Coventry University

Coventry, England


Coventry University is a public research university in Coventry, England, known as Lanchester Polytechnic until 1987, and Coventry Polytechnic until it was awarded university status in 1992. Its four faculties, which are made up of schools and departments, run around 300 undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Across the university there are 11 research centres which specialise in different fields, from transport to peace studies.

With more than 29,000 students in 2017, Coventry University is the larger of the two universities in the city – the other being the University of Warwick – and the fastest growing university in the UK. It has two principal campuses: one in the centre of Coventry where the majority of its operations are located, and one in central London which focuses on business and management courses. The university also runs offshoot higher education institutions in Coventry (next door to its main campus), Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and East London, each of which markets itself as being an “alternative to mainstream higher education”.

Adjacent to the Coventry campus is Coventry University Technology Park, through which several of the university’s commercial subsidiary operations provide business services to local and national organisations. Coventry is a member of the University Alliancemission group, of which its vice-chancellor, John Latham, is the current chair.

Coventry offers more than 130 undergraduate degrees and 100 postgraduate degrees over its four faculties, as well as qualifications such as foundation degrees and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs). It has introduced the teaching of disaster management at undergraduate level (the first such course in the UK) as well as parapsychology and health journalism at the postgraduate level.

The university’s student body in 2016/17 consisted of 31,690 students: 25,705 undergraduates and 5,985 postgraduates. Part-time students in 2013-14 made up 15% of undergraduates and 39% of postgraduates. The drop-out rate for first year undergraduates is 8.9% and the undergraduate intake from state schools is 97%. The university employs over 1,800 academic staff and is the fourth largest employer in Coventry.

Tuition fees for undergraduate students at the university are variable and range from £7,500 to £9,000 depending on the degree programme, following the United Kingdom government’s decision in 2010 to raise the maximum limit universities can charge UK and EU students. The university cited the variable fee structure in explaining the rise in applications received for 2012 compared to the previous year, despite an overall national fall.

47 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1992
Size Large
31,690 Students


3 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Hospitality and Culinary
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Natural Sciences
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Studies
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS
Other Applications Accepted Institution's own application

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 11,750
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



The Academic Excellence Scholarship
Total Worth £1,250 - £2,000
Eligibility and Requirements Excellent undergraduate students who achieve between 128 to 144 UCAS points
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Other Details Available to students who achieve a certain level of A-Level or equivalent qualifications and maintain a particular academic level throughout their course.
Coventry University Sports Scholarships
Total Worth £1,500 or £3,000 per academic year
Eligibility and Requirements New students who have the sporting ability to represent the University at a high level. Applications are open to all students participating in a sport recognised by Sport England.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
International Academic Excellence Scholarship
Total Worth £1,500
Eligibility and Requirements Self-funded International fee-paying students applying for a full-time undergraduate course. Must hold: Specific academic qualifications (at least two of three A-levels at grade A or equivalent qualifications).
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --