University of Chester

Cheshire - United Kingdom


The University of Chester has been making history since 1839, when it was founded by such pioneers as the great 19th-century prime ministers, William Gladstone and the Earl of Derby and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.

The University of Chester is one of the oldest English higher education establishments of any kind.

It is one of the oldest English higher education establishments of any kind, pre-dating all but Oxford, Cambridge, London and Durham, and its original buildings in the ancient city of Chester were the first in the country to be purpose-built for the professional training of teachers. Education degrees are now just a small part of the 477 course combinations on offer.

In the 20th Century, the institution steadily expanded its student numbers and the variety and nature of its courses, which range from Applied Theology to Weight Management.

The University of Chester now has some 16,800 students, drawn from the United Kingdom, Europe and overseas, particularly France,Germany, Spain, Finland, Australia, the United States, India, China, Nigeria, Georgia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Thailand, Saudia Arabia and Malaysia. 

As well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, a new range of foundation degrees combines conventional university study with learning at work.

MPhil and PhD qualifications are a growing area of activity, with the University having been granted the powers to award its own research degrees. The emphasis is very much on research that has practical benefits both economically and culturally, and the University provides consultancy support across a variety of areas of expertise.  

Recent projects have included helping to develop England’s first ‘carbon neutral’ village, discovering a vitamin compound which reduces the risk of heart disease and dementia and translating the Bible into British Sign Language.

Development of well-respected courses in Health and Social Care, Humanities, Business and Management, Arts and Media, Social Science, Applied Sciences and Education and Children’s Services has further extended the University’s work and connections with industry, commerce and the professions.

Millions of pounds are being invested in the accommodation and resources to support this work and there is a strong emphasis on making students feel at home.

The University of Chester, while celebrating and benefiting from our long history and traditions, is a modern, dynamic, and enterprising institution, whose activities are underpinned by a series of core values that help to define our mission and our identity.


The University was originally established in 1839 by the Church of England, and provides:

§     an open and inclusive environment guided by Christian values

§     education, training, skills and motivations for staff and students, to enable them to develop as individuals and serve the communities in which they live and work

This mission, which has helped shape our development and diversification, continues to inform our future planning.


At the heart of our vision is our commitment to:

§     ensuring a rewarding student learning experience

§     teaching excellence and our growing staff research profile

§     developing the expertise of our staff

§     impacting positively on the lives of our students, staff, wider community and beyond

Core Values

In continuing expression of the University's Christian foundation, we are committed to:

§     the pursuit of excellence and innovation, to secure the highest standards and quality in our learning and teaching, and in the creation and application of new knowledge

§     offering a distinctive student experience, grounded in a high quality, caring and supportive learning environment

§     playing a leading role in the intellectual, cultural, social, spiritual and economic life of the local, regional and wider community

§     the principles of equality of opportunity and diversity, and our responsibility to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression

§     promoting a dynamic and cost-effective organisational culture that is able to respond positively to the challenges of a changing environment

§     openness and inclusiveness


Arts and Media

The Faculty of Arts and Media delivers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate media and creative arts courses across both campuses at Chester and Warrington, and supports considerable foundation degree delivery at a number of partner colleges. The Faculty received our highest research rating in the most recent research assessment exercise.

§     Art and Design

§     Media

§     Performing Arts

§     Chester Centre for Research in Arts and Media (CCRAM)

University of Chester Business School

While the University of Chester Business School is predominantly concerned with teaching and learning, it also offers a number of business services, from consultancy and research to in-house and bespoke training. The School also manages the University's widely acclaimed work-based learning facilities.

§     University of Chester Business School

§     Centre for Work Related Studies

§     Corporate Business and Enterprise

§     Professional Development

§     Work Based Learning Office

§     Warrington School of Management

Education and Children's Services

The role of the Faculty of Education and Children's Services lies at the very core of the university's original beginnings, in 1839, when it was first established as a teacher training institution. The role has grown enormously to encompass teacher education and educational theory courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as a broad range of CPD provision for teachers, partnership development, cultural and community work and research. 

Health and Social Care

The Faculty of Health and Social Care is a major provider of health and social work programmes across Cheshire, Wirral and Warrington. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for health and social work professionals.

Research is a central and growing part of the Faculty's activities, and they have significant achievements reflected in published work, research grants and postgraduate supervision. 


The Faculty of Humanities primary commitment is the provision of high-quality taught programmes, fully informed by scholarship and research. The Faculty also attaches great importance to its many and varied collaborative activities (local, regional, national and international), since these conspicuously enrich the provision the Faculty is able to offer. The most recent RAE submissions for English, History and TRS have been particularly successful.

§     English

§     History and Archaeology

§     Modern Languages

§     Theology and Religious Studies 

Life Sciences

The Faculty of Life Sciences is predominantly based on the Chester Campus, with sports-related and computer-related courses also delivered at Warrington. A number of specialist courses are also delivered at our partner associate college at Reaseheath in Cheshire, as well as some delivery outside the UK. The Faculty also supports several research centres.

§     Biological Sciences

§     Centre for Science Communication

§     Centre for Research into Sport and Society

§     Centre for Stress Research

§     Clinical Sciences and Nutrition

§     Sport and Community Engagement

§     Sport and Exercise Sciences

Science and Engineering

Based at Thornton Science Park, the new Faculty of Science and Engineering is located in a major research and innovation hub for the North West which is only a 20-minute bus trip from the main Chester Campus. The Faculty offers degrees in engineering and science disciplines using a strongly interdisciplinary teaching philosophy.

§     Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS)

§     Chemical Engineering

§     Electronic and Electrical Engineering

§     Mathematics

§     Mechanical Engineering

§     Natural Sciences

§     New Technology Initiative (NTI)

§     The Informatics Centre

Social Science

The Faculty offers an extensive portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, taught predominantly at the Chester Campus, but with provision in Public Relations and Policing taught at Warrington. A key feature of work in all four specialist subject areas below is the inter-relationship between social science and issues of everyday concern that have relevance for policy making.. 

§     Geography and Development Studies

§     Psychology

§     Social and Political Science

§     Law School


English Requirements

Postgraduate Study

IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)

TOEFL 88 (internet based) with the following minimum scores in each component: listening 21, reading 23, speaking 23, writing 21

PTE Academic with overall score of 63 and no less than 51 in any component

TOEIC 750 or above with the following minimum scores in each component: listening 400, reading 385,speaking 160, writing 150

ISE Pass in all 4 components

Undergraduate Study

IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)

TOEFL 72 (internet based) with the following minimum scores in each component: listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 17

PTE Academic with overall score of 57 and no less than 51 in any component

TOEIC 690 or above with the following minimum scores in each component: listening 400, reading 385,speaking 160, writing 150

ISE Pass in all 4 components


Masters Scholarships


The Masters Scholarships are provided by Group Santander to support full-time taught postgraduate study at the University of Chester.  The scholarships are to be awarded on the basis of academic merit to students from the UK, Spain, Portugal or Latin America, who would not otherwise be able to take up a place at Chester. Applications should be submitted to the Research and Knowledge Transfer Office. F

Science without Borders Scholarship

It is our pleasure to announce that The University of Chester has been selected as one of the institutions to host candidates for the Brazilian Science Without Borders Program.

The Brazilian government's Science without Borders Program provides scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate research students from Brazil. There are 100,000 scholarships for the best students from Brazil to study abroad at the world’s best universities.

Chevening Scholarship

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government's global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations. Chevening Scholarships are for the talented people who have been identified as potential future leaders across a wide range of fields, including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion and academia. 

 Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered to students from developing Commonwealth countries to study Master’s and PhD programmes to study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

We have 3 Scholarships available for September 2014.  The Commonwealth Scholarship is available for the following postgraduate degree programmes at the University of Chester for September 2014 entry:

  • MSc Biomedical Sciences
  • MSc Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
  • MSc Family and Child Psychology
  • MSc Global Health
  • MSc Health Improvement and Well Being
  • MSc Information Systems
  • MSc Public Health
  • MSc Public Health Nutrition
  • MSc Management with International Business
  • MSc Technology Management

To apply for the Scholarship please complete the University of Chester International Application Form along with the Commonwealth Scholarship Expression of Interest 2014 Form.  (LINKS ARE PROVIDED TO THE RIGHT)

The following documents must be submitted with your application:

  • Copies of your academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency
  • Statement of purpose, which must include why you are eligible for the Scholarship and what the benefits will be to you and your home country.
  • Copies of academic references

DIKTI Scholarships

The Indonesia-UK DIKTI Scholarship Programme is open for lecturers at Indonesian universities and administrative staff at DIKTI and Indonesian state universities, to undertake postgraduate study at many leading universities in the United Kingdom. The programme will fund up to 750 academics to come and study in the UK over the next five years. All academic subjects are eligible for full funding under the DIKTI programme. 


GREAT Scholarships

The University of Chester welcomes applications from Indian students to apply for GREAT/University of Chester Scholarships.

The scholarships are part funded by the British Council and part funded by the University of Chester. Below we have listed 6 GREAT Scholarships available to Indian students for September 2014 intake.



Annual Tuition Fee

International Scholarship

GREAT/University of Chester Scholarship*

Tuition Fees Academic Year 2014/5

BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering




(1 Scholarship available)


BEng (Hons)

Chemical Engineering




(1 Scholarship Available)


BA (Hons)





(1 Scholarship Available)


BA (Hons)

Sports Journalism




(1 Scholarship Available)






(2 Scholarships Available)



*The University of Chester will be allocating 6 GREAT/University of Chester scholarships for September 2014 intake (one for each of the Bachelor degree programmes and two for the MBA programme)

*GREAT/University of Chester scholarships are applicable for 2014/15 academic year only, Bachelor degree students will be expected to pay the full tuition fees (minus £1,000 International Scholarship) for the second and third year of their studies.

Application deadline: 27th June 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by the week beginning 7th July 2014.

Tution Fee

September 2014

Annual Tuition Fee

International Scholarship (per academic year)

Full Fee Payment Award (per academic year)

International Foundation Year

£6,750 Not Applicable £500


£10,700 £1,000 £500


£10,800 £2,000 £500


£11,100 £2,000 £500

Research Degrees - MRes/MPhil/PhD (Lab Based)

 £15,200  £1000  Not Applicable

Research Degrees - MRes/MPhil/PhD  (Classroom Based)

 £11,800  £1000  Not Applicable


January 2015

Annual Tuition Fee

International Scholarship (per academic year)

Full Fee Payment Award (per academic year)









Research Degrees - MRes/MPhil/PhD (Lab Based)



Not Applicable

Research Degrees - MRes/MPhil/PhD  (Classroom Based)



Not Applicable