University profile

Edge Hill University

2019/20 edition

About Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University is based on an award-winning 160-acre campus close to the Lancashire town of Ormskirk. With £300m invested over the last decade which includes a new Technology Hub, a sixty-acre Sport and Leisure complex, a newly-developed Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre and recently launched Catalyst building, the university has some of the best facilities in the North West to enhance teaching and learning. It has recently been shortlisted for the coveted University of the Year title in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards (2020).

graduates on campus

What you should know about Edge Hill:

  • The university has been a provider of higher education since 1885 when it first welcomed 41 students to its teacher training college in Liverpool. It now has almost 14,000 enrolled on its courses.
  • Edge Hill has the best student accommodation in the UK and Ireland, offering the best value for money (National Student Housing Awards 2019)
  • The university recently achieved TEF Gold for its outstanding teaching (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017)
  • Edge Hill is recognised as the top University in the North West for Student Experience (WhatUni Student Survey 2018)
  • Holding the prestigious Green Flag award, Edge Hill’s landscaped campus is recognised as one of the world’s best green spaces - for the eighth year in a row – and is recognised as one of the top five campuses in the UK (University Campus Awards 2018).
  • The university is ranked top in the North West for Learning Resources (National Student Survey 2019) and is in the top 10 for best facilities (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020)
  • Edge Hill achieved international recognition winning the Global Spotlight award for Teaching Excellence (2018), establishing itself as one of the best providers of higher education in the world.
  • A recent PRES survey (Postgraduate Research Experience Survey) ranked Edge Hill eighth highest in the UK for employability, with 100% of postgraduate research students entering employment or higher education within six months of graduating.

Across three faculties, Edge Hill offers an expanding portfolio of taught masters programmes alongside specialist support. Research degrees are also available, with the option to convert taught study to a PhD if preferred.

Study at postgraduate level covers the following subject areas

Law and Psychology

The new £6m Law and Psychology building offers contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Law and Criminology and The Department of Psychology. It accommodates a 265-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms and social learning spaces that encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.

The university has a mock court room on campus to support Law students with their advocacy skills and cross-examination techniques, as well as a dedicated law library. Psychology resources include eye trackers, transcranial direct current stimulation methods (Tdcs), and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) for examining cognitive functioning and brain activity.

Masters programmes include MSc Psychology (conversion) and Masters by Research degrees in Law (LLM Research) and Psychology.


The stunning £8m Business School provides a dynamic learning environment for students. Its state-of-the-art classrooms complement Edge Hill’s forward-thinking approach to teaching and learning.

Facilities include modern seminar and meeting rooms, social learning areas which encourage interactive learning, a relaxing roof garden and atrium, and a 100-seat lecture theatre. Classrooms make extensive use of technology, with new computers available and the latest video conferencing equipment.

Masters programmes cover Business Management, HR and Finance and Marketing.

student reading

Computing, IT and Web Development

The Department of Computer Science is housed in a new £13m Tech Hub building offering research and industry-related MSc and PhD degrees. The purpose-built Hub provides a dynamic learning, teaching and research environment featuring some of the best facilities in higher education.

Modern computer laboratories are equipped with high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software. There are specialist labs for networking, games programming and research, as well as ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas. Learning resources include robots and a robotic simulator, graphics software, web development tools, eye trackers, giant 3D teaching screens and specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.

Masters programmes include MSc, MBA, and PGCert options in Web Development, IT and Computing.

students on campus


Edge Hill is one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK, successfully training the teachers of tomorrow for over 130 years and ranking in the top ten for teaching in the Times Good Uni Guide 2017.

With an enviable reputation within the teacher-training sector, PGCE students can expect expert tuition from highly experienced tutors and researchers; a stimulating learning environment with teaching rooms featuring the latest technology; outstanding personalised student support from university and classroom-based mentors; and supportive working partnerships from over 3,000 partner schools, colleges and higher education settings.

PGCEs cover Primary, Secondary and Post-Compulsory education. Extensive professional development opportunities are also available with a wide choice of MA and Postgraduate Certificate pathways. The full range of PGCE and Teacher Training programmes can be found here.

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English, History and Media

The Department of English and History and The Department of Media are housed in a £17m Creative Edge building overlooking a landscaped lake on campus.

The Media Department offers industry relevant postgraduate programmes in film and television. Facilities include high-definition TV studios with broadcasting capacity as well as production galleries and control rooms with reference lighting. There are also recording studios, sound-editing suites, a photographic studio and a radio studio. With links to the BBC and MediaCity, access is provided to a wide network of professionals for a rich academic experience. Programmes include taught Master’s in Film and Media, or alternatively you can pursue a specialist route with a Master’s by Research in Media.

The Department of English and History is an energetic community where students are encouraged to read critically, think innovatively, question, and, above all, reflect on their own academic and creative practices. As the department seeks to make a difference, students are encouraged to actively engage with public audiences and organisations to benefit their employability. A wide range of MA programmes are provided in English, History, Culture and Creative Writing.

media student working


The Faculty of Health and Social Care is one of the main providers of education for medical and healthcare professionals in the North West. Based within two purpose-built centres of excellence, teaching and learning resources are industry-standard and student-focused. The faculty recently opened a new Clinical Skills and Education Centre to enhance the practical skills of practitioners including a 10-bay ward with interactive mannequins, an anatomy room, a simulated home environment and high-spec ultrasound facilities.

The Faculty works in partnership with leading hospitals across the region to develop learning for specialist pathways and offers extensive opportunities for professional development. Postgraduate provision covers cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, health and social care, respiratory practice, and also further medical training including MMed (Master of Medicine) and MCh (Master of Surgery) awards. The majority of programmes can be studied on a part-time basis and incorporate both taught sessions and research.

It has also been placed in the UK top ten for Nursing and Midwifery. The full range of Postgraduate and Professional Development programmes can be found here.



The Biosciences building offers a supportive environment with a strong community spirit. Teaching combines laboratory and workshop practical activities, lectures and seminars, independent study, tutorials and fieldwork. Resources include confocal, fluorescence and scanning electron microscopes, DNA Extraction and analysis equipment, climate controlled insectories and specialist information technology facilities, as well as a dedicated microbiology suite.

Recognising the increasing importance of an understanding of biodiversity and its management, the department offers an MSc in Conservation Management, placing an emphasis on fieldwork, biological identification skills and experience of a broad range of management issues.

Sport and Physical Activity

The Department of Sport and Physical Activity place a strong emphasis on practical work, underpinned by outstanding facilities. Within the £30m sports complex students can benefit from access to a sports therapy clinic, sport and exercise rehabilitation centre and a dance studio. Specialist laboratories are dedicated to biomechanics, performance analysis, physiology and biochemistry. Additional learning resources include a specialist vision analysis laboratory and cutting-edge musculo-skeletal assessment tools.

Edge Hill ranks highly for Sport Science in the Complete University Guide (2020). Master’s programmes cover Sport and Exercise Science as well as Physical Activity and Mental Health.


Research Opportunities

Edge Hill is home to a dynamic research culture and offers a variety of full-and-part-time research degrees. The university performs well in the national Research Excellence Framework (REF), with all subject areas featuring ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’ research.

Masters by Research (MRes) programmes provide the opportunity to specialise in a subject area of interest, designed for those seeking a short and intensive research experience. They are underpinned by the development of research skills and knowledge relevant to the discipline studied. Changing to a PhD or MPhil once you have completed a Masters or MRes degree is also an option. To prepare, you can also study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research (PGCert). This free-standing qualification involves the development of the proposed research project, methodology and the ethics of research.


Student Support Services

A Student Support Team is on hand to help with a variety of different issues students may face during your studies. They offer a comprehensive range of support services including queries relating to accommodation, childcare, counselling, disability and dyslexia support, health and wellbeing and money advice. There’s also a multi-faith chaplaincy service. To access any of these services students can visit the Catalyst helpdesk. The support service aims to ensure that all students have a rewarding experience and can achieve their full potential.

Employment Prospects

The award-winning Careers Centre at Edge Hill is dedicated to helping students enhance their employability. It can provide opportunities for further learning, developing skills and gaining experience to help increase job prospects. Advice is available for tailoring your CV and job applications, looking for internships and placements and interview preparation. Regular careers fairs and workshops allow students to get information on the latest job opportunities, meet prospective employers and develop contacts for the future.

According to a recent DHLE survey, the number of Edge Hill graduates entering employment or higher education within six months stands at 97.3%. This figure is as high as 100% for postgraduate research students, with a recent PRES survey ranking Edge Hill eighth highest in the UK for employability. Edge Hill’s strength in employability is reinforced by awards, such as a top ten shortlisting in the National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2018 and the WhatUni Student Choice Awards (2020) for job prospects.


Student Accommodation

Halls of residence are not offered to postgraduate students, however support is provided via the university website to help find accommodation for those coming to live from outside the area. The Accommodation Team can provide a list of local lodgings, available on request, for shorter-term accommodation options, as well as local private landlords, house-hunting workshops and advice. Students can also opt to join the Postgraduate Sharing List to help find other like-minded students looking for a place to live. The town centre is a fifteen-minute walk away or two-minute free shuttle bus journey from campus. Average private rental options for accommodation in Ormskirk is between £70-130 per week.


Ormskirk is a thriving market town, home to a street market which has been held each week for over 700 years with stalls selling everything from clothes, food and handmade gifts. It also has an array of café and bar options in addition to high street shops, banks and supermarkets. With three main parks there’s also plenty of open space.

Alternatively, the nearby cities of Liverpool and Manchester provide a whole host of different nightclubs, restaurants and branded shops. Cultural attractions include a variety of museums, art galleries and festivals, as well as accommodating the largest music venues in the North West. Hosting a plethora of options, both cities are hotspots for sports fans. Options include Premiership football teams, rugby league teams, golf clubs and horseracing’s major event, The Grand National. For those interested in the outdoors, Southport and Formby are nearby with sand dunes, beaches and pinewoods. The stunning Lake District and Yorkshire Dales are also within reach.

Contact details

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