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You'll be joining our diverse community of students from all walks of life. And you won't be alone - almost 30% are mature students.

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It's never too late to seize hold of new opportunities and steer your future in a new direction.

Maybe you’re interested in a postgraduate course to hone your skills and specialise in your current role. Or maybe you're dreaming of an entirely new career. Perhaps you missed the opportunity when you left college and you’re ready to start a new chapter by studying for an undergraduate degree.

Whatever your reason, there’s never been a better time to study at the University of Hull. You’ll be joining our diverse community of students from all walks of life.

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Why choose Hull?

University is a place to feed the heart and the head. Somewhere to develop yourself personally, socially, academically. It's where you find friends for life. Where you say yes to every opportunity and do things you'd never dreamed of. It's your key to a brilliant future. And at Hull, you get it all in equal measure. Find out why you should choose Hull.

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What kinds of courses can I take?

From Midwifery to Marketing, we offer a flexible array of courses to suit you – whether that be part-time, online, undergraduate, postgraduate or foundation level study.

Will I be accepted?

If you’re worried that your study skills might be a little rusty, don’t be – we consider the person, not just their grades. We take into account your knowledge and experience before making any decision and will do our best to help you make the right choice. And if you need a hand getting up to speed, many of our courses come with a foundation year option to help you get back on track.

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Can I afford it?

Whatever your circumstances, you'll be able to get financial assistance to support your studies.


If you’re studying an undergraduate degree you’ll not start to repay your tuition fees until after you’ve graduated and are earning more than £26,575 annually. Plus, you’ll be able to apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs while you’re studying.


For postgraduate students, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which you won’t have to repay until your income is over a certain threshold (usually £1,750/month before tax). If you’ve already completed an undergraduate degree with us, we’ll give you £1,000 towards your tuition fees too.

To help towards your costs, we offer a Child Grant award worth £200 per child. 3
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94.6% of our students are in work or further study within 15 months of completing their degree. 4

Scholarships and Bursaries

Whatever you’re studying, we’ve got a range of scholarships and bursaries to help towards your costs. And depending on your circumstances, we might be able to give you a hand covering day-to-day costs like childcare as well.

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Will this work for me?

Will I have enough time to study?

We offer different study options to suit all lifestyles. If you can't commit to a full-time course, one of our part-time programmes may be more suitable. 

For a standard, full-time undergraduate degree you're expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That's based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time is divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Will I be surrounded by 18 year olds?

Our courses attract students of all ages. While a lot of our courses do attract students who have just finished their A Levels, almost 30% of our student population are mature students. 

What kind of support is available?

There's a reason so many of our students go on to do extraordinary things. Because at Hull, you matter - no matter where you've come from. We don't just see your grades, we see your potential.

Nothing should get in the way of reaching your personal best. With our team of academics, advisers and experts by your side, there's no stopping you. We won't meddle, we won't pry, we won't preach. But we will do everything we can to help. Whether you're struggling with money, your health or your studies, or you need pointing in the right career direction, you only have to ask. 

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Melanie's story

"Because I'm a mature student I was unsure about whether I was a suitable candidate. When I phoned, the admissions tutor was really welcoming and so passionate about the course. So I thought – I’ve got to do it.”

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Michael's Story

“I was a plasterer for ten years before coming to the University of Hull. I really got into sport and weightlifting and I started digging deeper into anatomy and that led me to taking the plunge and wanting to study biology. I chose Hull because it’s got a fantastic campus with great facilities."

Rachel's story

“After working in the field for a number of years I felt like I needed to sharpen my skill set further. Hull Uni has great opportunities for students and everyone smiles.”

Martin's story

"My first career was in entertainment but I got to a stage where I wanted to move on and do something different. I’d always had an interest in engineering. Robotics is the future so it felt like the perfect course for me.”

Melanie's story

“I’m a full time mum with my own business. I didn’t realise I’d found the best University for politics in the country. The universe gives you want you want.”


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Frequently asked questions

Yes, our accommodation is for everyone. We have options to suit all budgets, and even offer studio apartments for those who'd rather not live in a flat share.

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There’s a great range of accommodation options for you to pick from at Hull, and no matter which one you choose, you can be sure it’ll be high quality.

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The information on our website applies to all students - wherever you are from. But we know there are some things that only international students need to know, so we've collected it into one handy hub.

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There’s a reason that our alumni achieve success at the top level of every sector - it’s because we equip our students with the tools to flourish in the world of work

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  1. You’re guaranteed a room in University-owned accommodation if you apply by 1 October 2021.
  2. Awarded a Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework which recognises excellence in teaching and learning in UK Universities and colleges.
  3. Up to a maximum of three children. Terms and conditions apply.
  4. UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, for the academic year 2016/17 published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018.