Introduction to Northumbria University, Newcastle

Northumbria University, Newcastle is a research-intensive university that unlocks potential for all, changing lives regionally, nationally and internationally.

With a global community of over 37,000 students from 125 countries, Northumbria prides itself on being an inclusive and diverse university with a reputation for academic excellence and an outstanding learning experience that reaches every continent.

Northumbria’s long-term strategy combining a focus on research excellence and social mobility has created space for a new kind of university in the UK, earning them the accolade ‘University of the Year 2022 in the prestigious Times Higher Education THE Awards.

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Points of Distinction

  • Named ‘UK University of the Year’ (Times Higher Education THE Awards, 2022)
  • Named ‘Research University of the Year’ and ‘Modern University of the Year’ (Daily Mail University Guide, 2024)
  • Ranked a Top 40 UK University (Guardian University Guide, 2024)
  • Ranked Top 40 in the UK for graduate prospects (Times Good University Guide, 2023), placing more graduates into skilled jobs in the North East than any other university.
  • Ranked Top 25 in the UK for research power (Research Excellence Framework, 2021), recording the biggest rise in power of any UK university for the second time with 54% of research case studies having an impact outside of the UK.

Why Study with Northumbria University?

  • We Are Global : Northumbria is an inclusive and diverse university with over 37,000 students across its campuses and programmes worldwide, of which nearly 12,000 are international students from over 125 countries.
  • Accredited Programmes and Leading Departments: From Applied Sciences, Geography and Environmental Sciences and Mechanical and Construction Engineering to Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Accounting, Business and Finance and Art and Design, Northumbria offers over 300 full-time Foundation Year, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes.
  • State-of-the-Art Campus and Facilities: Northumbria has invested almost £300m in its campuses to provide students with a world-class learning experience during their time at university. Notable investments include state-of-the-art Architecture and Computer and Information Sciences buildings; Student Central, a dedicated learning and award-winning student support services space; and Sport Central, a 3,000 seated arena with swimming pool, sauna, sprint track, squash courts, fitness centre and research labs.
  • Unmatched Student Support: Northumbria acknowledges no two student journeys are the same and ensures all services within it are accessible and inclusive of all, whether that be supporting academic success with high-quality resources from the University Library and offering careers and employability guidance through Graduate Futures or providing specialist Student Life and Wellbeing support on accessibility and inclusion, counselling and mental health, finance and International student support.
  • One of the Best Student Cities: Northumbrias Newcastle Campus is located in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a city named Best UK Student City 2022’ (StudentCrowd), as voted by students. A lively yet compact city, Newcastles location means students can leave the hustle and bustle of city life for the coast and countryside in just 30 minutes or travel to cities in and outside of the UK via Newcastle Central Station and Newcastle International Airport.

General Admission Requirements and English Language

Whilst the university provides general entry guidelines, actual requirements may vary depending on your chosen level and course of study and certain courses may have specific or additional entry requirements. Full details of entry requirements can be found under the Entry Requirements tab on course pages. Decisions for entry will also be based on personal statements, previous study information and not just your final course grading.

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International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or an approved equivalent*.

*The university accepts a large number of UK and international qualifications in place of IELTS. Details of acceptable tests and the required grades can be found here: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications.

Tuition Fees, Funding and Scholarships

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**There is a list of Postgraduate Taught courses that are exempt/ineligible for the above scholarship; this includes any Advanced Practice or Study Abroad Masters courses. Full list of exempt courses can be found at: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/fees-funding/international-fees-funding/2023-24-pgt-international-scholarships/.

Study Opportunities and Intakes

Providing students flexibility in terms of study, Northumbria offers two core intakes in September and January. Most Foundation Year, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes are available as a September start with the addition of key Postgraduate programmes also being offered as a January start. Northumbria believes in hands-on experience to help students build their CV, work towards their dream career and to stand out in a competitive jobs market. To help, students can expect to study an Undergraduate programme that includes the option to take part in a placement year or study abroad, whilst many Postgraduate programmes come with an Advanced Practice (AP) study option.

Academic Departments at Northumbria

  • Applied Sciences
  • Architecture and Built Environment
  • Arts
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Geography and Environmental Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical and Construction Engineering
  • Newcastle Business School
  • Northumbria Law School
  • Northumbria School of Design
  • Nursing, Midwifery & Health
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
  • Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation