University profile

New College of the Humanities

2019/20 edition

About New College of the Humanities

New College of the Humanities (NCH) has earned a reputation as a world-class academic institution that is leading the way in UK higher education, and whose students have enquiring minds and a passion for learning. Studying at NCH is an enriching pursuit, both personally and professionally, and we consider postgraduate students to play an integral role in the ongoing development of our vibrant collegiate community.

Our master’s programmes foster advanced skills in critical questioning, information gathering, synthesis and analysis, and oral and written communication. Graduates are likely to pursue a research degree and an academic career, or wider employment opportunities in a range of diverse industries.

Postgraduate study at NCH is distinguished by, among other things, very small, highly interactive classes, personal supervision, access to the best study and research resources at Senate House Library and the Institute of Advanced Study, and contact with the College’s leading international Visiting Professoriate.

We look forward to giving our master's candidates a warm welcome at NCH, and to our outstanding faculty working with them in furthering and deepening their studies

Professor A C Grayling, Master of the College
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Worldwide reputation

As a postgraduate at NCH, not only are you encouraged to attend any undergraduate lectures that interest you, we also recommend that you take advantage of regular Professorial Lectures on a variety of subjects, led by our world-leading Visiting Professors. Groundbreaking academics in their respective fields, our Visiting Professors contribute to the College’s academic life. Between them, they deliver approximately 100 lectures in each academic year at NCH. The Professoriate works closely with the College’s academic faculty members, who lead the College’s day-to-day teaching.

PG subjects available:

  • MA Economic Policy & Communication – This unique programme will teach students how to handle the whole chain of information production, from understanding survey design and basic statistics, all the way to communicating findings in a public-appropriate, savvy, culturally informed way.
  • MSc Global Politics – Students studying for the MSc Global Politics will study dominant issues of global politics with a particular focus on the theme of global citizenship, in particular exploring two related themes of global citizenship: the ideal of global democracy and transnational justice.
  • MA Historical Research & Public Policy - The MA Historical Research & Public History will develop your expertise in two specific areas of history, and build applied competencies in conducting research and communicating history to the public. This degree will prepare you for a career in public history, such as museums, galleries, heritage sites, public policy, and the media.
  • MA Philosophy - This MA Philosophy is an excellent preparation for a PhD and a career in academia. It also develops critical reasoning, logic, and systematic approaches to problem solving, alongside an ability to analyse an issue from a broader perspective, to allow you to become a visionary, all of which are highly valued by employers in a variety of fields.

Facilities and support arrangements

Our postgraduate students can choose from a rich selection of library facilities, including The Registry Collection located at NCH, the British Library and Senate House Library, which includes a dedicated collection of NCH books, and is just a three minute walk from The Registry (our main NCH building).

The NCH Collection has its home in one of the most spacious and beautiful reading rooms within Senate House Library. The collection contains classic texts and contemporary commentaries, all of which have been chosen by the College’s academic staff for their direct relevance to the courses taught at NCH. As well as housing the world famous library, Senate House is the home of the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research, which runs free seminars and lectures on a diverse range of historical topics that NCH students are encouraged to attend.

Fees, funding and costs

The tuition fees for postgraduate students entering the College in 2017-18 are £11,000 for full-time (one-year course) students from the UK, EU and EEA, including Switzerland, and £5,500 for part-time (two-year course) students.

International tuition fees for postgraduate students entering the College in 2017-18 are £15,000 – International students can only be accepted onto the full-time masters course.



NCH can be found on Bedford Square in the heart of Bloomsbury, one of the best locations for a higher education institution in the UK.

The main building is just moments away from Senate House Library and the British Museum, and it is only a few minutes’ walk to Oxford Street, Covent Garden and The West End.
The main NCH building, known as The Registry, is a stunning Grade I-listed, townhouse that sits in the centre of a beautiful example of a Georgian terrace, that runs along the edge of Bedford Square and its private garden (to which NCH students have access).


London offers a vast range of accommodation options for an even wider range of budgets. Most postgraduate students in the city choose to secure private accommodation. However, should you wish to live in student halls, we recommend two excellent options for our postgraduates:

Goodenough College is an independent educational charity situated in one of Bloomsbury’s most beautiful garden squares, Mecklenburgh Square. Approximately 15 minutes on foot from NCH, it provides a safe and supportive community for its postgraduate members in an historic, Grade II-listed building.

Helen Graham House is located directly opposite the main entrance to the British Museum and is less than a five-minute walk from NCH and Senate House. This very popular accommodation houses undergraduate as well as postgraduate students in a stunning period building and offers exceptional value for money.

Urbanest is student accommodation with a difference, where everything is “just that bit better”. The rooms have high quality specifications including under-floor heating (controlled by an individual thermostat in your room), luxury en-suite bathrooms, and kitchens that feature stone worktops and a dishwasher. Urbanest has locations in King’s Cross, St Pancras and Westminster Bridge among others.



At NCH, we believe that an active social life is a vital part of your higher education. From the College’s burgeoning list of clubs and societies and the wide array of social events hosted by our students, to the electrifying social scene across London itself, there really is something for everyone.

The social scene at NCH is ably supported by the New College of the Humanities Student Union (NCHSU), the representative body for students of NCH. Events organised by NCHSU range from spoken word slams to film screenings and plays, and are complemented by regular bar nights. As a master’s student, you’ll be offered the opportunity to attend dedicated postgraduate events during NCH Freshers’ Week.

Alongside the NCHSU, for a £40 annual membership fee, you can also join Student Central, a social hub for a number of London’s Universities, which has a variety of clubs, sports facilities and societies for all London students.

How to apply:

Applications can be made through UCAS or directly to the College through our website. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

We assess your candidacy individually, and carefully consider all the elements of your application to determine whether you have the potential to flourish at the College. When you start your application, one of our Admissions Advisers will be appointed as your personal contact to answer any questions you may have, and they will also ask you for a referee’s name and contact details.

Your referee should be someone who has taught or worked closely with you in an academic or professional context. Once we have received your completed application and reference we will let you know informally, within a few weeks, if we are going to make you an offer.

Please note that if you do not have an upper second class honours first degree but your application demonstrates potential, you will be invited to an interview at the College with an academic from your chosen faculty.


Contact details

+44 (0)20 7637 4550
19 Bedford Square
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