University of Cumbria



The University of Cumbria is a public university in Cumbria, with its headquarters in Carlisle and other major campuses in Lancaster, Ambleside, and London. It opened its doors in 2007, and has roots extending back to the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts, established in 1822, and the teacher training college established by Charlotte Mason in the 1890s.

The University of Cumbria was formed from the merger of St Martin’s College, Lancaster, the Cumbria Institute of the Arts (formerly Cumbria College of Art & Design), and the Cumbrian campuses of the University of Central Lancashire on 1 August 2007, which ran degree programmes accredited by Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire. To facilitate the change, St Martin’s College applied for independent degree-awarding powers in March 2005, and was successful in July 2006 after nine months of scrutiny by the Quality Assurance Agency. In January 2007, official university status was granted by the Privy Council.

The university is based upon the findings of a report by Sir Martin Harris. This plan envisaged a university based upon a “distributed learning network”, so that teaching will take place both at the University’s main campuses, and at colleges of further education around the county. This solved a problem for remote areas that did not previously have direct access to higher education.

The headquarters of the university are in Carlisle. Its other major campuses are at Ambleside, Lancaster (formerly St Martin’s College) and it has classrooms and open workspace in the “Energus” facility in Blackwood Road, Lillyhall, Workington. The university previously also had sites in Penrith (formerly University of Central Lancashire in Cumbria and before that Newton Rigg Agricultural College) and London. Newton Rigg has since been transferred to Askham Bryan College and the Tower Hamlets provision has moved to East India Dock Road. Furness College in Barrow-in-Furness has developed close links with the university and they share some facilities.

123 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Bronze rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 2007
Size Medium
8,635 Students
Carlisle, Lancaster, Ambleside, Barrow-in-Furness, Tower Hamlets


2,3,4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Health Professions
  • 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

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
SELT Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 9,250
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



Cumbria Bursary
Total Worth £1,000 per year
Eligibility and Requirements For 1st year ‘home’ or ‘EU’ undergraduate students commencing their studies and with a household income of less than £25,000.
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Other Details Cumbria Bursaries will not be available to students who are: studying less than 50 credits per year already holding an HE qualification e.g. Cert HE, HND or Foundation Degree. transferring from another institution undertaking a postgraduate qualification, including PGCE courses
Gymnastics scholarship
Total Worth £1,000 off accommodation (£500 semester 1 and £500 semester 2)
Free Biomechanical Analysis
Free Fitness Testing
Free lifestyle coaching
Free Sport Psychology support
Free Access to Sport Rehabilitation clinics
Free nutrition advice
Eligibility and Requirements Applicants to the following undergraduate sport degree courses to start in September 2019 in Lancaster: BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Physical Education
Available for International Students --
Application Deadline --
Other Details You must meet one or more of these specialist criteria to be eligible to apply for the scholarship: Representation at National Level in Gymnastics-Acrobatics or Trampolining e.g. representing country at school/college level, association level. Representation at Regional Level/Elite performer in Gymnastics-Acrobatics or Trampolining e.g. representing county, town/region or club. Sports Development Coaching in Gymnastics-Acrobatics or Trampolining e.g. continuous paid or voluntary coaching work at club, regional or national level.
International scholarship
Total Worth 50% of tuition fee
Eligibility and Requirements Applicants must hold an offer of a place of study on an eligible full-time bachelor’s degree, top-up degree or a taught master’s degree (180 credits) at the University of Cumbria. All scholarship applicants/recipients must be self-funding students with overseas fee status. Applicants must hold an unconditional offer for their place of study and must have accepted their offer. Applicants must have no outstanding offer conditions attached to their place of study except for the tuition fee deposit and passport photocopy. All scholarship applicants/recipients must provide evidence of funds to cover the remaining tuition fee balance and living costs, as per Home Office requirements, for one academic year in the UK. The balance of tuition fee is due at or before registration.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline July 13
Other Details Scholarships are available in the following subject areas: Business, Creative Arts, Law,, Science, Literature, Sport, Outdoor, Social Sciences