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The mark of any modern university is how successfully it adapts to a rapidly changing careers market. At Edge Hill University, we’re constantly evolving our portfolio to provide the knowledge and skills students require to seize opportunities and excel in their chosen careers.

Our rich variety of undergraduate, postgraduate and PGCE courses provides inspirational and diverse learning experiences, giving students all the tools they need to succeed. So whatever path they choose, there’ll be nothing holding them back. And they’ll have everything they need to drive them forward.

Students practice a ward-based simulation in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre.

A Medical School breaking down barriers

Our Medical School not only boasts some of the best facilities in the country; it also supports aspiring doctors who may otherwise struggle to enter the field.

Opened in 2019, it’s one of just five new centres to address a shortage of NHS doctors. It offers students the option of a Foundation Year if their background means they’re less likely to meet the academic requirements for entry.

Medicine student Laurnea Pemberton from Manchester started her studies with a Foundation Year:

“I don’t want anybody to think their background is a barrier. While many medical students follow their parents into the profession, I want them to see it’s not an exclusive club. Determination and the right support can help you achieve your ambitions.”

Law students practicing advocacy skills in the Mooting Room.

Taking law from classroom to courtroom

Our law students are well prepared to enter the profession, experiencing mock trials in an on-campus courtroom, being taught by former solicitors or barristers, and visiting the Supreme Court and the Old Bailey.

All courses are qualifying law degrees, meaning students will have completed the academics of legal training and have the necessary skills to enter the profession.

Students can choose to study criminology and politics alongside law. And there are postgraduate opportunities in AI, digital and cyber law, and legal practice.

The Law Society brings another dimension to learning, with students praising its networking and mentorship opportunities.

Two students sat on a bench, one reading and the other making notes, in a courtyard by the Main Building.

Helping students write their futures

Students with sights on careers in the media, theatre, publishing or marketing can explore their passion for writing or hone their skills with one of our creative writing degrees.

Our courses include standalone undergraduate or postgraduate degrees, or students can choose to study creative writing alongside English literature or English language. All courses encourage students to develop their voice in various disciplines, including short stories, poetry, scriptwriting and writing for games.

And there’s the Edge Hill difference. We have over 30 years’ experience in creative writing teaching, and all our lecturers are published writers.

Students take samples in the BioSciences laboratory

More choice for budding bioscientists

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry will welcome its first intake in September 2024, adding to our extensive range of biology and biosciences degrees. It will build students’ skills as research scientists and their expertise in how chemical processes are regulated.

From biology to biotechnology and genetics to plant science, all students enjoy quality lab facilities and undertake research and practical work, often abroad.

Our MSc Conservation Management has been named Higher Education Programme of the Year 2023 in the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) awards.

Politics students have a discussion at a roundtable

Changing the world one politics degree at a time

It’s where you go and who you get to know with our politics degrees. Students head to our nation’s parliaments, experience party conferences and get the lowdown from guest speakers.

And having worked in local and national government, our lecturers have the inside track on politics, helping students navigate the system to change the world for the better in careers from journalism to public affairs.

Undergraduates can study politics alongside history, international relations and law. Our students value their experience, voting us top in the North West for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2024 – Politics).

Business and Economics students during a lecture

Exploring the global economy from Ormskirk

Economics is all around us, whether it’s the cost-of-living crisis or the influence of a booming global brand. Our BSc (Hons) Business & Economics degree encourages students to evaluate the current state of play and examine how economies work and shape societies.

Our tutors like to explore economics by asking questions that relate to people’s lives – where they are, what they’ve experienced and what they consume.

Business and economic awareness is valuable for entering and advancing all types of careers. Our new BSc (Hons) Economics will launch for new starters in 2025.

Students listen attentively during a lecture.

Understanding the psychology of real-world issues

From cyberpsychology and addiction, our psychology research investigates current concerns, supporting individuals and society. 

Our psychology undergraduate degrees, whether focused on education, sport and exercise or studied alongside criminology, are all accredited by the British Psychological Society – a gateway to a career in the field. And our students can research alongside staff as part of paid internships. 

It’s perhaps not surprising that these benefits, together with a state-of-the-art £6 million Law & Psychology building, mean we consistently score highly in this field for student satisfaction.

We also offer postgraduate study options in health and business psychology.  

Six students examining rock samples

Exploring landscapes through tech and on foot

Our geography and geology students get to investigate landscapes using the latest technology, from drone surveys to environmental analysis labs and remote sensing suites.

And some students describe our paid-for field trips as a ‘trip of a lifetime,’ especially those who’ve hiked around Tenerife’s active Mount Teide volcano, exploring breath taking laurel forests and rock-forming processes.

Whether students choose a standalone geography degree or combine it with geology, all our courses put learning into the context of society’s big issues, from climate adaptation to food security.

Students use VR in the CAVE, Tech Hub.

Advancing IT for a healthier, safer world

From caring for people living with dementia to potentially saving lives on battlefields through AI drones, students and researchers in our computing and IT department are making their mark.

They’re supported by highly-rated facilities, with a £13 million purpose-built Tech Hub and specialist learning resources, including software for studying internet security techniques and a 3D CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment).

Students also benefit from great connections, enjoying placements at companies including Google, Bentley and Barclays.

Undergraduates can choose from 13 courses, including software engineering and cyber security. There are postgraduate options too.