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University of Lincoln

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The University of Lincoln is home to a growing community of students from around the world. Since Queen Elizabeth II opened the first University of Lincoln building on the Brayford Pool Campus, it has welcomed more than 90,000 students from across 135 countries. Today, the University is listed in the world's top 130 universities in the Times Higher Education's (THE) Young University Rankings 2022, and hold a top five-star score overall in the QS Stars rating system of global universities.

Based in the East Midlands of England, Lincoln is a fascinating place for students to live and is home to a number of historical buildings and landmarks. The University's graduation ceremonies take place at Lincoln Cathedral, which was built in 1072 and was once the tallest building in the world. The city is also home to Lincoln Castle which has been an iconic part of the skyline for almost 1,000 years.

Lincoln is a compact and friendly place to live and study. Almost everything students need, from bespoke accommodation, to shops, bars and restaurants, is just a short walk from campus. The city is home to a wide range of sports and leisure facilities, alongside a number of award-winning parks and open spaces. There are also museums, theatres and art galleries to explore.

Whatever your chosen subject, the University of Lincoln aims to ensure that students' have access to the latest equipment and resources to support their studies. Located on the picturesque Brayford Pool waterfront, the University's campus provides a modern student-centred community with almost everything students need either on campus or a short walk away.

The University's buildings blend modern and innovative learning spaces with social spaces for group work and collaboration. This ethos was reflected in the latest national Teaching Excellence Framework, where the University was commended for its ''outstanding physical and digital resources which pervade all aspects of student experience, including state-of-the-art teaching spaces''.

The University takes real pride in conducting research that is tackling some of the most serious issues facing society today. In fact, more than three quarters of Lincoln's research has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest Research Excellence Framework.

Thanks to the institution's strong links to industry, Lincoln graduates have gone on to work for multinational companies including Rolls-Royce, the BBC, HSBC and Siemens and in 2021, the University was named among the top 10 best universities in the UK for Graduate Start-Up Businesses.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Lincoln has a reputation for high student satisfaction, inspirational teaching, and award-winning industry links. This reputation is recognised by various awards and league table listings, including being awarded a five-star overall score in the QS Stars rating system of global universities in 2020.

Employers are increasingly looking for individuals who can make a difference in today's global workplace. With expert staff, modern facilities, close links with business, and world-leading research the University of Lincoln aims to provide students with the tools they need to achieve their career aspirations.

Students' success is key to grading the quality of teaching and the University was placed in the top 30 universities in the UK for student satisfaction, according to the Guardian University Guide 2023.

As well as relying on the expertise of its employed faculty, guest lecturers are often used across many subjects, with leaders in respective fields of study brought in to deliver engaging, inspirational talks that help students understand more of what awaits them on their future career path.

Previous speakers have included the then chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Ross McEwan, former vice president of the Royal Astronomical Society Professor Don Kurtz, and spacecraft structures engineer Abbie Hutty.

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Department Structure

Department Structure

Courses at the University of Lincoln are grouped into different schools, which are in turn grouped into one of four colleges that make up the main university departments.

Home to the School of Creative Arts, the School of Film, Media and Journalism, the School of Architecture, the School of Design, and the School of History and Humanities, the College of Arts provides a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate study options for students who wish to explore their creativity.

The College of Science is home to a huge selection of contemporary courses with cutting-edge study programmes both for undergraduates and postgraduate students. It offers a wide range of exciting research-informed and industry-relevant programmes in subjects including chemistry, computer science, engineering, food manufacturing, agri-food, geography, life sciences, mathematics, medicine, pharmacy, and physics.

The College of Social Science consists of six schools that look at how subjects such as education, health and social care, law, psychology, social and political Sciences, and sport and exercise science apply to individuals and society as a whole.

Finally, the Lincoln International Business School specialises in various business-related degrees, dedicated to working with students and organisations to find solutions that enhance the contribution of business to society.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for study at the University of Lincoln vary depending on the chosen programme of study. As an equivalent, students in the UK are expected to have completed at least three A-Level qualifications or similar-level diplomas, with minimum grades necessary to qualify for application.

International students must provide the relevant evidence of a high school education that is equivalent to the same level in the UK. In addition to the academic requirements, international students must also meet the University's English language requirements. The majority of programmes require and IELTS score of between 6.0 – 7.0. The university also accepts a wide range of alternative qualifications as equivalents to IELTS.

Any students who are unsure about whether their qualifications meet the necessary criteria for study at Lincoln can contact the university or visit to find out more information.

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Scholarships & Funding

Scholarships & Funding

Students at the University of Lincoln are required to pay tuition fees for each year of their course. Depending on the type of programme and study level, the cost of tuition can vary. For information on specific course fees, please see individual course pages. To help students to manage the cost of tuition fees, there are a range of instalment options and payment methods available.

Each year the University welcomes students from a diverse range of backgrounds from all over the world and offers a variety of scholarships and bursaries which can provide extra financial assistance with the costs of study to eligible students.

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The main campus at the University of Lincoln is located next to the picturesque Brayford Pool marina in the heart of the thriving city centre. Steeped in history, the city is home to one of the finest cathedrals in Europe, a medieval castle and an original of the 1215 Magna Carta.

In fact, Lincoln is the only place in the world where the great charter can be seen side-by-side with an original of the 1217 Charter of the Forest. Lincoln is a safe, compact and friendly place to live and study. Everything students need, from bespoke accommodation, to shops, bars and restaurants, is just a short walk from campus.

Central to the university's commitment to modern facilities is the Great Central Warehouse Library. The space is open 24/7 for students to access course materials, find a quiet space or form study groups. It also provides some invaluable support tools, including workshops on CV writing and mentoring sessions.

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Graduate Outcomes

Graduate Outcomes

Student Support

The University of Lincoln provides a friendly, welcoming, and close-knit academic community. The Student Support Centre is situated at the heart of the Brayford Pool Campus and is the first port of call for helping students to access support. Specialist teams offer free, impartial, and confidential advice and information on an array of topics - from fees, funding, and making payments, to housing, visas, and legal issues.

Lincoln is proud of its vibrant and diverse multicultural community and recognises the importance that faith, belief, values and spirituality play in the lives of many people. The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy service offers pastoral care, a confidential listening ear and spiritual support to anyone in the University community.

Working together with the University of Lincoln's Students' Union – an independent organisation run by elected officers on behalf of students at Lincoln – the University aims to offer an array of events, activities, and amenities designed to help students settle in and make the most of their time at Lincoln.

There is an eclectic array of clubs and societies students can get involved in – spanning interests from Parkour to Harry Potter. Lincoln's sports teams compete in British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) competitions and have won several trophies in BUCS competitions over the past few years.

Industry Experience and Study Abroad

The University of Lincoln prides itself on helping students achieve excellent career prospects, offering a number of different career services to help them prepare for their future. More than 100 programmes offer students the opportunity to take part in a work placement, or professional practice year. A wide variety of undergraduate programmes also include the opportunity to spend a period of time studying abroad at a partner institution.

The university has a number of mechanisms and support tools to further enhance graduates' employability. With bespoke and in-depth expertise and knowledge of the graduate labour market, the Careers and Employability Team offers one-to-one support and careers guidance to help students find the right path, as well as CV and interview preparation advice. The team works closely with local, national, and international employers, and advertises a range of graduate positions, helping students on their journey into the world of work.

In 2021, the University of Lincoln was named among the top 10 best universities in the UK for Graduate Start-Up Businesses. Students who are interested in setting up their own business can take advantage of the University's business incubation centre, Sparkhouse. The centre acts as a professional link between the University and the local business community. The dedicated Business Incubation Team also provides a mentoring service, advice on business planning, funding, finance, and market research to help you plan, launch, and grow your new business.

Once you complete your studies, you become a member of the University's alumni network – a 95,000-strong community of graduates from more than 130 countries. This provides access to a range of networking opportunities and events. Lincoln graduates can continue to take advantage of dedicated careers support via the University for up to two years after finishing their studies, helping them establish their chosen career path.

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