University of Northampton

University of Northampton Waterside Campus, University Dr, Northampton NN1 5PH, UK

University Information

Welcome to the University of Northampton

The University of Northampton celebrates the path less trodden. The different thinkers. The different doers. Those inspired to make a difference to their own lives and the world around them.

We are one of the youngest universities in the UK but we’re already leading the way in social impact – doing good things that help society.

We’ve won awards for our work in this area, but what really matters to us is making sure our students and graduates have the opportunity to make their mark on the world too. That’s why we were the first University in the UK to be named as a ‘Changemaker Campus’

We want to break the mould of what Higher Education can be, and that’s why we decided to build a whole new University from the ground up. Join us and you’ll be welcomed to our purpose-built Waterside Campus, which opened in 2018 and has been designed around the way you actually learn rather than the way you’re expected to.

Perhaps you want to study for a degree to kick-start or progress your career? Maybe you’re passionate about a subject that’s grabbed your interest and you want to learn every detail you can? Maybe you simply want to change the world?

Whatever has led you to us, we’re glad you’re here. We know we can do great things together.

Postgraduate Study at UON

Our postgraduate courses are a fantastic way to widen your career prospects. You can gain detailed knowledge of a particular area that you find interesting with our diverse postgraduate degree programmes.

We encourage you to take a look at our courses to find the right one for you.

We offer many opportunities throughout the year to find out about postgraduate study such as open days ourPostgraduate Events and subject dedicated webinars, where you can learn more about your chosen field and how to progress your career. At our events you will also get the opportunity to meet lecturers and your fellow students, get answers to all your questions and familiarise yourself with life at the University of Northampton.

We also offer weekly campus tours you can view our campus anytime with our virtual tour

Reasons to choose UON for Postgraduate Study

Access to Postgraduate Funding

Did you know you that postgraduate students can also apply for funding to support their studies? From research trips to conferences and events, the funding could really help add value to your studies.

Postgraduate Loans

You may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate loan from the Government. Please visit our postgraduate study loan page for more information.

20% Alumni Discount

We offer our Alumni students a 20% discount on their course fees when studying a postgraduate programme with us. Please visit our alumni discount page for more information.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a number of scholarships and bursaries that you could apply for if you are studying a postgraduate course with us. In some cases, such as for The International Scholarship, you could get support for your tuition fees, receiving up to 30% off your tuition fees over the duration of your course.

Our scholarships and bursaries available to postgraduate students:

The funding available could go towards supporting your studies by funding research trips, conferences and events, research, training and volunteering. Each scholarship has it’s own eligibility criteria, therefore we recommend that you visit our Bursaries, Scholarships and awards page for more information.

Supporting you throughout your studies

The University of Northampton offers you extensive support throughout your studies. ​​​​​​​​We have a range of support and services available to help ensure that your time at the University is as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. Our services offer support in many areas including academic, mental and physical health, disabilities, and general student support.

Our Campus

Waterside Campus, based in the town centre, is built totally around you.  How you want to study. How you want to live.  Get to know Waterside a little better and see the difference for yourself by attending one of our events or view our virtual tour.

Our facilities consist of the following:

The Creative Hub Bringing together creative and science disciplines in a flexible learning space, the Creative Hub sits next to the beautiful marina on the banks of the River Nene. This building predominantly houses laboratories and specialist teaching spaces and is a hive of creativity on campus.

The Learning Hub offers a 24/7 library and learning environment, as well as a café and restaurant, so you can grab a bite to eat between seminars. Walking through the doors you’ll enter an incredible light-filled foyer that has been built around the model of a piazza, where people meet, study, work or just relax. The building is a flexible venue, suitable for guest lectures, exhibitions and events and learning spaces. It’s designed to encourage students and staff from different subject areas to come together and collaborate.

The Development Hub is home to a small number of courses within acting, art and music, as well as Pre-Sessional English. The newly-refurbished building contains specialist teaching space, along with shared meeting rooms, breakout areas and a student common room.

The Energy Centre The campus is powered by its own Energy Centre, designed to save over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 in the short term by using woodchip biomass and gas to provide hot water and low carbon heating to buildings all around the site.

The Engine Shed Your Students’ Union has its home in the Engine Shed, a Grade II listed building that’s undergone an incredible refurbishment thanks to a £1.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Along with the Students’ Union venue in town, you won’t be short of places to spend time with your friends.

The Sports Dome However you choose to spend your downtime, the Sports Dome gives you access to a whole host of sports – including netball, badminton, volleyball and basketball. These facilities are in addition to three outdoor multi-use games areas and a floodlit full-size all-weather sports pitch. We’ve also partnered with Trilogy Leisure to offer discounted membership at their superb gyms and swimming pools, located nearby. The Energy Centre. The campus is powered by its own Energy Centre, designed to save over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 in the short term by using woodchip biomass and gas to provide hot water and low carbon heating to buildings all around the site.

On Campus Accommodation 

A popular choice for first year and international students, our Halls of Residence are the perfect environment to meet new people and stand on your own two feet while you study. We know it’s never easy to leave home for the first time. Which is why we’ve designed our Halls with you and your needs in mind.

Our on-campus Student Village is just a few metres from the academic buildings where you’ll be learning. You might choose to live in one of the five-storey flats, or perhaps you’d prefer one of the four-storey townhouses with landscaped courtyards. Whatever you choose, our Student Village accommodation comes fully furnished with all your utilities included in the rent – so no surprise costs (just don’t forget to buy a TV licence if you’re planning to watch live or on-demand TV in your room).While most students will love the convenience of living on-campus during their first year, we also have a range of rooms available to suit all budgets in our Halls of Residence based off-campus.

Off-Campus Accommodation

Town centre

We offer a selection of accommodation in the town centre at St John’s, which is a five-minute walk from campus. St John’s Halls provides single en-suites, single studio flats and twin studios. St John’s House is a small Hall reserved for students studying a short course, for a minimum of one term. However, if you simply prefer a quieter environment, full year contracts are also offered. Single or twin rooms are available, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. All rooms at St John’s are equipped with network access and WiFi, as well as 24-hour security and a dedicated support team.

Scholars Green Student Village

If you prefer the quieter life, away from the hustle and bustle of the campus, one of our en-suite or studio options based off-campus might be the place for you. Our Halls of Residence at Scholars Green offer limited parking (subject to strict criteria), a range of regular social activities, free weekday bus travel to and from campus, as well as network access and WiFi, 24-hour security and a dedicated support team.

Our Town

Northamptonshire is the perfect combination of bustling urban  life and peaceful countryside. Whatever mood you’re in,  there’s always plenty to do.

You’ll find Northampton in the heart of the country. With brilliant road and rail links, getting to London couldn’t be easier and we’re also close to Birmingham, Coventry and Milton Keynes. A short walk from campus and you’re right in the heart of the busy town centre – from student favourite pubs and clubs, to artisan coffee shops and themed restaurants. Head to the famous Royal & Derngate on Friday nights for the Comedy Club, or choose from the best in world cinema at the Northampton Filmhouse. Or if live music is your thing, the County Ground has hosted a huge range of music sensations from Craig David and Rita Ora to slowthai. Look out for who visits next!

Do the Northampton Saints sound familiar? Franklin’s Gardens is home to our famous rugby team, who compete at the very top level. Or you can head to the stadium at Sixfields to take in a Northampton Town FC match and cheer on your new local team.

Sometimes you just need a moment. Grab a coffee, then cross the footbridge to Becket’s Park and find a spot along the riverbank to relax. Explore a little further by heading over to Rushden Lakes, Northamptonshire’s premier shopping and leisure destination. Here you’ll find big brand fashion alongside lakeside restaurants and cafés, as well as indoor climbing, a trampoline park and an IMAX cinema.

Find out more on what Northamptonshire has to offer

Our Achievements

From award wins to opening a new campus, we’ve achieved great things at the University of Northampton. Discover more about our achievements.

Contact us

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our social channels for details of webinars and online chats. If you want to discuss your options further our team are available to answer any questions at or call 0300 303 2772.

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