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Northumbria University

At a glance

Northumbria University is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. Northumbria is one of the largest universities in the UK, attracting more than 33,000 students from 135 countries.

The university is based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, which is regularly voted the best place in the UK for students. In September 2014, Northumbria opened its new London Campus which provides access at undergraduate and postgraduate level to professional, industry-based programmes and provides new links and opportunities for students in the national and international business sector.

The university offers over 450 undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in 8 Academic Schools - Arts and Social Sciences; Built and Natural Environment; Computing; Engineering and Information Sciences; Design; Health; Community and Education Studies; Law; Life Sciences (Sports, Psychology & Applied Sciences) & Newcastle Business School.

Northumbria has great industrial links, deeply embedded in the professional and commercial sectors. The university works with major employers, including Nike, IBM, Nissan, Proctor & Gamble, the BBC, and the NHS, while more than 560 employers and 60 professional bodies sponsor or accredit the University’s programmes.  

The university is ranked 4th in the UK for graduate business start-ups; top ten in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment and 9 out of 10 of Northumbria graduates are working or studying six months after graduation


Facts & figures

Year of Foundation


Type of institution

Higher Education Provider (HEP). Student Sponsor - Track Record

Course offered

Foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate (taught and research), professional


Jan & Sept

Campus locations

New Castle & London



Main strengths

Law, Business, Arts and Design, Computing, Environmental Science, Built Environment, Applied Healthcare, Sports Science and Psychology, and Teacher education programmes.

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Professional associations

Law Society, Bar Council, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Facilities and supports

24/7 library, Personal tutor, academic and career skills development, Lagal clinic, Full Magistrate’s court room to practice advocacy

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Awards obtained

The Business School of the Year, THE Awards – 2015; Research - Internationally excellent in all submission fields with 9/12 “World-Leading” (2008 RAE); the national WhatUni Student Choice Award 2014 for the best city life of any university in the UK; the Student Nursing Times Award of Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Post-registration) three years running, voted as the most improved university for sport in the UK according to British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) 2014(ranked 8th for sport in the BUCS standings)

Famous Alumni

Sir Jonathan Ive – Apple’s Vice President; Peter Horbury – Vice President of design at Volvo Cars; Victoria Pendleton – double gold-medal-winning Olympic cyclist; Stephen Miller – three-time gold-medal-winning Paralympic athlete; Amanda Berry – Chief Executive of BAFTA; Neil Marshall – film director, editor and screenwriter (Game of Thrones and Dog Soldiers); Babiana Aido – Spain’s youngest ever minister; Steven Appleby – author and illustrator for national broadsheet newspapers the Guardian, The Times and the Sunday Telegraph; Jonathan Marchbank – Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Mobile South Africa; Kevin Whately – television actor (Inspector Morse).

Why choose Northumbria University

The University works with students to develop their graduate level thinking, skills and independence. Through a mix of assessment tasks, projects, competitions, client briefs, presentations, dissertations and industry scenarios, students test their skills and knowledge and build confidence. Northumbria graduates are academically minded, research-skilled, practice-informed, innovative, ethical and globally aware. They are ambitious, motivated and ready for work with competitive edge.

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