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University of Chester

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University of Chester

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University of Chester

United Kingdom
Overview

Overview

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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Overview

Overview

One of the oldest higher education providers in the UK, The University of Chester offers over 200 degree programmes with a focus on practical learning.

Located across seven sites in Chester, Shrewsbury and Warrington, the university provides a range of courses, including single and combined honour's programmes in a vibrant, safe environment.

Its diverse student community is made up of 15,000 students from 130 countries across the world.

Based on the reviews of 41,000 students across 150 institutions, the university was ranked second-best in the UK for international students at the 2020 Whatuni Student Choice Awards.

Student prospects are enhanced by practical courses, industry placements and overseas opportunities which can last between five weeks and one year. Equipped with the skills and knowledge required for the workplace, 90.4 per cent of its students are employed or in further study upon graduation.

The city of Chester is a modern, cultural, and compact place to live, welcoming over eight million tourists every year. One of eight world-famous British Heritage cities, students are surrounded by fascinating history and beautiful architecture, including ancient Roman walls, the cathedral, Eastgate clock, and a Roman amphitheatre. On the outskirts of the city, students can visit the world-famous Chester Zoo and Cheshire Oaks, the largest retail outlet in the UK.

The city has received several 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)

Ideally placed in the North West of England, students are less than an hour away from Manchester and Liverpool. Both London and the beautiful Welsh coast and mountains are also just two hours away by train.

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Overview

Overview

The University of Chester is one of the longest-established higher education institutions in the UK, with over 180 years of educational heritage to its name. The university offers more than 200 undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses which span a comprehensive range of subject areas, delivered across three specialist campuses in Chester, Shrewsbury and Warrington.

Over the years, Chester has built a diverse and supportive student community of around 15,000 students, representing more than 130 countries and cultures worldwide. It is a safe and inclusive environment for international students and has been ranked 2nd in the UK for international students at the 2020 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

Courses encourage hands-on learning to build transferable skills and emphasise the value of industry placements and study abroad experiences ranging from five weeks to a year. The university enjoys a graduate employment rate of 90.4 percent, with an overwhelmingly high proportion of students finding employment or progressing to further education within six months of graduation.

There is a range of financial support options available to international students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including scholarships, bursaries and discounts.

Chester itself is a city which blends modern standards of living with a rich and vibrant history. It is one of eight British Heritage cities, and welcomes more than eight million tourists annually, with plenty of things to do and see. The city is surrounded by ancient Roman walls and is home to a Chester Cathedral, the historic Eastgate Clock and a Roman Amphitheatre. It is also well connected to the rest of the UK, with Liverpool ad Manchester less than an hour away and London only a two-hour journey by train.

The city of Chester has received countless awards including:

  • UK City of the Year (itravel 2021)
  • Top Ten in the UK for City Life (WhatUni 2020)
  • 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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What's new

What's new

University ranked second-best for international students

In July 2020, based on the reviews of 41,000 students across 150 institutions, the University of Chester was voted second-best UK University for international students at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards.

Chat with current students

The University of Chester's Ask a Student tool allows prospective students to chat with university ambassadors and ask questions about living and studying in Chester. A supportive feature on the university's website, 30 ambassadors from across the world have answered over 2,000 questions since the tool's launch in 2019.

University of Chester's postgraduate research recognised

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) has recognised The University of Chester as one of its top ten UK universities for postgraduate students. The university received this accolade for two years in a row.

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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 category at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards. This category recognises the overall student experience which each university provides for international students, and includes considerations for campus diversity, academic and extra-curricular opportunities, and availability of targeted student support.

Graduate Entry Medicine

International students with aspirations to pursue a successful career in medicine can apply for the university's 4-year Graduate Entry Medicine programme. Prospective students will be eligible for this scheme with any undergraduate degree. This course offers the qualification of an MB ChB degree, permitting students to register with the GMC and practice professionally in the UK and abroad.

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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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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Chester is split into seven faculties that provide quality teaching in a variety of academic disciplines. The 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

The university continually invests in its infrastructure, and students are taught using state-of-the-art facilities in specialist sites. With highly experienced academics in each faculty, nine of the university's subject areas are ranked in the top ten in the UK for teaching quality (The Times Good University Guide 2020).

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Chester has been recognised for its high quality in teaching, with particular areas of excellence including their appointment, development and promotion of teaching staff.

Lectures are taught at specialist sites which boast state-of-the-art facilities with the university continuing to invest heavily in its infrastructure. Teaching staff are highly qualified with extensive industry experience in their subject areas. Many have taught overseas and are able to communicate effectively with students from all backgrounds. The Times Good University Guide 2020 ranks nine university subject areas within the 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 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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Student safety

Student safety

The University of Chester is committed to ensuring that students feel safe during their studies. The university has numerous services, procedures, and interventions in place to ensure its community is safe and secure.

One of the university's initiatives is a dedicated team of porters who provide 24-hour security services every day of the year. Other safety measures include:

  • On-call residential tutors and senior staff for students in university accommodation
  • Community liaison between students and residents
  • An antisocial behaviour unit

Both the university and the city of Chester has a reputation for being both welcoming and safe. Committed to providing a secure environment for visitors, students and residents, Chester was ranked as the safest city-based university in the North West of England by the Complete University Guide in 2019.

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Student safety

Student safety

The University of Chester is dedicated the ongoing safety and security of its learning community. To ensure this, the university has invested in a comprehensive range of services and resources to which all students have free and full access.

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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Graduate employment rate

Graduate employment rate

An impressive 90.4 per cent of the university's students are employed or continuing studies upon graduation.

The University of Chester's courses have an emphasis on practical learning, and most undergraduate degrees include a work-based learning module in the second year. This additional module includes a five-week placement at a professional organisation, lasting between five weeks and one year.

Student's employment prospects are further enhanced by opportunities to conduct industry placements and study abroad. Students on selected business courses can also register for a four-year course, which includes a one-year work placement.

The Chester Difference Award is the university's employability award. It recognises students who participate in extra-curricular activities whilst they study and is beneficial for their future.

After graduation, students have access to the university's Careers and Employability services for up to two years. Helping graduates start their careers, its areas of support include:

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

Graduates can also access the CareersHub, which lists the latest vacancies, for two years after graduation.

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Graduate employment rate

Graduate employment rate

An impressive 90.4 percent 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 the 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, which typically consists of a five-week placement at a professional workplace either in the UK, or abroad. Some business students will have the option to study a four-year programme which features a 12-month work placement at a professional organisation.

All Chester students enjoy free and full access to the university's Careers and Employability services which provide career guidance and help to enhance employment prospects.

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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Student support

Student support

International students have access to outstanding support services during their time at the University of Chester.

Right from arrival in the UK, the international arrivals team provides an airport pickup service and arranges welcome programmes specifically for international students. Helping new students settle in, the team provide a range of advice, including setting up a UK bank account, registering with a doctor, Tier 4 visas and more.

Further support is provided by the university's award-winning Student Futures Support and Development team. Its expert services include counselling, disability support and peer mentoring.

The University of Chester's Students' Union (CSU) also plays a key role in student support. Working closely with university staff, CSU represents students and ensures their voices are heard. The students' union also runs a range of societies and sports clubs, everything from debating and drama to gaming and Star Wars. These provide students with great opportunities to make friends and feel at home.

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Student support

Student support

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

The university has a dedicated International Arrivals Team, whose job is to provide support from the first moment of arrival in the UK. The team meets new students at the airport and provide a specific welcome service to ensure that they feel connected and supported. There is also an International Welcome Programme to help new arrivals become settled in their new home. The service includes assistance with setting up a UK bank account, organising any relevant visas, registering with a doctor and much more. Additional services provided by the university include free and confidential 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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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Tuition fees for international students will vary depending on the level of study. International fees for entry in September 2021 include:
  • International foundation programme – GBP 9,250

  • Undergraduate course – GBP 12,750

  • Postgraduate course – GBP 12,950

  • MBA – GBP 13,250

  • Research degrees (classroom based) - GBP 13,308

  • Research degrees (lab based) – GBP 17,142

To help with fees and additional costs, international students can apply for several scholarships. This includes:
  • International Scholarships: An international and merit-based scholarship, recipients are given a significant reduction in tuition fees. International applicants for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses are eligible to apply.

  • GBP 250 early payment award: A discount awarded to self-funded students who pay the full fees before their enrolment.

  • International Alumni Scholarship: International students who graduated at bachelor's degree level at the University of Chester can study a master's programme for just GBP 7,450, a saving of GBP 5,500. Terms and conditions apply.

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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 2022 include:

  • International Foundation programme – GBP 9,250
  • Undergraduate course – GBP 12,950
  • Postgraduate course – GBP 13,450
  • MBA – GBP 13,750
  • Research Degrees (Classroom based) - GBP 13,308
  • Research Degrees (Lab based) – GBP 17,142

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 5,500 when continuing from undergraduate bachelor's programmes to postgraduate taught master's degrees.
  • 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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