University of Hertfordshire
Welcome to University of Hertfordshire
The University of Hertfordshire is in an amazing location, with all the benefits of the rural countryside but only a short bus ride from the pubs, clubs and shops of St Albans, and a mere twenty-five minute train ride from the centre of London.
Getting around this dual campus university, situated in Hatfield, is both simple and affordable as there is a free shuttle bus that runs regularly throughout the day and night. Alternatively, the campuses are within walking distance of each other and both have leisure facilities and accommodation.
You can have the best of both worlds with many students choosing to study on one campus and live on the other.
When you’re not in lectures, the students’ union offers a wide variety of social activities running throughout the term. These range from societies, to international volunteering opportunities to club nights within their £35m entertainment venue, The Forum Hertfordshire.
Since being founded as Hatfield Technical College in 1952, the university has forged close links with the aerospace industry. It has invested heavily in developing modern interactive facilities and this is set to continue with its pioneering facilities development programme, the 2020 Estates Vision.
The university’s specialist teaching facilities include a full-scale replica Crown Court, observatory, film and music studios and a Medical Simulation Centre featuring replica emergency and intensive care situations.
The university is also home to the Hertfordshire Sports Village, a state-of-the-art sports complex on de Havilland campus. This is the base for the majority of sport, health and fitness at the University of Hertfordshire and the local community. There is also a newly built 50 station gym with a combination of cardio and resistance machines on College Lane campus.
Courses and fees
The University of Hertfordshire offers around 260 full-time undergraduate courses, and more than 100 postgraduate taught, online and specialist courses. They’re spread across ten different Schools of study: Business, Computer Science, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering and Technology, Health and Social Work, Humanities, Law, Life and Medical Sciences, and finally Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics.
Most courses have their own entry requirements, which you will find on the university website. You’ll need at least 2 A levels (or equivalent) to begin an undergraduate Honours degree, or at least 1 A level (or equivalent) for a Foundation degree. The university encourages students from all backgrounds to apply, so even if you don’t have the points you might still find a place here.
Most taught Master’s degrees require you to hold an Honours degree or equivalent qualification. Detailed entry requirements for the degree you want to apply for can be found in the course description. It’s worth noting that if you have prior higher education or equivalent work experience, this may be taken into account allowing you to enter your chosen course at an advanced level.
All students from non-majority English speaking countries are required to prove their English language proficiency. You’ll need a GCSE English language grade A-C, and for most courses an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band). Other English language tests are accepted – just contact the university’s International Office for details.
To find out more about entry requirements, please visit go.herts.ac.uk/ucastariff.
Undergraduate and postgraduate fees
In common with other UK universities, the University of Hertfordshire charges tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate study.
There are separate fees for:
- Full-time undergraduate and postgraduate UK and EU students
- Part-time undergraduate and postgraduate UK and EU students
- International undergraduate and postgraduate students
Please visit our website go.herts.ac.uk/fees for our latest tuition fees, how to apply for a tuition fee loan and for further information about financial support.
Bursaries and scholarships
A number of scholarships are available at Hertfordshire, which could save you a fair bit of money if you meet the requirements. For an up-to-date list of the scholarships available please visit go.herts.ac.uk/scholarships.
The University of Hertfordshire has impressive, modern facilities across its campuses. It’s home to one of the UK’s best teaching observatories, as well as a simulated intensive care unit, £15 million sports village and fully functioning law court. The latest addition to the university’s estate is a high quality science building with over 3000 sq m of lab space. The computing and technology facilities include specialist robotics lab, flight simulators, Formula One car simulator and a Smart Systems laboratory.
Library and study facilities
The university’s two Learning Resource Centres are open 24/7, giving you round-the-clock access to 800,000 books – including 300,000 online eBooks – as well as 3,000 study spaces and 1,300 computer workstations. Alternatively, log on to the wi-fi from the comfort of the Starbucks coffee bar in the Forum or Costa Coffee in the Law Court Building. The online learning environment, StudyNet, will give you access to course materials and resources, customised to suit your study programme.
Medical and welfare services
If you’re getting stressed out by your course, your finances or just life in general, the university’s support services will help you deal with your problems before they get out of hand. The university’s Student Wellbeing team, based in the Hutton Hub, deliver a range of professional, specialist services to support you with emotional, mental health, disability and health related issues.
The Student Union’s Advice & Support Centre offers confidential advice on personal, academic, social and health issues. No concern is too small: even if you simply want to chat to someone over a cup of tea, you’re welcome to drop by.
If you have a disability, the university’s Disability Services advisors will help you figure out what support you’ll need during your course, arrange loans of specialist equipment, organise notetakers and assistants and offer communication support.
The university’s Careers, Employment & Enterprise team will help you fine tune your CV to help you stand out in the crowded graduate job market. They’ll also make sure you’re perfectly prepped for those all-important interviews, giving you the confidence you’ll need to bag your first graduate job or internship.
The support from the team doesn’t end when you graduate -they will support you as an alumni job seeker or budding entrepreneur for the 2 years following your graduation. A total of 95.2% of graduates are in work or further study 6 months after graduation (according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).
Situated on the College Lane campus is the university’s social hub, housing a multimillion pound entertainment complex, on-campus pub, students’ union, student media suite, campus shop, Santander bank and multiple cash points. It also has a nursery for students and staff with children. Within the newly established Hutton Hub there’s also a pharmacy and medical centre for students where staff can advise you on issues like travel, health, family planning and diet. If you’re suffering from emotional or psychological problems, the staff at the university’s Counselling Centre might be able to help. Both individual and group counselling is on offer, as well as workshops to help with exam anxiety and other issues.
In addition, there is The Key, which is a welcoming haven for all students and staff to take time out for the spiritual side of life. It's also where you'll find the University Chaplain's office.
Wherever you’re from in the world, you’ll find a diverse, vibrant campus waiting for you at this university, with around 85 different countries represented by the international student body.
The International Student Support Team offers advice on immigration, work permits, and financial and personal matters. It also organises regular social activities for international students, including trips to other parts of the UK and Europe.
Careers advisers run special events for overseas students throughout the year. A wide range of English language classes are available, most of which are integrated into degree programmes so they’re relevant to the subject you’re studying. StudyNet means you can access course materials even when you’re not in the UK and keep in touch with other students and your tutors.
Inside the halls of residence there are self-contained flats each with single study or (less commonly) twin bedrooms. These rooms are either en-suite or share a bathroom with a handful of others. There are also a small number of single studio rooms, separate to the flats. These have their own small kitchen and bathroom.
The University of Hertfordshire is in a low crime rate area, with Hatfield ranking in the top 20 safest towns for students according to the Complete University Guide 2015.
If you’re looking to rent privately, Hatfield and the surrounding area has lots of options for students. A room in a shared house usually costs around £85-£115 a week plus bills.
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Trains from London Kings Cross and Stevenage stop at Hatfield station. The A1M also runs alongside the town, and the M1 and M25 is only a few minutes drive away.
A free park-and-ride shuttle bus is available between the College Lane and de Havilland campuses. The shuttle runs every 10/15 minutes during term time.
“I study on the de Havilland campus and it's pretty modern and open plan. You'll find a lot of people in the library, which gives it a nice buzz. But there are also silent rooms if you prefer that instead.” – Primary Education student
“When I went for an open day the students and staff were all really helpful, positive and cheery. The accommodation and buildings were super, and I love how modern it all is!” – Human Resource Management undergraduate
“The university supported me throughout my time studying for my undergraduate degree. I was always given opportunities to develop outside my course and the social activities available at the university made it really easy to make friends.” - Marketing with Event Management alumni
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