• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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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    2.71 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.29 / 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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    71.5 / 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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    74.6 / 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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    86.1 / 100.0

Northumbria University is a research-rich, business-focused university with a reputation for academic excellence and accreditations from almost 50 professional bodies at national and international level. The Research Excellence Framework in 2014 showed Northumbria as the biggest riser in research power rankings since the previous REF in 2008, and it's in the top 10 universities for professional employment, with 93% of graduates in work or further study within 6 months of graduation.

Entry Requirements

  • Offers are made on the basis of a variety of academic qualifications, potential, achievement, work and life experience, and personal skills and qualities.
  • Entry standards vary from course to course – please refer to the university website course pages for further details.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • Students will interact with professors, researchers, lecturers and well-known guest speakers, which will encourage them to challenge, analyse, debate and explore subjects and topics in depth.
  • To develop skills and knowledge, Northumbria makes widespread use of Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) and maintains a full-service virtual learning environment – the e-learning online portal.

Undergraduate Courses

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Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Some courses are offered on a part-time or distance learning basis and flexibility on start dates may be available.
  • Placements in industry are a core element of many of Northumbria’s courses, including workplace projects and internships.
  • Northumbria offers an extensive range of Study Abroad options for a summer, semester or a year – integral to many courses and available to the majority of students.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Specialist facilities include sports laboratories for biomechanics, gait, performance analysis, nutrition and physiology; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) laboratories and technology; and 3D prototyping workshops, the latest in computer-numerically controlled machinery, CAD suites and equipment for textiles and printing.
  • Simulation environments include courtrooms for Law students, used as part of lessons and assessments; hospital wards and computer-generated simulated patient models so student nurses can practice their skills in an authentic environment; and a trading room with Bloomberg Terminals in Newcastle Business School, one of only a few in the UK.
  • The library is highly rated as being one of the best in the UK for students.
  • Student Central will house all services such as: Course information and guidance, Accommodation enquiries, Placement support teams, Careers and Employment, Student Support and Wellbeing and International advice.
  • Both campuses are covered by a pioneering safety app to give students peace of mind (safezoneapp.com). 

Disability Services

  • Northumbria University has dedicated team of Disabilities Advisers who provide advice, guidance and support for students with dyslexia or dyspraxia, a long-term medical condition, a sensory impairment, a mobility impairment or an autism spectrum condition.
  • Students with a long-term mental health condition can also access their disability support services by contacting the Counselling and Mental Health Support Team.
  • Please refer to the university website's Disability and Dyslexia service for further details.

Students' Union

  • NSU is found on all Northumbria campuses, where students can access free, independent and confidential advice to assist them with issues. The union is run by a team elected to represent students.
  • There are over 100 societies ranging  from Snow Sports to Surf, Dr Who, and the DJ Society. Volunteering opportunities include sports, animals, teaching IT to the elderly, hospital arts and more. The university also has its own magazine, TV and radio stations.
  • Three award-winning bars and club venues host great events and live music, and there is a great range of food and drink to suit a student budget.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Newcastle is a thriving city and there is a huge range of part-time work available for students in its city centre shops, bars and restaurants as well as in contact centres on neighbouring business parks.
  • Many students can also find work on campus within the Students’ Union, Sport Central, events support and administrative roles in faculties and central services.

Careers Guidance

  • Northumbria places a big emphasis on employability and it shows – 93% of students are in work or further study six months after graduation and it is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for the number of graduates in professional employment on permanent contracts.
  • The university’s Careers and Employment Service works with students throughout their time at Northumbria and after graduation, providing practical, personalised support including 1-to-1 sessions with careers advisers.
  • JobsOnline, the university’s online vacancies system, has thousands of opportunities from part-time jobs and volunteer roles that build work experience to internships and graduate jobs.
  • Northumbria also holds number of employer fairs and visits throughout the year with organisations like Accenture, Hewlett-Packard, Proctor & Gamble and the NHS.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 78%
  • Part Time 22%

Where students come from

  • UK 88%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 10%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%


  • Officially the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, the university is based in the best two cities for students in the UK, Newcastle and London.

Notable Alumni

  • Sir Jonathan Ive – Apple’s Vice President of Industrial Design and designer of the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad.
  • Sting (Gordon Sumner CBE) – internationally renowned musician, songwriter and actor.
  • Victoria Pendleton CBE – double gold-medal-winning Olympic cyclist.
  • Amanda Berry OBE – Chief Executive of BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
  • Stephen Miller MBE – three-time gold-medal-winning Paralympic athlete and captain of the Team GB athletic squad at the London 2012 Summer Paralympics.
  • Rob Law MBE – founder of Magmatic and designer of the children’s Trunki suitcases.
  • Babiana Aido – Spain’s youngest ever minister, appointed to government at the age of 31.
  • Tim Brown – Chief Executive Officer and President of IDEO USA, one of the world’s leading design companies.
  • Kevin Whately – television actor, best known for his role as Lewis in Inspector Morse.
  • Steve Cram MBE – broadcaster and Olympic silver medallist.

Further Details

Address Northumbria University
Ellison Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
UCAS Code N77