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Staffordshire University

Founded in 1914 as a polytechnic institution, Staffordshire University received the University Status in 1992. It has earned an international repute for its vocational and academic teaching, innovative research, and student employability. The university prides in calling itself a ‘Connected University’, connected to the needs of its students, to business and to society.

Home to over 12,000 students, the university is committed to achieving its core values of being ambitious and inspirational, brilliant, and friendly, curious, and daring and proud to be Staffs through its core strategies: connected communities, innovative and applied learning, and talented people.


The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The seven schools include Digital, Technologies and Arts, Health and Social Care, Law, Policing and Forensics, Life Sciences and Education, School of Health, Science and Wellbeing and Staffordshire Business School.

Staffordshire University is spread across two campuses – The main city campus in the Stoke-on-Trent and Centre of Excellence in Stafford offering world class specialist healthcare education. Stoke-on-Trent has two sites - The campus on Leek Road site is home to law, business, sports spaces, and the Science Centre. Computing, creative arts and engineering facilities are housed in the College Road site campus.

Rich in cultural and industrial heritage, Stoke-on-Trent

is famous for ceramic manufacture and production. Today, it is

home to several business headquarters including Vodafone & JCB.

Staffordshire University has significantly contributed to the local and regional economy for 100 years through creation of employment opportunities, knowledge exchange partnerships and community engagements.

Research is at the core of the university’s academic framework with hundreds of internationally recognized research papers published every year by the university’s interdisciplinary network of research centers. 100% of research conducted in Psychology being classified as ‘internationally significant’ by the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014.

Why study at Staffordshire University?

  • Prestigious partnerships with global companies, such as Microsoft and CISCO, and industry links with global leaders including Amazon and Google.

  • 78 per cent of research conducted is classified as world leading or of international importance (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

  • Recognised for producing highly employable graduates with more than 90% of graduates in jobs or higher education after 6 months from graduation (HESA).

  • Offers a range of career opportunities by providing over 20 different Higher and Degree Apprenticeship programs for over 200 businesses including BT, Merlin Entertainments, NHS, Police Forces, and Bentley Motors.

  • Dedicated recruitment agency Unitemps offers bespoke recruitment support including full-time and part-time placements, internships, and career guidance.

  • Focused on providing practical learning through expert teaching and industry collaborations.

  • Significant investment in university facilities and state-of-the-art technologies including Clinical Simulation Suite, Midwifery and Nursing Skills Lab.

  • Erasmus+ provides opportunities to gain practical skills and experience of other cultures for international students.

  • Easy and affordable housing and transport at Stoke-on Trent with easy commuting options to Birmingham and Liverpool.

  • Committed to increase international placement opportunities for its students through the 'Go International’ national campaign.

  • Pathbreaking research in

    Business, Enterprise, and Management; Crime, Justice and Security; Culture, Heritage and Society; Engineering, Technology and Environment; Health, Wellbeing and Education.

  • Opportunity to choose membership from a host of student societies and groups, based on interest and passion.

Entry Requirements

As part of the application process, international students need to demonstrate their English language proficiency through a test recognised by Staffordshire University

Most of their courses require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each component or an equivalent approved qualification. However, some courses have higher entry criteria due to accreditation requirements or the need to have exceptional communication skills as part of the course.

Accepted Tests and Qualifications 

The majority of undergraduate bachelor degree courses require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0, with 5.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening. However, the university also accepts a wide range of qualifications from around the world. The following qualifications are acceptable for most of the Bachelor degree courses.

Requirements for postgraduate courses can be found in the entry requirements section of the course page.

Qualifications we accept from any country

Qualification NameMinimum RequirementValidity
IELTS (non UKVI)6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component2 years
Password English6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component2 years
Trinity College London ISE IIPass in all four components2 years 
TOEFL IBTListening: 17
Speaking: 20
Reading: 18
Writing: 17
2 years
PTE (Pearsons)Minimum score of 51 in all four categories2 years
International Baccalaureate (taught in English)Pass in English A or B at HL or SL with a minimum grade of 55 years
City & Guilds ESOL International (IESOL)Pass5 years
IGCSE EnglishIGCSE English as a first or second language: Grade C5 years
Cambridge International English GCE O Level/GCSEEnglish Language grade A - C5 years 
IELTS Indicator6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component2 years
GCSE English Language/ LiteratureC or above5 years
NCUK International FoundationGrade C overall, with no component lower than a D2 years
Kaplan International Foundation60 overall, with no component lower than a 552 years
Study Group International Foundation50 overall, with no component lower than a 402 years
Cambridge Education group (CEG) International Foundation50 overall, with no component lower than a 502 years
OIETC (Oxford International English Test) B2 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening 2 years

If you have not met one of the above requirements you may be eligible to join one of their pre-sessional English courses, to help you build your skills to the required level.


Scholarships and Discounts: 

We offer a wide range of scholarships and discounts for international students to help fund your studies. If you would like to read more about what scholarships are available to you, and to see if you meet the criteria to be eligible, you visit our dedicated scholarships page.

SMART Scholarships

In recognition of the outstanding talent and achievements of many of our overseas applicants, we are pleased to announce our new £2000 SMART scholarship.

GREAT Scholarships

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, Staffordshire University are offering two scholarships - one to offer holders in India and one to offer holders in Malaysia applying for full time, postgraduate-taught courses for September 2021.

Alumni Discount

Staffordshire University alumni who graduated in the past two academic years receive a 25% reduction in their tuition fees. Alumni who graduated over two years ago receive a 10% reduction in their tuition fees.

Early Payment Discount

An early payment discount of £500 is applicable to on-campus students who pay their full fees before or at enrolment for 2021/22 entry.

Law Courses – Trinidad and Tobago

All applicants from Trinidad and Tobago are eligible for a £500 fee discount for the PgDip Legal Practice and the LLM Legal Practice Blended Learning courses. This reduction will automatically be deducted from your fees.

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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