University of Chester


About University of Chester

In addition to innovative and exciting undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, ranging from animation to zoo management, the University of Chester offers a new range of foundation and apprenticeship degrees that combine conventional study with real-world learning. The number of MPhil and PhD qualifications offered are also on the rise, with the emphasis on research that has both economic and cultural benefits. Starting 2023, the university’s academic delivery has been organised into three distinct faculties: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Health, Medicine and Society; Business, Science and Enterprise.  

The University of Chester has roots going back to 1839 and its original buildings were the first in the UK to be purpose-built for professional teacher training. Through steady expansion of student numbers and a variety of courses on offer, over the course of the twentieth century it has grown into a major UK institution.  The ever-growing university is currently home to more than 1,500 staff and over 14,000 students drawn from across the globe. 

As a modern and contemporary city, yet one steeped in history and culture-with its Roman walls, amphitheatre and cathedral-Chester welcomes over eight million tourists each year. The city is less than an hour from Liverpool and Manchester, and just a two-hour train journey from London. It is also home to events and festivals featuring great music and food throughout the year, thus giving students plenty of options to unwind. 

The University of Chester has continually invested in upgrading resources, facilities and accommodation to enhance the student experience. Recent developments include the construction of two large accommodation blocks and an expansion of the learning resource centre at one of its campuses. 

University Ranking

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

2022 1201

2023 1201 

2024 1201 

Scholarships & Student Support

The University of Chester offers generous international and merit-based scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate study.  

Some of the available funding options include:  

  • International Alumni Scholarship: Current University of Chester international undergraduate students are eligible for the International Merit Alumni Scholarship when progressing on to a University of Chester postgraduate programme. 
  • International ScholarshipsInternational and merit-based scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate study, providing a significant reduction to the published headline tuition fees. 

Applicants will automatically be considered for these scholarships when their application is reviewed.  

The awarding of these scholarships will be according to the academic achievements or potential of a student, as well as their country of origin-or a combination of both. 

Student Services 

Studying in the UK as an international student can be a challenging adjustment. Fortunately, students at the University of Chester have completely free access to comprehensive and award-winning support services. 

All international students are provided with an induction programme from the International Student Experience Team. This pack contains pre-arrival information, a Welcome Week timetable including welcome events, along with guidance on setting up a UK bank account, organising any relevant visas, registering with a doctor and much more. 

The university’s Student Services team offer a wealth of information and advice through a variety of services including wellbeing and mental health support, disability and inclusion provision and financial advice. 

The union also has a range of sports clubs and societies, including the International Students Society. These provide a great chance to make friends and to feel more at home at the university. 

The University of Chester’s Students’ Union (CSU) plays a key role in supporting students. CSU carries out its role of representing all students very seriously and works closely with university staff to make sure that the student voice is heard.  

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