Newcastle University can trace its roots back to 1834 when The School of Medicine and Surgery was founded in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. The University was officially created the way it is today in 1963.Show more
Based on the EDUopinions rankings, the Newcastle University rating is 4.4. If you want to know more about this school, read the student reviews on our website.
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On the whole, I think it’s good. The teaching facilities in the school are very good. There is also a strong sense of history. The only thing I find lacking is the relative lack of a stadium. And the gym is relatively far away, it is much closer for me to go to the gym of the school next door, haha.View more
The programme is a blend of both theoretical and practical learning. Although, I wish there was more practical coursework. I just completed my first year but I’m confident that by the end of my course, I’d be able to gain skills that’d help me enter the job market.
The professors are there to guide you, however, it has to be you who approaches them and not the other way around. The best thing about the university is that they have a very strong support network.
There’s a large number of international students and LGBTQ communities as well so you’d always feel accepted.
Newcastle, in itself is the best student city. The living cost is quite low, cheap accommodation isn’t hard to find and the city is easily navigable by foot.
Overall, my experince at Newcastle has been amazing so far!
The campus is ideally situated a stone’s throw from the city centre, meaning it’s really easy to walk between shops and cafés anc back to uni really quickly. Luckily, a lot of the accomodation buildings are equally well located meaning you can travel most places by foot and it doesn’t take long. There are a few further away hals of residence, i.e. St Mary’s so make sure to research before selecting and weigh up value and location.
The school of Modern Languages is really well equipped, with a special library just for the department with multiple language resources available free of charge. The lecturers are good, and most content is equally available online meaning you can recap or look ahead. One thing I would be wary of is to not buy all the books straight away because often you can get them cheaper down the line or use free online versions, as a lot of the time they aren’t used frequently, especially in first year (however some modules they are necessary).View more
The programme had solid foundations with a wide opportunity for choosing your own modules, and tailoring them to your specific interests. There is vast opportunity for practical work as well as more theory-based learning if that is more to your taste. The department has very new buildings in the centre of campus. The school could improve their advice towards students when choosing their modules so that modules are not chosen and committed to without students knowing too much about the modules themselves.
The extracurricular activities recommended by the department, with charity work opportunities and lectures outside of the curriculum are excellent. As well as a well-organised society infrastructure, of which I was part of the Biology society and the agriculture rugby club, which were both student lead and excellent fun.
Finally, the careers department was fantastic, with appointments available year-round and advice specific to my career preferences.
My time spent at Newcastle was unforgettable. Politics as a programme is extremely diverse, the variation in modules allows students to tailor the programme to their interests. I personally preferred more international relations based modules, and I thoroughly enjoyed these, which also helped me decide on my dissertation topic. My module leaders were on the whole very helpful especially considering the Covid restrictions, which meant all lectures, seminars and meetings were online. They were generally very flexible and active on emails to ensure contact was maintained during our studies despite the pandemic.
The student life in Newcastle was a serious highlight for me, there are a wide variety of societies, and the cost of living is a lot lower than many other universities, which allowed everyone to enjoy themselves with less worry about finances. The houses once out of halls are very good value for money and allowed for a nice living environment.
Additionally, the university has a whole building and programme dedicated to careers. I often used this to discuss with mentors of what I wanted to do with my future they were very helpful with cover letters, CV writing etc. It was an optional service so for those concerned about future plans, it was great but also didn’t apply any pressure to students.
In terms of improvements, I have a very limited number to give. The only criticism I could give was making more of an effort to hold face to face seminars in the latter days of Covid as I had friends at other universities which were given these options. However, this was not a major downfall.
For anyone thinking about Newcastle, I cannot recommend it enough!View more
The uni was in a good setting, but the course ended up being very heavily disrupted by politics. Sometimes we were left to feel like we had to fend for ourselves. Some lecturers definitely really cared though.View more
When I began studying medicine at Newcastle, I didn’t believe I’d have much experience with real patients in a clinical environment for the first few years. However, although we have only been able to undergo a few days’ worth of placement, these days have been a highlight of the degree so far for me. We’ve been able to apply our clinical skills such as cardiovascular and respiratory examinations and venipuncture in the clinical environment. Furthermore, the opportunity to discuss the various conditions we have learnt about with people who are currently living with these diseases has been very illuminating and has provided an insight into what later placements and clinical practice might be like. I feel that Newcastle has immediately plunged us into clinical teaching and learning, and this has been extremely rewarding and everything I hoped medicine might be.View more
The course is really interesting because it allows a lot of flexibility compared to most uni courses, I chose the major-minor route with politics and business as my subjects. The teaching staff in the politics department are all amazing, the business school could be better in that area though. I’d definitely recommend the uni overall, there’s a decent mix of in-person and online content delivery which makes it easier to have a balanced and quite flexible schedule. The city’s incredibly lively and fun, definitely makes for a very memorable time.View more
Studying a practical degree such as dentistry I would have expected more to be in person. So far in my first year, I’ve had less than 20 lectures in person. In addition one of my essays that went to my final first-year grade was a shadow report. This involved shadowing current students in clinics and reflecting on how they communicate with patients. However, due to the school’s worries with covid, we were not allowed in the clinic and instead had to base our essays on videos made by lectures. These fake scenarios didn’t give us a true insight into what it’s like in the dental hospital and interacting with real people.View more
There were times lecturers went on strike, and left students feeling uncertain about their education and assignments. Love the friendly student atmosphere. I love how the city is so lively with lots of friendly students.View more