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University title, new name, and new undergraduate degrees

NU London | October 13, 2022

  • Northeastern University London has been awarded University Title by Office for Students (OfS)
  • The University remains an independent institution regulated in England, and is now known as Northeastern University London
  • New 2023 undergraduate degrees expand upon the University’s heritage of humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary learning
  • Business, Computer Science, Data Science, and Psychology are introduced as degree subjects
  • Optional semester abroad in the USA is included in three-year degree

New College of the Humanities has been granted University title by the Office for Students, representing a tremendous landmark in our dynamic evolution over the last decade. Remaining an academically independent university awarding its own degrees under English taught degree awarding powers, the University will now be known as Northeastern University London.

Northeastern University London will continue to offer innovative undergraduate degrees that are designed to provide students with rigorous and in-depth study of their subject or subjects, while developing a range of practical transferable skills, gaining real-world experiences, and exploring a variety of complementary disciplines. Exceptional teaching in smaller sized classes than is the norm at many UK universities remains at the heart of the University’s ethos.

From September 2023 undergraduate students will enrol on new degrees which build on our heritage in the humanities, social science and interdisciplinarity, while introducing a wider range of subjects and an extraordinary level of flexibility. In addition, the new degrees incorporate the option for students to experience a semester abroad at one of Northeastern University’s US campuses, as part of their three-year undergraduate degree. 

Introducing new undergraduate degrees for September 2023 entry

The University’s new 2023 undergraduate degrees allow students the choice of deeper study in their main degree subject, or expanding into one or more additional academic disciplines or interdisciplinary thematic pathways. 

The University will offer a wide range of elective courses, academic disciplines, and themes, designed to contextualise studies, enabling each student to build a bespoke programme of studies tailored to their individual interests and future aspirations. These electives will foster the skills and experiences to inspire and empower students to have a meaningful impact.

The number of subject combinations available to undergraduate students will increase, Business, Data Science, Computer Science and Psychology are added to the list of main degree subjects, alongside our current subjects of Economics, English, History, Law, Philosophy, and Politics & International Relations. Themes including Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, and Sustainability are added to existing elective subjects of Art History and Creative Writing. 

Moreover, experiential opportunities, which are credit-bearing and co-designed with partners in industry, community, research, and education, will offer the possibility of gaining real-world and international experience, while working towards a degree.

Our teaching ethos

Exceptional teaching in smaller sized classes that is the norm at many UK universities remains at the heart of the University’s ethos, and our teaching methodologies have diversified to ensure the most effective pedagogy is deployed for each individual subject or theme and learning outcomes. 

While some courses will be delivered through a high number of scheduled teaching or ‘contact’ hours, others will focus on smaller, more personalised, guided independent study, or hands-on or community-based projects. Most lectures and seminars will have a maximum of 20-30 student participants, while tutorials will typically have five or fewer students, and sometimes be one-to-one. This personalised approach to teaching allows everyone to participate and thrive. 

Careers and Professional Development

The University teaches a wide range of professional skills and behaviours to undergraduate students, so that they are ready to commence their career as soon as they graduate and stand out in a crowded graduate market. From 2023 undergraduate entry, these competencies will be embedded within our degree programmes and courses, meaning that students learn the competencies while studying a subject or theme about which they are passionate. Competencies include Writing Across Audiences and Genres, Employing Ethical Reasoning, Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience, Analysing and Using Data, and Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Final Project.

Dedicated Careers Advisors work with students from day one at the University. Careers Advisors help students to identify aspirations and explore careers, as well as assist with the development of CVs, and developing a personal narrative and plan to differentiate students in a crowded market. Careers Counsellors guide students through making the most of Linkedin, and applying for internships, placements, and graduate jobs. They have experience across a vast array of sectors; tech, start-ups, television & media, marketing, law, banking, management, charities, NGOs, creative industries and the arts, education, hospitality and recruitment. Some also offer entrepreneurial advice as successful Founders and Co-Founders in their own right.

Find out more

Applications for entry to our new degrees in September 2023 are now open.  Students can apply via UCAS (Provider Number N53`), the Common App (search for Northeastern University London., or direct to the University. You can find more information about our exciting new undergraduate degree options here.