I had the pleasure of visiting Newcastle University in February 2023 – the northern weather was bracing but I was warmed by the friendliness of the staff and students, and had an insightful tour around their striking red brick campus.
- Large public research university
- A member of the Russell Group – an association of research-intensive UK universities
- Founded in 1963
- Highly regarded for academic excellence across many disciplines, research prowess and graduate employability
- 20,000+ undergraduate students
- Around 15% international
- Urban – 50 acre campus in the city centre of Newcastle, North East England
- Mixture of historic and contemporary buildings on campus
- City is very walkable
- Well connected to the rest of the UK – less than 3 hours to London by train
- Has an international airport with low-cost flight options
- Overseas campuses in Singapore (engineering degrees) and Malaysia (undergraduate medical and biomedical degrees)
- Aims to be a sustainable campus – awards received for environmental commitments
- Newcastle is often highly ranked as a student city and for its friendly locals – a very wide selection of options for going out, shopping, sports facilities and cultural activities.
- Excellent public transport – including a metro system that includes links to the coastline.
- 185+ undergraduate degrees
- Three faculties: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; Faculty of Medical Sciences; Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering.
- Most undergraduate degrees are 3 years, but there are 4 or 5 year options depending on the subject and whether study abroad or a work placement is undertaken as part of the degree
- Very strong in Architecture, Linguistics, Geography, Dentistry, and Anatomy and Physiology, but also Economics, Engineering & Technology, Medicine, Sociology, Archaeology, Civil Engineering, Biology, Arts & Humanities, Pharmacy and Psychology.
- A research leader in the field of ageing and vitality
- Triple-accredited Newcastle University Business School – top 1% of business schools globally
- International Pathways courses designed for international students who want to study in the UK – International Foundation Degrees (prepares students for Year 1 entry in many faculty areas) and International Year One programmes (Architecture, Business and Engineering – prepares students to enter Year 2 of the normal degree course)
- Many opportunities for students to study abroad
- Apply through UCAS
- ABB is the typical minimum A level entry requirement – but a range of international qualifications are accepted.
- Some degrees have extra requirements such as work experience or a portfolio, others require you to have studied specific subjects at a certain level prior to entry.
- Non native English speakers are required to demonstrate evidence of their written and spoken English before commencing studies
- Applications for deferred entry are considered
- Newcastle is considered one of the most affordable student cities in the UK
- Tuition fees vary according to subject – some examples: Architecture = £24,600 / Mechanical Engineering £26,400 / Psychology £25,800 / Business Management £21,000 / Maths £22,800 / English Literature £21,000
- Living costs range from £10,500 to £11,500 per year
- Scholarships for international students include: International Scholarships, Global Scholarships and Excellence Scholarships – there are also some subject and sports scholarships available. This page has full details.
- Offered to all new students
- International students are also guaranteed a room in accommodation for the duration of their study
- Traditional university residence halls to modern city apartments
- Catered/self catered and en-suite/shared bathroom options
- Contracts cover the full academic year, including Christmas and Easter vacations
- Summer extensions are possible for those who wish to remain in the city over the longer vacation
- 200+ clubs and societies
- An International Welcome Week is held each year for new overseas students
- Very active Newcastle University Students’ Union (NUSU) – offers a wide range of student run societies and sports clubs
- The Courier is the weekly student newspaper and has won The Guardian’s Student Publication of the Year award twice in a row
- Newcastle Student Radio produces shows on music, news, talk and sport and aims to cater for a wide range of musical tastes.
- NUTV is a student television channel, first established in 2007. It produces live and on-demand content with coverage of events, as well as student-made programmes and shows.
- Open Days are held in June, October and November
- Virtual Tours are available via the university website
- International pathway courses are offered in partnership with INTO
- Highly ranked for graduate employment
- Martin Luther King was awarded an honorary doctorate from the university