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University of Bedfordshire

2015 League Table Ranking 117
2015 Overall Score 439
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Entry Standards 225 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 20.9 Help
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Academic Services Spend 974 Help
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Student Satisfaction 3.92 Help
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Graduate Prospects 53.1 Help
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Degree Completion 82.3 Help
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Only 30 minutes by train from central London and you arrive at the University of Bedfordshire.  Although a new University,it remains an institution with a rich heritage, and academic roots dating back to 1882.

The University of Bedfordshire has 24,000 students from more than 100 countries world-wide, and is spread across five campuses:

  • Luton campus – a town centre based campus which boasts a range of industry-standard facilities as a result of a major investment programme, as well as, a bespoke Postgraduate and CPD Centre.
  • Bedford campus – an enclosed leafy campus which houses the PE and Sport Science Centre which was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympic Games.
  • Putteridge Bury campus – an Elizabethan mansion which is home to many of our postgraduate students, and the University Conference Centre.
  • Buckinghamshire campus in Aylesbury – with dedicated facilities for our Nursing students
  • UCMK, Milton Keynes campus – our brand-new campus which opened in 2013, and specialises in the STEM subjects.

Location and Transport

Whether you prefer to dance the night away, or kick back and relax in the beautiful countryside, Bedfordshire has something to suit everyone. Luton and Bedford are lively, student-friendly towns with thriving social scenes, surrounded by tranquil, rural villages where you can truly embrace country life.


  • Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire, and is surrounded by the beautiful north Chiltern Hills. 
  • It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and lies just 50km north of London - the capital is only a 30 minute train journey away. In addition, London Luton airport is only 3 miles from campus.
  • Luton boasts a wide collection of pubs, clubs and restaurants as well as the Galaxy Leisure complex, which offers an 11-screen cinema, 16 bowling lanes, a bingo hall, an arcade and much more.


  • Bedford is an idyllic riverside town, located 40 minutes from Central London by train.
  • It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The rest of Europe can be easily accessed, as London Luton and Stansted airports are nearby.
  • Centrally located between London, Oxford and Cambridge, Bedford is a lively cosmopolitan town with a rich heritage, celebrated in a programme of events and festivals throughout the year.
  • The town itself is safe and student friendly, with a lively mix of traditional town pubs, bars and restaurants, modern nightclubs, High Street and niche shops, heritage and history and first-class sports facilities. 

Milton Keynes

  • Milton Keynes is a modern, bustling metropolitan ‘new city’.
  • It has 230 stores making it one of the largest undercover shopping centres in Europe attracting 30million visitors each year. It is also home to the Xscape Centre which houses a 16-screen cinema, bowling alley, and an indoor ski-slope – ideal for leisure seekers.
  • There are also more than 350 restaurants to choose from, and the fastest growing ‘After 6’ culture outside of London.

Entry Standards

  • We offer a wide range of courses which have differing entry requirements, but our standard offer is usually in the range of 200 to 280 UCAS points. 
  • Please refer to our website for specific course and entry requirement information. 

Student Mix

The 17,835 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • We offer high-quality courses with a range of full-time and part-time study options including day, evening and weekend.
  • Designed with employer and employee requirements in mind, our courses provide opportunities for integrated personal, academic and career development.
  • The mode of delivery, course structure and length may vary depending on the course you wish to study.

Teaching Standards

  • The University of Bedfordshire places a strong focus on entrepreneurship and not just employability so that we can create the kind of graduates that organisations compete to employ. This is seen in the number of professional accreditations that many of our courses carry, and through the success of our graduates; with 92% in work and/or further study within six months of graduating(DLHE 2014).
  • But don’t just take our word for it. Our students think so too. And that’s why we’ve been rated as a number one university for improving the student experience, a leading university for improving career prospects, and a top 25 university for personal development(National Students Survey 2014).
  • Our research informs our teaching and the development of our curriculum. Our research-active academics provide an enhanced learning experienceAs champions of practice-based education, we believe it is imperative that we share our own evolving practice. Within the University of Bedfordshire Business School, students can benefit from ‘Practice Weeks’. Through these practice weeks students get the opportunity to work alongside businesses on real projects, learning key skills in confidence, negotiation, time management, team work, and planning to name a few – all key attributes and behaviours that employers wish to see in their graduate recruits.
  • Another example can be seen in our Performing Arts and English courses. All staff who teach theory are also practitioners, which is a real strength of the department. Other universities can sometimes have a big divide between academic and practical dance staff – but here at Bedfordshire the theory comes out of the experience of the practitioners, offering a different and very unique perspective to students’ learning.

Research Standards

  • We have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, for our pioneering research.
  • We are committed to applicable research that has an impact on the world around us.  Our research informs our teaching and the development of our curriculum.
  • Our research attracts funding from an impressive range of private sector and charitable organisations as well as government bodies which reflects the scope and quality of our work.  Our researchers collaborate with universities, businesses and organisations across the world.
  • Our researchers have excellent contacts within their respective fields enabling you to gain access to useful networks leading to job opportunities and collaborations at national and international levels.
  • We have 10 specialist research institutes:
    • Institute for Research in Applicable Computing (IRAC).
    • Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Science and Technology (iBEST).
    • Institute of Applied Social Research (IASR).
    • Business and Management Research Institute (BMRI).
    • Institute for Health Research (IHR).
    • Research Institute for Media, Art and Design (RIMAD).
    • Institute for Research in Education (IRED).
    • Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR).
    • Institute for Tourism Research (INTOUR).
    • Institute of Diabetes in Older People (IDOP).


Academic Strengths

The courses on offer at the University of Bedfordshire are spread across 20 different departments, which sit within four Faculties.

  • The Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Science – Also known as CATS, this Faculty is home to courses within the following subject areas: Art & Design; Computer Science & Technology; Life Sciences; Media & Journalism; and Performing Arts & English. Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies such as IBMS, NCTJ, BCS, and IET. Students within this Faculty have a vast array of facilities at their fingertips, including: an industry-standard TV Studio which is frequently used by the BBC, a 280-seat professional theatre and dance studios, in addition to science labs and a new scene of crime room for those studying Forensic Science. Our Computing and Engineering students meanwhile, can benefit from new engineering labs, in addition to Linux and robotics labs.
  • The Faculty of Education and Sport – This Faculty is home to courses within the following subject areas: Education & Teaching; English Language & Communication; and Sport Science & Physical Activity. Students within this Faculty have access to our state-of-the-art PE and Sport Science Centre which was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics, in addition to the newly refurbished Sports Hall entitled the Arena, which brings our PE and Sports facilities up to national championship standards. Our English students have access to the Language Centre which allows students to conduct recordings of trainee teachers’ training practice to be analysed with ease. This Faculty is also home to CRELLA – the Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment which is led by Professor Cyril Weir, a world-famous expert in language testing and programme evaluation.
  • The Faculty of Health and Social Science – Known as HSS, this Faculty is home to courses within the following subject areas: Nursing, Midwifery & Healthcare; Psychology; and Social Sciences. Many of our courses are accredited by BPS, NYA and GSCC. Students are able to work with a wide range of facilities to support their learning. Our Healthcare students can work in our high-tech Simulation Centre at our Butterfield site in Luton. Psychology students have access to Data analysis labs and Cognitive biological psychology labs which offer specialised physiological data acquisition and eye-teaching equipment. The Faculty is also home to a number of world-leading researchers such as Professor Jenny Pearce whose work into child sexual exploitation won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2014.
  • The University of Bedfordshire Business School – Our view on business education is international and practice driven. Known as UBBS, the University of Bedfordshire Business School is the largest business school in the region, and is home to courses within the following subject areas: Accounting & Finance; Business, Management & HRM; Law; and Marketing, Tourism & Hospitality. Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies such as CIPR, CIM, and CIPD. Students are able to work within our award-winning Business Pods which imitate a real-world business environment, as well as gaining access to our professional Law Moot Court. Accounting and Finance students meanwhile, can get to grips with The Thomson Reuters facility which provides trading information for companies all around the world.

Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies such as the Chartered Management Institute, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Qualified Teacher Status, the General Social Care Council and the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Student Facilities

The University of Bedfordshire is continually investing in state-of-the-art facilities to provide you with the best environment in which to succeed. Regardless of the degree you choose the facilities will be first class, including:

  • Luton Campus – New facilities in the Computing and Media departments; Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court; Psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics laboratories; Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios, and art and design studios
  • Bedford Campus – En-suite accommodation at Liberty Park; A Physical Education and Sports Science Centre; A Campus Centre, which is home to a 280-seat theatre, dance studios, a fair trade café and large social space.
  • University Campus Milton Keynes – The new campus houses an array of modern teaching facilities, a Student Information desk, advice centre and Students’ Union. The campus is also home to 2 special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratories, as well as a large general purpose computer lab, giving IT student’s hands on experience.
  • Buckinghamshire Campus – Our healthcare students are based in dedicated facilities at the Buckinghamshire campus in Aylesbury and our award winning site in Butterfield Park, Bedfordshire, which is fully equipped with contemporary clinical skills labs, a simulation suite and on-site Learning Resources Centre.
  • By 2015, our Bedford campus will boast a brand-new, three-storey building. Entitled ‘The Gateway’, this modern, new facility will offer a number of high-quality teaching spaces, as well as informal learning spaces, lecture theatres and a new student services centre – everything you could need, all under one roof.
  • Our Luton campus will boast a brand new seven-storey library, one of a kind in the UK. This follows major investment in a new Campus Centre and en-suite on-campus accommodation at our Luton campus. And, all of this is in addition to our many first-rate resources and industry-standard facilities, as well as our new Postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Centre which opened in Spring 2013. Check out our new library facility – coming early 2015.
  • There are multi-faith chaplaincies at the Luton and Bedford campuses. Both campuses have several multi-faith prayer rooms and the teams offer a warm welcome to students of all faiths, as well as those with none.
  • All students will have 24/7 access to BREO (Bedfordshire Resources for Education Online) – the University’s online learning environment. All students use BREO to access lecture notes, discussion boards, podcasts, blogs and announcements. It is web-based allowing access from anywhere with an internet connection, at any time.
  • The award-winning Careers and Employment Service provides a number of opportunities and services to help students succeed in the workplace. Bedfordshire's brand-new JobSavviGrad online job search tool helps students find jobs matched to their skills.

Support for International Students

  • At Bedfordshire we are dedicated to providing you best support possible during your time with us. Our specialist teams in the International Office will take care of you from application and enrolment and throughout your student life so that you can focus on your studies. 
  • Our Student Support team will make sure you arrive to a warm welcome. You will also receive a Pre-Arrival guide which tells you everything you need to know before coming to the UK. Once you arrive, the team organises five-day orientation programme to introduce you to the life and study here.
  • Every new student is given a Buddy - a current international student who can help you settle into student life quickly and easily. Buddies will provide you with anything from directions to find your lectures to helping you with accommodation or buying a sim card for your phone. 
  • Our Student Information Desk can be accessed 24/7 and delivers a range of services, from printing council tax letters and booking appointments with a counsellor, to providing a wide range of information all in one place.
  • Our Professional Academic Development (PAD) team can help you if you are experiencing difficulty with your studies or if you want to develop your skills further. From referencing to It skills, PAD team is there to support you every step of you way.
  • We have designed Communications skills classes to give you an excellent foundation on which to build your academic success and equip with you with practical skills. The programme will be individually tailored to your needs and will include helpful areas like.
  • For further information, visit our website.

Disability Services

  • The University of Bedfordshire is committed to supporting applications from students with disabilities, and we do all we can to ensure we are accessible and welcoming to all.
  • The Disability Advice Team is available to discuss any issues you may have and can provide services such as sign language interpreters, note takers, dyslexia screening/tuition and support with mobility on campus.
  • The Learning Resources Centre (LRC) offers a range of services and specialist software and equipment. You can find out more on the LRC website.
  • For further information please contact Julie English, Senior Health and Wellbeing Adviser: telephone 01234 793270, email julie.english@beds.ac.uk, or visit the website.

Students' Union

  • Based at the Luton and Bedford campuses.
  • Home to a bar, café and social space.
  • Provides a variety of clubs and societies to suit almost everyone’s interests, and a great way to meet new people.
  • The friendly SU team is also on hand to offer help and advice.
  • Regular events, outings and activities to get involved in.


  • Sport is a large part of university life. So whether you want to compete, keep fit or just spectate, there are many activities to suit all sporting abilities.
  • Bedfordshire has a great reputation for sports, and there is a wide range on offer including badminton, basketball, cricket, football, golf, hockey, netball, rugby and tennis to name but a few. However, if you’re more comfortable watching from the sidelines, then you can cheer on the Bedfordshire Bulls teams that complete in the British Universities Sport Association (BUSA) leagues – many of our teams are dominating in top positions!
  • Get into Sport offers free membership, enabling you to take part in the University’s sport participation programme alongside your studies; from Aerobics and American Football, to Badminton and Basketball, these sporting events provide a great way to make the most of your university experience, and our fantastic sporting facilities.
  • Our Physical Education and Sport Science Centre at Bedford, contains state-of-the art sport science labs, two gyms and two dance studios, and was used as a training base for 2012 Olympic athletes.
  • The Alexander Sports Centre has extensive playing fields, an indoor multi-purpose sports hall with badminton courts, tennis courts and a climbing wall.
  • The Vauxhall Recreation Club is home to the Luton campus' sports facilities. It includes a fitness studio, tennis and squash courts, and five-a-side football pitches.
  • The Physiology labs also have full accreditation by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES).

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • There have been valuable investments in developing the University's teaching and learning facilities to enhance the student experience.
  • Investment in a Physical Education and Sport Science Centre and student accommodation at the Luton and Bedford campuses.
  • Major developments at our Luton campus, include a funky and functional Campus Centre, brand new en suite accommodation and a new Postgraduate Centre.
  • Business facilities including an industry-standard Law Moot Court and the unique and revolutionary Business Pods
  • Investment in laboratories for Psychology, Biomedical and Forensic Science, and Sport Exercise Science
  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments.
  • A new award-winning site for healthcare students at Butterfield Park, Luton, home to specialist simulation labs complete with fully functional theatre, ward, and clinic environment.
  • Bedford campus boasts a modern Campus Centre, halls of residence and an Olympic standard PE and Sport Science Centre.
  • UCMK  has brand new teaching facilities, 2 special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratories, a Continuing Professional development suite and a brand new library. 
  • By 2015, our Bedford campus will boast a brand-new, three-storey building. Entitled ‘The Gateway’, this modern, new facility will offer a number of high-quality teaching spaces, as well as informal learning spaces, lecture theatres and a new student services centre – everything you could need, all under one roof.
  • Our Luton campus will boast a brand new seven-storey library, one of a kind in the UK. This follows major investment in a new Campus Centre and en-suite on-campus accommodation at our Luton campus.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Both the Luton and Bedford campuses are located close to their respective town centres so that part-time work is easily accessible.
  • Our award-winning Careers and Employment Service provide a wide range of services from help with securing internships and paid placements, to providing CV writing and interview technique guidance, our team of experts are here to help you with your career planning and progression during your studies, and long after you graduate.
  • The University's Careers Service aims to unlock your potential as a student or graduate and enable you to manage your future career by providing a professional, high-quality information, advice and guidance service.

Notable Alumni

  • Trudy Dean Cosh, English Language and Literature BA Hons 1992 – Author.
  • Joan Baily, MBE, Youth and Community Studies 1997 – Director, Safer Luton Partnership.
  • Becky Jago, Media Performance BA Hons 1997 – British television news presenter, currently employed by ITV Anglia.
  • Toby Friedner, Media Production BA Hons 1997 - Senior Journalist for BBC Three Counties Radio.
  • Adrian McDonagh, Sports Studies BA Hons 1998 – MD, Easy Web Recruitment.
  • Jonathon Goodman, LLB Law, 1998 – Joint Head of Chambers, 1 Gray’s Inn Square.
  • Matt Fisher, Media Performance with Radio BA Hons 2000, Station Sound Manger at BBC Radio 1.
  • Melvon Odoom, Media Performance BA Hons 2001 - Comedian, radio DJ and television presenter,  Radio presenter for KISS 100 Breakfast.
  • Wesley Clarke, Media Technology BSc Hons 2001 – Record Producer, DJ.
  • Simon Hall, Product Design BA Hons 2001- Director of EcoStyle Ltd.
  • Dharam Barrett, Media Performance BA Hons 2002 - Director, Film Maker
  • Gemma Hunt,Media performance BA Hons 2003 – TV presenter for CBBC.
  • David Balfe, Creative Writing BA Hons 2003 – Musician, Record Producer, Writer and Director.
  • Tom White, Media Performance BA Hons 2005 – TV presenter for Sky Sports News.
  • Maggie Alphonsi – Sport and Exercise Science BSc 2006, Sport and Exercise Assessment MSc 2007 - English women's rugby international.
  • Ben Hodson, Photography and Video Art BA Hons 2007 – Award winning, professional photographer
  • Ryan Freckleton, Sport and Exercise Science BSc Hons 2007 – Great Britain Bobsleigh Team, Director Wired For Sport Ltd.
  • Chris Butcher, Animation BA Hons 2009 – Award winning stop motion animator.
  • Norma Hoyte, Criminology BA Hons 2009 – Executive Director PLIAS Resettlement.
  • Ruth Corden – Social work BSC Hons 2010 – Agony Aunt on The Joy of Teen Sex, Channel 4.
  • Thomas Wiggins-Wilson, Business Management BA Hons 2010 – Analyst, Morgan Stanley.
  • Thomas Dolby, Computer BSC Hons 2010 - Senior Programmer and Head Games Development Team, A.i.Solve.


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  • University of Bedfordshire
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