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Overview of Newcastle University

Newcastle University is set on a 50 -acre campus and is a world-leading institution for teaching and research. It is ranked among the top 150 global universities and has achieved a Gold Award for its excellence in teaching. The university was established in 1963.

 Situated in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, the university draws more than 4,000 international students from across the globe. 

Newcastle University Courses

The university offers a range of courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate level for its students to choose from. The faculties are

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture and engineering
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Newcastle University Scholarships

There are a variety of scholarships and bursaries offered annually to domestic and international students with. The students applying for the scholarship must fill in their scholarship application form as well as provide certain documents like:

  • Your offer letter
  • Your latest academic transcript
  • Evidence of your English language proficiency and
  • A one -page personal statement.

You will be notified via email once the scholarship panel approves your application. Here are some of the scholarships that are offered by the university.

The Vice-Chancellor scholarship for international students. The value of the award is £ 1,500 to £ 5,000 tuition fee awards. To be eligible for this award you must

  • be a national of one of the following countries: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam
  • have been offered a place of study on a full-time undergraduate or Master’s degree course at the university

Eligible candidates will be assessed as part of their academic application.

In addition to the Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship, the university also offers the Great Scholarship to its international students.

The value of this award is £10,000, which is towards the tuition fees. In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, Newcastle University offers scholarships to students from India, China and Turkey who apply for a taught postgraduate programme. The British Council is a partner in the campaign to bring awareness and promote the U.K.’s strength in education, English language and the arts. 

 To be eligible for the award applicants must

  • be assessed as international for fee purposes
  • hold an offer for a suitable Master’s degree programme
  • the scholarship is applicable for all postgraduate programmes for the students of India and Turkey.
  • for China, the scholarship is applicable for students who are taking engineering courses. like Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials Engineering, Marine and Offshore Engineering, Mechanicals and Systems Engineering.

To be considered for the scholarship applicants must have or expect to receive the equivalent of upper second-class U.K. honours or above. The applicants chosen to receive the awards will be assessed based on their academic ability and commitment to studies.

Newcastle University Ranking

  • Q.S. Ranking 2020- 146
  • The Complete University Guide 2020- 22
  • The Guardian 2020- 35
  • Times Higher Education 2020- 201-250
  • U.S. and News World Reports -180
  • Shanghai Ranking 2019- 201-300

Newcastle University Entry requirements

International students who come from a non-speaking English background must meet the necessary English language requirements to take up the course at the university. Apart from the IELT’s the university accepts other test scores.

IELTS: 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each sub-skill

TOEFL: A score of 90 with a minimum of Reading 18, writing 17, listening 17 and speaking 20

PTE: A score of 62 nothing less than a sub-score of 51

For those who don’t meet the requirements, the university offers a pre-sessional English course, that spans across 3- 4 weeks.


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Agri-Business Management BSc (Hons) - Undergraduate
Automation and Control with Industrial Project MEng (Hons) - Postgraduate
Biochemistry MSci (Hons) - Postgraduate
Biology (Ecology and Conservation) MBiol (Hons) - Postgraduate
Biology MBiol (Hons) - Postgraduate
Biomedical Genetics MSci (Hons) - Postgraduate
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Newcastle is famous for its friendly atmosphere and hospitality and is ranked as one of the best places to visit. Newcastle has a large number of the student population.

The city has a reputation for sports and is home to many professional sports teams, like Newcastle United, Falcons and the Newcastle Eagles. The city is known for its active nightlife and if you are a party person then don’t forget to visit the pubs, clubs and bars as they give you some foot-tapping music you can groove to. For those interested in live shows and plays, there are Shakespeare’s famous plays as well as some live comic acts and live music.

 There are plenty of places to eat and you can pamper your taste buds with some mouth-watering dishes from the nation’s large chains in the Grey’s Quarter at Eldon Square. There are also independent eateries across the city. The Stack Newcastle and By the River Brew company hosts some of the most famous street foods that you must try. 

For the shopaholics, the Northumberland street and Eldon Square are worth visiting as it’s one of U.K’s most significant city centre malls. The city is built around Bridges, Cathedrals, Museums, Galleries and Castles- some of which have become heritage spots and tourist attractions.

Student Life

  Newcastle University has been rated 7th in the U.K. for overall student experience and 4th in the U.K. for social life. The campus rings with activity as students can get involved with clubs and societies at the university. Student life at the university is varied and rewarding as you get to try out something new every day.

You can try an intramural sports programme, where 2,500 students participate each week in University teams, Campus Leagues, exercise classes and inclusive sports programmes. In addition, they also have exercise classes where one can choose from Cardio Combat, to spin cycling and yoga. 

The campus plays host to international musicians as they conduct live concert series in the King’s Hall. For the music lovers, there are chances for them to join one of the student music groups like a big jazz band, student orchestra and Choir, viol consort, brass group, salsa band and Newcastle Bach Choir. Also, there are weekly acoustic sessions held in the Students Union. As a student, you can also join societies, as societies are a great way to meet people who are like-minded. There are more than 160 societies one can get involved in. Some societies are linked to the course or degree, while other societies also cater to an interest outside the degree programme. 

There is a society for everyone right from anime meetups to yoga classes to a cappella sessions, there is a society for every student. If the societies are not interesting you can even start up their society.


The university provides on-campus accommodation, especially for its international students. The university has almost 4,000 places available, 25% of which are catered. Facilities vary with the choice of the room with. There are eight residence halls for undergraduate students and six residential halls for the postgraduate students.

Undergraduate Residential Halls

The eight undergrad halls for the students are 

 Bowsden Court– The Bowsden Court has shared rooms, kitchen, dining areas and a lounge. This court is located in a vibrant suburb of South Gosforth and is surrounded by hand shops and a lot of places to eat. This hall is shared by both U.G. and P.G. students. 

Castle Leazes- is situated near the Leazes park, which is a 15-minute walk from the campus. The hall has an on-site gaming area and T.V rooms

Turner Court is a 15-minute walk from the city centre and is close to the iconic quayside and Millennium Bridge. The hall offers en-suite rooms in four, five and six-bedroom flats. Each flat has a common lounge and kitchen.

Liberty Plaza is only a 10-minute walk from the campus. This hall consists of spacious bedrooms and a supermarket close by. Each flat has its lounge and Tv, and shared rooms have console games, T.V and a pool table.

Marris Hall is a 15-minute walk from the city centre and is close to the university sports centre and the Leazes park. There are 32 flats, each accommodating six bedrooms with a shared kitchen and lounge area.

Park View is close to the sports centre and is a spacious flat across six residence buildings. There is a standard room with a gaming area and study spaces 

The View Hall offers four, five and six-bedroom flats with a shared lounge and kitchen there is a standard room with a flat-screen, T.V., games console and a pool table 

Windsor Terrace– is close to the university library and close to shopping centres nearby. The hall has 48 en-suite rooms in flats shared by six students. There is a spacious lounge to relax in. The accommodation is spread over four floors, and there is an entry-phone system. The facilities include Wi-Fi, bike storage, on-site laundrette, and communal T.V. 

Postgraduate Residential Halls

Grand Hotel is located above the university bookshop which is on campus and is located close to the city centre. On each floor, there are two or three central kitchens and lounges. Since it is located right on the campus, there is no car parking.

Jesmond Road is situated next to the Philip Robinson Library and the Marjorie  Robinson Library rooms and is a short walk away from the city centre, cafes and restaurants. This hall has eight flats varyings in sizes, and all flats have a shared kitchen, dining area and lounge

Kensington Terrace is situated at the heart of the campus. Each of the houses has their communal kitchen and room with a flat-screen T.V.

Newgate Court is a short walk away from the campus and the city centre. This hall provides 86 en-suite rooms in flats of four to 10 bedrooms

Park Terrace is situated on the campus and close to the city centre. This hall offers en-suite bedrooms. Each flat has a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable shared lounge. Each apartment has six to 11 bedrooms. Accommodation is spread over six floors with an elevator. There are on-site-entry phone systems and CCTV. 


For those students who don’t wish to stay on campus, off-campus accommodation is also available but is mostly for final year and postgraduate students

  • The residence type includes studio rooms with 3, 4, and 5 bedrooms 
  • The residence is fully furnished and equipped with a Wi-Fi facility, electricity and central heating, all included in the bill
  • The average rent ranges from 200- 600 pounds per month
Useful facts
  • Newcastle is believed to be the coldest city but it is also one of the driest cities in the U.K. due to being in the rain shadow of the North Pennines
  • It is the birthplace to many famous people which includes comedian Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean), singers Cheryl and Sting and Tv presenters Ant and Dec.
  • Hadrian’s Wall is of the most significant Roman artefacts still standing today and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Newcastle airport is the 10th most extensive and fastest-growing airport in the U.K.

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