University profile

University of Winchester

2022/23 edition

About University of Winchester

At the University of Winchester we pride ourselves on being a values-driven university. Our values of Compassion, Individuals Matter and Spirituality mean we will do everything we can to help you maximise your potential. For over 175 years we’ve worked hard to build a thriving and supportive community to help you flourish, while providing all the academic excellence and practical experience you’ll need to thrive in your chosen career.

We strive to give our students the best and most innovative learning experience. We were recently awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework, recognising the high-quality teaching, learning and educational outcomes our students receive. It also notes that our academics are eager to help, supportive and passionate. Our commitment to making a difference and challenging convention drives our impactful research. 82% of our research is considered to be recognised internationally by the Research Excellence Framework.

Located just an hour from London, Winchester was voted the best place to live in the UK (Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2016). Our modern campus facilities, stylish student accommodation, community feel and lively student union make the University of Winchester a great place to enjoy.


We have excellent accommodation for you to choose from. The 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey ranked our accommodation 15th out of 116 universities. With a wide range of high-quality options to suit every need and budget, our campus is located just a short walk from the city centre. Choose from self-catered or catered on-campus accommodation, or select University Managed Housing off-campus. We also advertise a range of private rentals from accredited landlords.

Our friendly accommodation team is always happy to help answer any questions you may have – take a look at our website for more details.

The city of WInchester

Winchester has all the charms of a small town, with all the variety and benefits of a big city. You’ll find all the big brand shopping staples, as well as plenty of charming independent boutiques and one-off shops. There’s a wide range of eating options for your enjoyment, too. As well as budget options, there are friendly local cafes and chains. Winchester boasts many celebrity chefs including Raymond Blanc, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Rick Stein who have all opened restaurants here.

History lovers can wander around Winchester Cathedral, Wolvesey Castle or the medieval Great Hall, featuring the Round Table which is said to link to King Arthur. While music lovers will enjoy Boomtown Fair, which is held in Winchester every year, drawing international headliners like Cypress Hill, Ziggy Marley, Frank Turner and Ben UFO. There’s something for everyone in Winchester – find more about the beautiful city here.


Our fees vary depending on the course you are taking. For the most up-to-date tuition fees, visit the page of the individual course on our website.

We also offer a number of bursaries and scholarships for students. Visit our website to find out more. You may also be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,280 from the government to help towards fees and living costs.

International students

The beautiful cathedral city of Winchester is steeped in history, offering a fascinating introduction to life in the UK. Join our vibrant global community in the best place to live in the UK (Halifax Quality of Life Survey, 2016). We offer support and advice to international students who are considering making the move, helping you with everything from visa requirements to English language courses. Visit our dedicated page for more details.


Just a short walk from the main city of Winchester, King Alfred is our main student hub. Recently renovated and furnished with state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and technology, it has everything you need to learn, socialise and relax.

Wander down to our award-winning University Centre, where you’ll find the University book shop, Student Union, Learning Café (offering 24-hour PC access), Food Hall, Terrace Bar, The Lounge, Union Shop and The Vault – our on-site club venue. Or lose yourself in our Martial Rose Library – with 150 PC workstations, over 300,000 books and a huge array of academic journals, e-books and databases, it’s every reader’s dream. We don’t just offer academic texts. We’ve a wide range of fiction and non-fiction available, as well as newspapers and magazines to flick through and enjoy.

An onsite gym, Multimedia Centre and a beautifully restored Victorian Chapel (which won us a prestigious RIBA Award and the Civic Voice Design Awards) complement the numerous, environmentally-advanced faculty buildings on campus. In fact, all our recently renovated buildings meet the highest environmental standards, with natural ventilation, energy-efficient lighting, air source heat pumps, solar panels and a wildflower roof. Our sustainability efforts were recognised with a BQF Sustainability Future Achievement Award in 2016.

West Downs houses our Business School. It is also home to our self-catering student accommodation, multiple social learning spaces and the Link Gallery. Open to the public year-round, the Link Gallery exhibits established and emerging artists. Our centre of research administration and support services, the Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre, is close by, providing an excellent resource for postgraduate services.

Construction is currently underway on a new £50 million contemporary building which will house a 250-seat auditorium, café, food hall, library and art gallery, as well as additional social learning spaces.

For a full list of our facilities, please visit our website.


At University of Winchester, our focus is on helping you to grow into the very best version of yourself, equipped with every skill needed to become successful in your field of choice.

Our support doesn’t stop when you graduate – our Careers Service is available to Winchester students for up to one year after graduation. We also provide you with a Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR), which furnishes you with an accredited record of all your achievements, boosting employability.

Taught masters courses

For full and part-time taught masters courses apply through UCAS Postgraduate.

Teacher training

If you’re looking to study a PGCE apply using UCAS Teacher Training.

MSc social work

If you’re embarking on an MSc in Social Work apply through UCAS Undergraduate.

Research degrees

If you want to apply for a research degree with us, you’ll first need to check that your research subject can be supervised. Have a look at our staff directory, and check the academic profile pages to see whether our academics welcome research supervision enquiries, and which subjects they can supervise. Once you’ve established your topic can be supported, you can apply via the form here.


Here at Winchester, we’re passionate about contributing to the betterment of society. Conducting high-quality research with the intention of improving the world around us is one of the key ways in which we do that. Recognition of our research excellence is steadily increasing, with 82% of our submitted research considered to be recognised internationally by the latest Research Excellence Framework – and 7/8 units achieving world-leading quality.

Below you can see our key research themes, and a few recent projects completed within that research field.

Understanding society, culture and the arts

  • Voice and speech research
  • Sisters in the troubles
  • Arts and urology

Exploring the past and the world around us

  • Pleistocene archaeology, geochronology and environment of the Southern Caucasus
  • Meonstoke Roman excavation project
  • Anglo-Georgian expedition to Nokalakevi, Georgia
  • South Devon rivers discovery project

Enhancing Wellbeing, Nurturing the Individual

  • Children in the media project
  • Emoread project
  • Broadly Engaging with Tranquillity, Easy and Refined (BETER) Project

Building a sustainable and responsible future

  • Women in digital enterprise project
  • The boat project

Learn more about our research schools and projects.

Postgraduate open evenings

A Postgraduate Open Evening is a great way to find out more about Winchester and the courses you are interested in.

Contact details

01962 827234
University of Winchester
Sparkford Road
SO22 4NR
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