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University of Chester

United Kingdom


With 15,000 students from 130 countries worldwide, The University of Chester provides a vibrant, diverse and safe home for international students.

The university is one of the oldest higher education providers in the United Kingdom having recently celebrated its 180th year of teaching, starting off as a teacher training college back in 1839. Originally based on one campus in Chester, the university now offers more than 200 single and combined honour's programmes across a number of specialist sites in Chester, Shrewsbury and Warrington.

Courses have an emphasis on practical learning to enhance prospects via industry placements or overseas opportunities, ranging from five-weeks to one-year.

The University of Chester offers generous international and merit based scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate study, providing a significant reduction to the headline tuition fees.

Chester is a modern and compact city that is also rich in history and culture. One of eight world-famous British Heritage cities, Chester welcomes over eight million tourists each year. Ideally placed in the North West of England, it is less than an hour from Manchester and Liverpool, just a two-hour direct train journey to London and close to both the beautiful Welsh coast and mountains.

The ancient Roman walls still surround Chester's city centre, which, along with the renowned Cathedral, Eastgate Clock, and Roman Amphitheatre demonstrate its beauty and heritage. On the outskirts of the city you'll also find the world-famous Chester Zoo and Cheshire Oaks, the largest retail outlet in the UK.

The city of Chester has received countless awards including:

  • Safest City Based University in North West England (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • Top 10 City in the UK (The Telegraph 2018)
  • Second Most Student-Friendly City in the UK (The Sun 2019)

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What's new

What's new

University ranked second-best for international students in the UK

Following more than 41,000 student reviews across 150 UK Universities, on July 8th 2020, the University of Chester finished second in the best for international.

Plan announced for 2020/21 academic year

The University of Chester has confirmed that they expect, and are planning to welcome international students to the UK for the start of the 2020/21 academic year from mid-September onwards. Full details of the University's plan for September have been published online.

Record number of international students

In September 2019, The University of Chester welcomed its highest ever intake of international students, confirming its reputation as a top institution for overseas students. This eclipsed the previous record set in September 2018.

University of Chester's postgraduate research recognised

The University of Chester was named as one of the best places in the UK for postgraduate research. For the second year in a row, the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) named Chester as one of its top ten universities.

The senior pro-vice chancellor of the university praised the institution's research saying, ''Our research activities make a positive difference to the life and work of the communities we serve and the experience we offer our research students is really excellent."

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Chester has been recognised for its high quality in teaching. In 2017 Chester was awarded silver in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The university's appointment, development and promotion of teaching staff was one of the areas which was praised.

Lectures are taught at specialist sites which boast state-of-the-art facilities with the university continuing to invest heavily in its infrastructure. Academics have extensive experience in their industry and in The Times Good University Guide 2020, nine university subject areas were ranked top ten in the UK for teaching quality.

The university is divided into seven faculties, each one specialising in providing quality teaching in a variety of academic disciplines. The seven faculties are:

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Chester Business School
  • Education and Children's Services
  • Health and Social Care
  • Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences
  • Science and Engineering
  • Social Science

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Student safety

Student safety

The University of Chester has a strong commitment to ensuring that students feel safe whilst studying at the university. The university has numerous services, procedures and interventions in place in order to ensure the safety of the university community.

In 2019, the university was ranked as the safest city-based university in the North West of England by the Complete University Guide. This ranking further adds to its reputation as a safe and welcoming city which is committed to providing a secure environment for visitors, residents and students alike.

A dedicated team of Porters provide 24-hour security service every day of the year along with CCTV on all campuses.

Student voice:

Faith, Master of Public Health:

''Having come from a busy and hyperactive city, Chester provided me with a safe, calm and peaceful home.''

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Graduate employment rate

Graduate employment rate

An impressive 95.6 per cent of the university's full-time, first degree students are found to be in employment or progress to further study on graduation and it's not hard to see why.

Courses at University of Chester have an emphasis on practical learning to enhance prospects via industry placements or overseas opportunities, ranging from five-weeks to one-year.

Most undergraduate degrees include a Work Based Learning module in the second year. This module offers students the opportunity to complete a five-week work placement at a professional organisation in the UK or overseas.

Students on selected business programmes will have the opportunity to register for a four-year course, which includes a 12-month professional work placement.

Students at the University of Chester have access to Careers and Employability services to help them get a job after graduating. Services include:

  • One-to-one career planning sessions
  • Help with CV writing
  • Application assistance
  • Interview practice
  • Careers workshops
  • Employer Masterclasses delivered by employers

The university also runs the Chester Difference Award (CDA). This is an employability award which recognises students who participate in extra-curricular activities whilst they study and improves their chances of employment.

Careers support does not end after students graduate from Chester. All graduates can access most careers and employability services for up to two years after graduation. Graduates are also able to access the CareersHub which is an excellent way to search for jobs.

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Student support

Student support

Studying in the UK as an international student can be a difficult adjustment. Fortunately, students at the University of Chester have access to outstanding student support services.

The International Arrivals team provides support right from the moment a student arrives in the UK by offering an airport pickup service. They also arrange specific International Welcome programmes to help students get settled in the UK. This includes information on setting up a UK bank account, registering with a doctor, Tier 4 visas and much more.

The university's Student Futures Support and Development team is an award-winning provider of student support. Services include counselling, disability support and peer mentoring.

The University of Chester's Students' Union (CSU) plays a key role in supporting students and was ranked as one of the Top Ten Students' Unions in the UK in the 2019 WhatUni Student Choice Awards. CSU carries out its role of representing all students very seriously and works closely with university staff to make sure that the student voice is heard.

The union also has a range of sports clubs and societies, everything from debating and drama to gaming and Star Wars. These provide a great chance to make friends and to feel more at home at the university.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The annual tuition fees for international students (non-EU) vary depending on the level of study. Fees for entry in September 2020 include:

  • International Foundation programme – GBP 9,250
  • Undergraduate course – GBP 12,450
  • Postgraduate course – GBP 12,450
  • MBA – GBP 12,700
  • Research Degrees (Classroom based) - GBP 13,031
  • Research Degrees (Lab based) – GBP 16,786

To help with fees and additional costs, the University of Chester has several scholarships available to international students, including:

  • International Scholarships: International and merit based scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate study, providing a significant reduction to the published headline tuition fees.
  • International Alumni Scholarship: Current University of Chester international students are eligible for an alumni scholarship up to GBP 5,455 when continuing from undergraduate bachelor's programmes to postgraduate taught master's degrees. Terms and conditions apply.
  • GBP 250 early payment award: Self-funded students who pay the full fees prior to their enrolment will receive this discount.

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University of Chester?s roots date back to the 1830s when it began as a teacher training college. The institution's original buildings were the first in the country to be purpose-built for the professional training of teachers. The first cohort of 10 male student teachers had been taught in temporary premises in Nicholas Street from February 1840, until increasing student numbers led to a move to further temporary accommodation in Bridge Street later that year.

Education qualifications remain significant and are now a fraction of the 420 course combinations on offer. In the 20th Century, the institution steadily expanded its student numbers and the variety and nature of its courses, which range from Animation to Zoo Management. As well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, a new range of foundation degrees and apprenticeship degrees combines conventional university study with learning at work.

MPhil and PhD qualifications are an established and growing area of activity, with the University gaining the powers to award its own research degrees in 2007. The emphasis is very much on research that has practical benefits both economically and culturally, and the University provides consultancy support across a variety of areas of expertise.

The historic Parkgate Road Campus has offered a wide range of courses since it opened its doors in 1839. Students can find many of the University?s central services, including award-winning support team, the careers team, disability support, the University Chapel, the Seaborne Library and the Chester Students? Union (CSU).

Queen?s Park Campus is the University?s newest addition and home to the Faculty of Business and Management. Over ?4 million has been invested in the learning facilities at Queen?s Park Campus. On-site facilities include modern computer suites, a dedicated business library with group study spaces and learning pods for quiet study.

The Riverside Campus is home to most courses within the Faculty of Education and Children?s Services, and the Faculty of Health and Social Care. The campus is also home to the Riverside Library which holds book and journal collections for the Faculty of Education and Children?s Services and the Faculty of Health and Social Care.

Students at the Creative Campus, Kingsway, can enjoy a popular social hub and catering outlet, IT labs, a well-stocked reference library, and designated seminar spaces, as well as an array of outstanding art, design, and performance-based facilities.

Thornton Science Park is home to the Faculty of Science and Engineering and offers a unique blend of industry, innovation and academia all within one site. Across its 66-acres, Thornton Science Park accommodates a range of impressive facilities, including modern purpose-built laboratories, high-quality professional engineering software, a specialist science and engineering library and much more.

Chester is a modern and contemporary city, rich in history and culture. One of eight world-famous British Heritage cities, Chester welcomes over eight million tourists each year with a wide variety of attractions. Ideally placed in the North West of England, it is less than an hour from Manchester and Liverpool, just a two-hour direct train journey to London and close to both the beautiful Welsh coast and mountains. The ancient Roman walls still surround Chester?s city centre, which along with the renowned Cathedral, Eastgate Clock, and Roman Amphitheatre, demonstrate its 2000-year-old heritage.
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