The University of Chester

Founded in 1839, the University of Chester is one of the oldest institutions in the country. Currently, there are over 18,000 students from 130 countries undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on its two main campuses, Chester and Warrington. The University offers over 350 single and combined undergraduate courses and over 60 postgraduate courses. In addition, a significant proportion of the University’s research was declared to be of international quality (RAE 2008).

At the beginning of 2013, the University acquired the Shell Technology Centre in Thornton, which will become a home to the University's eighth Faculty- that of Engineering and Technology.

The University of Chester is a public institution and as such, it is reviewed and audited on a regular basis by a number of government agencies. It is committed to maintaining high academic standards, in fact the quality of educational provision at the University of Chester have been praised by higher education watchdogs (QAA and OFSTED).

Why Chester?

  • Ranked 4th in the North West (The Guardian University Guide 2015)
  • Best Modern University in the North West and third Best Modern University in the UK (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014)
  • 2nd in a list of the safest universities to study. (Lloyds Bank University Quality of Student Life Survey 2013)
  • Joined second in the region for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2014)
  • Competitive tuition fees and scholarships available
  • Guaranteed accommodation for international students (September intake)
  • 5 star rated Careers and Employability Centre
  • Work-based placements for undergraduate students
  • About 45% of our full-time students undertake paid employment during term-time (The Complete University Guide 2013)

  • Many degrees accredited by professional bodies

Subject Rankings

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Location and Facilities

The University is situated in the North West of England, within one hour train journey from Manchester and Liverpool and 2 hour train journey from London.

Chester is one of the loveliest and on every tourist’s 'must see' itinerary. It has been voted the 5th prettiest city in Europe (USA Today 2013 and the 6th best city in the UK (Telegraph Travel Awards 2014).

Each year over 8 million people flock from all over the world to see one of the best preserved walled cities in Europe. It is a vibrant city that is as famous for its plenitude of shopping and dining options as it is for its expanding industries. Companies such as Airbus, Bank of America, HBOS, Coca Cola Schweppes, Marks & Spencer, TATA, GM Motors, Bentley, and Electronic Arts Technologies have large scale operations based in the immediate area of the University. Chester has also been ranked the second safest University city ((Lloyds Bank University Quality of Student Life Survey 2013). Warrington is an expanding town, rich in history and heritage, and near Chester and Warrington is the beautiful countryside of Cheshire, North Wales, the Snowdonia mountains and the Lake District.

Our campuses have excellent teaching, study and recreational facilities. These include state-of-the-art lecture theatres, open-access computer facilities, modern science/skills/language laboratories, a modern library which holds approximately 350,000 books, a virtual library with a collection of more than 15,000 electronic books and 13,000 electronic journals and is accessible even off campus via any networked computer. Other facilities include numerous catering venues, 24-hour security, the Students’ Union Centre and bar/club, bookshop, chapel and faith space, bank, ATM cashpoint and launderette.

If you like sports, you can join clubs and associations. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in cricket, rugby, football, swimming, hockey and netball. Our campuses boast of a wide variety of sports facilities including: modern and fully equipped Sports Hall, Gymnasium, Fitness Centre, the two-lane 350-metre Athletics Track, 25 metre indoor swimming pool and all-weather artificial turf pitches/grass pitches.

Our accommodation ranges from rooms in converted Victorian houses to modern purpose-built units and is offered on semi-catered; or self-catered basis. Some rooms in University accommodation have also been specially adapted for students with specific needs or disabilities. Private sector accommodation is also available very close to Chester or Warrington campuses.

Careers and Employability

As soon as you enrol at the University, you will have access to a huge range of careers services (work shadowing placements, help with CVs and job applications, mock job interviews) designed to help you to find work while you study, or prepare you for a graduate career.

  • Highest ranked university in the North West of the UK for students securing a graduate level job after completing their course (The Complete University Guide 2013).
  • Careers and Employability Department declared “world class” and awarded 5 stars by British Quality Foundation.
  • Excellent record of employment for our graduates with a success rate of 92%.
  • UniJob: recruitment bank of paid positions for students.
  • Work-based placements for undergraduate students.
  • A wide portfolio of undergraduate sandwich business courses with 1 year placement.
  • Between 90 and 100 employers visit the University each year for various purposes.
  • A number of jobs and volunteering fairs are organised throughout the year.
  • International students can work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full time during vacations.

Fees and Scholarships

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