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Newcastle University

2016 League Table Ranking 26
2016 Overall Score 790
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Entry Standards 425 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.09 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,253 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 4.13 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 434 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 78.7 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 95.1 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 79.2 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 67.5 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 has a proud history of teaching dating back to 1834 and we are a Russell Group University.
  • Today Newcastle University offers world-class education in one of the most exciting student cities in the UK, attracting 23,000 students from across the globe.

Location and Transport

  • Newcastle University’s 50-acre campus is right in the city centre, at the heart of what has been voted the best city in the UK.
  • Newcastle has an international reputation for its vibrant social scene. World-class arts, music, shopping and sport can all be found in the city centre.
  • Newcastle is a very pretty city with elegant Georgian buildings alongside stunning modern architecture. The city borders the county of Northumberland, with its ancient castles, Hadrian's Wall and unspoilt coastline.
  • Our city-centre campus means most places are within walking distance, or you can hop on the Metro, with stops throughout the city 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 links with 200 Erasmus exchange partners in 21 countries.
  • 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.
  • Our management of academic standards and quality of learning opportunities across the University received a ‘judgement of confidence’ from the auditor of higher education, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the best rating available. The next QAA review will take place in 2015.
  • We are ranked joint 6th in the UK for student satisfaction (among comparator universities) in the National Student Survey 2014, with an overall satisfaction level of 91%.
  • Many of our degrees are developed with, and accredited by professional organisations.
  • We have 10 National Teaching Fellows, who have been recognised by the UK Higher Education Academy for inspirational and innovative teaching.

Research Standards

  • A member of the elite Russell Group, an association of leading research-intensive UK universities.
  • Ranked 16th in the UK for research power in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, with the vast majority of our research placed in the top two categories of 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent).
  • 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.
  • We generate over £100m in annual research income from government, business and charities.
  • As a world-class civic university, our research is sharply focused on addressing the major challenges facing society. We’re having a global impact on big issues, such as pioneering research into IVF to prevent hereditary diseases and researching renewable energy sources.

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

  • 2000+ networked computers across campus many accessible 24/7 and free WiFi across campus.
  • 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. Together these house over 1 million print books, half a million e-books, a computerised online catalogue and 600 computers.
  • Students have access to their own Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with 24/7 access to reading lists and course handouts, and online discussions with tutors and fellow students. We have one of the largest and most comprehensive lecture capture services (ReCap) in the UK, allowing students to revisit selected lectures online.
  • We offer dedicated maths and writing support for students of any discipline, and the option to learn a language for free, with access to facilities in our award-winning Language Resource Centre.
  • As well as the Hatton Gallery and Great North Museum on campus, we have a number of subject-specific facilities on and off-campus, including two farms, a marine lab and vessel, and purpose-built music studios.

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 ranked in the top 10 in the UK (National Student Survey 2014). It is the social hub of the University, and is run by recent graduates who are elected each year.
  • Over 200 societies and sports clubs are supported by the Union.
  • House in the re-vamped Union building are a range of facilities including the Union's multi-Guardian award-winning student newspaper (The Courier), a 1,500 capacity gig space, and a variety of catering outlets including Domino's and Subway.


  • Newcastle University has a long tradition of sporting achievement, finishing in the top 10 of the British Universities and Colleges Sports table (BUCS) for five of the last eight years.
  • The on-campus Sports Centre includes a 125-station health and fitness suite, a strength training room, dance studio, two large multi-purpose rooms and sports courts.
  • Outdoors there are high-quality sports pitches for football, rugby, tennis, cricket and lacrosse, and two all-weather floodlit pitches. We also have a Water Sports Centre on the banks of the River Tyne, giving you access to rowing and canoeing.
  • All students have the opportunity to take part in sports activities through an intramural sports league where students can create their own teams. There are over 60 sports clubs and the ‘Go Play’ sport taster programme offers the chance to take part in up to 20 sports per term.
  • 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 University has plans to spend in excess of £200 million more over the next three years.
Projects completed in recent years include:
  • a new Business School based in our state-of-the-art building within Newcastle's emerging business district
  • a multi-million pound renovation of the Students’ Union
  • upgrading of science and engineering laboratories
  • investment in outstanding learning and IT facilities
  • new and refurbished accommodation sites, including Kensington Terrace and Park Terrace, which opened in 2014
  • a brand new the INTO 800-student teaching centre and in the heart of the city-centre campus.

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.

Careers Guidance

  • 93.7% of Newcastle's 2013 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, above the national average of 92.1 per cent
  • The award-winning Careers Service is one of the best, largest and most innovative in the UK. Advice and support includes one-to-one sessions with a professional careers adviser, drop-in CV checks, online resources and skills development workshops covering topics such as how to succeed at interviews.
  • Careers Service staff also work closely with academic schools to provide information and workshops which are tailored to our degree programmes.
  • The Graduate Connections online networking tool enables current students to access careers-related knowledge and experience from past graduates.
  • Newcastle graduates benefit from careers support for up to three years after graduation, and ongoing business start-up support is available.
  • Students with entrepreneurial ideas are supported by a dedicated team of business advisers and a programme of workshops. They also have access to dedicated workspace facilities. 33 new businesses were set up by our students and graduates in 2013–14, generating 43 new jobs.

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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