Ranked among the top 1% of the World’s universities by QS, the Newcastle University presents a perfect academic culture imbibed with quality teaching and research excellence. The university owes its popularity not only to its growing international student community but also because of its work in overcoming major societal challenges.
In this series of #Admissions Connect, we have Preety Bansal, Country Manager of Newcastle University, who decodes the university for you. Know all about the admissions criteria, popular courses and the admission cycle of Newcastle University.
Below are the edited excerpts:
Q. What is the strength of the Indian student community in the University?A. Newcastle University currently hasmore than 300 Indian students studying at university campus across all undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses.
Q. What is unique about your university in terms of academic culture and overall student experience?A. The first thing that sets Newcastle University apart is its reputation. Newcastle University is part of the Russell Group University and is substantially amongst the top in terms of academic culture and student experience. It has a world-class reputation for quality teaching and research excellence and is spearheading three major societal challenges that have a significant impact on global society. These themes are: Ageing, Sustainability and Social Renewal.
According to the latest National Student Survey, Newcastle University is ranked one of the best in the country for student experience. With a 91% satisfaction rate, Newcastle University is in the top six for universities across the UK and second best in the Russell Group of leading UK universities. The international students put Newcastle University in the world's top 50 of global universities.
Q. What are some of the popular programmes among Indian students?A. Newcastle University offers close to 1000 courses at undergraduate & post graduate level along with the research study. Some of the popular courses among Indian students include Medicine, Dentistry, Biosciences (25 specializations including stem cells, cancer research, Diabetes, neurosciences and genetics), Finance, Accounting and Business, Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics, Chemical, Civil and Marine), Energy, Computer Sciences, Law, Media and Architecture.
The university works very closely with industry to offer ‘hands-on’ and professionally recognized courses. For e.g. our B.Sc in Business Accounting and Finance is a collaboration between Newcastle University, PwC, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) that integrates academic study with professional exams and over 200 days of paid work experience. It offers a quick route to become Chartered Accountant.
Similarly, we offer RIBA accredited architecture courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our Medical school is recognized by General Medical Council (GMC) and our engineering courses are accredited by the Institute of Chartered Engineers and the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)
Recently, Newcastle University Business School (NUBS) has joined the ranks of the global elite after receiving the Triple Crown from the World’s leading accreditation bodies.
Apart from this, the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been picking up great momentum with Newcastle University offering a wide variety of unique courses on a digital platform, making these courses geography agnostic.
Q. What are the admission criteria for international graduate students?A. For an aspirant to get an offer from Newcastle University, he should meet the academic entry requirement set by the schools that varies from course to course. For Undergraduate, the percentage ranges between 75 % - 85% , some with subject specific requirements and for Postgraduate, it is generally 70 % and above for Biosciences and 60 % and above for others. Having said that, each application is dealt on individual basis for the relevant knowledge and skills.
Apart from the academic requirements, the international students also need to demonstrate their proficiency in the English language. Although the English language requirements are different for each course, under the general guideline, the university requires IELTS score of 6.5 or PTE Academic 62.
Besides these, there are few courses like architecture, fine arts, research that would require portfolio/research proposal. MBBS asks for a high UKCAT scores. A good emphasis is also given on the Statement of Purpose that should be honest and relevant.
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Q. When do the applications open?A. UG aspirants should apply via the central system called UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). For September 2015, the admission will begin from mid September 2014. Students are advised to apply early in the cycle (preferably between September to December 2014) to have sufficient time for getting offers and to apply for Scholarships. For Medicine and Dentistry, the deadline to apply is 15th October 2014.
Those who wish to apply for PG courses, applications are now open and they need to apply via University online application portal.
Q. Does your school offer financial aid to international students, particularly Indians? Please elaborate.A. In its endeavor to provide financial support to deserving students, Newcastle offers a range of scholarships at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. There are different scholarship schemes like International Undergraduate Merit Scholarships (IUMS) for UG worth Â£1500 pounds, Newcastle University International Postgraduate Scholarship (NUIPS) for PG worth Â£2000 pounds and Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship (NUORS) for PhD worth Â£5,000 to Â£9,000 per annum. Apart from the International Scholarships, the University offers special scholarships to Indian students named as Newcastle University Indian Scholarship (NUIS) that ranges from Â£3,000 to Â£5,000.Various schools also offer scholarships for their courses, for e.g. School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering offers scholarships worth Â£3,000 every year for their UG courses, making it a substantial Â£9,000 scholarship.
Additionally, Newcastle University offers partial discounts worth 10% of the tuition fees per annum called as the International Family Discounts (IFD), to close relatives (husband, wife, brother, sister, mother, father, son or daughter) of the student who have been assessed as ‘international’ for fees purposes, and who wish to pursue their studies at Newcastle University or are currently studying here.
Q. Many foreign students are worried about leaving the country because they do not know whether they will be able to find work to pay off their student debts. Do you guide your students find internships and jobs?A. Newcastle University has a rate of 93.7% of graduates in work or further study, 6 months after graduation, the highest rate amongst North East universities. We believe that work experience and industrial placements are crucial to students’ career development and, therefore, we offer the students holistic support and a range of opportunities to enable them to excel in their respective careers. Few of them are mentioned below:
Our award winning career services provides students with one-to-one guidance sessions, CV updates, business start up support, career workshops to enhance their skills and employability, careers fairs, interview sessions, help to find a part time job and innovative work experience and internships schemes like Newcastle Work Experience program, ncl+, passport to work.
We have strong relationships with major international employers who are active on campus to a variety of placement work experience opportunities for our students. NCL is one of the top 20 ‘most targeted’ universities in the UK for the top graduate employers. Our students are successfully working with organizations, including: Procter & Gamble, GE, Barclays, Deloitte, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Accenture, Ernst and Young, The Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC Bank, the BBC and Rolls Royce Plc, to name just a few. The average starting salary for Newcastle University graduates from the published 2012/13 DLHE data is Â£24,870- that exceeds the minimum Â£20,000 which is required of a sponsoring employer
We strongly believe in making the industrial experience a part of the curriculum. That is why many of the courses have industrial visits, projects placements and guest lectures. We do offer a “Career Development Module” where students can gain academic credit for work experience placements in the local area. Most of our undergraduate courses include a 1 year optional/compulsory industrial placement. Similarly, our Post graduate students can also opt for work related dissertation during their last trimester. This ensures that they get relevant industry exposure imperative to boost their careers. In fact, many of our students who started with internships are now successfully placed with the same organizations.
We have working relationships with international organisations to offer internships abroad, including the Reserve Bank of India who have taken on business school students for summer placements in Pune in recent years
Our careers services has a special focus to assist and guide Indian students to help them get a relevant job in the UK or even if they come back to India. We support our students for 3 years after they leave. We have developed a relevant resource https://nclreturningtoindia.wordpress.com/ specifically for our Indian students returning home that includes the advantages and selling points of being UK-educated, as well as information on CVs, applying for jobs, vacancy sources etc.
Jobs On Campus is our on-campus job agency offering temporary and casual work assignments on campus to Newcastle University students.
Finally, it is important to remember that not all work experience has to be a formal, paid placement. We support many of the students to find highly useful volunteering opportunities in local charities as well as positions of responsibility in student societies here on campus. Not only are these excellent opportunities to develop important transferrable skills, they can even lead to new contacts that will help the student in their future job search. To share, employers in the UK do value volunteering work during selection process.
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