Northumbria University

  • 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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    4.11 / 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 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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    66.0 / 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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    69.7 / 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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    87.5 / 100.0


  • Northumbria University is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence.
  • The results of the Research Excellence Framework in 2014 showed Northumbria was UK’s the biggest riser in the research power in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework with the third highest gain in in market share of research power in the sector.
  • Officially the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, the university is based in the best two cities for students in the UK, Newcastle and London (NSS 2015).

Location and Transport

  • The university has two campuses and has invested more than £200m in its estate since 2005.
  • City Campus is located in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne – a city which has been repeatedly voted the UK's best city for students. Coach Lane Campus is situated 3 miles away and the two are linked by the university’s free bus service.
  • Newcastle boasts a combination of friendly culture, rich history and a vibrant social scene that can rival any city in the world.
  • It’s a stone’s throw away from the stunning North-East coastline and surrounded by beautiful countryside dotted with castles, stately homes and the world-famous Hadrian’s Wall
  • Getting around is easy thanks to the Metro – one of the best integrated transport systems in the country – and extensive bus networks.
  • Newcastle stands on the premier north-south rail route in the UK – with London just 3 hours away – and Newcastle International Airport operates domestic and international flights to destinations across the world
  • Northumbria opened its London Campus in September 2014 which is based in the heart of London’s business and financial district.

Entry Requirements

  • Northumbria welcomes candidates from a range of backgrounds and with a variety of qualifications. In terms of A level and GCSE requirements, the standard requirements are detailed on individual course pages, including any subject specific requirements for courses. These are updated on a regular basis.
  • Northumbria welcomes all applicants who have the potential, ability and motivation to benefit from and contribute to its challenging and stimulating learning environment.
  • The university has seen an increase in both volume and quantity of applications year on year, which is a testament to the University’s growing reputation and standing in the league tables.
  • Offers are made on the basis of academic qualifications, potential, achievement, work and life experience, and personal skills and qualities.
  • Entry standards vary from course to course – please visit individual course pages more details.

Student Mix

The 27,075 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 84%
  • Postgraduate 16%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 78%
  • Part Time 22%


  • UK 88%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 10%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Course Flexibility

  • Northumbria offers almost 500 courses. Some are offered on a part-time or distance learning basis and flexibility on start dates may be available. Please check individual course pages for details.
  • The university holds accreditations from almost 50 professional bodies at national and international level and work with hundreds of organisations to ensure its courses reflect contemporary knowledge and practice and are informed by global perspectives.
  • Placements in industry are a core element of many of Northumbria’s courses, as well as workplace projects and internships, which enhance a students’ CV and which has contributed to the University being ranked 7th in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment.
  • Northumbria offers an extensive range of Study Abroad options. The opportunity to study abroad – for a summer, a semester or a year – is integral to many courses, available to the majority of students and actively encouraged. The University boasts an extensive range of partner organisations in countries across the globe from Spain to South Korea and China to Canada.
  • To develop skills and knowledge, Northumbria makes widespread use of Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) and maintains a full-service virtual learning environment – the eLearning Online Portal.

Teaching Standards

  • Northumbria University students learn from the best – inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Professional staff ensure the smooth delivery of the university’s activities. Their work contributes to an outstanding student experience, supports research and underpins successful partnerships and collaborative working with external organisations.
  • Students will interact with world leading and internationally renowned professors, innovative researchers, inspirational lecturers and well-known guest speakers, which will encourage them to challenge, analyse, debate and explore subjects and topics in depth.
  • Northumbria has now won the Student Nursing Times Award of Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Post-registration) three years running. We scored 97% student satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey.
  • Northumbria is the only UK university to have had their teacher training courses rated as Outstanding by Ofsted for 12 years running.
  • Business and accounting programmes have each achieved accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This double accreditation places Newcastle Business School in an elite group – the top 1% of business schools worldwide and the only institution in Europe to achieve this.

Research Standards

  • Northumbria is ranked top 50 in the UK for research power and conducts ground-breaking research that is responsive to the science & technology, health & wellbeing, economic & social and arts & cultural needs of the communities.
  • The university has a vibrant community of postgraduate researchers and offers a range of MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate postgraduate degrees throughout the year.
  • The university’s research partners include Nike, IBM, Nissan, Procter & Gamble, the BBC, and the NHS.
  • For more information, visit Northumbria’s research page.

Academic Strengths

  • Northumbria has an international reputation for academic quality and is ranked 30th in the UK for teaching quality in the National Student Survey 2015.
  • Northumbria’s Newcastle Business School has joined the top 1% of business schools worldwide by gaining double accreditation from AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) – an international hallmark of excellence.
  • The Student Law Office was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education – the highest form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution.
  • The only UK university to have had their teacher training courses rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for 14 years running.
  • One of the most well established and highly respected Architecture programmes in the UK, achieving 97% Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015.
  • The Arts Department is one of only 18 in the country to receive funding for a Centre for Doctoral Training over the next five years.
  • Key partners include cultural collaborations with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Tyneside Cinema, Live Theatre, Great North Run Culture, New Writing North and Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, as well as industry partners such as Phillips and Unilever, providing students with direct industry exposure and live project opportunities.

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Student Facilities

Northumbria has invested substantially to ensure that its students have access to state-of-facilities. Some of these include:

  • The flagship £30m Sport Central which boasts a six-lane 25m swimming pool, a sprint track, squash courts and sports halls where you can play five-a-side, netball, badminton, basketball or volleyball.
  •  For sport science students, there’s a biomechanics laboratory, a gait laboratory, a performance analysis suite, a nutrition laboratory and a physiology laboratory.
  • Mock courtrooms for Law students which are used as part of lessons and assessments.
  • A trading room with Bloomberg Terminals in Newcastle Business School – making Northumbria one of a handful of business schools in the UK to integrate real-time financial management information into its teaching.
  • Mock hospital wards and computer-generated simulated patient models so student nurses can practice their skills in an authentic environment.
  • 3D prototyping workshops, the latest in computer-numerically controlled machinery, CAD suites and sophisticated equipment for textiles and printing.

Disability Services

  • Northumbria University has dedicated team of Disabilities Advisers who provide advice, guidance and support, whether you are a student 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.
  • For more information, visit our Disability and Dyslexia Support page.

Students' Union

  • Northumbria’s Students’ Union was named the best in the UK by the National Union of Students in 2011.
  • It is run by students, for students, with five elected Sabbatical Team members who are dedicated to enhancing the student experience.
  • It boasts over 100 clubs and societies, a packed events calendar, three award-winning club venues and a performing arts and live music centre – everything students need to relax and unwind.
  • It also runs a free, independent advice service with dedicated staff who can assist on a number of issues and has a large network of student representatives who work to ensure student’s voices are heard on queries related to courses, accommodation and the wider community.
  • The union has an extensive volunteer programme and a wide range of projects for students to get involved in, from community work to environmental conservation. This is a great way for students to give something back, make new friends and boost their CV.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Newcastle is a thriving city and there is a huge range of part-time work opportunities 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 – 94% of students are in work or further study six months after graduation and it is ranked 7th 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. They provide practical, personalised support including one-to-one 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.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Northumbria has made significant investments in its campus in recent years spending over £200m on new and improved facilities since 2005.
  • Last year saw the opening of Trinity Square – a brand new student accommodation development overlooking the Tyne with almost 1000 bedrooms, fitness facilities, a multi-use games area and dedicated study areas. It is situated above a supermarket, multiplex cinema, shops and restaurants.
  • The university library has also seen an upgrade with a new dynamic social learning space opened up in the basement.
  • Other major campus developments include the award winning City Campus East (voted the 2nd most impressive Law School Building in the world according to the Law Society Gazette, 2014), £30m flagship Sport Central and £7m renovation programmes in both its Library and Students’ Union.
  • Planning work is currently underway to develop a new Estates Strategy which is likely to see continued investment in the estate to further improve the student experience at Northumbria.

Notable Alumni

Northumbria University is renowned for producing industry-ready graduates and boasts an illustrious alumni list including:

  • 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, known as one of the world’s most successful middle distance athletes of all time.

Further Details

Address Northumbria University
Ellison Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
UCAS Code N77