Newcastle is the largest city in the North East of England and is part of the Tyne and Wear region, which also includes Sunderland and Gateshead. The region has a total population of around 1.1 million and is famous for its proud industrial tradition as a major centre for coal mining and shipbuilding.
Today Newcastle itself is home to a lively student population of over 40,000 and the region’s three universities remain a popular choice for those looking to study in a friendly and cosmopolitan location with excellent nightlife and a low cost of living.
The University of Newcastle is a Russell Group institution with a fine academic reputation. The University ranks among the UK’s top 30 overall and inside the top 20 for Computer Science. Entry requirements are typically around the equivalent of ABB at A-Level.
Newcastle is also home to the University of Northumbria, which offers a range of Computer Science related degree courses whilst the neighbouring University of Sunderland lies in close proximity.
Newcastle’s fast-growing technology economy has earned the city the nickname ‘Silicon Shore’, with 25,000 people employed within the tech sector living in the area. Newcastle’s tech hub is the second fastest growing in the UK in terms of new companies being established (behind Shoreditch’s Silicon Roundabout).
The city has also committed further to its expanding reputation within the tech sector by investing in a £250m tech hub, ‘The Core’. The building will be pivotal to Newcastle’s Science Central project, which is expected to create even more graduate job opportunities for Computer Science graduates.