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Newcastle University is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, and consistently ranked in the UK Top 30. It is considered a global leader in the realms of ageing and health, data, energy, cities, and the creative arts. Its campus is at the heart of a lively and cosmopolitan student city, famous for its arts, sport, shopping and nightlife.

Key Facts


  • #21 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
  • #22 in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • #35 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 19,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 6,500

Year founded

  • 1963

  • It holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) Gold Award.
  • With the recent opening of a new school of pharmacy, Newcastle has become one of the few universities to offer courses and research in medicine, dentistry, biomedical sciences, psychology and pharmacy. 
  • Newcastle University has a long history dating back to 1834, when the School of Medicine and Surgery was established.
  • In addition to its main campus in Newcastle, the university has a business school in London, and a science and engineering facility in Singapore. It was also the first UK university to establish a fully-owned international campus for medicine at its NUMed campus in Malaysia. 
  • In 1967, the civil rights activist and spokesperson Dr Martin Luther King Jr visited Newcastle University and was awarded an honorary degree.
Areas of recognition

Newcastle is currently ranked 1st in the UK for Art and Design, and has further top 10 rankings for the following subjects (within the in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019): Anatomy and Physiology (#3), Dentistry (#4), Architecture (#6), Linguistics (#6), Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (#7), Medicine (#7), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (#8), English (#10), Food Science (#8) and Geology (#8),

Kings alumni at Newcastle University

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