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Welcome to Newcastle!

We are a world-class university with a thriving international community. Currently we have students from over 120 different countries including more than 1800 Chinese students. 

If you are thinking about joining us, we are here to help you every step of the way.

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Student life

Newcastle is friendly, multicultural and safe. The city centre is just a few minutes' walk from the campus, and we're also close to the beach and countryside.

Student life

At Newcastle, you will develop connections with fellow students from around the world. Newcastle University Students' Union (NUSU) has over 200 societies and sports clubs you can join, including:

  • Chinese Students and Scholars Society
  • Anglo-Chinese Society
  • International Society

Our Confucius Institute is a partnership between Newcastle University, Xiamen University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban). It promotes the understanding of Chinese culture through regular events and hosts important artistic groups from China.

In Newcastle we even have our own Chinatown for you to explore, packed with restaurants and supermarkets.

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Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Find out the Chinese qualifications that we accept for entry onto undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Newcastle.

We know that different institutions use different grading scales. These may vary from our stated entry requirements. Please include the institution’s marking scale if it is not stated on your transcript.

If you do not meet these requirements you may be eligible to apply for entry to a course at INTO Newcastle University. These courses are based on our campus and help you to prepare for study with us.

Undergraduate entry requirements

Postgraduate entry requirements

Students with a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a recognised Chinese university may be considered for entry onto a postgraduate course. We will assess your application using a 4 tier system. Requirements vary by course and depend on which tier your university belongs to. If you are not sure which tier your university is considered by us, please contact your education agent or contact us directly at: china.io@ncl.ac.uk

You may be considered for entry to master’s study with a three-year university diploma and more than five years of relevant work experience.

Admissions criteria may vary depending on the course you're applying for. Please check specific entry requirements for postgraduate degrees or find out how to apply.

English language requirements

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English you will generally need an IELTS score of 6.5, or equivalent, to study at Newcastle University. 

We are committed to supporting prospective new students entering the university in September 2022 who are impacted by IELTS test centre closure and availability challenges due to the zero Covid policy in Mainland China. We will recognise Duolingo as an alternative for selected courses from students resident in Mainland China. Please note, Duolingo will not be accepted in the Schools of Medical Education, Dental Sciences or Psychology. Duolingo is also not accepted for BSc Hons Speech and Language Therapy or MSc Language Pathology.

Details of the Duolingo scores we ask for and course exceptions can be found below:

IELTS requirementDuolingo requirement
6.0 with 5.5 in all sub-skills 100 with a minimum of 90 in subscores
6.5 with no sub-skill below 5.5 110 with a minimum of 90 in subscores
6.5 with no sub-skill below 6.0 110 with a minimum of 100 in subscores
6.5 with 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in all other subskills 110 with a minimum of 110 in Production and Literacy and 90 in all other subscores
6.5 with no sub-skill below 6.5 110 with a minimum of 110 in subscores
7.0 with no sub-skill below 5.5 120 with a minimum of 90 in subscores
7.0 with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other subskills 120 with a minimum of 100 in Production and Literacy and 90 in all other subskills
7.0 with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other subskills 120 with a minimum of 110 in Production and Literacy and 100 in other subscores
7.0 with no sub-skill below 6.5 120 with a minimum of 110 in subscores
7.0 with no sub-skill below 7.0 120 with a minimum of 120 in subscores

Please note the following exceptions below:

Undergraduate exceptionsIELTS requirementDuolingo requirement
BA Honours Linguistics - all 7.0 or equivalent including 6.0 in writing, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills 120 with a minimum 100 in Production and Literacy and  90 in all other subscores
BA Honours English Language and Literature 7.0 or equivalent including 6.0 in writing, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills 120 with a minimum 100 in Production and Literacy and  90 in all other subscores
BA Honours English Language 7.0 or equivalent including 6.0 in writing, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills 120 with a minimum 100 in Production and Literacy and  90 in all other subscores
BA Honours English Literature 7.0 or equivalent including 6.0 in writing, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills 120 with a minimum 100 in Production and Literacy and  90 in all other subscores
BA Honours English Literature and History 7.0 or equivalent including 6.0 in writing, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills 120 with a minimum 100 in Production and Literacy and  90 in all other subscores
BA Honours English Literature with Creative Writing (full time) 7.0 or equivalent including 6.0 in writing, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills 120 with a minimum 100 in Production and Literacy and  90 in all other subscores
BA Honours in Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting 7.0 or equivalent with no less than 5.5 in each of the four elements 120 with a minimum 90 in subscores
BA Honours History 7.0 or equivalent with no less than 5.5 in each of the four elements 120 with a minimum 90 in subscores
BA Honours Politics and History 7.0 or equivalent with no less than 5.5 in each of the four elements 120 with a minimum 90 in subscores
Bachelor of Laws 7.0 or equivalent with no less than 5.5 in each of the four elements 120 with a minimum 90 in subscores
Please note, Duolingo will not be accepted in the Schools of Medical Education, Dental Sciences or Psychology. Duolingo is also not accepted for BSc Hons Speech and Language Therapy.

 

Postgraduate exceptionsIELTS requirementDuolingo requirement
MA in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, 6.0 in speaking, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills 110 with a minimum of 100 in Production and Literacy and speaking 90 in all other subscores
DAppEdPsy 7.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills 130 with a minimum of 90 in all subscores
MA Translating/Interpreting – Chinese Strand (for 1 year MA) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills 120 with a minimum of 110 in all subscores
MA Translating/Interpreting – Chinese Strand (for 2 year MA) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills 120 with a minimum of 110 in all subscores
MA Professional Translating for European Languages MA Professional Translating for European Languages 120 with a minimum of 110 in all subscores

NUBS PGT Dual awards with Groningen:

Advanced International Business Management;

Advanced Business Management and Marketing;

Operations Management 

6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills 110 with a minimum of 100 in subscores
Please note, Duolingo will not be accepted in the Schools of Medical Education, Dental Sciences or Psychology. Duolingo is also not accepted for MSc Language Pathology.

Our English language requirements page also lists the alternative English language qualifications we accept.

If you don't meet our English language requirements, extra support is available. You could also complete a pre-sessional course to help improve your English before you start your degree. We provide these at our INTO Newcastle, if you will be studying in Newcastle.

Visa

Most non-EEA students need to apply for entry clearance permission before departure to study in the UK. You can find more information on our Visa and Immigration page.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for international students are provided on individual course profiles. Find an undergraduate degree or postgraduate course and check what fees apply.

Fees and Funding

Scholarships and discounts

Scholarships and discounts

If you're wanting to come and study at Newcastle, we have a number of schemes that applicants from China can take advantage of:

Visit our undergraduate finance pages or our postgraduate funding and finance database for more information on scholarships and discounts.

Cost of living

Newcastle upon Tyne is a budget-friendly city for international students, compared to other UK cities. This is because:

  • the rent tends to be lower than the UK average
  • many amenities are within walking distance of your accommodation
  • the city is very compact, with most of the shops, theatres, cafes and restaurants a few minutes' walk from the campus
  • there are many discounts for students

Approximate living costs, excluding tuition fees and return fares, can be found on our Living Costs page.

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Education agents

Education agents can help you find the right university and assist you with applying for a course. They can also offer advice on visas, accommodation, travel and more. 

We have excellent relationships with education agents from China who can provide further information and assist you with the submission of your application to Newcastle University. Our contacts are listed below.

Students from mainland China

Many high-performing students from China have applied to our postgraduate programmes. We aim to select a diverse international student cohort. We are suspending applications from mainland China to the programmes listed below. This will be with effect from 23.59 GMT 28 February 2022. All applications received before this deadline will be considered.

• MSc Advanced Computer Science

• MSc Computer Science

• MSc Computer Game Engineering

• MSc Cloud Computing

• MSc Data Science

• MSc Data Science (with specialisation in Artificial Intelligence)

• MSc Data Science (with specialisation in Visualisation)

• MSc Human Computer Interaction

• MSc Cyber Security

How to Apply

All applications for undergraduate degrees are made online through UCAS. 

Postgraduate applications are made through our online portal. You can create, edit and submit your application here. 

Visit our undergraduate or postgraduate websites for a step-by-step guide on the application process. 

From August 15th we will no longer be accepting applications onto several of our postgraduate programmes - the full list of these programmes can be found here. If you are interested in applying to any of those programmes, please ensure these applications are submitted in full before August 15th via the Applicant Portal. Applications remain open for other postgraduate programmes. 

Applying to INTO Newcastle

INTO Newcastle offer courses that prepare you for studying with us. Click here to find out more about International Pathway courses

 

Careers

Careers

Our graduates are in demand 

From social leaders, innovators of industry and famous faces, Newcastle University alumni are leaving their mark across the globe.

Careers

Our graduates living in China work for a range of companies including:

  • Huawei Technologies
  • Thomson Reuters
  • IBM
  • Apple
  • Tencent

(Source: LinkedIn, February 2017)

Skills for the workplace 

Our courses have strong links with industries which informs both teaching and research carried out at the University. This equips our graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in their chosen career.

Careers service

Our award-winning Careers Service has much to offer its international students. They run various modules as part of courses to equip students for a modern workforce. Their initiatives and events throughout the year can help you plan and begin your job search as soon as you arrive, whether it be part-time jobs or graduate jobs.

Meet Us

Contact us

You can contact us by email with any questions you may have about applying to Newcastle.

You can also follow us on Weibo and find us on WeChat by searching NCL-UK.

You can also explore our campus and the city of Newcastle by watching one of our virtual tours.

Representatives from the International Office and academic schools visit different countries throughout the year. Our upcoming visits to your country are listed here and new events will be added as they are confirmed. You can see all our travel plans on our events page.