University profile

Edge Hill University

2023/24 edition

About Edge Hill University

At Edge Hill University we have been inspiring minds and changing futures since 1885. We believe in creating access to knowledge, because we know out of knowledge, comes opportunity. Opportunity that empowers individuals, opens doors to change and helps build a better future. Not just for our students, but across society too. Investing £350m in the last decade, we’ve created a stimulating learning environment where our postgraduate community can thrive and share ideas. That’s why we’re rated in the UK Top 10 for Postgraduates (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022), ensuring we have the right resources in place to help you achieve your ambitions. Stand out in your field. And make a difference.

Why choose Edge Hill?

Located in Ormskirk, in the heart of Lancashire, our campus has it all. And with an expanding portfolio of taught postgraduate courses, research degrees (MRes, Professional Doctorate and PhD), PGCEs, and professional development opportunities to choose from, we’re sure to have the right course for you. Here’s just a few reasons that make us the university of choice:

  • A Leading University – Crowned Modern University of the Year by the Times (2022) and awarded University of the Year in the Educate North Awards (2020/21).
  • Teaching Excellence – Ranked 2nd for Learning Resources in the North West (National Student Survey, 2022), and in the Top 15 in the UK for Lecturers and Teaching Quality (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022).
  • A Stunning Campus – Rated 2nd in the UK for University Facilities (Whatuni Student Choice Awards, 2022), with our campus recognised as one of the UK’s Best Green Spaces for 11 successive years (Green Flag Award, 2022).
  • Outstanding Employability – Over 95% of our taught masters graduates and PGCE graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes, 2019/20).
  • Unwavering Support – Ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for Student Support (Whatuni Student Choice Awards, 2022), and shortlisted for Outstanding Support for Students (Times Higher Education Awards 2021)

Innovative Facilities

We know that the environment and way in which you study can make a big difference to career progression. That’s why our campus is designed around you. Take a look around and it’s easy to see why it’s award-winning. From forward-thinking study spaces, collaborative hideaways and simulated workplaces to our Sport facilities, Arts theatres, cafes, and lawns, we’ve created a place that not only equips you with the skills you need for your professional career but is inspiring to be around. In addition to 24/7 access to the library during term time, specialist facilities for your subject include:

  • Experimental geoscience and bioscience laboratories.
  • Sports therapy and rehab clinic.
  • Full-production studios and multimedia laboratory.
  • Police Training and Simulation Facility.
  • On-campus courtroom.
  • The CAVE: 4k super immersive virtual 3D environment.
  • Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre

Student Support

Ensuring you enjoy a rewarding student experience is our priority. That’s why we offer a comprehensive student and academic support service to help you overcome any issues you may face during your studies. The Money Advice team can help with financial health checks and access to funding. The Faith and Community team supports students from all faiths and none. The Inclusion team ensures the right measures are in place to help with any learning difficulties and disabilities. And if you ever feel overwhelmed, the Wellbeing team offers free on-site counselling and mindfulness workshops. Student Support Services are based in our innovative Catalyst building at the centre of campus, home to the University Library.

Outstanding Employment Prospects

Employability is built into every programme. Most courses lead to professional qualification, accreditation, or endorsement in addition to an academic award. Guest speakers from the worlds of media, sport, business, and health also regularly visit campus offering you the chance to ask questions, grow your network and learn from industry experts first-hand. And if you’re unsure which path to take after graduation, our Careers team will help you secure your dream role. Offering careers guidance, alumni advice, workshops and job fairs throughout the year, there’s plenty of ways you can boost your employability while you study.

World-leading research

Our researchers are addressing some of society’s most pressing problems today, providing expertise to develop solutions and enact change. From promoting inclusive societies and nurturing creativity and innovation, to tackling some of the world’s biggest climate issues, our research builds understanding, enriches lives and makes an impact. More than half of our research is classed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in accordance with the Research Excellence Framework (2021). We offer three types of research degrees: Masters by Research, PhD, and Professional Doctorate, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Research. Each route will enable you to explore gaps in knowledge, feel immersed in your subject and, most importantly, make a difference.

Stunning North West location

Green spaces. Quirky bars. Quaint cafes and restaurants. Ormskirk has something for everyone that makes it a unique place to study. A welcoming historic market town, the town centre is just a 10-minute walk from campus or two-minute free shuttle bus journey. And if you fancy exploring further afield, the vibrant cities of Liverpool and Manchester are just a stone’s throw away, as well as some of the UK’s most beautiful stretches of countryside and iconic seaside resorts for nature lovers. Just one of the reasons why our campus offers the best of both worlds.

Fees and Funding

Finance shouldn’t be a barrier to your success. From the postgraduate student loan system to grants and scholarships, there are many ways to cover your tuition fees. Bursaries up to £27,000 are also available for some Secondary PGCE programmes. And if you have a career-enhancing idea that will enrich your student experience, you could get up to £2,000 through the Student Opportunity Fund to help make it happen. Tuition fees vary for postgraduate courses. View our money matters guide for more information.

How to apply

To join a postgraduate programme, you can apply online directly to Edge Hill via the website. A handful of courses may require you to submit a CV instead. Information on how to apply is listed on each course page, or you can refer to our guide to applying directly which talks you through the application process. For research programmes (MRes or PhD), you will also be expected to provide an outline of your research proposal and an academic reference. For PGCE or PGDE study, applications are submitted through GOV.UK

Meet us

Choosing the right university and postgraduate programme is an important decision. Take your next step at an open day where you can explore our beautiful campus, see your department and facilities, and meet academics and support staff to get your questions answered.

Alternatively, you can book onto a guided campus tour or virtual open day, or for questions about your course contact our Course Enquiries team or join a live chat.

Contact details

Contact name
Course Enquiries
01695 657000
Edge Hill University
St. Helens Road
L39 4QP