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Newcastle University

2015 League Table Ranking 20
2015 Overall Score 806
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Entry Standards 437 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.2 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.63 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,298 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.11 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 449 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 79.0 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 94.2 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 76.9 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 48.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Newcastle University can trace its origins to the School of Medicine and Surgery established in 1834, and was awarded university charter as the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1963. 
  • today Newcastle Universityoffers a world-class learning and fully rounded student experience in one of the UK’s most vibrant and student friendly cities.

Location and Transport

  • Newcastle University’s 50-acre campus is right in the city centre, at the heart of what has been consistently voted one of the best student cities in the UK.
  • Newcastle is a compact city that is renowned for its hospitality and nightlife, rating in the top 10 nightlife destinations in the world (Tripadvisor).
  • A world-class cultural destination with museums, galleries and theatres housed in stunning architectural buildings and an array of restaurants and shops liningthe picturesque streets. The nearby MetroCentre is one of Europe’s largest shopping and leisure complex.
  • Newcastle borders the county of Northumberland, with its ancient castles and unspoilt coastline.
  • The Metro rail system (which has a station opposite the campus) connects the city to nearby suburbs, the airport and the coast.
  • A good road network provides fast motorway links with all major cities in the UK; London is around 3 hours by train and Edinburgh is around 1.5 hours.

Entry Standards

  • Newcastle University welcomes applications from students from a wide variety of backgrounds who can show the motivation, ability and potential for university study.
  • Entry standards are relatively high, with most courses asking for ABB or higher at A-level (or equivalent). Offers of places on any degree are made on the basis of individual achievement, ability and potential to succeed.
  • In addition to considering evidence of ability such as exam performance, the university also looks at other evidence in UCAS applications that indicate potential to succeed on a degree programme.
  • Check online for the most up to date course and entry requirements information for your degree.

Student Mix

The 22,410 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

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

Course Flexibility

  • Approximately 200 undergraduate degrees to choose from.
  • Some courses cover more than one subject, and our Combined Honours degree offers students the opportunity to study up to three subjects from a choice of over 20.
  • Some courses share a common first year, enabling transfer to other similar courses after the first year.
  • Many courses include a work placement or the opportunity to spend time overseas and we have almost 190 exchange partners worldwide.
  • Students of any discipline have the opportunity to study a foreign language for free as part of the university-wide language programme.

Teaching Standards

  • All courses are reviewed regularly to ensure they reflect the most recent subject developments.
  • In 2010 the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) complimented the University on the excellence of its research-based teaching and the training for employability of its students. We also received a 'judgement of confidence' from the QAA for our management of academic standards and quality of learning opportunities – the highest rating available.
  • Newcastle’s score in the annual National Student Survey (NSS) 2013 is higher than the national average, with 90% of respondents agreeing or strongly agreeing that they were satisfied with the overall experience at Newcastle University.
  • At subject level, 30 of the University’s 48 subject areas scored more than 90% with three scoring 100% and nine others achieving 95% or better.
  • Most of our academic schools have advisory boards which include graduate employers as members, and we undertake regular surveys of employers’ perceptions of Newcastle graduates’ skills to inform improvements to our courses.
  • Almost half of our degrees are developed with and accredited by, professional organisations.

Research Standards

  • A member of the elite Russell Group, an association of leading research-intensive UK universities.
  • Placed as one of the UK’s top 20 research institutions with the publication of the UK’s official survey of research quality, the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008.
  • The quality of our research has been recognised through prestigious awards such as three Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, which honour work of outstanding importance and quality and Higher Education.

Academic Strengths

  • Our research active, academic staff are leaders in their fields. Studying in a cutting- edge research environment means that undergraduate students benefit from the knowledge of some of the leading experts in their areas.
  • We have worked with employers to define a set of skills which students will need in life beyond university, and this knowledge underpins the development of degree programmes and extra-curricular activities.
  • Our award-winning ncl+ initiative provides opportunities for students to develop employability skills through activities outside of their degree, such as working as a student ambassador or writing for the University newspaper.
  • The career development module enables students to count their work experience, volunteering activities or part-time employment towards academic credit for most courses.

Student Facilities

  • Over 1,400 netwoked PCs across campus, including some with 24-hour access. Wireless access across campus and in all study bedrooms.
  • The university library service is the only one in the UK to be awarded five Charter Marks in a row for excellent customer service and two prestigious Customer Service Excellent awards.As well as the main library, there are libraries in the Medical School and Law School. These house over 1.5 million print books and 500,000 electronic resources, 15,000 electronic journals, 2000 study places, and a computerised online catalogue.
  • We are a leading university in providing technology-based support for our students. Our Blackboard virtual learning system allows students to submit work online, access reading lists, take part in online discussions and e-mail their academic tutors. The ReCap lecture recording service allows students to review lectures and other recorded materials, enhancing their understanding of complex topics and assisting their exam revision.
  • Newcastle University is rated 5th in the UK for employability amongst comparator universities. (HESA 2011-12) The Careers Service is one of the largest in the UK and has won several national careers awards in recent years, including being the first UK university careers service to be awarded the Matrix Quality Standard for the high quality information, advice and guidance that they deliver. It was also rated 20th in the world, out of 188 institutions, in the annual International Student Barometer survey 2012. The Careers Service provides support for up to 3 years after graduation.
  • Our students also benefit from having the Hatton Gallery and Great North Museum on campus.

Disability Services

  • There is a dedicated and confidential advice and support to current and prospective students with a range of disabilities.
  • Learn more about disability support services at Newcastle University online.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union is the social hub of the University, and is run by recent graduates who are elected each year.
  • Over 140 societies and sports clubs are supported by the Union.

The beautiful Union building underwent an £8-million refurbishment in 2011, and now includes:

  • 1,500 capacity gig space
  • Student bar
  • Student Advice Centre
  • Computer clusters
  • Snacks and supplies including; Subway, Domino’s pizza, student shop
  • Student newspaper, radion and tv station
  • Quiet and social spaces and computer cluster.


  • Newcastle University has a long tradition of sporting achievement, finishing in the top 15 out of 146 in the British Universities and Colleges Sports table (BUCS) for the past seven years, and finishing in the top 10 for the last two.
  • The sports centre incorporates a double-court sports hall with a state-of-the-art 125-station health and fitness suite, three activity halls, four squash courts and a dance studio.
  • There are 45 acres of county-standard pitches just a short distance from the campus. There is also a university boat house based on the River Tyne.
  • All students have the opportunity to take part in sports activities through an intramural sports league where students can create their own teams.
  • The University has an Elite Athletes Squad whose former members include Olympic Gold medallist Ed Goode and rugby player Tom May.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • A multi-million pound programme of development in recent years has transformed the campus through new buildings, refurbishment and extensive landscaping.
  • The glass-fronted King's Gate building had already created a new 'front door' to the university, as well as housing all the main student services and a visitor centre. Science and engineering laboratories have been upgraded, disabled access improved and all students have internet connections in university-owned flats and halls of residence.
  • The latest improvements include an £8-million refurbishment of the students' union, extra  investment in library facilities, and a teaching and accommodation complex for international students offering academic programmes of the highest quality to prepare them for their University careers.
  • A new Business School building is located at the centre of business and development in Newcastle, only ten minutes from the main campus. In addition, a £30-million research centre houses the Institute of Health and Society and the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology.
  • Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) opened in November 2011 as the UK's first university to develop an overseas campus offering full UK medical degrees in-country, and biomedical science.
  • A second branch campus in Singapore offers degrees in Naval Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Power Engineering, Food and Human Nutrition, Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering.
  • A new accommodation site on-campus with 350 ensuite bedrooms is due to open in September 2014.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Newcastle's popularity as a regional centre and national tourist destination means that there are plenty of part-time work opportunities available for students.
  • The Careers Service provides a variety of tools to help students find part-time work while they are studying and full-time work in the holidays. This includes an online job search facility which offers vacation work, placements and internships, and a searchable directory of over 600 graduate employers in the North East. The Newcastle Work Experience programme offers Newcastle University students paid placements in North East SMEs.
  • We also offer jobs on campus – our on-campus job agency matches students with temporary or casual work assignments within the university.

Notable Alumni

  • Newcastle has a close relationship with its alumni, offering a comprehensive package of benefits and services, designed to help graduates make the most of their life after University.
  • As a Newcastle graduate you will be following in the famous footsteps of people who have since risen to the top of their field in a wide range of professions. They include: Controller of BBC Drama, John Yorke; Commercial Director of London 2012, Chris Townsend; musicians Maximo Park; barrister and author, Constance Briscoe; journalist Kate Adie; world champion rower Ed Coode; comedian Rowan Atkinson; and President of Walt Disney International, Andy Bird, Dr Miriam Stoppard, Tristan Gooley, the 'nocturnal navigator'.


For further information

  • +44 191 208 3333
  • Newcastle University
    Student Services
    King's Gate
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU
UCAS Code N21

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