Northampton is one of the youngest universities in the UK. Its new Waterside campus opened in 2018.
In 1924 Northampton technical college was established and in 1975 the Northampton college of education, technology and art came together to form Nene college. Nene college later incorporated St Andrews school of Occupational Therapy and Sir Gordon Roberts College of Nursing and Midwifery. The university was established in 2005.
Waterside campus is located on the River Nene and surrounded by green spaces, such as Beckett's Park and Delapre Park.
Waterside campus is 1 mile out of the centre of Northampton, which can be walked in 20 minutes or there is a regular bus service which takes 14 minutes. Scholars Green Student Village is 4.5 miles from Waterside campus. There is a regular bus service from Scholars Green to Waterside which takes 40 minutes.
Northampton is not ranked in the Times Higher Education World rankings. It is not ranked in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings and is not a member of the Russell Group of universities.
Northampton is ranked 136th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.
Approximately 19% of students at the University of Northampton are international students.
Pathway entry for international students - ICWS (Navitas), offers foundation courses leading to degree course entry at Northampton.
For more information, please visit Pathway & Foundation page.
Northampton has approximately 12,300 students in total. Over 9,100 of these are undergraduates, and over 3,100 are postgraduates.
93.6% of Northampton’s graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source:HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
In 2014 Northampton became the first Student Union in the country to provide free societies. There are a broad range of societies from Anime to Future Leaders to the Coffee Morning Society. At the Waterside campus there is the Learning Hub library, the Engine Shed (café and social space) and the art shop. In the town centre there is the university owned Platform Club and The Innovation Centre, which is home to some of the performance courses.
Waterside campus also includes a sports zone including a full 3G pitch, 3 multi use game areas and a weatherproof sports dome. Sports offered include archery, basketball, boxing, cheerleading, climbing, dance, football, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rugby, swimming, tennis, volleyball and more.
Accommodation is available at Waterside campus (the largest halls of residence), in the Town Centre and at Scholars Green Student Village.
All the accommodation options are self-catering. Single and twin rooms are offered with shared bathrooms or en-suites, and include halls facilities e.g. WIFI, 24-hour security.
The cheapest accommodation is located at Scholars Green Student Village at £95 per week, which includes a single room with en-suite facilities including shower, wash basin and toilet, and access to a communal kitchen (en-suite rooms at Scholar's Green are cheaper than a non en-suite single room at the Waterside accommodation).
A room in the Halls of Residence is guaranteed for all new, full time, first year students.
International undergraduate tuition fees:
Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £13,000 for most BA and BScs. Occupational therapy costs £14,000 per year, and Nursing costs £15,900.
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
The University run some distance learning courses. Undergraduate degrees included Lift Engineering FdSc and HNC, Non-Destructive Testing FdSc and Business and Management (Top-Up) BA. Postgraduate degrees include Education MA, Administration MBA, and Accounting and Finance (Top-Up) MSc.