Have any questions about studying with QA Higher Education and Northumbria University London? Below you will find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
Why partner with Northumbria University?
QA Higher Education is the London Campus Partner of Northumbria University. Our partnership enables us to deliver internationally recognised and highly applied part-time degrees to working professionals based in and around London. All our programmes are validated by Northumbria University and are taught by QA Higher Education and University staff. This ensures that you get the best mix of academic as well as practitioner education in which to benefit your future prospects. For more information on Northumbria University click here
Where is the London Campus based?
Our London Campus is based in the heart of London’s square mile 5 minutes from Liverpool Street Station, nestled amongst financial institutions, corporate headquarters and plenty of bars and cafes. Our address is: 110 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7HT. View our virtual campus tour here.
What days do the Masters programmes run on?
Lectures for all part-time programmes currently take place on weekends from 10:00 to approximately 17:00. Each programme varies with the number of weekends and can be anything from 9-18 weekends. You can view our sample timetables here.
What can I study at Northumbria University? How do I find course information?
Northumbria University offers 4 part-time programmes at our London campus. All our Masters are all taught over 9-18 weekend blocks spread over the 2 years. Have a look on our programme pages to see what you might be interested in and if any of these match your career choices. Our available programmes include:
How much are the programmes?
The price of our Masters degrees vary with each programme. Have a look at our programme page to find out the exact prices for each course.
What finance options available to me?
We offer all self-sponsored non-postgraduate loan students an interest free payment plan after payment of their deposit. Postgraduate loans have been available since the Academic Year 2017/18 and are open to all UK and EU students studying any postgraduate degree. The amount you can borrow from this loan has increased up to £10,906 for the 2018/19 academic year and loan repayment rates are set at 6% of your annual income over £21,000. Full payment discounts are also available if you wish to pay for your programme in full. Your current employer may also sponsor you to study for a Masters with us, contact our team to find out more.
When does the programme start each year?
Each programme has three intakes; January, June and September.
What teaching methods are used throughout the programmes: Theory or practical?
Both theory and practical work will be included in the programmes. If you’re doing a Cyber Security programme, you will be required to do some practical work in our Computer Labs. To view full details of each of the programmes, click here.
What assessment methods are used?
A range of assessment methods are used including coursework, online tests, assignments, presentations, group work, etc. Depending on the course you choose, you may also have exams.
Where do the lectures take place?
All lectures take place at Northumbria University London’s Campus, ideally located 5 minutes from Liverpool Street Station. The exact address is 110 Middlesex Street, E1 7HT, London.
How experienced are the programme lecturers?
Our Masters programmes are delivered by a mix of leading academics and industry experts. View our Faculty page for full professional and academic profiles.
Do I need to provide my own technical equipment?
It’s not mandatory to bring in your own equipment as we do provide technical facilities here at the university campus. However, it’s not uncommon for students to prefer bringing their own laptops to classes.
If I’m doing a part-time Masters, does that mean I have to go to university every weekend?
No, depending on your course of study, you will have a set number of weekends to attend lectures over the course of 2 years. This can vary from 9-18 weekends. The majority of weekend attendance will be within the first 18 months, leaving you 6 months to prepare for your final project/dissertation.
How long is each module and how much will I learn from it?
Each module’s duration varies by programme. As for the knowledge, a part-time Masters will allow you to apply your learning from the course into your existing job role.
How much self-learning is recommended with a part-time Masters?
We would expect students to spend 3-4 hours on self-study a week on average throughout the two years. Generally students should spend 200 hours of study per 20 credits. This includes attending lectures, self-study and completing assignments/exams.
Is coursework and assignments submitted online?
All coursework and assignments are submitted online and will have a deadline for submission. If your course of choice includes exams, these are likely to take place on campus.
How do I apply for postgraduate study?
Most of our programmes are available to apply online directly with Northumbria University. You can also apply by downloading a PDF application form. Our Learning Advisors are available to assist you through the application process and answer any questions you may have.
How long before the enrolment date do I need to apply?
The application deadlines for the part-time programmes are listed on our Admissions page. It is advisable that you apply as soon as possible for your chosen programme and intake to avoid disappointment. If you pay your deposit early, you could be eligible for an early application discount.
Is there an application fee?
To process your application we require a £450 booking fee. After you are accepted onto your chosen programme you are then required to pay your remaining deposit of £2000 before your programme induction if you are a self-sponsored student. Contact us for more information if you intend to apply for the Postgraduate Loan or seek sponsorship from your employer.
I have not got an undergraduate degree – am I eligible for any programmes?
Mature applicants lacking standard academic qualifications may be considered for entry if s/he has demonstrable experience in their chosen area of study and is able to fulfil the objectives of the programme. If you are at all unsure of your eligibility, please send us your CV and we will call you to discuss further.
I have no certifications/qualifications, only experience. Can I still be eligible?
Yes, although experience and professional training of at least 72 hours puts you in good stead of being eligible, we do determine eligibility over the experience you have. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to apply, please get in contact with our Learning Advisors or send us your CV and we will be able to guide you. A Learning Advisor will arrange for a phone call to go through your CV and determine if any of the experience you have gained is relevant or can be applied to the course.
What documents do I need to submit with my application?
For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:
Do I need to provide references for entry onto the Masters programmes?
Yes, ideally you should provide two references that are either from an employer or someone from your educational background. Try to use professional/work email addresses for your references. Your referees are asked a few questions via email on your suitability for the course applied for, qualities you hold and transferable skills.
How long will it take before I receive a decision on my application?
Applications can take up to 10 working days to be approved if you submit all your documents with your submission.
What are the tuition fees? When do I pay?
The tuition fees vary for each programme. Have a look at the instalment plan to find out when you have to pay each instalment.
What funding is available?
For the Academic Year 2018/19, the Government will be providing a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) up to the value of £10,906 for UK and EU students. To find out more about Postgraduate Loans visit the UK Government website.
How long does it take to hear about eligibility for the Postgraduate Loan?
It could take up to three weeks after your application for the Postgraduate Loan to find out whether you’re eligible. As soon as you receive your customer reference number (CRN), you are advised to update your Learning Advisor so they are aware of your request.