University of Hertfordshire

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.01 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.61 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.21 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    74.7 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend 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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  • Good Honours 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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    65.0 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    82.1 / 100.0


  • A model 21st-century university – international, business-facing and business-like in its approach.
  • Gained university status in 1992.
  • Post-war technical college established by De Havilland Aircraft company as an Engineering Centre of Excellence. The college later evolved into Hatfield College of Technology and Hatfield Polytechnic.

Location and Transport

  • Two sites –  one in Hatfield and one in Bayfordbury (a rural field station and observatory outside Hertford).
  • Outstanding transport links to the rest of the UK, the university is well located with London only 25 minutes' away by train to London King's Cross tube and railway station.
  • Uno Bus, a University of Hertfordshire owned bus company, was set up by the university in 1992 to provide student transport to the expanding university from local areas as well as improving east–west travel across the county and opening up new links from north London.
  • International transport well served with London Luton and London Stansted airports just 20 miles from the university.

Entry Requirements

  • The university requires you to have at least two A levels (or equivalent) to begin an Honours undergraduate degree programme or at least one for a Foundation degree. The entry requirements for undergraduate degrees are given generally in UCAS tariff points.
  • Most undergraduate courses at the university have their own entry requirements.
  • To see the specific entry requirements for each degree programme, please use the course search on our website.

Student Mix

The 24,880 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 70%
  • Part Time 30%


  • UK 83%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 13%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Course Flexibility

  • Courses are up to date, relevant, and responsive to the needs of the students.
  • All courses are devised with input from industry and the professions to create relevant degrees for employable graduates.
  • Blended learning, work and industrial placements, part-time, full-time, distance learning and study abroad.
  • Full-time and part-time Foundation degrees are available in a wide range of subjects, at the university’s consortium colleges – Oaklands College, Hertford Regional College, North Hertfordshire College, West Herts College. Subjects include business, creative enterprise, computing, and sports.
  • Extended degrees are available in Engineering and Science, which allow students without the usual entry qualifications to study an initial year at college and then continue their studies at the university.

Teaching Standards

  • An excellent reputation for learning and teaching, with accreditation by professional bodies for many of our courses.
  • The prestigious National Teaching Fellowship has been awarded to 14 of our lecturers. It celebrates individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience through individual excellence.

An external review of the University of Hertfordshire in December 2015 found that:

  • the academic standards of the university’s awards,
  • the quality and enhancement of the learning opportunities
  • the quality of the information
  • we provide on those learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

Research Standards

  • The university has six research themes: food; global economy; health and well-being; heritage, cultures and communities; information and security; and space.
  • The six research themes incorporate the University of Hertfordshire's research strengths and allow for an increased focus on inter-subject collaboration and interaction so the scope and depth of university research can continue to grow. The themes incorporate a range of sub-themes which showcase the university’s variety of research communities.
  • Over 650 research students at the university enjoy benefits such as the Doctoral College which helps with all key milestones of the research degree process for students and their supervisors. It also provides research training for students and staff.
  • The University of Hertfordshire was awarded the European Commission HR Excellence in Research badge in 2010. The award is in recognition of the university's commitment and achievements in implementing the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers and the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes.
  • 57% of the university's research submissions achieved a 4 or 3 star rating in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. This is an increase of 11% when compared to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008.
  • The university's research impact for history when compared to all UK universities was rated the best and its quality of history research topped all other University Alliance Group universities.
  • The university also did particularly well in Nursing which achieved 82% 3 and 4 star ratings and Philosophy which made a huge leap from 35% of its research being awarded 3 and 4 star ratings in 2014 to 66% this year.
  • Over 90% of our submitted research was judged to be of international quality in terms of originality, significance and rigour in the REF 2014.

Academic Strengths

  • More than 50% of our academic staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, recognising their commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning.
  • The university's School of Pharmacy has been awarded full Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain accreditation.
  • 95.2% of our students are in employment or further study within six months after graduation. (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2013–14).
  • The university invests significant resources in building partnerships with industry to ensure our students benefit from those relationships.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • Students are well served in information technology. The Library and Resource Centre on the College Lane Campus offers 24-hour access to hundreds of computer workstations.
  • A second centre on the de Havilland campus provides another 1,100 workstations.
  • The virtual learning environment has been a leader in its field, giving all staff and students their own storage space. Students can use it for study, revision or communication, as well as to access university information.
  • UHArts is an umbrella organisation promoting the arts and maximising the use of the university's arts venues, performance spaces and galleries for professional arts events.
  • A nursery with places for student and staff children aged 3 months–5 years.
  • The main source of nightlife is the Forum – it offers the best live entertainment and club facilities available in Hertfordshire. With a total capacity of 2,000, the Forum is a sophisticated venue with three entertainment spaces, a restaurant, a café, multiple bars and onsite parking.
  • The 'local pub' on campus, the revamped Ele house, holds comfy seats, big screen TVs, and pool tables providing a convenient location to socialise. Open daily from 11.00–23.00 with food served every day.
  • The university has over 400 different software applications available for students and staff to use. This includes a Microsoft Office 365 account for the duration of their time at UH.
  • Wi-fi is available across campus and in on campus residences.
  • Student union shops are located on both College Lane and De Havilland campuses
  • The university’s Student Centre is housed in the Hutton Hub along with an on-site bank.

Disability Services

  • Disability Services offer specialist advice and guidance for all students and staff regarding their diverse range of available specialist provision.
  • For more information on these services please contact, telephone 01707 281338 or visit our website.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union at the University of Hertfordshire represents all students in the university by organising campus activities and running different clubs and societies, from sports to entertainment.
  • For more information on the Hertfordshire Students’ Union please email, or telephone 01707 285 000.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Student Job Centre is part of the Students' Union, which promotes part-time and volunteering roles for students.
  • There are part-time employment opportunities in the local area including retail and office work as well as at the university, for example, working for its own arts organisation, as a student ambassador or EcoRep.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers Employment and Enterprise service (CEE) is the university’s careers service.
  • The CEE provide workshops and seminars to gain career skills and one-to-one sessions for career advice and mock interviews.
  • Career Hub, the university’s job portal, allows students to search for jobs, including internships, placements and part-time opportunities. The portal also contains resources for students, such as CV and cover letter guidelines.
  • The Careers and Placements Service provides a professional service to students throughout their time at the university and for up to two years after graduating.
  • The Enterprise Team at the university provides students and graduates with support and advice to help turn their business and not-for-profit ideas into established and successful ventures.
  • The university has a range of long-term partnerships with industry to help support students with placements and experience in key jobs. These include Engineering and Creative Arts.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Over the last 10 years we’ve injected more than £120m into campus developments, including many stunning buildings for teaching, as part of our long-term regeneration plan.
  • In the summer of 2011, the university’s Board approved the 2020 Estates Vision; an ambitious ten year building programme delivering a greater number of significant academic buildings than ever before.
  • A £2m investment in the Weston Atrium transformed a previously underused area into a vibrant focal point at the de Havilland Campus. The space offers an area for informal learning, meeting, socialising and events.
  • Situated on the De Havilland campus, the university has built a purpose-designed mock court environment, which offers the students of the School of Law a combination of the latest technology and a setting where they can put theory into practice.
  • A new main reception opened at the College Lane Campus in June 2014, followed by the new Chapman Lounge; a relaxed and informal learning space that brings together students and staff with access to AV equipment, wi-fi, computers and a café.
  • Opened in January 2015, the new Hutton Hub offers a single point of access to student services including Student Centre, Wellbeing, Students’ Union, Careers advice. The building also has an informal learning space and a small café.
  • A three year project to transform student accommodation is now in its third stage at College Lane. Stage one was completed in September 2014 with 700 new bedrooms, campus gym, external sports pitches and a central common room. Stage two was completed in 2015 with 1000 new bedrooms and stage three will open in 2016.
  • Currently under construction, a £40m Science Building will open at College Lane in 2016. This purpose built facility will primarily offer teaching laboratories, a range of research laboratories and a café.

Notable Alumni

  • Dr Diana Hodgins MBE – 2014 Alumnus of the Year with over 30 years’ experience as an engineer and entrepreneur.
  • Helen Lederer actress, comedian, writer and television and radio presenter.
  • Alistair Spalding Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler's Wells Theatre.
  • Nitin Sawhney world-renowned music producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer and cultural pioneer.
  • Sir Stuart Matthews 2010 Alumnus of the Year with a highly decorated 53-year career in the aviation industry.
  • Frank Ogilvie former aerodynamics director and deputy head of overall aircraft design for the Airbus A380 double-deck 'superjumbo jet'.
  • Kate Bellingham broadcaster, engineer, keynote speaker and Ambassador for Women in Engineering.
  • Diane Maclean world-renowned sculptor and environmental artist.
  • Alyssa Smith international jewellery designer and social media entrepreneur, resident entrepreneur at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in Hertfordshire, Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday award winner, shortlisted in both Shell's Women of the Future Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 award and the Lloyds TSB Enterprise awards.
  • Stephen Borthwick Saracens and England Rugby player.
  • George Kruis Saracens and England Rugby, under 20s player.
  • Jackson Wray Saracens and England Rugby, under 20s player.
  • Kim Little Seattle Reign FC, Scotland and Team GB ladies football player.
  • Jamie Stone – Alumnus of the Year 2015, who in 2014 won the Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year award.

Further Details

Address University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
AL10 9AB
UCAS Code H36