New Universities In The UK

Perhaps your idea of a UK university is an ancient institution that has existing for hundreds of years. Maybe you
even think that new universities don't get established in the UK anymore. Well if that's the case you couldn't be more wrong!

Recently there has been a trend for establishing new universities in the UK. In many cases these are former higher education institutions that have become full-status universities following a recent change in the eligibility criteria as the UK government has dropped the minimum student numbers for an institution to qualify for university status from 4,000 students to 1,000 students.

This means that as well as the more traditional (and in some cases ancient) universitues, now you can find some great new universities in the UK. These new universities tend to have a smaller postgraduate student cohort and are therefore offering a more personal postgraduate experience – providing excellent postgraduate options leading to fantastic opportunities for your career

Here are details of some of the best new universities in the UK with some of their postgrad facts and figures.

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Arden University

Arden University offers 30 postgraduate courses, the majority of which are studied via distance learning. Four of its postgrad programs are offered as distance learning courses with some on-campus classes.

Postgrad Courses on Offer:
Business Administration, Marketing, IT Security Management, Psychology and Project Management.
Tuition Fees & Costs:
From £9,855 total cost for all students. 
Facilities & Specialisms:
Arden University specialises in distance and online learning, predominantly concentrating on Business Studies and related fields. 
Student Life:
There are a few small campuses in London, Manchester and Birmingham, but most students will be studying part time from home.

5 Fascinating Facts About Arden University

Gained University status in 2015.
Established in 1990.
Began life as a privately family-owned institution.
Has taught 50,000 students in the last 25 years.
90% of students are in full-time work.

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Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Met University caters to 3,359 postgraduate students, these break down into 2,318 full-time students and 1,041 part-time students.

Postgrad Courses on Offer:
Courses include Accounting, Art and Design, Food Safety Management and Sport Broadcast. 
Tuition Fees & Costs:
£9,000 per year for UK and EU students, and £13,000 per year for international students.
Facilities & Specialisms:
The departments of Tourism Management and Food Technology are both very well respected. 
Student Life:
Split across two campuses in the centre of Cardiff, this active and social university encourages participation in the many extra-curricular clubs and societies. 

Student Case Study:

Student Kieran Hodgkin chose Cardiff Met University, a new university, for his PhD because of the excellent reputation of this new institution and because of the comfortable atmosphere of Cardiff. 
 

5 Fascinating Facts About Cardiff Met University

Gained University status in 2011.
12,580 students.
Established in 1865 as the Cardiff School of Art and Design.
Cardiff Met University’s President, Derrick Morgan, is also the Lord Mayor of Cardiff. 
Journalist and new presenter Michael Buerk is an alumnus.

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Leeds Trinity University

Leeds Trinity University has a total of 850 postgraduate students. Of these 314 are studying full time and 536 are part-time students.

Postgrad Courses on Offer:
Primary and Secondary level PGCE courses, Creative Writing, Journalism and Business.
Tuition Fees & Costs:
£3,000 to £11,000 per year for UK and EU students, and up to £12,250 per year for international students. 
Facilities & Specialisms:
Specialises in the training of Religious Education teachers. 
Student Life:
The campus is 6 miles from the centre of Leeds and at the heart of it is the chapel, as well as brand new sports facilities. 

5 Fascinating Facts About Leeds Trinity University

Gained University status in 2009.
3,715 students.
Sports presenter Gabby Logan is Chancellor.
The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies is the oldest in the UK.
Girls Aloud singer Kimberly Walsh is an alumnus. 

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Plymouth Marjon University

Plymouth Marjon University has 360 postgraduate students studying 22 full-time postgrad programs, 15 part-time courses and 1 online postgrad program.

Postgrad Courses on Offer:
Outdoor Education, Journalism, English Literature, Sports and Exercise Education, and Sports & Health Science. 
Tuition Fees and Costs:
From £5,500 per year for UK and EU Students, and from £11,000 per year for international students. 
Facilities & Specialisms:
Plymouth Marjon University has well-established departments of Education, Creative Arts, Health Sciences and Sport.
Student Life:
Student surveys regularly rank Plymouth Marjon University highly for student satisfaction and all students are based on the compact campus in Plymouth. 

5 Fascinating Facts About Plymouth Marjon University

Gained University status in 2007.
Originally based in London, this institution moved to Plymouth in 1973.
2,365 students. 
Plymouth Marjon is the trading name of University of St Mark and St John.
Britain's Got Talent Winner 2007 Paul Potts is an alumnus, as is founder member of Fleetwood Mac, Bob Brunning.

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Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London has a total of 391 postgraduate students. 297 of these students are studying full-time postgrad programs and 94 of them are studying
their postgrad program part time.

Postgrad Courses on Offer:
Courses on offer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama include Applied Theatre, Voice Studies, Acting for Screen, Design for the Stage and Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media. 
Tuition Fees & Costs:
£4,577 to £17,510 per year for UK and EU students, and £13,045 to £19,989 per year for international students.
Facilities & Specialisms:
The Drama, Theatre and Acting courses all have a worldwide reputation.
Student Life:
Based in central London, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is extremely well located for students to meet and mix with some of the leading people in the Theatre, Film and Television worlds.

5 Fascinating Facts About The Royal Central School Of Speech & Drama

Became part of the University of London in 2005.
Established in 1906.
1,045 students.
Gained 'Royal' status in 2012.
Harold Pinter, Judi Dench, Kit Harington, Laurence Olivier and Vanessa Redgrave are all alumni.

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University of Chichester

There are 844 postgraduate students studying at the University of Chichester, there are 363 full-time students and 481 part-time students.

Postgrad Courses on Offer:
Social Work, Film Production, Screen Acting, Sound Design for Video Games, PGCE and English Literature. 
Tuition Fees & Costs:
£5,670 to £12,540 per year for UK and EU students, and £10,620 to £14,450 per year for international students. 
Facilities & Specialisms:
The Media Studies, Music Composition and Production courses are all regarded highly.
Student Life:
Courses are career focused and the University of Chichester has a thriving international student scene based in West Sussex. 

5 Fascinating Facts About The University Of Chichester

Gained University status in 2005.
Traces its history to Bishop Otter College established in 1839.
5,520 students.
The Business School is in a building known as 'The Dome' and was originally built as a Royal Palace in 1787.
Actor Jason Merrells – of Casualty and Emmerdale fame – is an alumnus.

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University College Birmingham 

University College Birmingham has a total of 455 postgraduate students. It offers 22 full-time postgraduate courses and 17 part-time courses.

Postgrad Courses on Offer:
Tourism, Hospitality Management, Events Management and PGCE at primary and secondary level. 
Tuition Fees & Costs:
£5,000 to £9,076 per year for UK and EU students, and £6,000 to £9,200 per year for international students.
Facilities & Specialisms:
The Tourism, Events and Hospitality Management courses are all well respected as are the Early Years Education courses. 
Student Life:
Most courses are vocational and are based around Birmingham, the largest English city after London.

5 Fascinating Facts About University College Birmingham

Gained full University status in 2008
Originally established in the 19th Century as part of Birmingham's Municipal Technical School.
This is quite a large ‘New University’ with a total of 15,360 undergraduate, postgraduate and Further Education students. 
The motto is 'Service Before Self'
Alumnus Eren Wirizlay is the world's first flying butler. 

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University for the Creative Arts 

The University for the Creative Arts has 305 postgraduate students – of which 152 are full time and 153 are part-time students. 

Postgrad Courses on Offer:
Subjects include Fashion, Architecture, Design, Film Making and Luxury Brand Management. 
Tuition Fees & Costs:
£5,100 to £9,250 per year for UK and EU students, and £9,000 to £17,500 per year for international students. 
Facilities & Specialisms:
Specialisms include the Creative Arts and Business Management in Creative Industries. 
Student Life:
The University for the Creative Arts has four campuses, and these are located in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester.
Each has an independent and unique atmosphere. 

5 Fascinating Facts About The University For The Creative Arts

Gained University status in 2008.
The University for the Creative Arts  began in 1856 as the Guildford Working Men's Institution.
5,934 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE RDI is the Chancellor.
Tracey Emin and Karen Millen are alumni.

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University of Suffolk

There are 388 postgraduate students studying at the University of Suffolk. 70 of these are studying their postgrad program full time and 318 are part-time postgraduate students.

Postgrad Courses on Offer:
Games Development, Health and Social Care Studies, Public Health Work and Regenerative Medicine. 
Tuition Fees & Costs:
£7,650 per year for UK and EU students, and £11,500 per year for international students. 
Facilities & Specialisms:
All courses are within in either the School of Health and Science and Arts or the School of Business and Applied Social Sciences.
Student Life:
Around 60% of the students are over the age of 21, and this gives the University of Suffolk a unique atmosphere. This university is based in Ipswich.

5 Fascinating Facts About The University Of Suffolk

Gained University status in 2016.
5,030 students.
Established in 2007.
It has an industry-standard recording studio.
Recent graduates have gone on to work in places such as the Historic Royal Palaces.

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