Why choose Huddersfield?
Are you thinking of studying with us at the University of Huddersfield?
Take a look through some reasons why you should make the University of Huddersfield your first choice – we’re really proud of what we offer our students and we’re sure you’ll be impressed…
First in England for professionally qualified teaching staff
So who will you be taught by?
Well, figures released by the Higher Education Funding Council for England see the University of Huddersfield come top of all the universities in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications. (HEFCE 9 Dec 2016)
We’ve been the UK’s leading university for the receipt of National Teaching Fellowships, to mark Britain’s best teachers, for the past nine years!
And we’re the UK’s only university where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy*. So you’ll learn from some of the best, helping you be the best.
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching
Huddersfield has a fantastic record of graduate employability.
This is great news for our students. After all, getting a job is a key reason to study at university.
94.5% of our undergraduate students go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating*. It’s a testament to the confidence employers have in Huddersfield graduates and an important reason to come to Huddersfield.
*Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15
Professional work placements play a key part of student life.
One of the reasons employers have such confidence in Huddersfield graduates is due to the real-world experience they gain from placements.
Did you know Huddersfield is a Top 10 University in England for paid work placement*?
Research inspired courses
Academics never stop researching, there is always something new and exciting to be discovered. At the University of Huddersfield, research is not a bolt on, it shapes our courses – making them challenging, exciting and thought provoking.
We have world-class centres of research excellence and specialist facilities that enable research to be conducted by both our staff and students. In addition, many of our academics are influential thinkers and leaders in their field and these qualities filter down throughout our teaching.
Connect with professional bodies and industry
The truth is you’ll need an edge when you go into the jobs market after your degree. Something to give you that little extra to really impress employers.
Many of our courses give successful graduates professional body accreditation including, Law, Architecture, Psychology, Pharmacy, Accountancy, Chemistry, Engineering and Computing.
Add to that the links many of our staff retain from their previous experience working in industry. You might even make a few contacts during your course to improve your chances of getting a job after graduation. Not to mention the network you’ll build with your fellow students.
100% of our students have the opportunity to undertake professional work experience during their studies, including guest lectures and projects set by industry partners.
It’s a great opportunity that could prove vital to gaining a job after graduation.
Investing in the University campus
We’re continually investing in our campus and our latest development was built with only one thing in mind – our students. Student Central is a £22.5m hub that combines access to the library, computing, sport, leisure and eating space all under one roof.
Speaking of the library, you’ll love it. Seriously, it’ll be your second home. It’s open 24/7, with a huge amount of material available online. You can study at a time that’s right for you with all the information you need, instantly at your fingertips.
You’ll also get to use some fantastic facilities as part of your course. To find out more visit our course pages.
Huddersfield is a vibrant town with lots to do and see. From cultural events and the cinema to eating out and a night at the theatre.
It’s especially great if you’re an outdoors type as Huddersfield is surrounded by beautiful countryside, including the stunning Peak District National Park.
We’re close to Leeds and Manchester so you can enjoy the best of city life while living and studying in a welcoming, friendly town.
Explore Huddersfield for yourself by visiting our page here.
Lower cost of living
Ok, so you might be worried about moving away from home and having to fend for yourself. Well, don’t be. Huddersfield is just the place to start finding your feet and become more independent.
Unlike some large cities, Huddersfield offers a relatively low cost of living, giving you more for your money. This means it’s easier to enjoy all that Huddersfield, the University and the surrounding areas have to offer.
For further help our students have put together a guide to saving money at university.
What is life really like at the University of Huddersfield?
We asked our students to tell us what they love about Huddersfield. Hear what they had to say and watch the rest of our films here.
High levels of employability
94.8%* of our postgraduates find employment or go on to further study within six months of graduating, and their average starting salary is £28,500*. 9 in 10 of them go on to work in professional or managerial roles.*
So, if you want to improve your career prospects – and maximise your earnings in the future – Huddersfield may well be the place for you.
*Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15.
Industry standard facilities
Many courses benefit from industry standard facilities that aim to mirror as closely as possible the real life working environment. Facilities of this calibre not only help to build your confidence and prepare you for the world of work, but the experience can provide a competitive advantage in the jobs market.
Award winning academics with professional experience
Many of our academic staff at Huddersfield are award winning or have professional experience. They are members of relevant professional bodies and some play a key role in informing government policies. Not only will you be learning at the very highest level but you also benefit from their contacts and reputation in the professional world, increasing your chances of employment in your chosen field.
We are the UK's leading university for National Teaching Fellowships to mark Britain's best lecturers for the past nine years. Also, Huddersfield is the only UK University where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
World research ratings
Huddersfield’s staff are committed to excellence. As a postgraduate student at Huddersfield your passion for going further and being the very best that you can be will not only be understood and shared but also nurtured.
Good business links
The University’s links to business are an important part of our postgraduate courses in that they help increase the employability of our graduates. Many postgraduate courses are linked to professional accreditations which will give you a head start in achieving full accreditation later on.
Some courses provide opportunities to work directly with a company on a real world problem that is beyond the capabilities of the company’s team. By getting involved and contributing to what can often be a ground breaking solution you will gain unique insights and experience that could help you stand out in the jobs market.
The University has a wide range of links with high calibre, global companies. Contact with these companies can help you develop a broader, global perspective in your own thinking.
In addition, companies often contribute to the content of our courses helping to ensure their real world relevance and enhance your knowledge and employability.
Choice of courses
Our wide range of courses means you can specialise in an area you’ve never studied before or expand your knowledge in an area you studied at degree level. Some of our courses are linked to national or international issues or areas that are projected to grow - leading to increasing demand for qualified, knowledgeable individuals. Choosing a postgraduate course in a growth area can give you a head start in the employment stakes and help ensure a quicker return on investment from your studies.
Variety of teaching methods
Wherever possible our courses combine a variety of teaching and learning methods enabling you to choose a route that’s right for you.
Our alumni are a great example of what you can achieve as a postgraduate. Many have gone on to make an impact in a wide range of industries, organisations and even through starting their own business.