumbria's Career Zone can help you search from thousands of opportunities, which include graduate jobs and internships. They hold a number of employer visits and fairs throughout the year where you can meet employers on campus and introduce yourself, with organisations including Accenture, Hewlett-Packard, Procter & Gamble, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the NHS and Ward Hadaway. Career Zone also offer access to resources that help you to explore career choices, discover what’s involved in job roles, and provide information on how to master applications and improve performance at interview. Their dedicated student job shop can help you find part-time employment in term time.
Northumbria has been named the top university in the UK for graduate start-ups, supporting the development of more than 100 graduate start-up companies in the last five years. The University also run Residency Schemes that give time, space and support for recent graduates to develop new ideas and hone their skills, whilst housing an average of 20 Arts Residencies each year in their newly established Innovators in Residence. They also offer practical modules alongside your studies to develop your industry awareness, including arts and entrepreneurship.
Self-catered (per week) (2021/2022)
The University offers a wide variety of student accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets and they guarantee to house all new students in university or partner accommodation. Their accommodation is near to campus and you can choose between en-suite rooms or standard rooms with shared living facilities. Most residences provide self-catering options, but there are also catering options available throughout campus using a prepaid card.
English Language Requirements
The minimum requirement from English at Northumbria is a 5.5 in IELTS and 51 in the PTE acadmic paper.
25% of the University's students are from overseas, representing over 125 nationalities. Their welfare and international advisers offer free, confidential guidance and support on a wide range of issues including working in the UK, visas and immigration, and driving in the UK. They also run a special induction for overseas students and, if you are flying into Newcastle Airport, their Meet and Greet service will welcome you and take you to your accommodation.