University of Lincoln

  • 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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    4.09 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    2.54 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

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

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    0.39 / 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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    70.5 / 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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    67.7 / 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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    89.3 / 100.0


  • The first University of Lincoln building was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1996. It was the first new city centre campus to be built in the UK for decades.
  • Around £200m has now been invested in transforming a brownfield site into an award-winning, state-of-the-art learning environment for thousands of students each year, and a dynamic build programme continues to add to this investment with a further £130m of capital investment planned over the next decade .
  • The university is worth more than £300m to the local economy, doubling local economic growth rates and creating more than 3,000 new jobs.

Location and Transport

  • The University of Lincoln has campuses in Lincoln, Riseholme and Holbeach in the east Midlands region of England.
  • Lincoln is centrally located in the Midlands, with easy access to the M1, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leeds and London.
  • The university’s main Brayford Pool Campus is located next to the city’s picturesque marina and waterfront, just minutes’ walk away from city centre amenities including supermarkets, restaurants, bars and clubs.
  • Lincoln railway station is a five minute walk from the campus, with London less than two hours away by train.

Entry Requirements

  • Some courses require students to have certain GCSEs at grade C or above. See individual course pages on the university’s website or the prospectus for subject-specific entry requirements.
  • The University of Lincoln accepts a range of qualifications, including A levels, GCSEs, BTEC Level 3 Awards and the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas.
  • The university’s Admissions Policy is available on our website.

Student Mix

The 13,265 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 84%
  • Postgraduate 16%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%


  • UK 87%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 11%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%
  • More than 100 different nationalities are represented among the student population.
  • The university has a number of international partnerships with major overseas universities which provide study abroad placement opportunities for students.

Course Flexibility

  • The University of Lincoln is committed to excellence in education. Our teaching is informed by internationally-recognised research and we encourage all our students to engage in research projects alongside their peers and academic staff, presenting their findings at seminars and conferences.
  • Students are taught by experienced academic teams actively engaged in research or practice at the forefront of developments in their disciplines.
  • Many of our courses offer a broad variety of optional modules in the second and third years, allowing you to tailor your learning to areas of interest.
  • Depending on your course, you may be able to spend a portion of your degree studying or working abroad, expanding your horizons, developing language skills and enhancing your CV as you complete your programme.
  • Programmes at Lincoln are designed with the requirements of employers in mind. Relevant employers inform the content of seminars, group discussions, individual tutorials, team project work, independent research, practicals and field trips.

Teaching Standards

  • Lincoln headed the innovative Student as Producer project, a major Higher Education Academy-funded initiative, and an ethos of research-engaged teaching underpins the curriculum at Lincoln.
  • Students rated a number of Lincoln’s courses among the best in the country for student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey with Psychology ranked number one
  • The university is committed to developing enterprising graduates, with Lincoln students enjoying good graduate prospects and with some choosing to start their own successful businesses.
  • Nine out of ten of Lincoln's most recent (2013–14) graduates were in work or further study six months after finishing their course with two thirds of those employed in graduate level roles.
  • In its most recent Quality Assurance Agency review, the university received an excellent result and was commended for the innovative ways in which it gives its students a voice.
  • Lincoln is proud to be accredited by a number of professional bodies including the Nursing and Midwifery Council; Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain; Health Professions Council; General Social Work Council; British Psychological Society; National Centre for the Training of Journalists; Chartered Institute of Environmental Health; Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; Law Society; Bar Council; Institute of Biomedical Health.

Research Standards

  • More than half (53%) of the research submitted by the university to the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 was rated as internationally excellent or world leading.
  • Lincoln ranked in the top ten nationally for the quality of its research outputs in two major subject areas of the REF 2014, including its largest submission (Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy).
  • The University of Lincoln has grown its established professoriate to include 65 leading Substantive Professors, who support a thriving research culture and a high-quality student experience.
  • The university is home to more than 40 Research Centres and Research Groups, investigating subjects ranging from Vision Engineering and Autonomous Systems to Conservation and Cultural Heritage, which sit at the heart of a dynamic research agenda.
  • The university conducts contract research and consultancy with major businesses and public sector organisations and receives research grant funding from major UK research councils and international funding bodies.
  • Lincoln is home to world class researchers who are making profound contributions to their subject areas. Major research projects from the university benefit society in areas as varied as healthcare quality improvement, artificial intelligence and machine learning, medical imaging for cancer diagnosis, anti-terrorist surveillance, conservation of historic buildings, and child language development.
  • A multi-disciplinary approach ensures many projects involve experts from across the university’s different Schools and Colleges. For example, the Lincoln Institute for Health brings together expertise spanning laboratory based science to frontline medical interventions.

Academic Strengths

  • Psychology courses at the University of Lincoln rank number one for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015, out of 111 institutions offering the subject. Biology at Lincoln is ranked second out of 78 universities and Lincoln’s Design courses, which include degree programmes such as Creative Advertising, Graphic Design and Fashion, are ranked third out of 72 institutions.
  • In science and engineering subjects, the University of Lincoln’s unique relationships with companies such as Siemens and the Lincolnshire Co-op demonstrate our industry-engaged approach to curriculum development. We are one of only a handful of top universities to hold Global Principal Partner status with Siemens.
  • Alongside our world class academic staff, some of the finest thinkers in their fields come to Lincoln to deliver inspirational talks to our students. Guest speakers include award-winning actor John Hurt, Olympian and sports presenter Steve Cram, scientist Professor Lord Robert Winston, and barrister and campaigner Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. Naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham is a Visiting Professor in Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences while technology expert Jason Bradbury teaches Product Design and Computer Science students as a Visiting Lecturer. Journalist Angela Rippon is a Visiting Professor in the School of English & Journalism.
  • The University of Lincoln was placed in the top ten nationally for the quality of its research outputs in two areas of REF 2014, reflecting substantial investments made in developing science and health research at Lincoln. In the 'Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science' subject area, Lincoln was placed second out of 29 institutions for quality of outputs, and in the 'Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy' sector, Lincoln was placed 10th in the UK out of 94 institutions for the quality of outputs.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • We have invested around £200m in our award-winning Brayford Pool campus, creating a network of innovative, student-centred spaces in a safe, compact and friendly site.
  • The Joseph Banks Laboratories, opened in 2014–15, is a £14m science facility providing research, teaching, laboratory, office and social spaces for Chemistry and Pharmacy students.
  • The university is creating a new city centre Science and Innovation Park in collaboration with Lincolnshire Co-operative as part of a major investment in new research and teaching facilities.
  • The newly extended £10m Art, Architecture & Design building was opened in 2013. It houses state-of-the-art workshops, studios, lecture theatres and exhibition space for students on courses including Architecture, Fine Art and Graphic Design.
  • Siren FM, housed in industry-standard studios in the Lincoln School of Film & Media, was the UK’s first full-scale community radio station hosted by a university. It was named East Midlands Radio Station of the Year by the Radio Academy in 2013 and 2014.
  • The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is an innovative performance venue and learning environment for the Lincoln School of Fine & Performing Arts. It houses a fully--equipped 450-seat theatre which regularly stages shows by touring artists and theatre companies, as well as student productions.
  • The Media, Humanities and Technology building is equipped with media suites and the latest broadcast equipment, television and photography studios and radio editing suites.
  • The David Chiddick Building is home to the Lincoln Law and Business Schools. It is an innovative, student-centred space with learning lounges, lecture theatres and a moot court for students to practise advocacy.
  • The purpose-built Engineering Hub was the first of its kind in the UK for more than 20 years when it opened in 2011. It is a £37m development where staff and students work in collaboration with Siemens.
  • The Great Central Warehouse Library is the result of an award-winning £5m restoration of an historic industrial building into a magnificent learning resource. It offers a wide range of library services, WiFi and an excellent student-to-computer ratio.
  • The Sports and Recreation Centre boasts a large selection of modern, specialist facilities including a double sports hall, squash, badminton and tennis courts, football and outdoor pitches, a gym, dance studio and saunas. It is also home to the Human Performance Centre which provides a regional centre of excellence in sport, coaching and exercise science.
  • The Engine Shed is the largest live music venue in the region, hosting renowned artists, weekly student parties, club nights and special events. Acts that have taken to the stage include Kings of Leon, Dizzee Rascal, Florence and the Machine, Rizzle Kicks, Professor Green, Jason Manford, Russell Kane and Sarah Millican.
  • Joined to the Engine Shed are the Tower Bars, a focal point of campus social life. A variety of Students’ Union-run events are hosted here from quiz nights to live sport screenings.

Disability Services

If you have a disability, a learning difficulty, mental health or medical condition, the university has a specialist department, DART, committed to providing you with advice and a range of specialist services. The services offered by DART include:

  • Advice and guidance on accessing support for study skills and learning strategies.
  • Screening and assisting with obtaining a diagnostic assessment for dyslexia.
  • Information of Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).
  • Assessments of course-related and IT needs.
  • Advice on personal matters relating to your disability.

Students' Union

  • Lincoln’s Student Union looks after the social aspects of your student life. The main SU office is based alongside the Engine Shed and Tower Bars.
  • In 2014, the University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union won the title of THE Students’ Union of the Year at the annual National Union of Students (NUS) Awards.
  • The SU offers a range of services to help students get the most out of their time at university, providing students with a voice in political discourse and the chance to be involved in one of our hundreds of societies and sports teams.
  • Every year, you have the opportunity to get involved in our annual student body elections. Four full-time Sabbatical Officers and a team of part-time officers are elected to represent all students.
  • There are currently more than 3,500 students involved in more than 100 sports, clubs and societies art Lincoln.
  • The Students’ Union offers opportunities to volunteer in the community. Recent projects have included Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue training, a clean-up of the Brayford Pool marina and offering support for victims of domestic abuse.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Lincoln is a thriving city with ample opportunities for students to seek part-time employment.
  • With campus so centrally located in the city, the majority of students are able to find work within a few minutes’ walk of their accommodation.
  • The Job Shop offers help and guidance for you to find work while you study. In partnership with the Students’ Union, it provides a central point on campus for employers to advertise paid positions and work experience opportunities.

Careers Guidance

The University of Lincoln has its own bespoke Careers and Employability team who offer a range of central and subject specific educational programmes and activities. The team offer a vast array of services and opportunities for students including:

  • Opportunities for students to meet with professionally trained, and qualified Advisers who are able to support students in both a group work, individual and virtual capacity through our advice and guidance services.
  • An extensive central events programme which focuses on offering students the opportunity to explore the wide ranging opportunities available to them and preparing them effectively to reach their full potential.
  • Professionally produced and informed information resources and a careers virtual learning platform to enable students to prepare for their career, understand their stages of career development and the expectations of graduate recruiters.
  • Access to 1000s of graduate level vacancies and opportunities, as well as opportunities during students’ studies
  • Access to a vast network of local, regional, national and international employers who are also engaged in supporting the teams Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance services.
  • Opportunities to network with employers throughout their studies through events, competitions, curriculum lectures and modules, mentoring and mock interviews.

The Careers & Employability team are here to support students on all programmes and at all levels of study and proactively encourage students to consider their career planning from the start of their student journey with us.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The university is investing in a significant expansion of the Engineering Hub, home to the School of Engineering, to create the Isaac Newton Building. Named in honour of Sir Isaac Newton, the great physicist who was born in Lincolnshire, the facility will bring together students and researchers in engineering, mathematics, physics and computer science subjects. Scheduled for completion in early 2017, it will include a spectacular new 500-seat lecture theatre.
  • The university is creating a new city centre Science and Innovation Park in collaboration with Lincolnshire Co-operative as part of a major investment in new research and teaching facilities. The new Joseph Banks Laboratories and neighbouring Minster House, which opened in September 2014, form the centrepiece of the 11-acre site in the historic industrial heart of Lincoln.
  • The newly extended £10m Art, Architecture & Design building designed by renowned architect, the late Rick Mather, was opened in 2013. It houses state-of-the-art workshops, studios, lecture theatres and exhibition space for students on courses including Animation, Fine Art and Interactive Design.

Notable Alumni

  • Mary Parkinson – television presenter.
  • Martin Vickers – MP for Cleethorpes.
  • Andrea Jenkyns – MP for Morley and Outwood.
  • Sam Cotton – fashion designer and co-founder of Agi & Sam, who recently launched debut collection for Topman and was nominated for a British Fashion Award.
  • Thomas ‘TomSka’ Ridgewell –award-winning media producer and YouTube sensation, with almost 4 million subscribers.
  • Jack Howard and Dead Dobbs – YouTube stars and BBC Radio One presenters Jack and Dean.
  • Mark Chambers – award-winning children’s’ book illustrator.
  • Mike Cuthell – advertising creative who has worked on commercials for Nike and other major brands.
  • Juan Watterson – Deputy Minister responsible for the Isle of Man’s financial sector.
  • Joy Blundell – founder of ACTS Trust.
  • Vicki Phillips – director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Mark Backler – Lead Games Designer at Marmalade (creator of computer games including Call of Duty and Lara Croft).
  • Dave Terris – Executive Producer at Sky News Radio.
  • Sebastian Cox – award-winning designer and furniture-maker.
  • Nancy Birtwhistle – winner of the BBC’s Great British Bake-Off.
  • Michael French – Channel 4 Foreign Producer.

Honorary alumni

  • John Hurt CBE
  • Professor Lord Robert Winston
  • Sir Ian Botham
  • Nicholas Parsons OBE
  • Loyd Grossman OBE
  • Colin Dexter OBE
  • Dr Jonathan Foyle
  • John Pilger
  • Sir Craig Reedie CBE
  • Richard Reed
  • Professor David Chiddick CBE
  • Dr Robert Price OBE
  • Sir David Tweedie
  • Lord Ian Blair of Boughton
  • John Sergeant
  • Tony Benn
  • Roger Mosey

Further Details

Address University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
UCAS Code L39