Northumbria University


Located in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England, Northumbria University is a research-intensive university, that unlocks potential for all, changing lives regionally, nationally and internationally, providing a cost-effective education for its students. Ranked top 30 in England for career prospects (The Guardian University Guide 2024), and with expertise in career support services, 92% of graduates are in professional employment or further study within 18 months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes 2020/21).

Named ‘University of the Year’ in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2022, Northumbria has invested almost £300m in its Newcastle campus since 2005 to provide students with a world-class experience during their time with the University. Including state-of-the-art facilities to complement the 24-hour service of the library, Student Central, the Students' Union and the University Sports Centre, Sport Central.

Northumbria works with major employers, including Nike, IBM, Nissan, Proctor & Gamble, the BBC, and the NHS, while more than 430 employers and 50 professional bodies sponsor or accredit the University’s programmes. Innovative and entrepreneurial, we are also ranked 6th in the UK, and first in the region, for graduate business start-ups (HEBCIS survey 2021/22).

Combining research-rich curriculum and real-world experiences with study pathways that include study abroad and year in industry opportunities, you will be equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to achieve your goals after graduation.

The Northumbria Students' Union, ranked top 20 in the UK (StudentCrowd, 2023), provides a great social scene for students with award-winning bars, club nights, and gigs, whilst the city itself – regularly voted one of the best student cities in the UK – boasts a thriving arts and cultural scene, with theatres, music venues, galleries, and shopping centres.

Whether you are the first in your family to go to university or are new to the UK, Northumbria will support you every step of the way.

Quick Facts

Alumni & Faculty Achievement

Northumbria University is renowned for the calibre of its business-ready graduates. Our alumni network has over 227,000 graduates based in 176 countries worldwide in a range of sectors, our alumni are making a real impact on the world.

If you’re in need of a little extra inspiration to help you take on tomorrow - take a look at some of the Northumbria graduates who are making an impact on the world.

Notable Alumni:

  • Amanda Berry OBE - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Royal Foundation.
  • Tim Brown CBE, Hon DCL - Chair of IDEO and Vice Chair of kyu Collective.
  • Sir Jony Ive, KBE, HonFREng, RDI - hancellor of Royal College of Art, and previously Senior Vice President of Industrial Design and Chief Design Office for Apple Inc.
  • Dr Tshering Lama - Executive Chairperson and Co-Founder, Idea Studio Nepal.
  • James Rowan - CEO of Volvo Car Group and one of the co-founders of Polestar.
  • Khoo Tang Wooi - Country Head, Malaysia & Singapore for AECC Global.
  • Raja Kumar Murugasampilley - Senior Project Manager and Estimating Manager, Shell Malaysia.


  • Named ‘UK University of the Year’ (Times Higher Education THE Awards, 2022)
  • Named ‘UK Modern University of the Year’ and ‘UK Research University of the Year’ (Daily Mail University Guide, 2024)
  • Top 40 in UK university league tables (Guardian University Guide, 2024 and Complete University Guide, 2024)
  • Employability – We are ranked top 30 in the UK for Graduates in highly skilled employment (Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2020/21), ranked Top 40 in the UK for graduate prospects (The Times Good University Guide, 2023) and been rated Gold for Student Outcomes in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023.
  • Impact – Our global presence is highlighted by 54% of our research case studies having an impact outside of the UK (Research Excellence Framework, REF, 2021)
  • Newcastle and London campuses - Our campuses in Newcastle and London not only provide students with study location opportunities but also the opportunity to begin their studies outside of September, such as our popular January intakes. We have been rated the top North East University for sustainability and rated first-class by People and Planet 2023/24.
  • Dedicated Malaysia Regional Office – Based in Kuala Lumpur our team are there to support you on your undergraduate or postgraduate journey to Northumbria.


The university provides students with an education experience, which aims to set them up for life. We offer courses that are highly rated with many programmes accredited by professional bodies. Our cutting-edge courses are at the forefront of real-world current knowledge and practice and informed by global perspectives and research to shape and enrich our teaching. We are ranked top 25 in the UK for research power, the biggest climber in the UK for the second time (Research Excellence Framework 2021).

At Northumbria University you'll have the opportunity to learn from inspiring and passionate academics who are pioneers in their areas of expertise, producing world-leading and internationally recognised research. Our inspirational lecturers, who are leaders in their discipline, will boost our student's independence, build their transferable skills, and develop their critical thinking. To ensure that students receive the best of what Northumbria has to offer, our academic and professional staff are committed to delivering outstanding teaching experiences which are enriched through successful partnerships and collaborative working with external organisations. We are proud to provide our students with opportunities to gain the best education possible.

With over 400 Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses to choose from across various subject areas, the right course for you is waiting to be discovered.

  • Applied Sciences
  • Accounting & Business
  • Architecture & Built Environment
  • Arts (Performance & Visual)
  • Computer & Information Sciences
  • Design
  • Education
  • Geography and Environmental Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Maths, Physics & Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical & Construction Engineering
  • Nursing, Midwifery & Health
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work & Community Wellbeing
  • Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy)

Key Rankings

  • Named ‘University of the Year 2022’ Times Higher Education THE Awards.
  • Ranked Top 40 in the UK for graduate prospects The Times Good University Guide, 2023.
  • Students’ Union voted Top 20 in the UK by students StudentCrowd Awards, 2023. with over 100 clubs and societies to choose from
  • Campuses located in the heart of Newcastle and London, with 17 global partner institutions.


At Northumbria, we understand that where you live is a big aspect of your student life. That’s why we make sure you shape your experience from start to finish. When applying for accommodation, you can select the exact building, flat and room based on real online availability. Once you’ve found the perfect room for you, you can confirm your booking online within minutes.

As well as this we want to continue to make sure that you are in control of your accommodation booking. We guarantee accommodation in university-owned or university-commissioned residences to all new full-time undergraduate students studying in Newcastle who book their accommodation by midnight on 30th June 2024.

Location Map

Newcastle is well-known as a friendly and safe city situated in the North-East of England, about three hours north of London by train. The city has a population of around 300,200 and is consistently voted as one of the best UK cities for student life. This is partly due to the city’s compactness, which makes it large enough to be vibrant and exciting, while small enough to feel like home. It’s also due to the sheer number of students: one in every six people in the city is a student. And with one of the lowest costs of living in the UK, you can be sure that you’re getting a world class education and affordable location.

Just outside of our vibrant city, students can also benefit from our beautiful coastal towns of Tynemouth, Cullercoats and Whitley Bay, all with cafes, bars, and restaurants, just a 20-minute metro ride away from our City Centre Campus location.

Not only are we within easy reach of the Northern Coastline, but we’re also only a short drive away from the calming countryside with lots to be explored including, Hadrian’s Wall, many walking trails and forests and the Northumberland National Park, which is home to the largest expanse of dark night sky in Europe. Northumberland is also home to more castles than any other English county, a legacy from its historic past. From the Newcastle Castle in the city centre to Alnwick Castle, most famously known as Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter films. All of which makes Northumbria a truly great choice for students.

Rail Times

  • Birmingham – 4 hours
  • Edinburgh – 2 hours
  • London – 3 hours
  • Manchester – 3 hours
  • Sheffield – 2 hours
  • Leeds – 1.5 hours