About Northumbria University

by / Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / Published in Northumbria University

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About Northumbria University

Northumbria University’s international reputation as a leading British university is the result of a distinctive combination of outstanding academic research and teaching, innovative programmes, traditional values and social and cultural diversity.

Based in the extremely popular student city of Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumbria is the largest teaching and research University in North East England. It has a student population of around 35,000 with around 4,400 students from over 100 countries. There are a further 3,680 students studying on Northumbria University programmes in their own countries.

Northumbria has a rich history going back through its constituent colleges to the late nineteenth century. Today Northumbria is both research-engaged and business focussed, enjoying excellent links to industry and the professions.

Northumbria University is the largest university in the North East of England, with a broad portfolio of courses and a rich cultural diversity in its student population. Courses have been examined for their relevance and value to society and we are now offering program in all of the UK’s 30 most popular subjects. Northumbria is the leading provider of high-caliber graduates to business, industry and the professions in the North East of England and one of the highest nationally.

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  • Largest University in the North East with over 4400 international students on campus.
  • Top 10 UK provider of Postgraduate Education
  • 38,000 students from >130 countries .
  • Research – Internationally excellent in all submission fields with 9/12 “World-Leading” (2008 RAE)
  • Top 10 UK recruiter of PG students
  • Based in Newcastle – voted as Britain’s Best University City as Low Living Cost and student Friendly city.
  • Professional Relevant Programs as great industry links – 400+ programs
  • Programs with External Accreditations e.g.: RICS, ACCA, RSC, Etc.

Northumbria’s courses are highly rated. In the National Student Survey 2013, several disciplines achieved 100% satisfaction from the students and half scored 90% or more. Northumbria have a strong national and international reputation for academic quality. The Law Department’s Student Law Office was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the highest form of national recognition open to a UK university. 

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Academic excellence

High-quality teaching and world leading research.

Northumbria’s consistently excellent performance in UK quality audits places it at the very top among modern universities. Sixteen of its subject areas have been awarded 22 or more out of a maximum possible of 24 by the Quality Assurance Agency. All subjects have scored over 20 points, bringing an average score of around 22.

The university has been awarded five National Teaching Fellowships in recognition of excellent teaching.

Northumbria’s research was judged to be ‘World leading’ in 9 out of 12 subject areas assessed in the UK’s most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

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Unbeatable facilities

£165 million campus investment including £30 million Sport Central.

Northumbria boasts one of the best city center campuses in the country. It’s award winning City Campus East opened in 2007 and is home the Newcastle Business School, School of Law and School of Design.

Extensive modernisations have been undertaken over the whole campus, including pedestrianisation of the centre of the campus and a further £5 million refurbishment of the Students’ Union building.

New work space specifically for research students has recently been added to the award winning nine store Library.

The brand new £30 million sports complex which opened in summer 2010 provides Northumbria students with World class facilities and opportunities.

Coach Lane Campus is situated in a leafy suburb of the city, 3 miles from City Campus and linked by the University’s free bus service.


Northumbria graduates are highly regarded by employers and have the highest graduate employment rate of any university in the region.

Northumbria’s Careers and Employment Service has dedicated support available for international students.

Student city

Newcastle has been repeatedly voted ‘Best University City’ by MSN travel and has a lower cost of living than many other UK cities.

It is students who make Newcastle such a vibrant, modern, youthful city, renowned for its nightlife, sport, entertainment, shops and, last but not least, its friendliness.

Northumbria offers a wide choice of accommodation for international students, most of which is situated close to its campus.

Professionally relevant

Many courses are professionally accredited and Northumbria enjoys great industrial links.

A large proportion of undergraduate courses include a work placement (sandwich) year. This gives students the fantastic opportunity to develop valuable and relevant practical experience during their course.


Available for high achieving students, and tuition fee savings for early payment and alumni.

The Fee Calculator, linked to the Course Search, is able to illustrate these for your chosen course.

As well as Northumbria Scholarships, there are a range of special scholarships and discounts offered.

Student support

Free airport Meet and Greet and a wide range of support services to help students settle in and enjoy their time at Northumbria.

Northumbria’s award-winning student support services offer a comprehensive range of information, guidance and support to make sure students receive the best possible care, right from the minute they arrive.

North East England

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Beautiful surroundings, famous for its fabulous beaches, countryside and rich history.

Right next to Newcastle is the beautiful county of Northumberland. Boasting breathtaking countryside, rolling hills, miles of outstanding coastline, historic castles, pretty little villages, the largest man made lake in Europe and much more! Northumberland is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits, from skiing to cycling, hang-gliding to hiking, riding to rock climbing.

Northumbria University is situated in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the north-east of England, which is the regional capital and has excellent leisure and shopping facilities. The City has a rich sporting culture and is home to Newcastle United Premier League Football Club. Newcastle is just two hours and forty minutes away from London by the fastest rail service, whilst Edinburgh (Scotland’s capital) is only an hour and a half away.

Newcastle has its own International Airport. Road travel, by coach or car, is particularly easy as Newcastle stands on the premier north-south route in the UK. Once in Newcastle itself, the extensive local public transport system, including the Metro (Tyneside’s own underground), makes getting around very easy.

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September and January starts for many Masters programmes a range of courses available by distance learning.

Huge choice

Over 450 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees available in most major subjects including Business, Law, Computing, Engineering, Art, Design, Science, Health, Sport and many more. Our lecturers are experts in their field and passionate about teaching.

More Information

Visit the Northumbria website at www.northumbria.ac.uk/international

COURSE SEARCH provides details about courses and entry requirements.

FEE CALCULATOR gives details of fees and discounts by clicking the ‘FEES’ tab at the top of the course page.

You can find all of the information you need at www.northumbria.ac.uk/international, including our online International Student Prospectus.

Connect with Northumbria on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/northumbriainternational

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