Newcastle University Guide: Rankings, Courses, Fees And More

Newcastle University is one of the founding members of the reputable Russell Group. Based in the 10th most affordable city in the UK (QS Best Student Cities 2022 ranking), Newcastle has one of the largest European Union research portfolios in the UK, giving students a vast range of subjects and major options taught by experts in their fields. The university was awarded 5 QS Stars for Teaching Quality in 2021 and was ranked among the top 25 universities in Europe for Teaching Excellence by Times Higher Education in 2019.

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Newcastle University Overview

Newcastle University has 3 faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences; Science, Agriculture and Engineering; and Medical Sciences. The Humanities and Social Sciences faculty contains 11 schools and 3 institutes, including arts and cultures, modern languages and law. The Medical Sciences faculty has 5 schools and 3 institutes while the Science, Agriculture and Engineering faculty has 4 schools and 2 institutes. 

Newcastle University was awarded 5 QS Stars for Student Employability in 2018 thanks to a high-quality degree, a wealth of transferrable skills and the university’s good reputation with employers. The university is also among the top 20 most targeted universities by the Times Top 100 Employers. Students can access the university’s career support up to three years after graduation.

Newcastle University’s most famous alumnus is the actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson, famous for his portrayal of Mr Bean, Blackadder and Johnny English. Other famous alumni include Princess Beatrice (Granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II), former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, and the 1st Baron Armstrong, inventor of artillery.

Newcastle University Courses and Programmes

The Newcastle University has 11 undergraduate courses ranked in the top 10, according to the Complete University Guide. These are:

  • Dentistry
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Asian Studies
  • Art and Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • French
  • Communication & Media Studies
  • Food Science
  • German
  • Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design

All of these programmes  offer multiple undergraduate degree pathways. 

Oral & Dental Health Sciences (Dental Hygiene and Therapy)

This course starts off with the basics of biomedical sciences, which provide the foundation for clinical work later on in the programme. You will be given clinical attachments at the Newcastle Dental Hospital, and may have options for elective opportunities to study overseas. Assessments for the course vary in methods which include practical examinations, portfolio submissions and reflective journals, alongside more traditional forms of assessment. 

East Asian Studies 

This course allows you to study both the language and culture of either China or Japan in one of 5 different undergraduate programmes with the option to partake in a study abroad programme. The courses offer a choice of modules from history and politics to film and popular culture, and you will get a chance to develop your language fluency, either from scratch or from an A level qualification.

Newcastle University Entry Requirements

Applicants taking A Levels are expected to present at least three full GCE A Levels for entry to undergraduate courses. A typical course offer would be ABB or equivalent. A wide variety of courses are accepted for entry, including the International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Pre-U, BTECs and several others. 

There are also International Foundation Year courses which are intensive 1.5 or 2-semester programmes designed specifically to provide you with a pathway to undergraduate degree study at the university.

Newcastle University Entry Deadline

In the UK, all university applications (including those submitted by international students like you) go through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, more commonly known as UCAS.

Most undergraduate courses will share the same deadline of 15 January of every year. Some courses such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences and universities such as Oxford and Cambridge have an earlier deadline of 15 October in the year before admission.

For more information about key dates and other UCAS deadlines, take a look at our article UCAS Deadlines 2022.

There are also several courses that will be available for clearing.

Newcastle University Ranking

  • According to the Times Higher Education rankings, the Newcastle University ranks 146th in the world (tied with Trinity College Dublin and University of Mannheim), with the schools of Life Sciences, Business and Economics, and Computer Science being among the highest ranking at Newcastle University. 
  • 36th in the Complete University Guide overall league tables, with a particularly high score in research intensity and degree completion. 
  • 23rd in the Times Higher Education Europe for teaching
  • 78th in the Leiden Ranking

Newcastle University Fees

Undergraduate tuition fees


For overseas or EU students enrolling in 2022, the annual tuition fees vary between courses. For example, Ancient History has a tuition fee of £20,400, whereas Chemistry and the other science programmes have tuition fees of £25,200 for international students.

You can find the full list of university fees, by course for international students here.

Besides services covered in the tuition fees, students may have to pay extra for: 

  • textbooks and course materials
  • printing or photocopying 
  • graduate attire
  • fieldwork costs (the university offers financial aids for these costs).

Apart from that, international students should estimate around £10,500-£11,500 per year for living expenses in Newcastle.

In order to make education more accessible for international students, Newcastle offers various discounts and scholarships including the Vice-Chancellor’s EU Scholarships for Undergraduate students, the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships, the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarships and the Vice-Chancellor’s Global Scholarships.

Newcastle University Accommodation

Newcastle offers 10 different types of self-catered accommodation ranging from £95.83 to £159 per week to best suit all its students’ preferences. All accommodation are either owned by the university or managed by the university’s partners. Most offer en-suite rooms near the campus or at a central location.

The most affordable option is Castle Leazes next to Leazes Park at £95.83 per week. This accommodation option with catering is owned by the university. Offering both en-suite, students can also access the common PC cluster room, on-site laundrette, dining hall, as well as a bike storage area.

Meanwhile, the most expensive option is the Newgate Court which is located in the city centre and is within a 12-minute walk from campus. Students can choose from four to ten bedroom flats with en-suite rooms. Owned and managed by Unite Students, each flat has a lounge and kitchen with a spacious communal space and plenty of entertainment such as pool tables, table tennis tables and cinema rooms and a quiet study area. The place is secured with a 24/7 security team, CCTV/entryphone and six-days-a-week reception.

Newcastle University Reviews

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Srikanth P V (Chinni Krishna) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“It’s a lovely university with amazing staff and pleasant experience o overall. I took my master’s degree here. Before the pandemic happened, I can proudly say that this has been nothing short of heaven. It has a peaceful library. I can’t complain about any of the university’s buildings, actually. It may take more than a small review to show how grateful I am. Thank you!”

Salem Alshafiei ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I attended Newcastle University and earned my Ph.D. in Urban Planning back in 2008. This was the most rewarding and life enriching experience ever. Great academic standards, amazing facilities, attractive campus and above all world class faculty. If I have to choose all over again, I would still choose Newcastle University. Go Lion!”

Rebecca – History and Archaeology (BA Hons)  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“You get to make friends with people both in, and outside of, your course area and it helps you orientate your way around the University.”

Newcastle University Facilities

INTO Newcastle


The INTO Newcastle centre building is based in the city-centre campus and has top-class facilities including classrooms, laboratories, the library, studios and a café. All classrooms have digital whiteboards, and the science laboratories are fully equipped. There are also 3D printers and audio-visual editing suites.

Newcastle University Student Activities and Clubs

The Newcastle University Students Union has a wide variety of clubs and societies, representing many different social and cultural groups and provide many opportunities for students to try out all sorts of hobbies and interests.

There are cultural societies set up to represent and support Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Turkish and many other international students. There are even fun societies such as one about farm animals. There are also political groups for all ends of the political compass, and faith-based societies for religious students. Sports enthusiasts will also find that there are over 30 sports unions, offering anything from rugby and cricket to Thai boxing and Taekwondo.

Check out the official students’ union webpage to find a society for you.

Newcastle University Contact

  • Newcastle University Official website: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/
  • Newcastle University Phone Number: +44 (0)191 208 6000
  • Newcastle University Address: Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
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