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Why choose Newcastle?

We offer a world-class learning experience in the heart of one of the World Top 40 and UK Top 5 Student Cities (QS Best Student Cities 2024).

A place to shape your career and explore big ideas

A Global Top 110 University (QS World University Rankings 2024) and a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group of world-class, research-intensive UK universities, excellence comes as standard at Newcastle. 

Our diverse community welcomes students from all backgrounds to be part of our legacy of pioneering research, teaching and research. Below, we detail just some of the many reasons why Newcastle is the right place to carry out your postgraduate study journey.   

Teaching quality

Our research and teaching are closely linked, meaning our lecturers are at the forefront of research in their discipline. 

We continually monitor quality and review our existing and new taught and research postgraduate degrees to ensure they reflect recent academic developments and, importantly, meet market and employer needs. 

We consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.  

In recognition of this, the UK Government assess us in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework. This ensures you receive the highest quality of postgraduate study in the UK. 

Research supervision

If you choose to study a postgraduate research course with us, you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. 

You'll be supervised by a team of academics, who will guide and direct your studies. They will be experienced researchers in your chosen field of study who you’ll work with to define your research project. 

Additional support is available throughout your studies from our doctoral training centres, faculty training programmes and award-winning Research Student Support team. 


Full-year postgraduate taught students are guaranteed University accommodation for their first year with us as part of the New Student Guarantee, providing you have met the terms of your academic offer by the accommodation deadline, along with the remaining criteria. 

If you are an international student,University accommodation is available for the duration of your studies. This could be in University-owned, or with a managed partnership accommodation provider. 

Postgraduate research students and taught students who don’t qualify for University accommodation, will also find plenty of privately-owned accommodation in the city centre, near campus, and in other residential areas of the city within walking distance of the University. 

Through University accommodation you will meet people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds - our students often tell us that they make friends for life in our supportive communities. 


Our graduates are in demand, and they continue to be among the most employable in the country. By providing internships and work experience placements wherever possible, we ensure you have the relevant skills to excel in your chosen career. 

Employers play an active role in our degrees by delivering technical lectures or taking a role in professional skills modules. Many PhD degrees include training and work experience in commercial laboratories. 

Studying a postgraduate degree at Newcastle means you’ll enrol on a course designed with employability in mind. We have strong industry connections, career-focused postgraduate degrees, and a dedicated Careers Service that can open doors to exciting opportunities. 

A fantastic city 

Newcastle is a World Top 40 and UK Top 5 student city (QS Best Student Cities 2024). Vibrant and exciting, it’s rich in heritage and bursting with innovation. 

With a history dating back to 1834, our campus is a diverse hub of creativity and innovation, designed to inspire your postgraduate journey 

One of the most affordable student cities in the UK, there’s so much to do alongside activities and places to visit on your doorstep. 

Student life

With 1 in 6 people in our city being a student, Newcastle is a fantastic place to feel like part of an interesting, safe, and exciting community. 

In your down-time, there are plenty of things to do and places to explore within the region. From visiting the coast just a 25-minute Metro journey away from the city centre, to indoor rock-climbing in the trendy Ouseburn Valley, there’s lots to immerse yourself in as a postgraduate student here. 

Through our Students’ Union, you’ll also have access to over 180 societies, as well as a dedicated Postgraduate Officer and postgraduate support hub to rely on throughout your study with us.