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University of Cumbria


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University of Cumbria



The University of Cumbria is a popular and distinctive UK university choice for international students. It offers countless opportunities to help them make a positive impact in the world. 96 per cent of Cumbria’s students find professional employment or further studies within six months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020).

International students can study undergraduate and postgraduate taught and postgraduate research courses. These are taught by five specialist academic departments:

  • Institute of Health
  • Institute of the Arts
  • Institute of Education
  • Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership
  • Department of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies.

The majority of courses have a 90 to 100 per cent student satisfaction rate. There are also Pre-Sessional English language programmes available. These help non-native speakers with their language abilities.

Each of Cumbria’s campuses offer unique learning experiences and exceptional surroundings. They are based in:

  • Lancaster and Carlisle – both vibrant and historic cities
  • Ambleside – in the heart of the English Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • London – the UK’s buzzing capital

All of these locations have great transport links, popular tourist attractions and proximity to the beautiful UK coast and countryside.

Campuses are safe, self-contained, friendly and full of expert support services. The university has an award-winning support team. It's committed to helping all students towards their goals and ambitions and resolving problems. There is dedicated support for international students.

University residences are comfortable, convenient and offer amazing value-for-money. Students who apply to Cumbria by the given deadline are guaranteed on-campus accommodation for the first year. Campus living provides many opportunities for students. They can get involved with social activities and events, pursue their interests.

Average tuition fees per year

Fees are for indicative purposes, check with institution for details


Fees are for indicative purposes, check with institution for details


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What's new

What's new

A safe campus environment from COVID-19

The University of Cumbria is working hard to provide the safest learning environment possible for the beginning of the new academic year. Campus services will be opened safely to ensure the health and wellbeing of students. Courses will be delivered using a ‘blended learning’ approach, a combination of face-to-face and online learning. All students will be able to spend approximately two days per week on-campus in the first semester, and until normal teaching can resume.

The wellbeing of staff and students is the university’s utmost priority. Cumbria is following government and health advice and guidelines to ensure its students remain safe and protected. The latest information about reopening the campuses in September 2020 can be found on the university website.

Top worldwide university for education quality

The university has been ranked within the top ten universities in the world by the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020. These rankings assess universities against the UN’s important Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the Quality Education SDG, out of 676 institutions, Cumbria ranked:

  • 1st in the UK
  • 8th in the world
Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Excellent education

The University of Cumbria provides an exceptional education. Most courses have a 90 to 100 per cent student satisfaction rate. Classes are small in size where students receive personalised teaching. Tutors get to know their students and are committed to their success.

In the Guardian University League Tables 2020 the University of Cumbria was ranked:

  • Number 8 in the UK for law (1st in the North West of England)
  • Number 14 in the UK for agriculture and forestry (1st in the North West of England)
  • Number 22 in the UK for psychology
  • Number 48 in the UK for film and media (and 6th in the North West of England)

All students are assigned a personal tutor who mentors them throughout their studies. They meet regularly throughout the term, where tutors support academic performance.

Pre-sessional English programmes

Pre-sessional programmes are for international students who need to improve their skills before degree-level study. They are specially designed for non-native English speakers. Programmes have 15 hours of classes each week, plus personal tutorials and independent studies. Students can develop their English language skills for academic purposes and daily communication. There are two programmes:

  • 12-week – for bachelor’s/master’s students with IELTS score 5.0/5.5
  • Six-week – for bachelor's/master’s students with IELTS score 5.5/6.0

All Pre-Sessional English courses have currently moved online. More information is available from the International Office.

Department structure

Department structure

Cumbria is comprised of five Institutes, each teaching multidisciplinary courses. Undergraduate, postgraduate, foundation, CPD and short courses are available to study.

Institute of the Arts

Students learn all about the arts, multimedia and culture at this purpose-built specialist campus through courses in:

  • Art and design
  • Film and media arts
  • Games design and user experience
  • Performing arts
  • English literature and creative writing

Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership

Students become more critically aware and learn important global skills, ready for the professional world of business. Courses are in:

  • Accounting and finance
  • Business and management
  • Criminology
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Policing, risk management and security
  • Project management / leadership
  • Social sciences

93 per cent of the institute’s graduates found employment or continued their studies within six months of graduating (DLHE 2018).

Institute of Education

Those looking to work in the public or private education sector can become a:

  • Early Years, Primary or Secondary Teacher
  • Mentor
  • Researcher
  • Administrator
  • Educational Leader or Manager

90 per cent of students find employment or continue their studies within six months of graduating from the Institute of Education (DLHE 2018).

Institute of Health

Students can gain critical healthcare skills to make a positive difference in the world of health. The institute specialises in areas of healthcare such as:

  • Healthcare sciences
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Paramedicine
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Sports science

95 per cent of the institute’s students found professional employment or furthered their training within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017).

Department of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies

Students curious about the natural world and environment can pursue a range of courses in:

  • Biomedical science
  • Conservation
  • Forensic science
  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Outdoor studies and leadership
  • Sustainability and the environment

97 per cent of the institute’s students found professional employment or furthered their training within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For admission to Cumbria, international students may need to show proof of English language proficiency. The level required will depend on their chosen course.


Students generally need one of the following, or equivalent:

  • IELTS – minimum score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each band
  • GCSE English as a first language – grade C

For BSc Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Physiotherapy and Diagnostic Radiography, students will need an IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent).


Students generally need the following, or equivalent:

  • Master’s, PgC or PgD – IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each band
  • MA Social Work, MSc Occupational Therapy or MSc Physiotherapy – IELTS score of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each band.
  • PhD – IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each area

International students who can’t quite meet the English language requirements can take Pre-Sessional or In-Sessional English language courses.




The university’s campuses are in some of the UK’s most iconic and popular locations, such as the English Lake District, Lancaster and London. Cumbria is the only UK university based within a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. These exciting locations provide unique opportunities for students in and out of the classroom.

IT facilities

Students can take advantage of Cumbria’s extensive digital technologies. They can access resources and systems on campus or elsewhere. This includes electronic books, e-journals, online learning, email, support, instant messaging, file storage and video conferencing.

Food and drink

The university is committed to providing fair trade options. Fair trade foods are available to buy in all campus stores and are used in all restaurants, cafes and bars.

Art gallery

The Vallum Gallery holds in-house and external exhibitions every year. It showcases final projects of art students. The degree show and gallery were finalists for Art of Cultural Initiative of the Year (Carlisle Living Awards).


There are many facilities at Cumbria designed to make sport accessible and inclusive. Students are members of the Students’ Union Sport when they enrol at the university. They can also join membership packages or CPD courses.


A range of affordable housing options to suit everyone’s budget are available. The North West of England is considered one of the best value-for-money student areas in the country. Students can choose between different types of room:

  • Standard or en suite
  • Catered or self-catered
  • On-campus or off-campus
Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the University of Cumbria has frozen its international fees for the academic year 2020/21. 

The university’s International scholarship scheme is currently being reviewed to make it more accessible and ensure that it provides real opportunities to future global talent. The International Scholarship scheme should be relaunching soon. Students are encouraged keep checking the university website for any updates.

Cumbria Bursary

The Cumbria Bursary is an award for first-year home and EU undergraduate students starting their courses in 2020/21. Eligible students with a household income of less than GBP 25,000 may receive up to GBP 1,000 per year of study.

Money Advice Service

Both current students and applicants can receive free and confidential advice from Cumbria’s Money Advice Service. Expert advisers are experienced in guiding students. They provide support with any finance-related issues such as funding, bursaries, scholarships and budgeting. One-to-one advice can be given on campus or over the phone.

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Yihan, China

I have studied International Business and Communication at University of Cumbria. I think the best part of studying at University of Cumbria must be its environment, such as beautiful scenery, fresh air, and all kinds of convenient facilities. I used many facilities 
(such as lifts, well-equipped classrooms and dormi
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I would not want to be anywhere else

Nicole, UK

I am located at the Brampton Road campus which is a very supportive, vibrant and creative environment. It is easy to feel at home here. The campus is relatively small and everybody is very friendly and welcoming. The class sizes are also fairly small, which makes for a more personal experience. The university’s stude
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