Northumbria University


Quick Facts

  • The University has its origins in the Rutherford College, founded in 1880.
  • Largest University in the North East of England
  • University Library was rated joint third in the country, alongside Cambridge University

Northumbria University is based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, which is regularly voted the best place in the UK for students. It is the largest university in the north-east of England with more than 33,000 students from 130 countries. The university has the highest number of employed graduates from north-east universities and one of the most effective enterprise support facilities run by a UK university.

Northumbria has one of the most attractive campuses in the country, with environmentally friendly buildings, landscaping, and pedestrian and cycling routes.

Northumbria and Canada
The University has a long history of accepting Canadian students onto its degree programmes; examples in recent years include Applied Linguistics (TESOL), Architecture, Biotechnology, Built Environment, Computing, Engineering And Information Sciences, Conservation Of Fine Art, Law, Physiotherapy, Travel And Tourism Management and many more.

The University hosts a large number of Study Abroad students from Canada each year. Our partner institutions include Trent University and York University, both in Ontario.

Academic Departments
Northumbria’s academic structure contains 20 departments.

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Northumbria University offers a wide range of International Scholarships. Click here to learn more.

Over 33,000 students and 4,500 staff.

Entrance Requirements
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The University is able to accommodate most first-year students who apply for accommodation. There are two large residential developments at the university, and a plentiful supply of privately rented flats and houses in Newcastle.

Both self-catering accommodation and catered accommodation are available. Premium rooms and studios are also available at a supplement.

Extensive developments worth more than £160m in recent years mean Northumbria can now boast one of the most attractive inner-city campuses in the UK, with environmentally friendly buildings and tree-lined walkways. A recent £7m expansion to the 24/7 university library has seen an additional 100 IT spaces, more social learning and informal space, a zone fitted with smartboards and a dedicated language zone. The student union building has also been refurbished and now features three award-winning bars and club venues as well as a performing arts and live music centre.

Northumbria’s partnership with the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art has seen the creation of new studio and teaching space for fine art students in the BALTIC 39 building.

All students are given access to MyNorthumbria, a webpage that allows them to maintain their personal information, view class and exam timetables, enrol on programmes, make online payments, apply for accommodation and view availability of IT workstations.

Northumbria University is less than two hours by train from Edinburgh, two hours 40 minutes from London, and less than an hour by air from Northern Ireland.

Many major airlines, including British Airways, Emirates, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Eastern Airways and Brussels Airlines, provide global links to Newcastle via Paris, Dubai, Amsterdam and London.

Living in Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne (also known as Newcastle) is one of the largest cities in England located in Tyne and Wear. Situated North of the River Tyne it used to be known as the county town of Northumberland. There are many sites to see in the city of Newcastle such as the Tyne Bridge, the Discovery Museum and ‘St James Park’ the famous football ground.Newcastle has more theatres per person than anywhere in the UK, highlights include  Newcastle’s Theatre Royal (regional home to the Royal Shakespeare Company) and the Sunderland Empire providing world-class theatre to suit all tastes from West End productions to esoteric drama. Live Theatre produces work as varied and diverse as its’ audiences and Northern Stage is a world-class for theatre making.