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Huddersfield University

UCAS Code: H60

Location: Yorkshire, north of England Show on Map

Site: Main Huddersfield campus, plus campuses in Barnsley & Oldham

A member of the University Alliance group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:22,340
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:18,030
Full Time:77%
Mature on Entry:31%
UK Students:91%
State school entry:98%

Teaching Staff

536 full-time, 328 part-time

Broad study areas

Accountancy, business, law & management; marketing & retailing; logistics; hospitality, tourism & leisure; biology; chemistry; pharmacy; forensic science; food sciences; architecture; advertising, graphic design & 3D design; fashion & textile design; fine art; multimedia & virtual reality design; multimedia & internet technology; computing & information technology; engineering & technology; audio & music technology; education & community work; music; drama; broadcasting; journalism and media studies; history; sociology; social work; psychology; nursing; midwifery; physiotherapy; occupational therapy; podiatry.


Admission Information:UCAS tariff used in most cases, specific grades in others. Foundation courses available in some areas
Points on Entry (Mean):280
Drop Out Rate:11%
Accommodation:Most first years housed.  


Founded:1825; university status in 1992.
Site:Main Queensgate campus in town centre. University campuses also in Barnsley and Oldham. 
How to get there:By train to Huddersfield (from Leeds or Wakefield), by road via M62, by air to Leeds/Bradford or Manchester airports. Campus within walking distance of bus and railway stations.  
Special features:Hosts annual Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music and Literature Festival.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Wellbeing services including welfare advice and support, counselling; multi-faith centre with variety of prayer rooms and community area. Independent medical practice close to campus. Advice, guidance and support for disabled students. Support services for international students.
Amenities:Students' union with bar and coffee shop, societies, social events. 
Sporting facilities:University sports hall with fitness centre. Sports centre and Olympic-standard athletics and fitness training facilities, both run by the local authority and close to campus.
Accommodation:University's approved private provider (Digs) has 1665 self-catering places (many ensuite), mainly used by first years: rent from £70 per week (sharing) to £99 pw (single ensuite), including utilities and internet access; contracts 43 weeks, Sept−July. Plentiful private accommodation locally, approx £57 pw self-catering, plus bills.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:400,000 volumes and printed journals, over 60,000 e-journals and databases (multiple copies of recommended books and thousands of reading list items available electronically); over 1100 study places. Computing facilities across university, many available 24 hours/day, wireless campus with access to internet, virtual learning environment and mobile applications. IT support 24 hours a day. Introduction to library and IT facilities and follow-up specialist sessions. Library and computing centres at Oldham and Barnsley.
Other learning resources:Specialist resources for eg multimedia, music technology, science and language laboratories.
Study abroad:Small number of students spend a period abroad. Formal exchange links with universities and colleges in Scandinavia and central Europe.  
Careers:Careers & employability service provides careers education, information, advice and guidance for all students and recent graduates. First year students offered induction sessions; bespoke teaching of career management skills at course level and via central workshop programme; one-to-one advice and guidance; online career diagnostic tools. Links to employers, career mentoring network, skills workshops delivered by recruiters and online podcasts offering recruitment advice. Online jobshop for part-time, voluntary, vacation and graduate jobs.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £5500 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.  
Term-time work:University allows term-time work, up to maximum of 15 hours/week (estimated up to 90% first-year students work). University jobshop.  
Financial help:900 scholarships of £3000 fee reduction in Year 1, available to students with 280 tariff points on entry and whose family income is up to £25k pa; 80 scholarships of £3000 fee reduction, open to students on science or engineering foundation courses. Access to Learning Fund provides special help for students with dependants and students with disabilities; average award £748. Apply for help to Student Finance Office.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £7950 pa for first degree courses, except placement year (£500). International students pay £11,000 pa (classroom), £12,000 (lab/studio) but £1400 for a sandwich year.


Academic features:

All degree courses within modular scheme. Large number of sandwich courses.  

Awarding body:

University of Huddersfield

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, BEng, LLB, BMus, BEd, MEng. MPharm, MSci.

Length of courses:

3 years; others 4 years (sandwich or u/grad masters) or 5 years (u/grad masters with sandwich year)

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Acoustic Engineering
  • Acting
  • Advertising
  • Architectural Design
  • Architectural Technology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Audio
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Behavioural Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Studies
  • Catering
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Commerce
  • Communication Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Community Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Contemporary Decorative Arts/Crafts
  • Control Engineering
  • Costume Design
  • Counselling
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminology
  • Data Processing
  • Dietetics
  • Drama
  • Drama Training
  • E-business
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Business Studies
  • Events Management
  • Exhibition Design
  • Fashion
  • Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Food Science
  • Food Technology
  • Forensic Science
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • Heritage Studies
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Biology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Humanities
  • Industrial Design
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • International Development
  • Internet Technology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Leisure Studies
  • Logistics
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Materials Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Media Technology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Midwifery
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Nanoscale Science/Technology
  • New Media Publishing
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Organisational Studies
  • Painting
  • Performance Arts
  • Pharmacy
  • Photography
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Politics
  • Popular Music
  • Product Design
  • Production Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Retail Management
  • Social Science
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Teacher Training
  • Textile Technology
  • Textiles
  • Theatre Design
  • Theatre Studies
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Tourism
  • Transport Studies
  • Virtual Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Development/Design
  • Youth & Community Work

Student view

Natalie Wolstenhulme, Vice President Welfare and Equalities (psychology graduate)


What's it like as a place to live? Huddersfield is a very friendly and student focussed town. The town is also very safe and is quite cheap.

How's the student accommodation? There are 6 sets of student accommodation housing up to about 8000 students. There are also a lot of private houses and the Students' Union has a good link with many respected landlords. The accommodation is slightly cheaper than the national average and the quality is quite good.

What's the student population like? There is a very diverse student population with a good mixture of 18−25, mature, local and international students.

How do students and locals get on? There is a good community link between the University and the town with links between Huddersfield Town FC and Huddersfield Giants Rugby team. We run many volunteer projects and students make up a large population of employees.


What's it like as a place to study? The courses are fantastic and lecturers are constantly undergoing scrutiny to ensure top quality teaching occurs. There are a range of new buildings with top notch equipment and the University is always looking for how it can improve.

What are the teaching staff like? The teaching staff are very helpful, their doors always open and there is an assessment feedback deadline of 3 weeks so you always get work back on time.


What are student societies like? There are a good range of societies with over 40 to choose from and around 20 different sports. There are constantly new societies being set up also when students find something new they want to do.

What's a typical night out? There are a number of bars and clubs with a focus on different nights. A typical night on a Wednesday for example would start at the Students' Union bar and then walk 5 minutes into the centre where there are numerous bars with cheap drinks and then onto one of the 2 main student clubs.

And how much does it cost? Avg night cost £15.

How can you get home safely? There are a number of taxis on the main stretch that are recommended by the University and have good deals back to Student halls.


Is it an expensive place to live? Although it is on average quite a cheap place to live, no-one's student loans tend to last until the end of term.

Average price of a pint? £1.90.

And the price of a takeaway? £3.

What's the part-time work situation? The University puts over £1,000,000 into the economy and Huddersfield is full of part-time jobs from bars, shops and even the Union and University have part time jobs for students. There is also a job shop in the university where students can find jobs and work experience.


What's the best feature about the place? The best part is the central location as it is easy to get to Manchester, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Liverpool − all on a single train.

And the worst? The Weather!

And to sum it all up? Huddersfield is a fantastic place to study, socialise. You may even find yourself staying here longer than your degree, just like me.

More info?

Check out the website www.huddersfieldstudent.com. 



University of Huddersfield


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