university of chester UK

The University of Chester is one of the oldest providers of higher education in the country, with our academic roots stretching back to the early 19th century. Founded in 1839, we pre-date all but a handful of other English higher education providers. We work hard to offer a life-transforming experience to our students in a creative, caring and encouraging environment. Across our specialist sites, we also maintain vibrant relationships with the local, national and international community, using the power of teaching, learning and research to make distinctive contributions to business, industry, the arts, media, science, health and the public services.

For our students, employability lies at the heart of our offering, and we are committed to providing you with an unforgettable experience and a world-class education. Throughout our 177-year history, we have always been proud of our traditions and of our concern for the individual, as well as our ability to keep pace with the demands of a constantly changing world. Now, as a forward-looking University, we continue to grow in esteem and popularity.

In choosing Chester, you will be selecting an institution with a strong learning tradition that will challenge you to give the best of yourself in your academic work, sport and recreation, and your contribution to our student community. We want to ensure that you can take advantage of the unique opportunities we have to offer both inside and outside of your studies. In doing this, we will work with you to become a unique and highly employable graduate, whilst providing you with one of the best experiences of your life.


Chester ranks highly in the league tables for a number of popular courses and maintains high student satisfaction ratings in the annual national survey. Some of these include:

  • Tourism and Hospitality – 11th(Guardian League Table 2016)
  • Sports and Exercise Science – Top 20 (Guardian League Table 2016)
  • Business and Management – Top 50 (Guardian League Table 2016)
  • Archaeology and Forensic Science – Top 20 (Guardian League Table 2016)
  • Accounting and Finance – Top 30 (Guardian League Table 2016)
  • Drama and Dance – Top 50 (Guardian League Table 2016)
  • Art and Design – Top 40 (Complete University Guide 2016)
  • Law – 3rd overall in student satisfaction (NSS 2015)
  • Theology and Religious Studies – 1st overall in student satisfaction (NSS 2015)

The following courses also achieved 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2015): BSc Criminology, BA Events Management, BA History, BA Marketing Studies and BSc Sociology.

Subject Areas

  • Arts and Media 
  • Business and Management 
  • Education and Children’s Services 
  • Health and Social Care 
  • Humanities 
  • Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences 
  • Science and Engineering 
  • Social Science 

The University of Chester’s academic departments are grouped into seven distinct faculties, along with a Graduate School and faculty-based research centres, for those wishing to gain a qualification by research.

All faculties deliver courses across our two main campuses at Chester and Warrington. Some faculties also work in partnerships across the local region, and offer courses at a number of off-site locations.

Campuses and Location

The Parkgate Road campus is considered the heart of the University, as it is the original foundation of the institution, dating back to1842. Currently, the University consists of seven campuses, the four sites in Chester include Parkgate Road, Riverside, Kingsway and Queen’s Park, plus additional campuses in nearby Warrington, Shrewsbury and Ellesmere Port (Thornton Science Park). Each campus has a different focus, with Warrington and Queens Park attracting business students, Thornton Science Park serving students belonging to the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Kingsway housing the Arts and Media Faculty and Riverside providing a base for students within the Faculties of Education & Children’s Services and Health & Social Care. Parkgate Road covers the rest of the faculties, while Shrewsbury is focused on fostering entrepreneurship. Each campus has state of the art facilities which serve the campuses’ area of specialisation.

Our students love studying in Chester, and it’s not hard to see why. Voted Best Place to Live (Hot Housing Index 2015), fifth prettiest city in Europe (USA Today 2013), and sixth best city in the UK (Telegraph Travel Awards 2014), the city of Chester is at the heart of our Students’ University experience! Chester is also ranked second safest city-based University in the region (The Complete University Guide 2015).

Although Chester is considered small compared to some other British cities, it offers a wide range of culture, architecture, shopping and dining in a compact setting, allowing international students to feel instantly secure in their beautiful and cosmopolitan surroundings. Chester’s booming tourism is a testament to its popularity as it attracts over 8 million visitors each year.

Chester is also the gateway to the coast and mountains of North Wales, the beaches and parks of the Wirral Peninsula, and the neighbouring cities of Manchester and Liverpool. Chester is also home to the UK’s best Zoo!


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