Welcome to Teesside University
Based on our vibrant campus in the centre of Middlesbrough, between the North York Moors and the stunning North East coast, Teesside University is a friendly, modern university with a broad range of courses.
From graphic design, public services and computer animation to data science, midwifery and aeronautical engineering ─ Teesside University offers a broad range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. We have full-time and part-time options as well as short courses.
We’ve recently invested £250m in our campus, giving us a leading edge in digital innovation, industry-standard equipment and sport, engineering, science and health facilities.
With 85 years of teaching excellence, we have a strong and growing academic record at Teesside University. Our lecturers will know you by name, working with your individual strengths and academic interests to help you get the most out of your studies.
Teesside University scored 86% for overall satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey (up from 85% in 2014). And 89% of students would recommend the University to others. Our Students’ Union continues to score highly at 85% satisfaction ─ well above the national average of 69%.
You may not know that Teesside University has recently been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Excellence ─ and we were the first modern university to be awarded the Times Higher Education University of the Year (2009-10).
Teesside University is a welcoming place and you’ll soon feel part of our close-knit community ─ visit us at one of our open days to find out for yourself.
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Courses and fees
At Teesside University we have a broad portfolio of courses on offer ─ from English, sociology and forensic biology, to music technology, food science and concept art. Undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees are available and we have full-time and part-time options as well as short courses.
As well as providing a strong academic grounding at Teesside, we are committed to developing your employability through accredited courses, live projects, work placements, internships and applied learning.
Entry qualifications for all our courses are normally defined in terms of the UK qualifications, for example A levels for undergraduate and a UK degree for postgraduate. You’ll find the entry requirements for each course alongside its listing on our website and in our prospectuses.
The requirements for our undergraduate courses are expressed in terms of UCAS tariff points which relate to UK qualifications. The higher the tariff point, the higher grade you need. We accept some local qualifications too ─ check our website or give us a call for more details.
The requirements for our postgraduate courses are usually expressed in terms of a UK degree classification ─ most of our courses require a minimum of a 2.2 (lower second class) honours degree. Some may require a 2.1 classification ─ please check our website and prospectus for details of what’s required for your specific course.
To study at Teesside University you need to meet our English language requirements.You can find out more about this on the international pages of our website.
It’s always worth getting in touch if you don’t quite meet our entry requirements ─ in some circumstances we can accept students with extensive work experiences or alternative alternative qualifications.
Faculties / Departments
Teesside University has five academic schools:• School of Arts & Media
Courses include interior design, history, performing arts, fine art and creative writing.• School of Computing
Courses include concept art, games development, computing, technical illustration and digital story telling.• School of Health & Social Care
Courses include social care, dental hygiene, occupational therapy, advanced clinical practice and diagnostic radiography.• School of Science & Engineering
Courses include forensic science, oil and gas management, mechanical engineering, biological sciences and chemistry.• School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
Courses include childhood and youth studies, psychology, policing, applied sport and exercise and management.We also have five research institutes:
• Digital Futures Institute
Host to a range of research activities in computing, covering generic research topics and the development of new technologies.• Health and Social Care Institute
Undertaking cutting-edge research relevant to today’s health problems.• Institute of Design, Culture and the Arts
Dedicated to analysing historical and contemporary practices of design, culture and the arts.• Social Futures Institute
Conducting renowned research on contemporary social issues.• Technology Futures Institute
International leader in key areas of research and innovation related to sustainable engineering, advanced processing and measurement and control.
At Teesside University we attract students from more than 100 countries. We offer good value for high academic standards, internationally recognised British qualifications and a great student experience. Our international students voted our library and careers service as first in the world (International Student Barometer 2014).
We also offer generous funding options ─ our international scholarship is worth up to £1,500 a year if you are an individual full fee-paying student. If you pay fees in full when or before you enrol you’ll get a 5% early payment discount (5% of the net course fee).
Apply in time and we can guarantee you a place in some of the most affordable accommodation in the UK – all within walking distance of the campus.
Teesside University tuition fees for full-time undergraduate degrees starting in 2016 cost £9,000 a year. Full-time foundation degrees, HNDs and other qualifications below degree level at both the University and partner colleges cost £6,000 a year. Find out about our undergraduate fees here.
The standard tuition fee for a full-time taught postgraduate course (180 credits) is £4,590. Some courses may be charged differently, check our postgraduate fees and funding page for more information.
The yearly fees for international students on full time courses starting in 2016-17 are between £9,750 and £13,000. We also have a full time distance research degree which is £5,475 a year. Find out more on our international fees and funding page.
If you’d like to study part-time, you can find fees information on each individual course page on our website. The standard tuition fee for part-time undergraduate courses ranges from £3,950 to £4,500 per 120 credits. The standard tuition fee for postgraduate courses is £4,590 (£510 per 20 credits).
Bursaries and scholarships
There are a number of scholarship and bursary options for all levels of study at Teesside University. Options include £1,000 grants, and scholarships of up to £2,500 cash. We also offer fee waivers and fee discounts for high performers. There’s a hardship fund too, in case you find yourself in financial difficulties. Check online for eligibility criteria.
If you’re heading to Teesside University as a new undergraduate student in September 2016, you’ll be given £500 cash as part of our Teesside Kickstart award to help you out in your first year. You could use it for travel, accommodation or other living costs (full eligibility criteria online).
AccommodationTeesside University has some of the best-value university-managed accommodation in the UK – on campus or really close by. On campus alone there are over 1,100 University-managed places. All of our University residences include internet access within your rental package. Teesside University guarantees you a place in accommodation on campus if you firmly accept your undergraduate course offer and apply for accommodation by 1 April.
Halls of residence
There are lots of different types of accommodation available to suit your budget and needs at Teesside:
King Edward’s Square
With a village-square-feel, the 15 houses in King Edward's Square are set around a central garden in the entrance of the University’s campus ─ really handy for lectures, the library, Students' Union and town centre.
£57.45 - £84.20 a week*
Grouped into clusters of six en-suite rooms, campus-based Woodlands Halls allows you to enjoy your own private space but still feel part of a community. As with all of Teesside University’s managed residences, you only pay rent for the 40 weeks you’ll be living there.
£98.40 a week*
Overlooking Middlesbrough’s Albert Park, on the edge of the Middlesbrough campus, Parkside Village is made up of 28 houses and another six blocks of flats. You share facilities and a kitchen/diner within groups of six so it’s an ideal place to make friends.
£84.20 a week*
Our newest accommodation is on Borough Road, directly opposite the University. It’s handy for lectures, Students’ Union and town centre. There are 75 apartments available here, grouped into smaller clusters of between four and eight study bedrooms. Rooms are all single and en-suite. Kitchen and diner areas are shared and there’s a laundry on site.
£98.40 a week*
Set on the southern edge of the campus facing Middlesbrough’s Albert Park, Parkside Hall has a single main entrance leading to all rooms. Single and shared rooms are available, each with a hand basin. Shared facilities are available on each floor.
£57.45 - £74.20 a week*
*All rent charges are for 2015-16. Keep up to date on accommodation costs by checking our accommodation page online.
Other housing options / Private halls
You can find reasonably priced private rental accommodation across Middlesbrough and the surrounding suburbs. Teesside is one of the best places in the country for good value housing close to your university.
See the information above for weekly rental costs. Or take a look at our website for more details. Weekly rentals range from around £57 - £100 a week. With our flexible payment arrangements you can choose to pay your whole rental price for the year in one go, or split it into three or seven instalments throughout your tenancy.
We can offer advice on local, private accommodation. Middlesbrough offers some of the best-value accommodation in the UK.
Why come to an open day
Teesside University’s open days help you really get a feel for what it’s like to live and study here. You get a real flavour of our welcoming community as you tour the campus, view accommodation and meet current students and staff. Your family and friends are very welcome to come along with you ─ we know how important it is to discuss your options with those close to you.
What are undergraduate open days like
Our undergraduate open days have a bustling and sociable atmosphere with plenty of music, tasty food and friendly faces to make your day as useful and fun as possible.
You can design your own day by choosing the talks and tours you are interested in. It’s a great opportunity to meet with staff and students and get all the information you need about our courses and the fantastic facilities we have here at Teesside University.
Student Finance, Students' Union and Disability Services are all on hand to offer advice and support throughout the day.
What are postgraduate open days like
We plan our postgraduate open days to fit in with students who might be working or already studying.
Whether you're considering further study to change career, enhance your CV or for personal interest, you can find out about a wide range of courses, from digital animation to clinical psychology, forensic science to fraud management.
Throughout our postgraduate open days, subject specialists are available to provide you with information on our postgraduate taught and research degrees. We also have staff and students on hand to give advice on applications, careers, funding and much more.
Book an open day here.
If you can’t make it to an open day, have a look at what you can expect from our campus online.
How to get to the uni
Teesside University is in the centre of Middlesbrough in North East England. By road, Middlesbrough is linked to the national road network by the A1 (M), the A19 and the A66 dual carriageways. Follow signs to the town centre and pick up University signposting from there.
Middlesbrough is 30 minutes from Darlington railway station which operates direct services to London and Edinburgh and links to Middlesbrough, where you can get off and take a short taxi ride or a five-minute walk to our campus. The TransPennine Express runs between Middlesbrough and Newcastle, York, Leeds, Manchester, Manchester Airport and Liverpool railway stations.
You can also fly to Teesside ─ Durham Tees Valley Airport is 13 miles from our main Middlesbrough campus. Newcastle Airport is also a very useful option, with Teesside University around an hour’s drive away.
Visit our travel page for maps and more information about finding us.
Teesside University’s award-winning Students’ Union is the first stop for students on campus. It provides a range of support services as well as offering a part-time job shop and lots of food and drink options.
The Students’ Union’s venues and entertainment spaces come in the form of The Terrace Bar and The Hub ─ hosting club nights, international music acts, live events and private parties, the venues are popular with students of all ages and backgrounds.
Following a phase of significant investment, the Students’ Union offers impressive modern spaces to relax, meet new friends and have fun.
Sports and recreation
Teesside University’s flagship campus is in the heart of Middlesbrough, located beside the North York Moors and the stunning North Sea coastline. You can do pretty much any outdoor activity you can think of. Surfing, body boarding, running and cycling are popular throughout the neighbouring countryside and coastline.
Putting health and wellbeing at the heart of the Middlesbrough campus and University life, Teesside University’s new attractive, high-quality health and fitness centre opens in January 2016. This facility will provide fitness and free weights areas, a sprint track, multi-purpose studios, sauna and steam room and a specialist treatment area.
Teesside University is set within the heart of Middlesbrough, a vibrant and busy town in North East England. Art, festivals and theatre are in abundance in and around the town. The University also offers a rolling programme of cultural events on campus.
Internationally renowned art gallery and member of the Plus Tate Network, mima, is part of Teesside University, offering a fantastic addition to the student experience at Teesside.
There are also a number of fantastic festivals in the area. Middlesbrough Mela takes place just beside Teesside University’s campus and is the town’s annual celebration of Asian culture. It offers a carnival atmosphere with music, dance and food.
Museums, parks, a theatre and cinema are also close to campus. And Championship team, Middlesbrough FC, play just around the corner.
The hub of student nightlife is the University’s own Students’ Union. For international acts, rock nights, cheesy pop, 60s, 70s and 80s nights, R&B and karaoke, it’s the place to be.
There are many other exciting venues in Middlesbrough to enjoy, with club nights, bars, micro-pubs and restaurants easy to find.
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What do you look for in your students?
Teesside University looks for students ready to discover, challenge, experience and move forward.
What's the weirdest thing to happen at the university?
In 2011, runner Sharon Gayter chose Teesside University’s Olympia sports centre to break the world record for the furthest distance run in a week. She ran a massive 833km by pounding the treadmill for seven days.
Do you have any famous or notable alumni?
Video game design consultant, Ernest W Adams is a Teesside University graduate. As is MP, Tom Blenkinsopp and footballer, Ben Everson who plays in Sweden. Internationally renowned opera singer, Suzannah Clarke also graduated from Teesside, as well as Dan Walker who designed the Batmobile interior for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises, and sonic screwdriver for the BBC Doctor Who series.
We also have some famous honorary graduates including Bob Mortimer, Anne Fine, Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling and BBC’s Steph McGovern.
What grants/scholarships do you offer?
There are a number of scholarship and bursary options for all levels of study at Teesside University.
Options include £1,000 grants, and scholarships of up to £2,500 cash. We also offer fee waivers and fee discounts for high performers. There’s a hardship fund too, in case you find yourself in financial difficulties.
Visit our fees and funding pages to get the most up-to-date information.
How much of an emphasis do you place on building workplace skills like presenting, project management and people skills?
At Teesside University we put a strong focus on employability. Developing skills such as presenting to others, managing projects and dealing with people are important in the workplace. We want to help you build these skills as well as gaining academic knowledge and ability.
Our careers service offer guidance and training on areas including team work, problem solving, communication and business and customer awareness ─ all of this contributes to your employability and increases your chance of starting a great job after graduation.
What's university welfare and disability support like?
At Teesside University we’re proud of our student support service. We provide advice and guidance on a range of financial and personal areas including welfare benefits. The University also has a chaplaincy service for people of all faiths or none. It offers confidential pastoral care to anyone in the University who needs it.
Our disability services has a team of advisers available to provide information, advice and guidance to assist with a range of services including getting disability funding, accessing disability assessment, implementing support for your course and arranging one-to-one academic assistance.
We provide services to students who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, wheelchair users or people with mobility difficulties. Those with medical conditions, autistic spectrum disorders, mental health services users and people with specific learning difficulties (for example, dyslexia). This list is not exhaustive. Find out more online and give us a call if you’d like to discuss our support services.
What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason?
Teesside University offers a comprehensive support service. Our support staff are based in the Student Centre and are always on hand if you’re having problems with anything. Friendly, accessible and confidential, this support network can help with a range of issues including applications, admissions, finance, careers, and counselling. Whatever you might be struggling with, we can offer you the guidance and help you need to get back on track.
Our Students’ Union also offers a range of essential support and services to students. Experienced advisers can help with a number of academic and welfare issues. It’s free and open 10.00am - 4.00pm week days. There’s also a mediation service for students who have problems with housemates. And help finding part-time jobs.
Do you offer any courses/sessions to help mature students with the university experience?
Around 47% of our full-time students and 90% of our part-time students are mature. This means we have lots of experience in ensuring that our mature students get the best out of university.
Mentoring and career services are available, as well as support from academic and/or personal tutors. Whatever your age, life-stage or study background, Teesside University is a welcoming place and we’ll do our best to help you have a rewarding time at university.
What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?
There are lots of organised events for you to get involved with when you first join Teesside. Our campus heart is a hive of activity with music and stalls to take in ─ it’s a great place to spend time with new friends.
Before and during your first few weeks and months at Teesside, you’ll find our dedicated fresher’s week website really useful. It gives lots of advice and information to help you settle in quickly and easily. From getting set up in your new bedroom if you’re staying on campus, to getting a gym membership, connecting to the internet, finding the best places to park and getting around ─ we offer a range of guidance to make you feel happy and at home.
The Students’ Union is a great place to spend some time when you first join the University. SU Activities offers a huge range of clubs and societies to become a part of. If there isn’t a club or society to match your interests, the SU helps you to set up your own.
The University also has a buddying system, and for international students there’s an English language café to help you make friends and improve your English language skills. Postgraduates can get to know one another in the relaxing setting of our postgraduate lounge.
What will my first few weeks at your uni be like?
Your first few weeks at uni will involve enrolling and getting settled in your new environment. Whether you’re moving into some new accommodation or travelling from home, your first few days and weeks will be about meeting new friends, having fun, orientating yourself and getting to know your subject, course leaders, tutors and lecturers.
Our freshers activities will help you get to know the campus and the town around you as well as giving you the chance to build new friendships and find out lots about the facilities at the University. We’ll help you get set up with an IT account and wifi and you can spend time in the Students’ Union, perhaps joining some clubs and societies. You’ll have plenty of time to find out where everything is, chat to your peers and teachers and get ready for the exciting year ahead.
Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?
Teesside University is a campus university, based in the North East town of Middlesbrough but we’re also really close to the town centre – which means you get the best of both worlds. We’re based on a compact site with everything you need within walking distance. All of our University halls and University-managed accommodation are close to campus and you can find everything you need for study, leisure, fitness and fun either on campus or just a short walk away.
What sort of societies are there?
We know that you want more than just an education during your time at university. You also want opportunities to pursue interests and develop new ones, make new friends and gain new skills. Teesside University’s award-winning Students’ Union supports a huge range of clubs and societies ─ covering rugby, football, hockey and martial arts clubs through to debating, film, faith, music and course-specific societies ─ there really is something for everyone. If your interest isn’t covered through existing clubs and societies, the Students’ Union will help you set up your own.
How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?
Teesside University’s main Middlesbrough campus is around five minutes’ walk from the town centre. The town is well served by main roads and has excellent transport links with Middlesbrough’s bus and train stations just a short walk from our campus heart. The main bus station offers national travel services and Middlesbrough’s railway station links to the East Coast mainline meaning it’s easy to get around the UK. And with student discounts available on both, it’s affordable.
How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?
All of Teesside’s University-managed accommodation is within walking distance of our campus heart – some University halls are less than five minutes away on foot to most of our main teaching buildings. University buildings are centred around our campus heart meaning it’s quick and easy to get to our teaching facilities, library, Students’ Union and social areas.
How much one-to-one contact time do students receive from their lecturers?
All of our courses differ in terms of how much one-to-one contact time you receive and how many lectures you attend. Have a look at the course pages on our website to find out more about your chosen course. You can also ask us questions at our open days, meet lecturers and find out how each course shapes up.
What we can promise you is that your lectures will know your name, you’ll be able to get support when you need it and our staff will work with you individually to help you get the best out of your time at uni.
What percentage of your students get a full time job after 6 months of graduating?
Have a look at the employability tabs on each of our courses on our website ─ here you can find out key facts about how many students from each course gain a full-time job after graduating.
Roughly how many students start each year?
At Teesside we have 9,800 full time undergraduate students and 1,496 part-time undergraduate students. We have 719 full-time postgraduates and 1,419 part-time postgraduates. We also have 6,610 undergraduate non-degree students.
The number of students joining us each year varies but, as of September 2015, we have 20,104 students in total.
What’s the ratio of male/female students?
Our male/female student ratio is almost 50/50 with slightly more female students overall.
How much is a pint at the student union?
The Students’ Union is great value for drinks and food. During the day you can get a pint from between £2.80 - £3.15. Most evenings from 7.00pm, you can enjoy offers such as £1.95 pints (and other drinks for £1.50). There’s also a deal on between 3.00pm-7.00pm on weekdays, and all day on weekends, where if you buy a pub favourite or burger meal you get selected alcoholic and non- alcoholic drinks for £1 or £1.50.
You can buy a cocktail in the Students’ Union Terrace bar for £3.50, or a mocktail for £1.95.
What fields of study is the university best known for?
Teesside University is known for its wide range of study options. The courses ranked most highly amongst our students are English studies, chemical engineering, civil engineering, fine art, law, nursing and drama.
What is the ratio of applications to places at your uni?
Our ratio of applications to places really varies for each of our programmes. Give us a call on 01642 218121 and ask to speak about the course you’re interested in. We’ll be happy to chat. Or drop us an email at [email protected]
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