University profile

Edge Hill University

2022/23 edition

About Edge Hill University

At Edge Hill University, we’ve been shaping minds and changing futures since 1885. Over the years we have grown and diversified into a leading institution, creating a challenging and inspiring environment to help you achieve your ambitions. With strong links to industry, top-class facilities and pioneering research, our award-winning campus has it all. That’s why we’ve been crowned University of the Year (Educate North, 2020 / 2021), recognising our commitment to providing you with an exceptional student experience – one that ensures you graduate with skills, knowledge and connections to stand out in your field and make a difference.

​Why choose Edge Hill?

We offer an expanding portfolio of taught postgraduate programmes to choose from across a range 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 across a range of age phases and specialisms. With so many options available, we are sure you will discover the right course for you to take the next step in your professional career. We have a vibrant community of over 3,500 postgraduate students who choose to study with us. Here are a few reasons that make us the university of choice:

  • Crowned University of the Year in the Educate North Awards 2020/21, and shortlisted for Times Higher Education University of the Year 2020.
  • Rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
  • 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).
  • Rated 2nd in the North West for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide, 2021) - 97.2% of taught Masters graduates are in work or further study within 15 months (Graduate Outcomes, 2017/18)
  • In the UK Top 10 for employability and retention for Postgraduate Research and ranked in the top 25% for assessment (PRES, 2018)
  • Based on a Top 5 UK University Campus (StudentCrowd, 2018), recognised as one of the world’s best green spaces for the ninth successive year (Green Flag Award, 2020).

Innovative Facilities

Our campus is designed around you. Investing £300m in the last decade, we are home to some of the best facilities in UK higher education. Whichever subject you choose, you will have access to a suite of innovative facilities at your fingertips - from functioning TV studios and sports therapy clinics, to our operating theatres and Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. This ensures you graduate with the professional skills and insight ready 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 you have an enjoyable and life-changing experience.

Exceptional 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 the different issues you may face during your studies. Student Support Services are based in our innovative Catalyst building at the centre of campus, home to 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 to ensure you achieve your potential. You will have 24/7 access to the library during term time including a variety of high-quality learning environments and collaborative study spaces.

Outstanding Employment Prospects

Employability is at the heart of every programme - that’s why 97.2% of taught Masters graduates and 90.5% of our PGCE graduates are in work or further study within 15 months (Graduate Outcomes, 2017/18). If you are 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 will also 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.

World-leading research

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 with all subject areas submitted featuring ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’ research. Edge Hill 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 6 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, you will study in a region with real personality. 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 on your doorstep. We are the safest campus in the North West (Complete University Guide, 2019), 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 inspiring 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