Who we are
Founded in 2012, with the aim of providing the highest quality of education in the humanities and social sciences, New College of the Humanities has established itself as a prestigious, university-level college based in the heart of London. Small by design, we offer a unique and broad liberal arts-inspired curriculum with highly personalised teaching, including our gold standard one-to-one tutorial system.
Our Story So Far
Since moving into our Bloomsbury home and welcoming our first students in September 2012, the College has evolved considerably. You’ll see some of our critical milestones in our timeline.
Our Global Network
The College is part of Northeastern University’s global network. Northeastern is a highly ranked US teaching and research institution based in Boston, with campuses in Charlotte, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Toronto and Vancouver. Becoming part of the Northeastern University network opens up enormous opportunities for NCH students and graduates, including the possibility of studying in the US.
Furthermore, the College benefits from financial backing and educational expertise of Northeastern, widely viewed as the world’s leader in experiential learning, which, in recent years, has gained significant international prestige.
Our liberal arts-inspired major/minor degree combinations offer students a choice of combined honours degree programmes. Select one major course from Art History, Economics, English, History, Law, Philosophy, or Politics & IR. These subjects are all available for selection as a second, complementary ‘minor’ subject, as well as a Creative Writing minor. A single honours Law LLB, Philosophy, Politics & Economics BA (PPE) and Philosophy, Politics & History BA (PPH) are also available.
All undergraduate students at NCH combine their degree studies with the College’s enriching diploma. Comprising eight courses in Applied Ethics, Critical Reasoning, Science Literacy and the unique LAUNCH professional development programme, the Diploma equips students with an intelligent understanding of the core concepts, arguments and theories that underpin the study of the humanities, and enables them to approach their degree studies in a rounded and enlightened way.
The LAUNCH programme introduces vital professional skills, attitudes and behaviours, identified by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to be valuable to employers across a range of professions. To ensure that every student who is prepared to work hard will achieve their full potential and leave fully equipped to face the challenges of our increasingly complex world.
Studying at NCH is an enriching pursuit, both personally and professionally, and we consider postgraduate students to play an integral role in the ongoing development of our vibrant collegiate community. Our Master’s programmes foster advanced skills in critical questioning, information gathering, synthesis and analysis, and oral and written communication. Our graduates typically pursue a research degree and an academic career, or employment opportunities in a range of diverse industries.
NCH offers one of the best staff-to-student ratios in UK higher education, and our experienced and respected faculty are passionate about teaching and research. Teaching through small seminars and lectures and our unique one-to-one tutorials gives our students unique opportunities to explore the curriculum in-depth, at a level of engagement with other students, tutors and lecturers that is second to none. Our courses are challenging and enriching, and our students are rewarded with extra personal development and enhanced skills.
Our world-class Visiting Professoriate of professors includes luminaries such as Simon Blackburn, Sir Partha Dasgupta, Richard Dawkins, Daniel C Dennett, A C Grayling, Steven Pinker, Sir Christopher Ricks, and Adrian Zuckerman, giving our students access to some of the world’s greatest thinkers that is unparalleled at undergraduate and master’s level.
Our students are talented, ambitious and passionate about the humanities. NCH is a truly international and cosmopolitan community of students. Around 40% of our students come from outside the UK, representing more than 40 countries. We welcome applications from students irrespective of their background.
NCH offers an intensive learning experience and immense opportunities for individual growth. Students who 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.
The calibre and diversity of destinations of the College’s early graduates demonstrate the academic and real-world value of the College’s leading-edge approach to broader, deeper, more vigorous higher education. The College’s graduates typically progress to postgraduate study at institutions including the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago, Edinburgh, Oxford, the London School of Economics & Political Sciences (LSE) and University College London (UCL). Those who choose to start their careers achieve graduate roles at the likes of Accenture, the Civil Service Fast Stream, Clifford Chance, Deloitte, INTO University, KPMG, M&C Saatchi, PwC and TeachFirst.
In every graduating cohort since our first, over 80% of our undergraduates have achieved a first class or upper second class degree classification, with 35% of our 2019 graduating cohort achieving first class honours and 89% receiving a 2.1 or above. (in externally moderated examinations).
While the College is yet to appear on traditional university league tables, it has exceeded the majority of UK institutions, including all of the Russell Group institutions, in both undergraduate results and student satisfaction ratings.
According to the National Student Survey (NSS 2019), published in July 2019, students rate New College of the Humanities (the College) better than Russell Group universities. New College of the Humanities achieved student satisfaction scores higher than every member of the prestigious Russell Group in 24 out of 27 questions.
100% of the College’s students stated that they were satisfied with their course, a score which is 11.5% better than Russell Group universities on average. The survey also found that 98% feel they are challenged to achieve their best work at NCH and NCH scored first in the UK for quality of teaching in Economics and Philosophy. In London, NCH has the most satisfied History, Law, Philosophy and Politics undergraduate students. NCH also topped the London list for teaching in Law and Politics at the undergraduate level.