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Universities Offering Postgraduate Courses in UK


East of England

Home to: artist John Constable, inventor of the hovercraft Sir Richard Cockerell, and the inventors of the world’s first computer game, the digital quartz watch and the slimline pocket calculator. It’s also the home of the Silicon Fen – the UK’s equivalent of the USA’s Silicon Valley – and the world’s third oldest university.

  • Natural attractions: Epping Forest, Nene Valley, The Chilterns, Norfolk Broads, and the Suffolk Coast.
  • Other attractions: Sutton Hoo, Lee Valley White Water Centre, The Henry Moore Foundation, The Backs (Cambridge), Fitzwilliam Museum, Peterborough Cathedral, the Ridgeway.


Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Cities and towns with universities

East Midlands

Home to: writer D.H. Lawrence, scientist Isaac Newton, Pilgrim Fathers, and fictional hero Robin Hood. The area is known for its food, e.g. the Bakewell tart, Lincolnshire sausage, Melton Mowbray pork pie, Bramley apple, and Red Leicester cheese.

  • Natural attractions: Peak District National Park, Sherwood Forest, The Fens, The Wash, the Lincolnshire Coast.
  • Others attraction: Donnington Park Racing Circuit (Grand Prix), National Space Centre, De Montfort Hall, DH Lawrence Heritage Centre, Nottingham Castle, Nottingham Lace Market, Doddington Hall.


Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and most of Lincolnshire.

Cities and towns with universities

Greater London

Home to: The UK Prime Minister, the monarch, the headquarters of MI6 and 8.3 million people speaking approximately 300 languages. Greater London includes the built-up area of London and parts of the Metropolitan Green Belt, and is bordered by the counties of Surrey, Kent, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, and Hertfordshire.

Attractions: Many, including landmarks Big Ben, London Bridge and the biggest Hindu temple in the world outside of the Taj Mahal. The capital is constantly evolving, particularly along the river Thames. Here you can find the Gherkin tower and the O2 dome near Greenwich where the Emirates Airline cable car has overhead views of Canary Wharf.

Monthly rent for a room: Within travel zones 1 and 2, £500 a month is considered a very cheap rent for a small room; many rooms are more expensive – around £800 to £900 a month. Rents towards the edge of London are more likely to be £500 to £600 a month for a larger room but then you should take into account the increased cost of travelling to your university if it is based near the centre of the city (and many London universities are central).


Specialist private universities, schools, and colleges offering postgraduate courses

North East England

Home to: Sir Humphry Davy, inventor of the miner’s safety lamp; explorer Captain James Cook; father of the railways George Stephenson; Saint Bede and Saint Cuthbert; the Angel of the North.

  • Natural attractions: Northumberland Coast, Cheviot Hills, Kielder Forest.
  • Other attractions: Hadrian’s Wall, Durham Cathedral, Millennium Bridge and Baltic Gateshead, Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick, Tyne Bridges, Newcastle Castle, Lindisfarne/Holy Island .

Main areas

Northumbria, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

Cities and towns with universities

Northern Ireland

Home to: actor Liam Neeson, poet Seamus Heaney, songwriter Van Morrison, film director Kenneth Branagh, the Titanic, the film studios for Game of Thrones.

  • Natural attractions: Giants Causeway, County Antrim; Mourne Mountains, County Down; Lough Neagh (the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles); the Sperrin Mountains.
  • Other attractions: Titanic museum (and boat trips), Grand Opera House Belfast, Cathedral Quarter Belfast, Dundrum Castle, Titanic museum and SS Nomadic, Derry-Londonderry Peace Bridge, Dunluce Castle.


County Antrim, County Armagh, County Down, County Fermanagh, County Londonderry, County Tyrone.

Cities and towns with universities

North West England

Home to: Poet William Wordsworth, painter L.S. Lowry, architect Sir Norman Foster, Kendall mint cake, northern soul music, northern football clubs, The Beatles.

Natural attractions: The Lake District, The Pennines, Holcombe Moor, Forest of Bowland, Lancashire Coastal Route, Crosby Beach (with 100, life-size, cast-iron statues by Antony Gormley buried in the sand and looking out to sea).

Other attractions: Tate Liverpool; Liverpool Cathedral; Albert Dock; Merseyside U-Boat 534, Birkenhead; Manchester Ship Canal; People’s History Museum, Manchester; Whitworth Gallery, Manchester; Manchester Town Hall, MediaCityUK, Salford; Chester; Blackpool Tower.


Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.

Cities and towns with universities


Home to: writers J.K Rowling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson; inventors Alexander Fleming (Penicillin), Alexander Graham Bell (telephone), John Logie Baird (TV and fibre optics), James Chalmers (adhesive postage stamp), Robert Watson-Watt (radar) and James Watt (steam engine); economist Adam Smith and philosopher David Hume.

  • Natural attractions: Loch Ness, Ben Nevis, Cairngorms National Park, Glencoe, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Isle of Skye, Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, Borders.
  • Other attractions: Carlton Hill Edinburgh, Wallace Monument Stirling, Falkirk Wheel, Burrell Collection Glasgow, Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre Glasgow, Scottish National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh, Craiglever Castle Aberdeen, Clyde Auditorium Glasgow, Scotland’s Secret Bunker St Andrews.


There are 34 Scottish counties in total from, in the north, the Shetland Islands whose capital Lerwick is closer to Norway than it is to Edinburgh, and Berwickshire, Dumfriesshire plus Roxburghsire on the borders with England.

Cities and towns with universities

The University of the Highlands and Islands is an alliance of 13 higher education providers in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Its headquarters is in Inverness but it is spread across 70 centres throughout the region.

Heriot-Watt University also has a campus in Stromness on Orkney and one at Galashiels on the Scottish Borders.

South East England

Home to: writers H.G. Wells, J.R.R Tolkein and Jane Austen, actors Kate Winslet and Ricky Gervais, astronomer John Herschel, singer Kate Bush, engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Sir Winston Churchill, and William Caxton, who introduced the printing press to England.

Natural attractions: the Thames path, Devil’s Dyke/South Downs. North Downs, the Ridgeway, Seven Sisters, Dungeness Beach, Icknield Way, Dunstable Downs, Port Meadow Oxford, Commoner’s Walk Blenheim Palace.

Other attractions: North Lanes Brighton, Sissinghurst Castle Garden, The Great Hall and Round Table, Arundel, Bodleian Library Oxford, Windsor, Henley, Uffington White Horse, Canterbury Cathedral, Spinnaker Tower Portsmouth.

Counties and conurbations

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.

Cities and towns with universities

South West England

Home to:  Graffiti artist Banksy; comedian John Cleese; novelists John Le Carre, Agatha Christie and Thomas Hardy; computer pioneer Charles Babbage; Cheddar cheese, and Cornish pasties.

Natural attractions: Dartmoor, The Mendips, South West Coast Path, The Cotswolds, Stonehenge, Severn Walk, New Forest, Jurassic Coast, Isle of Purbeck.

Other attractions: Royal Crescent Bath, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Minack Theatre, Dartmouth, Glastonbury Tor, Eden Project, Gloucester Cathedral, Cheltenham.


Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall.

Cities and towns with universities


Home to: writer Roald Dahl, comedian Rob Brydon, architect John Nash, designer Laura Ashley, explorer George Everest, soldier T.E. Lawrence, poet Dylan Thomas, singer Tom Jones and the longest place name in Britain –Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

  • Natural attractions: Brecon Beacons, Cader Idris, Mount Snowdon, Mawddach Estuary, Worm’s Head/Rhossili Bay, Barafundle Bay, River Wye (Yat Rock), Llŷn Peninsula.
  • Other attractions: Ogmore Castle and stepping stones, Llangollen Canal, Cambrian Coast Railway, St Fagans National History Museum, Tintern Abbey, Llanthony Priory, Bute Park Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre.


Clwyd, Gwent, Dyfed, Glamorgan, Gwynedd, Powys.

Cities and towns with universities

West Midlands

Home to: William Shakespeare, Simon Cowell, singers Ozzy Osbourne and Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac), chocolate manufacturer George Cadbury and Alfred Bird, the inventor of custard powder; Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce.

Natural attractions: the Black Mountain, Shropshire Hills, Malvern Hills, Cannock Chase, parts of the Wye Valley, Cotswolds, River Severn and the Peak District

Other attractions: Stratford Upon Avon, Ironbridge Gorge and Bridge, Shrewsbury, Lichfield Cathedral, Mow Cop Castle, Worcester Cathedral, NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Birmingham Back to Backs, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

Counties and conurbations

Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Cities and towns with universities

Yorkshire and the Humber

Home to: Yorkshire pudding; writers Ted Hughes, W. H. Auden, Simon Armitage, Alan Bennett and the Brontë sisters; painter David Hockney; rugby league; Downton Abbey; and Count Dracula on his travels to Whitby.

Natural attractions: Robin Hood Bay, Malham Pavement and Kielder Water (Yorkshire Dales), Yorkshire Moors, Hebden Bridge, Humber Estuary.

Other attractions: York Minister, York ghost walks, Hull Truck Theatre,  Castle Howard, National Coal Mining Museum.


Yorkshire and Humberside.

Cities and towns with universities

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