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Founded in 1839, the University of Chester is a prestigious Church of England institution that prides itself on being one of the UK’s first higher education establishments.

It has famous links to former prime ministers, William Gladstone and the Earl of Derby, and its striking period buildings were the first in the country to be purpose-built for teacher training. Its specialist sites are situated across Chester, Warrington, Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas.

The University welcomes communities from all over the world, making it a popular choice with its 1,880 staff and 19,850 students – and with more than 120 postgraduate courses and research options on offer, you can study subjects from Cybersecurity and Digital Marketing to Sports Sciences and teacher training.

Committed to specialist learning and research, the University of Chester offers its postgraduate students outstanding methods of teaching, supportive tutors, impressive facilities and diverse extracurricular opportunities.

In 2018, Chester Business School was named joint Business School of the Year at the Educate North Awards. The University was also Highly Commended in the Environmental Industry award and recognised in the University Entrepreneurs Challenge category. 

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About the University of Chester

Founded in 1839, The University of Chester is one of the UK’s oldest higher education institutions. It offers numerous postgraduate qualifications such as the MSC, MA, postgraduate Diplomas, and postgraduate certificates. The postgraduate degrees cover a wide subject range from applied wildlife conservation and cardiovascular health to human nutrition and art therapy.

Postgraduate student body breakdown
Source: HESA, 2018

Study mode
Source: HESA, 2018

This University

73% Part Time
27% Full Time

All universities (avg)

48% Part Time
52% Full Time

Student Nationality
Source: HESA, 2018


UK students


Non-UK students

Study level
Source: HESA, 2018

10,630 Undergraduate
4,065 Postgraduate

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Source: HESA, 2018


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