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Study at the University of Chester


The University of Chester is the fifth oldest higher education establishment in England, with only the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and London outdating it. It was opened in 1839 as a Church of England training college by a group of local Anglicans, including future British prime minister William Gladstone. This made it the first dedicated teacher training college in the United Kingdom. The institution gained full university status in 2005 and now offers much more than educational training, with over 400-course combinations in a wide variety of subjects available. There are 19,000 students attending the university and 1,880 staff working there.

In addition to the historic Parkgate Road Campus, there are four further sites in Chester. These include Thornton Science Park, which is the home of the UK’s first new faculty of science and engineering in two decades. The university also has facilities in Warrington, Shrewsbury and Reaseheath.

Quick Summary

  • Established: 1839
  • Students: 14,900 (2018/19)
  • Intl. Student Ratio: 11%
  • Location: Chester, England
  • Campus: Five (Parkgate Road Campus, Creative Campus, Queen’s Park Campus, Riverside Campus, Warrington Campus)
  • TEF Ranking: Silver
  • THE Ranking: 95th in the UK (1001+ in the World)

University Details

Subjects Offered

The University of Chester covers a broad range of subjects at foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Find out more about what they offer and why it’s great to study at the University of Chester.

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Acting
  • Adult Nursing
  • Archaeology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Business and Digital Marketing
  • Business Finance
  • Business Management
  • Business Management (Human Resource Management)
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology
  • Digital Marketing
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • English Language and Literature
  • Events and Festivals Management
  • Fashion Design
  • Games Development
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • Health and Exercise Science
  • International Business Management
  • Journalism
  • Law (LLB)
  • Marketing Management
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sociology

University Ranking (Worldwide)

According to Times Higher Education  World University Rankings 2021, The University of Chester is ranking at 1001+ in the world.

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University Campuses

Birmingham’s main campus is located in the Edgbaston area of the city, The University of Chester now has over 1,700 staff and some 14,900 students, drawn from the United Kingdom, Europe and further afield, particularly from the United States, India, China, Nigeria, Turkey, Uganda, Pakistan, Ghana, Bangladesh, Qatar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. Recent developments include the addition of two large accommodation blocks (Grosvenor and Sumner Houses) and a significant expansion of the learning resource centre at the Park gate Road Campus.

The Hand bridge former Western Command Army HQ, in which Winston Churchill held wartime meetings with international politicians, is now the Queen’s Park Campus and opened for the academic year 2015/16 as a base for the Faculty of Business and Management, educating the leaders of tomorrow. This followed the launch of Thornton Science Park in 2014/15, hosting the UK’s first new Faculty of Science and Engineering in two decades and bringing together teaching and research with business and innovative industry practices on one site.

  • Parkgate Road Campus
  • Creative Campus
  • Queen’s Park Campus
  • Riverside Campus
  • Warrington Campus