University of Northampton

About University of Northampton

Northampton University is a public university based in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. It became University College Northampton in 1999 and gained full university status in 2005.

It is also among those few universities awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), apart from being the country's leading university to be awarded the 'Changemaker Campus' title in 2012. Equipped with modern facilities, the University opened a new campus of 330 million pounds, called Waterside, in 2018.

More than 1000 foreign students from over 100 different countries enrol with the University of Northampton on an annual basis to undertake various courses. The university provides diverse work openings in categories such as management, research, and IT.


Universtiy has three sites :

  • Avenue Campus,: just north of the town centre, opposite a large open park known as the Racecourse.
  • Waterside Campus, which opened in September 2018 and is now the main campus for the university.
  • Innovation centre which is opposite to Northampton railway station.

Location Specialities 

Northampton is Northamptonshire's main town; a traditional market town that offers plenty of shopping opportunities-with retail parks and shopping villages that include independent shops and high-street brands. There are also plenty of bars, pubs, and clubs all around the city, and reviews have regularly praised Northampton nightlife. Waterside campus is a short walk from the town centre. The town has a diverse arts and culture scene including a number of theatres, galleries, museums, and concert venues.


The University of Northampton offers a wide range of accommodation options, including residential and private housing.

University accommodation with just over 1,600 rooms is available at Waterside Campus, the Town Centre, and the Scholars Green Student Village.

The rooms are all equipped with network access and WiFi, as well as 24-hour security and a dedicated support team. Network access is free for all residents.

The St John's residence halls off-campus are a short walk from Waterside campus and have both shared and private accommodation options.


May 2011 – Guardian University Guide – recognised as number one for Value Added

June 2011 – HEFCE/UnLtd Champions of Change Recognition Awards Outstanding HEI Supporting Social Enterpreneurship 

June 2011 – Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards Research Management Team .

February 2012 – Midlands Business Awards Most Enterprising University of the Year 

August 2012 – Recognised by HESA as number one for employability amongst full-status universities in England.

February 2012 – Midlands Business Awards Most Enterprising University of the Year. 

February 2012 – Midlands Business Awards Most Enterprising University of the Year.

February 2013 – awarded Change maker Campus status by AshokaU and recognised as number one for social enterprise.

February 2013 – Midlands Business Awards Most Enterprising University of the Year.

April 2013 – recognised as the highest climbing university in the Complete University Guide 2014.

June 2013 – recognised as a top 50 UK university and the highest climbing university in the Guardian University Guide 2014.

February 2014 – Midlands Business Awards Most Enterprising University of the Year.

June 2017 – awarded Social Enterprise Gold Mark, an independent guarantee that we put the interests of society above anything else.

June 2017 – awarded Gold by the government for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), praising the quality of our student experience.


  • 116th in the Times University Guide 2020
  • 93rd in the Guardian University Guide 2020

Teaching Quality

University of Northampton is recognised as one of the very best teaching universities in the UK, It has has been awarded Gold – the highest possible rating – in the Government's Teaching Excellence System (TEF).

Academic Divisions

  • Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, 
  • Faculty of Health and Society, 
  • Faculty of Business and Law 
  • Faculty of Education and Humanities.

Why  University  ( Advantages)

TEF Gold  Award : Northampton has been awarded Gold – the highest possible mark – in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Great location Northampton is served by five international airports and is located at the heart of road and rail links to all parts of the UK and Europe. 

International Scholarships: students may get upto 30% tuition fee discount for their entire course.

Advanced Facilities in Campus : New campus contains everything students need to study and live.

Cheaper : Northampton is much more competitive than other UK higher education destinations for the average cost of living and cheaper than many.

How to Reach?

  • Northampton is centrally located, within easy travelling distance of London, Birmingham and other major centres.
  • The town is served by five international airports and has excellent road and rail links to all parts of the UK and Europe.

University of Northampton Financial Aid /Scholarships

There are a wide range of scholarships and grants available as financial support for international students looking to study in the UK. Some of them are listed below:

  • The University of Northampton International Scholarship, which entails 30% reduction in tuition fee and is awarded on the basis of merit to students enrolled in any undergraduate or graduate program of the institute.
  • The International graduate Scholarship, which offers 50% reduction in tuition fee to graduates with a second class bachelor’s degree in a 3 or 4 year program or a first class degree from a program of shorter duration..
  • Chevening Scholarships: Awards offered to scholars across the globe seeking to pursue a master's degree in the UK.
  • Commonwealth Scholarships: Over 900 awards available for candidates with the commonwealth citizenship looking to study in the UK.
  • Government Scholarship Schemes

Famous Aluminis

  1. The university has a notable list of alumni, some of which are 
  2. Andrew Collins (broadcaster and writer), 
  3. Dallas Campbell (stage actor and television presenter),
  4. Jane Garvey (radio presenters), 
  5. Dan Roan (Sports Editor with BBC) 
  6. Jon Bewers (footballer),
  7.  Daniel Middleton (writer and YouTuber), 
  8. Lisa Davina Phillip (singer and actor), 
  9. Felippe Moraes (independent curator, visual artist and art researcher), 
  10. James D. Boys (academic and media consultant) and 
  11. Will Alsop ( modernist architect).

English Language Requirements:


  • IELTS – 6.0 or equivalent, with no modules less than 5.5.
  • TOEFL – 78 overall and a minimum of 23 in Writing and 19 in Listening, 18 in Reading and 19 in Speaking.
  • PTE – 56 overall and a minimum of 51 in all components.


  • IELTS – 6.5 or equivalent, with no modules less than 5.5.
  • TOEFL – 93 overall and a minimum of 23 in Writing and 19 in Listening, 18 in Reading and 19 in Speaking.
  • PTE – 61 overall and a minimum of 56 in all components.

The Requirements may Defer for some Programs.

For more Details on Entry RequirementsClick HERE.

University of Northampton Highlights

Institute Type Public
Campus Setting Urban
Number of Staff 1,611
Number of Students 11,984
Number of International Students 1000
Graduation Employment Rate 95%
Student Satisfaction Rate 89%
Academic Programs Offered Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Mode of Programs Offered Full time, Part time and Distance
Medium of Instruction English
Average Tuition Fee for International Fee GBP 12,000 - GBP 15,000
Proficiency Test for English Language IELTS, TOEFL iBT or Pearson PTE
Financial Aid Scholarships, Funds and Loans

University of Northampton Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

For all the prospective candidates for the institute, an estimated cost of living in the UK is as cpmipield below.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee varies from one course to another. Following are some of the popular courses along with the tuition cost:

Undergraduate Courses 

Course Fee
BA and BSc Degrees GBP 12,900
BSc Podiatry / BSc Occupational Therapy GBP 13,900
BSc Nursing GBP 15,750
Sandwich / placement Year GBP 1,000

Graduate Courses 

Course Fee
MA or MSc Degrees GBP 13,750
MBA GBP 14,750

Cost of Attendance

Basic list of expenses apart from tuition fee are as follows:

Type of Expenditure Cost (in GBP, per week)
Accommodation (includes basic facilities) 130 to 300
Food 36 to 52
Mobile phone 4 to 14
Travel Around 17
Books and supplies Around 11
Clothing and personal care 16 to 26
Entertainment Around 29

University of Northampton Application Process

Basic Admission Requirements

  1. Certified transcripts of high school/college/university
  2. One reference required
  3. Statement of Purpose depicting the interest of the applicant in the chosen course
  4. MBA applicants must also have a proof of work experience
  5. Arts and design applicant must also submit their portfolio 

The Result of Language Tests for English Proficiency from all the international applicants. The exams valid are IELTS, TOEFL iBT and Pearson PTE. Following are the minimum scores required in IELTS to gain admission:

Academic Programs Minimum Score
Undergraduate 6.0 overall and not less than 5.5 in each section
Postgraduate 6.5 overall and not less than 5.5 in each section
Research 7.0 overall and not less than 6.5 in each section

Additional Requirements

  1. When an international student is accepted they are required to pay the deposit fee of GBP 5,000 and will then receive a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from the University.
  2. Other documents for the visa application process are:
  • Passport
  • UK visa history form
  • Proof of financial support

Know more about Studying in UK

Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average) MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK £850 to £1,050 a month
Entrance Exams in UK TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590
Work and Study in UK Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in UK 2 Year after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in UK £348
Student Visa in UK Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.
Intakes in UK There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.
Top Job Sectors in UK IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.
Economy in UK Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

Average Tuition Fee Per Year


£ 12,100


£ 12,300

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 9,850

Campus accommodation

£ 5,370

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.

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