About us | Why study at NCH?

Launched in 2012, the New College of the Humanities’ first cohort of students graduated in September 2015. NCH has earned its reputation as a world-class academic institution that is leading the way in UK higher education. The Times describes NCH as offering “bespoke higher education” and as being positioned “at the forefront of a new era, the academic equivalent of space travel”.

Our Teaching Model

NCH Curriculum Wheel
Click to expand: With its unparalleled combination of courses and subjects, New College of the Humanities offers you an outstanding intellectual experience and prepares you for success in your chosen career path. As a part of our unique curriculum, all students at NCH study Science Literacy, Applied Ethics and Logic and Critical Thinking in addition to their core degree.

Teaching is delivered through weekly one-to-one tutorials giving NCH “the edge on even Oxbridge’s one-to-two tutorial system in one crucial way” according to The Times (June 2015). Like all teaching at NCH, one-to-one tutorials are led by qualified, inspiring and experienced academics who have a passion for teaching and who are active in research. Among other teaching styles experienced by students during their weekly 13.5 timetabled contact hours are small group tutorials or seminars, and interactive lectures with classes of fewer than 50 students, ensuring every voice is heard and every question debated.

Our Location

The College has the great fortune of being situated in one of the best locations for a higher education institution in the UK. It is in the heart of Bloomsbury, London’s cultural and academic quarter, steps from the British Museum and Senate House Library, and just a few minutes’ walk from Oxford Street, Covent Garden, West End theatres and an array of galleries and museums.

Our Standing

Over the past three years, NCH has developed a reputation for delivering an unrivalled university experience. In 2014, 63% of its students — more than twice the comparative statistic for Russell Group university students studying the humanities — stated that the NCH academic experience exceeded their expectations (HEPI, 2014). In 2015, NCH was awarded best ‘Course & Lecturers’ at the Whatuni? Student Choice Awards, and came fourth in the overall ‘University of the Year’ category.

Since its launch, NCH has tripled the size of its faculty and student body, launched a programme of postgraduate diplomas and a two-year Senior Status Law LLB, and has introduced a number of optional Enrichment Courses, including Art History, Creative Writing and Psychology.

The College’s visiting professoriate includes luminaries such as Professors AC Grayling (founder and Master of NCH), Simon Blackburn, Vernon Bogdanor CBE, Richard Dawkins, Sir Partha Dasgupta, Daniel C Dennett, Lawrence Krauss, Sir Christopher Ricks, and Adrian Zuckerman, all of whom both teach and contribute to the creation and development of the curriculum at the College.

Our New Degrees

This year, New College of the Humanities’ award-winning curriculum is further evolving through the creation of its own degree programmes, which will be taught to students starting at the College from September 2015, in addition to the University of London degrees currently taught at the College.

These new degree programmes have been designed and created by the College’s world-class professors and faculty. The courses reflect these academics’ areas of expertise and research interests, meaning that they are strongly engaged with the material that they will teach, and there may also be opportunities for students to participate in active research.

Like the American liberal arts model, the new combined honours degrees comprise a ‘major’ subject chosen from Economics, English, History, Philosophy, or Politics & International Relations, and a complementary ‘minor’ subject.

Tutorial: Philosophy students with Brian Ball
Lecturer in Philosophy Dr Brian Ball in discussion with second year students.

All students combine their degree studies with the College’s diploma, designed to develop the insights required to lead a fulfilling and successful life. The diploma offers a rich mix of Core Courses including Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking, and Science Literacy, as well as the Professional Programme, which teaches students the core skills and behaviours that will give them a head start in the increasingly competitive graduate recruitment market, and that can easily be transferred to any field. The NCH Diploma is awarded to graduates in addition to their degree. It sets them apart from their peers by marking the greater depth of their education.

Art History, Creative Writing, Law, and Psychology are available as Enrichment Courses in addition to your combined honours degree, meaning students can choose a major and a minor for their NCH degree, complete the NCH Diploma, and study an enrichment course in another subject if they wish, offering and exceptionally broad liberal arts education combined with the depth of study offered by the College’s approach to teaching.

New College of the Humanities has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). NCH is subject to educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) under the UK Visas and Immigration’s Tier 4 sponsorship requirements. See www.qaa.ac.uk/ educational-oversight for more information. The New College of the Humanities degree programmes have been developed and will be delivered by NCH. The programmes have been validated by Southampton Solent University as being of an appropriate standard and quality to lead to the Southampton Solent University awards of BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons).

Why New College of the Humanities?

NCH offers an intensive learning experience and immense opportunities for individual growth. Students who choose to study at the College develop into assured, well-rounded, eloquent individuals with a capacity for independent critical thought and intellectual debate, impressive research skills, a range of interests and passions, and an understanding of how to apply their studies to the world at large.

NCH’s first graduates achieved final degree results that surpass the national average*, with approximately 30% securing a first class degree in a humanities subject and 88% attaining a upper second class degree or above.

* In 2014, 20% of students across the UK secured a first class degree, with 72% achieving a upper second or above (HESA).

Before they had even graduated, over 80% of NCH’s founding cohort had gained highly-prized graduate training opportunities at top firms including Canaccord Genuity, Clifford Chance, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Diageo, Hogan Lovells, Lambert Smith Hampton and Porsche, or places on competitive postgraduate courses at top universities including The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), University College London (UCL), King’s College London (KCL), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), School of Oriental & Asian Art (SOAS), and the University of Oxford.

The calibre and diversity of destinations of the College’s first graduates demonstrate the academic and real-world value of the College’s leading-edge approach to broader, deeper, more rigorous higher education.