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Academic Departments

At Northumbria, students enjoy an educational experience that will set them up for life, taught by experts in their field who have a passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

Northumbria’s courses are highly rated with many programmes accredited by professional bodies and achieving high satisfaction scores in the annual National Student Survey.

Applied Sciences

The Department of Applied Sciences has an exciting and extensive portfolio of subjects including biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, forensic science, food and nutritional sciences.

Architecture and Built Environment

The Department of Architecture and Built Environment (ABE) operates at the intersection of culture and technology, engineering and society, and art and design in local, regional, and global contexts.


From creating fine art to conserving it; from animation to film, theatre and television, through to arts management and teaching, our Arts department is a dynamic and stimulating environment to study a wide range of courses. Learn from world-renowned experts in Fine Art, Performance and Visual Cultures.

Computer and Information Sciences

The Department of Computer and Information Sciences is home to all of our work in artificial intelligence, digital forensics and cyber security, digital networks, social computing, human–computer interaction, games, internet of things, big data and information sciences.

Geography and Environmental Sciences

We specialise in cold and palaeo environments, social and cultural geographies, communities and resilience, environmental geochemistry and health, and ecology, through projects in more than 30 countries, from the poles to the tropics.


Our Department of Humanities includes the subject areas of History, English Literature, English Language and Linguistics, Creative Writing and American Studies.

Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Home to our teaching and research specialisms in mathematics, physics and astrophysics, electrical and electronic engineering, mobile communication, microelectronic, renewable and sustainable energy technologies, and advanced materials.

Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University encompasses all of our work in Mechanical, Civil, Automotive, Construction and Architectural Engineering, as well as project management.

Newcastle Business School

Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK.

Northumbria Law School

Northumbria Law School is one of the largest law schools in the UK, with a national and international reputation for excellence in legal education for those interested in studying law.

Northumbria School of Design

Our School of Design covers Industrial, Fashion, Communication and Innovation Design. With alumni including Apple’s Sir Jonathan Ive, principal designer of the iPad, iPhone and iMac, our design community examines design in the context of use, beauty and social and cultural contexts.

Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Northumbria University is well-established with highly rated Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) and Health Professional Council (HPC) approved events. Our BSc nursing programmes are highly ranked in the UK league tables and are accredited by the Royal College of Nursing.


The British Psychological Society has accredited a number of our programmes. We cover psychology and its various specialisms including health, occupational, organisational and sport & exercise psychology.

Social Sciences

We offer an extensive range of courses in Criminology, Sociology, and International Relations and Development. Award-winning global research and partnerships provide the real world experience to drive positive social change on an international level.

Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

We're at the forefront of high-quality professional education, innovation and research in social work, social care, education, lifelong learning, public health and community wellbeing.

Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

With a strong reputation for teaching and research excellence, our range of innovative and exciting programmes produce global graduates who have benefited from learning, teaching and “cutting edge” facilities, described as some of the best in the country.

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Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

NU World

Explore NU World

Find out what life here is all about. From studying to socialising, term time to downtime, we’ve got it covered.

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