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Edge Hill University has been shaping minds and changing futures since its establishment in 1885. Its mission was to create opportunity from knowledge; an ethos the institution has achieved, recognised by outstanding achievements in student support, graduate employment, research innovation, and its significant role in transforming lives.

A £300m investment over the last decade has created a beautiful, award-winning campus and enhanced facilities, offering an inspiring place for students to learn and achieve their goals. These developments and recognitions have led Edge Hill to be crowned University of the Year (Educate North, 2021), for its commitment to delivering an exceptional student experience.

The campus is located in the thriving Lancashire town of Ormskirk, close to Liverpool and Manchester. Students enjoy studying in a region with real personality, where cultural, natural and social activities are found within easy reach. The area has good transport networks as well as a free bus service running between campus and the town centre.

Welcoming a vibrant community of over 3,000 postgraduate students each year, Edge Hill is a popular choice for students looking to undertake world-leading research, advance their career prospects, or specialise in their field.

Why Study at Edge Hill?

  • A Top 10 Modern University (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020).
  • Ranked top in the North West for Teaching and Learning Resources and in the UK top third for student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2019).
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework for teaching that is ‘of the highest quality found in the UK’.
  • Awarded University of the Year in the Educate North Awards 2021
  • In the UK Top 10 for Job Prospects; best in the North West (WUSCA, 2020). employability and retention for Postgraduate Research is ranked in the top 25% for assessment (PRES, 2018).
  • A UK Top 5 Campus (StudentCrowd, 2018), recognised as one of the world’s best green spaces for the eighth successive year (Green Flag Award, 2019).

Taught Postgraduate Programmes

Edge Hill strives to help students achieve their personal and professional aspirations. The university offers an extensive portfolio of postgraduate programmes in a variety of subject areas, including MA, MSc, MBA, PGCE/PGDE, PGDip, and PGCert courses. Programmes are delivered through three faculties: Education; Arts & Sciences; and Health, Social Care and Medicine.

Teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK (TEF Gold, 2017) and internationally (Global Teaching Excellence Spotlight Award, 2018), taught by lecturers who are approachable and passionate about the subject they teach. Many are research-active working on projects of global cultural, social and scientific significance, offering valuable industry experience to further academic and personal development.

Students are encouraged to develop their knowledge through lectures, seminars, group work and fieldwork. There is an emphasis on practical learning on all courses, giving students the chance to develop their technical skills and apply their theoretical knowledge to real-world problems.

Research Degrees

Edge Hill has invested heavily in creating a dynamic learning environment where research makes a real impact in transforming people’s lives. Their research strategy is committed to producing insights that make a positive contribution to society, culture and the economy. Performing strongly in the Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2014), all subject areas featured ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’ research.

The University offers three routes into a : MRes (Masters by Research), PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), and Professional Doctorate. Programmes are tailored to maximise employability, with 100% of postgraduate research students entering employment or further education within 6 months of graduating (PRES, 2018). On successful completion of a research degree, graduates will be equipped with the specialist skills and knowledge to cope with the demands of research to succeed in their field or academic career.

To help postgraduate students prepare for doctoral level study, the university offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Research, which students study before commencing their PhD. This standalone qualification provides students with an opportunity to develop their research project.

Outstanding Facilities

Investing £300m in the last decade, Edge Hill has grown and diversified into a leading Top 10 Modern Institution with facilities rated in the UK Top 5 and best in the North West (WUSCA, 2020). Latest developments include a new Technology Hub, a 60-acre Sport and Leisure complex, and a new Catalyst building, home to the library and student services. Catalyst is available 24/7 offering a range of study spaces, from individual workstations to group rooms with presentation facilities.

Students also have a suite of innovative learning resources available at their fingertips to ensure they graduate with the professional skills and insight to succeed in their chosen careers. Specialist facilities include:

  • Functioning TV studios and editing suites
  • Laboratories
  • Simulated operating theatre and wards
  • Sports therapy and rehab clinic
  • The CAVE: 4k super immersive virtual 3D environment
  • Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre

These are interspersed with relaxing social spaces and a diverse arts and culture programme to ensure students have a highly rewarding and life-changing experience.

Exceptional Job Prospects

Edge Hill aims to set students on the right path towards securing their dream role. All vocational courses have access to industry-standard facilities to simulate a real-world environment and guest speakers and lecturers regularly visit campus, offering students the chance to ask questions and gain insider knowledge from industry-experts.

The Careers team is dedicated to preparing students for life after university. Benefit from employability skills workshops, interview and alumni advice, work experience, placement opportunities and careers fairs held throughout the year – fantastic opportunities to network with potential employers and develop future contacts.

That’s why Edge Hill is top in the UK top 10 for job prospects (WUSCA, 2020), with 97.2% of taught Masters graduates and 96.3% of PGCE graduates in work or further study within 15 months (Graduate Outcomes, 2018).

An Award-Winning Campus

Edge Hill’s beautiful, award-winning campus provides an excellent learning environment that inspires students to push the boundaries of their knowledge and make a real difference.

Situated in the thriving Lancashire town of Ormskirk in the heart of the North West, students study in a region with real personality. Ranked in the UK Top 15 for local life (WUSCA, 2020), Ormskirk is renowned for it’s historic street market, cosy pubs, cocktail bars and a bustling high street. Cultural attractions and a vibrant nightlife can be found in the nearby cities of Liverpool and Manchester, as well as some of the UK’s best natural beauty spots.

Discover everything that Edge Hill University has to offer by attending an Open Day or joining a campus tour, held regularly throughout the year. They provide an opportunity to speak to academic and support staff, hear from current students about their experiences and a chance to view facilities and tour departments.

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