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Northumbria University is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. It is one of the largest universities in the UK with almost 30,000 students from over 130 countries. Newcastle is an extremely popular city for students due to huge variety of restaurants, bars, shops, museums and beautiful coastlines and country sides to explore there really is something for everyone.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Urban
Urban

In a town

Coastal
Coastal

On the coast, near the sea

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: N77

League Table Scores

  • Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

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

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    144
  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

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

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    4.05 / 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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    72.1 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the university.

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    16.7
  • 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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    1,454
  • 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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    605
  • 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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    77.0 / 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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    86.3 / 100.0

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.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 80%
  • Postgraduate 20%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 80%
  • Part Time 20%

Where students come from

  • UK 87%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 10%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Library

  • The university's three libraries provide a multidisciplinary collection of over a million print and e-books, 500,000 print books, over 843,000 e-books, and an extensive print and e-journal collection of over 110,000 titles so that students and staff can access learning resources at the point of need. There are also more than 2,000 silent, quiet and collaborative learning spaces.
  • The city campus library is open and staffed 24/7 during semesters, providing support to students that has earned it Customer Service Excellence accreditation since 2010.
  • The Northumbria Skills programme provides students with opportunities to learn key digital skills either face-to-face or online.

Student jobs

  • 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.
  • Jobsonline is the university online vacancy system, offering you hundreds of opportunities to find part-time work, temporary one-off jobs, and vacation placements within the university and the local area. Northumbria also hold an annual Student Jobs and Volunteering Fair at the start of the academic year.  

Careers advice

  • One-to-one advice and support is provided in Student Central by careers professionals, helping students with planning, job applications or figuring out what role would suit them.
  • Careers advisors also deliver sessions as part of courses, and a central programme of workshops and events on a wide range of careers topics helps students make decisions about their future and compete effectively for job or further study opportunities.
  • Careers Online and JobsOnline portals, available 24/7, help students explore careers options, find out about different roles and vacancies, prepare for selection processes with simulated interviews, and create winning applications or build their CVs.

Health services

  • All students can access free, impartial, confidential and professional advice on a range of health and welfare issues including registering with a GP or dentist, prescription charges, personal security and insurance.
  • With the demands that university life can bring, the university recommends students maintain a healthy lifestyle; students from overseas are advised to get vaccinations and travel insurance before they arrive at university.
  • The team can be contacted by telephone, email, via the online student portal, or face-to-face at all campuses.

Counselling services

  • A counselling and mental health support team are available to provide students with advice and guidance on personal, emotional or mental health issues.
  • This can range from appointments with counsellors and mental health practitioners, through to online support, referrals to self-help materials and therapeutic workshops, all offered within two working days after request.

Disability support

  • The university works to ensure that the educational opportunities it provides are inclusive for all students, including the many disabled students who choose to study at Northumbria.
  • Disabilities Advisers provide students with advice, guidance and support for dyslexia or dyspraxia, long-term medical conditions, sensory or mobility impairments, autism spectrum disorders or diagnosed mental health conditions.
  • Depending on a students' individual requirements, the university can provide a range of services. These may include study support, applying for funding, providing specialist mentoring, tutorials or exam arrangements, advice on assistive technology, adapted and accessible accommodation and the use of a support worker service for students who require one-to-one educational support.

Other services and facilities

It's easy and convenient for students to access the right support whenever help is needed.
  • At the heart of each campus in Newcastle, Student Central provides professional advice and guidance on accommodation; applying for jobs or starting a business; assessments, course information or studying abroad; change of student status or visas and welfare; learning skills or using the library; choosing a career or placements; counselling or disability information; money and finance.
  • Ask4Help is the university’s dedicated student enquiry service. Students can get face-to-face support 24/7 in each Student Central, and via the student portal, which also provides a range of self-service options.

Students' Union

  • Northumbria Students' Union delivers free, confidential and independent academic advice.
  • It has over 100 societies and volunteering opportunities that are inspired by the hobbies and interests of the passionate students who run them.
  • The SU delivers affordable and quality food and drink at its stylish bar, Habita.

History

  • Northumbria is celebrating its 25th year of achieving university status but its roots go way back to the 1880s.
  • Since 2005, Northumbria has invested more than £250 million to transform its campuses in Newcastle into stunning spaces for learning, teaching, research and social activities.

Fascinating Fact

  • Northumbria University has produced some of the world's most outstanding innovators – including Sir Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice-President of Apple and designer of the iPhone, iPod and iMac.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • 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, and now jockey.
  • 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.
  • Bibiana 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.

Address

Northumbria University, Sutherland Building, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST