University profile

Edge Hill University

2019/20 edition

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About Edge Hill University

At Edge Hill, we create graduates who push boundaries and make a real difference. Founded as the first non-denominational teacher training college for women, the University has been inspiring the minds and changing the futures of its vibrant community of students since 1885. Over the years, we have grown and diversified into a leading UK Top 10 Modern Institution (TGUG 2020) world-renowned for our teaching excellence and pioneering research. With excellent links to regional and national employers, we equip our graduates with the knowledge, skills and connections to stand out in their field and realise their ambitions.

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Why choose Edge Hill?

Edge Hill offers an expanding portfolio of taught postgraduate programmes to choose from across a variety of subject areas, as well as research degrees (MRes, Professional Doctorate and PhD) and professional development opportunities. We also offer PGCEs in Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Further Education covering a range of age phases and subject specialisms. With so many options available, we’re sure you will discover the right course for you to take the next step towards your professional career. Here are a few reasons that make us the university of choice:

  • A top 10 Modern University (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020).
  • Shortlisted for the coveted University of the Year title at both the Educate North Awards and WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020.
  • Ranked top in the North West for Teaching and Learning Resources and in the UK top third for overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2019).
  • Recipient of the Global Teaching Excellence Spotlight Award (2018), recognising Edge Hill as one of the best providers of higher education in the world.
  • 97.2% of taught Masters graduates in work or further study within 6 months (Graduate Outcomes, 2017/18) - one of the highest employability rates in the sector.
  • In the UK top 10 for employability and retention for Postgraduate Research and ranked in the top 25% for assessment (PRES, 2018)
  • A top five UK university campus (StudentCrowd, 2018), recognised as one of the world’s best green spaces for the eighth successive year (Green Flag Award, 2019).
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Innovative facilities

Our campus is designed around you. Investing £300m in the last decade, Edge Hill has firmly positioned itself as a Top 10 Modern University to provide students with some of the best facilities in UK higher education. Whichever subject you choose, from our functioning TV studios to operating theatres, our sports therapy and rehab clinics to our Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre, you will have access to a suite of innovative facilities available at your fingertips to equip you with the most sought-after skills for success in your chosen career. Subject-specific facilities are complemented by sixty acres of sport and leisure facilities, relaxing social spaces, and a diverse arts and culture programme to ensure students have an enjoyable and life-changing experience.

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Outstanding employment prospects

Employability is at the heart of every programme, that’s why 97.2% of taught Masters graduates and 96.3% of our PGCE graduates are in work or further study within six months (Graduate Outcomes, 2017/18). If you’re unsure about your future career plans, our Careers team are committed to helping you prepare for life after University and can set you on the right path to securing your dream role. As an Edge Hill student, you can benefit from workshops and careers fairs held throughout the year, interview and alumni advice, work experience and placement opportunities – all tailored towards your success and enhancing your career prospects.

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Exceptional student support

We provide a comprehensive student and academic support service to help you overcome the different issues students can face during their studies, enabling you to enjoy a rewarding student experience. Student Support Services are based in our innovative Catalyst building at the centre of campus, as well as the University Library. Whether you are looking for well-being support and counselling, disability support or careers advice, our dedicated teams can help you develop new support networks and achieve your potential. Students have 24/7 access to the library during term time including a variety of high-quality learning environments and collaborative study spaces.

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World-leading research

At Edge Hill you will be part of an exciting, research-active learning community, where students and staff work together to create opportunity from knowledge in an environment where research makes a real impact. We performed strongly in the national Research Excellence Framework (2014) with all subject areas submitted featuring ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’ research. The University offers three routes into a research degree: MRes (Masters by Research), PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), and Professional Doctorate. As with everything we do, we aim to maximize your employability, with 100% of postgraduate research students entering employment or further education within six months of graduating (PRES, 2018). On successful completion of a research degree, you will be a master of your chosen field equipped with the specialist knowledge and skills to cope with the demands of research and succeed in your future studies or academic career.


A stunning location

Located in the thriving Lancashire town of Ormskirk in the heart of the North West, students will study in a region with real personality. You will benefit from experiencing life at a campus-based university, offering everything you need within easy reach, as well as access to some of the UK’s most exciting cities, including Liverpool and Manchester, with stunning areas of natural beauty found on your doorstep. Edge Hill is the safest campus in the North West (Complete University Guide, 2019), and developed to eco-friendly and sustainable standards to provide an environment that can be enjoyed by all our students. Our combination of beautifully landscaped grounds, historic architecture, lakes and even a beach on campus ensures we offer a truly unique and innovative place to study.


Fees, funding and how to apply

Depending on the course, some will require you to apply via the UCAS Postgraduate system whereas others may ask you to apply directly. Information on how to apply is listed on each course page on the website. You can apply for more than one course at the same time. For research-based courses (MRes or PhD), you will also be expected to provide an outline of your research proposal and an academic reference. If you’re interested in studying a PGCE, most teacher training applications are made via UCAS Teacher Training.

We offer a range of scholarships which celebrate determination, commitment and achievement in a variety of areas, including academic excellence, celebrating success outside your studies, overcoming adversity and helping and inspiring others. PGCE students can also apply for up to £2,000 to support a career-enhancing project that will enrich your student experience though the Student Opportunity Fund, as well as Government bursaries for eligible subjects. Please visit the website for more information.

Meet us

Choosing the right university and postgraduate programme is an important decision towards advancing your career. Discover your next step at an Open Day where you can explore our beautiful campus, meet academics and chat to current students for a real insight into student life at Edge Hill. Alternatively, we host Postgraduate Study Fairs throughout the year, or you can join us on a guided campus tour. Unable to visit campus? Join a live chat and request a copy of our postgraduate prospectus.

Contact details

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