Who we are
New College of the Humanities (NCH) is a prestigious, university-level college 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 experienced and respected faculty are passionate about teaching and research. NCH offers one of the best staff-to-student ratios in UK higher education. Degrees are taught through small seminars and lectures and our unique one-to-one tutorials, giving our students unrivalled 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 world-class professors includes luminaries such as Simon Blackburn, Sir Partha Dasgupta, Richard Dawkins, Daniel C Dennett, AC Grayling, Bettany Hughes, Lawrence Krauss, Steven Pinker, Sir Christopher Ricks, and Adrian Zuckerman, all of whom teach and contribute to the creation and development of the curriculum at the College. Between them, they deliver approximately 100 lectures in each academic year at NCH, giving our students access to some of the world’s greatest thinkers that is unparalleled at undergraduate level.
Our unique, liberal arts-inspired major/minor degree combinations offer our students a choice of bespoke, individually tailored 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 (PPE) and Philosophy, Politics & History (PPH) are also available.
All undergraduate students at NCH combine their degree studies with the College’s enriching diploma. The NCH Diploma further contextualises your degree through the study of Applied Ethics, Critical Reasoning, Science Literacy and the NCH LAUNCH programme. The Diploma equips you with an intelligent understanding of the core concepts, arguments and theories that underpin the study of the humanities, and enables you to approach your degree studies in a rounded and enlightened way. The LAUNCH programme introduces key professional skills, attitudes and behaviours, identified by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to be valuable to employers across a range of professions.
NCH has earned a reputation as a world-class academic institution that is leading the way in UK higher education. Our students are some of the world’s most enquiring minds and have a passion for learning. 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 MA programmes foster advanced skills in critical questioning, information gathering, synthesis and analysis, and oral and written communication. Graduates are likely to pursue a research degree and an academic career, or wider employment opportunities in a range of diverse industries.
Study in London
Our Grade I-listed home in beautiful Bedford Square is set in the heart of London, surrounded by the world-renowned library collections, museums, academic bodies and art institutions of the of the world’s greatest city. Oxford Street, Covent Garden and the theatres of the West End are all within a few minutes walk. Our students have the best of both worlds; our small, nurturing, collegiate institution, where everyone knows your name, provides students with a supportive foundation from which to launch themselves into London and seize the opportunity to participate in a community of 120,000 students through Student Central, the University of London student social hub.
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. We offer means-tested bursaries of up to £3,085 to home students, and generous merit-based scholarships worth up to £2,000 to high calibre candidates.
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. Destinations include Clifford Chance, Lambert Smith Hampton, Belarus Free Theatre, Deloitte, Porsche, Diageo and the British Council. Others progressed to postgraduate study at top universities including the University of Oxford, UCL, and LSE.
Our standing - NSS survey
NCH surpassed London’s Russell Group universities in the 2017 National Student Survey:
NCH achieved the top score for teaching humanities and social sciences across all London universities and NCH exceeded the Russell Group universities in 26 out of 27 categories
- 97.3% of NCH students stated that faculty were good at explaining concepts
- 97.3% of NCH students found their degree programme intellectually stimulating
- 97.3% of NCH students were able to contact their faculty when they needed to
- 95% of NCH students received helpful feedback on their work