Based in the heart of London, New College of the Humanities (NCH London) has developed a reputation for delivering an excellent university experience, and has exceeded all Russell Group universities for overall student satisfaction in the UK’s National Student Survey for three consecutive years (NSS 2019, 2020 and 2021).
Small by design, NCH London offers a vibrant, collegiate community delivering broad and academically rigorous degree programmes, designed to equip graduates with the combination of skills and knowledge that are increasingly desired by organisations, employers and society.
Following the grant of Taught Degree Awarding Powers in February 2020, the College is expanding its portfolio by developing interdisciplinary degree programmes, which combine its emphasis on the humanities with the exploration of complementary scientific subjects.
Masters degree programmes
Studying at NCH is an enriching pursuit, both personally and professionally. Our Masters programmes foster advanced skills in critical questioning, information gathering, synthesis and analysis, and oral and written communication.
NCH offers innovative, exciting and rigorous degrees for graduate students, created and taught by our pioneering faculty.
Our Masters graduates typically pursue a research degree and an academic career, or employment opportunities in a range of diverse industries.
Undergraduate degree programmes
Undergraduates study combined honours degrees, comprising subjects including Art History, Creative Writing, Data Science, Economics, English, History, Law, Philosophy, Politics & International Relations and Psychology, alongside the College’s liberal arts-inspired NCH Diploma. The NCH Diploma offers a vibrant mix of Applied Ethics, Critical Reasoning and Science Literacy, as well as LAUNCH, the College’s unique professional development programme, which teaches students the skills and behaviours they need to succeed in the increasingly competitive graduate recruitment market.
Global university network
As part of Northeastern University’s global network, the College has a global outlook and enjoys wide-ranging support from a highly ranked US teaching and research institution, while retaining its academic independence as a UK higher education institution. Furthermore, with its campuses in Boston, Charlotte,San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Toronto and Vancouver, Northeastern’s network opens up enormous opportunities for NCH students and graduates, including the possibility of studying in the USA.
In addition, NCH students have full access to the digital resources of Northeastern University’s Library allowing them to access hundreds of electronic journals, ebooks and databases.
The College also welcomes international students from around the globe converging in London to study a range of Northeastern University programmes, including NU.in and GEP, which in turn, broadens students’ global outlook and networking opportunities during their time at the College.
Our experienced and respected faculty are passionate about teaching and research. Teaching through small seminars, lectures (see below), small group tutorials and (one some courses) one-to-one tutorials, provides our students with unique opportunities to explore the curriculum in-depth, with a significant level of engagement with other students, tutors and lecturers Our courses are challenging, enriching and offer our students further personal development and enhanced skills.
Lectures at the College take a variety of forms, depending on the learning outcomes they seek to foster. Some focus on the dissemination of ideas, some on the demonstration of skills and approaches, and some involve more active group participation (for example). Short talking head videos may also be included in the virtual learning environment that accompanies each course.
Our students are talented, ambitious and passionate about the humanities and social sciences. 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 College’s students achieve highly competitive graduate career destinations, including graduate programmes at Accenture, the Civil Service Fast Stream, Clifford Chance, Deloitte, Grant Thornton, KPMG, M&C Saatchi, Ogilvy, PwC, Slaughter & May, TeachFirst, and Universal Music.
Those who choose to further their education, usually continue to postgraduate study at prestigious institutions including the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago, Edinburgh, Oxford, the London School of Economics & Political Sciences (LSE) and University College London (UCL).
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).
Apprenticeships & Workforce Development
NCH is committed to supporting employers and providing relevant qualifications for learners with knowledge, skills and behaviours to fast track careers and prepare for the future. Our programmes ensure employers have the skills and knowledge needed for business success.
Working in partnership with Northeastern University, a full range of learning opportunities, including full degree apprenticeships and short course programmes are available to support new hires, upskill, and provide lifelong learning.
While the College is yet to appear on traditional university league tables, it has exceeded the majority of UK institutions, in both undergraduate results and student satisfaction ratings.
The College’s student satisfaction scores are higher than those of every member of the prestigious Russell Group in 24 out of 27 questions, according to the National Student Survey published in July 2019.
100% of the College’s students stated that they were satisfied with their course, a score which is 11.5% points better than Russell Group universities on average.
The survey also found that 98% feel challenged to achieve their best work at NCH, with NCH scoring 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 quality of teaching in Law and Politics at the undergraduate level.