Established in 1839, the University of Chester is one of the oldest higher education institutions in UK. 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 Roman city of Chester were the first in the country to be purpose-built for the professional training of teachers.

The University of Chester now has 1,880 staff and some 19,850 students, drawn from the United Kingdom, Europe and further afield, particularly the United States, India, China, Nigeria, Turkey, Uganda, Pakistan, Ghana, Bangladesh, Qatar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. 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.

Key Facts & Figures

  • High Academic and Learning Standards- The University was recently awarded silver status by the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.
  • Currently home to 20,000 students from 130 countries across the globe.
  • International Scholarships – The University of Chester offers generous international and merit-based scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate study. You will automatically be considered for these scholarships when submitting an application and any award given will be shown on your offer letter.
  • High Graduate Employability- Our graduate employment rate is 95.3% (DLHE).

Outstanding Course Rankings

  • Top 25 Course for Accounting and Finance
  • 96% Student Satisfaction for Accounting and Finance
  • Top 15 Course for Education
  • 98% Employment for Primary Education
  • 100% Student Satisfaction for Health and Social Care
  • Top 20 Course for Theology and Religious Studies
  • 100% Employment for Human Nutrition
  • Top 30 Course for Mathematics
  • 1st for Overall Satisfaction in Chemical, Process & Energy Engineering
  • Work Based Learning – The University of Chester has a national reputation for its Work Based Learning module which is offered to undergraduate students in their second year of study. Almost all level five students will undertake the WBL module which involves spending 5 weeks (May-June) working for an organisation.
  • Students have placement opportunities to work for some prestigious and high-profile organisations and WBL can open the doors to permanent employment post-graduation.
  • The University of Chester has been ranked as the safest city-based University in the North West of England three years in a row (The Complete University Guide 2014-2016).
  • University accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students whose accommodation application forms are received by the stated deadlines for our September intake.
  • Great Location- Voted the fifth best place to live in Britain (Sunday Times 2016) and the fifth prettiest city in Europe (USA today 2016), the city of Chester is at the heart of our Students’ University experience!

​City of Chester

Chester is a modern and contemporary city, rich in history and culture. One of eight world-famous British Heritage cities, Chester welcomes over eight million tourists each year with a wide variety of attractions. Ideally placed in the North West of England, it is less than an hour from Manchester and Liverpool, just a two-hour direct train journey to London and close to both the beautiful Welsh coast and mountains. The ancient Roman walls still surround Chester’s city centre, which along with the renowned Cathedral, Eastgate Clock, and Roman Amphitheatre, demonstrate its 2000-year-old heritage.

Chester is home to the world’s third best zoo (TripAdvisor 2017) and is a must-visit for all students. The list of exciting activities to try here in Chester is limitless; from spending a day at the races to shark diving in a local aquarium. It is a great location for those with a passion for shopping with countless outlets located in the historic Chester rows. There are also many international and award-winning restaurants so, whatever your passion, come and experience