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 Hatfield, United Kingdom


University of Hertfordshire

You bring the dream; we’ll help you make it at Herts. We offer a huge variety of postgraduate courses and research degrees covering everything from Animation to Sustainable Planning, with flexible study options that work around you. And with expert guidance and support as well as fantastic links to business we can help make your dreams your reality.

Why choose postgraduate study at Herts?

  • Future employment: *91.5% of our postgraduate taught students are in work or further study within 15 months of finishing their degrees (of those available for work or study, latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-20).
  • Industry connections: Links with over 1,700 businesses and work placements options
  • Industry accreditation: We offer over 40 industry accredited courses
  • Financial support: No application fees, 20% postgraduate fee discount for University of Hertfordshire graduates, as well as £11,836 of postgraduate funding available*
  • Location: Hertfordshire has been voted the UK’s best place to live and is just 25 minutes from London
  • Fantastic facilities: Multi-million-pound facilities include a £10m law building featuring a full-scale replica crown court room.
  • Award-winning research: For research impact, the University of Hertfordshire is the top ranked post-92 university and in the top 25% of all universities (Learn more about the Research Excellence Framework, 2021).

*91.5% of our postgraduate taught students are in work or further study within 15 months of finishing their degrees (of those available for work or study, latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-20).

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Postgraduate Virtual Experience and Open Events

Find out more about postgraduate life at the University of Hertfordshire by viewing our virtual experience where you can speak to our postgraduate students, find out more about funding options and the career support we offer.

Postgraduate Research

The University of Hertfordshire has a stimulating and vibrant research community which will fully support you as you pursue your path towards academic excellence. We offer a wide variety of research degrees to suit your personal and professional interests and goals. Students benefit from a range of events, bringing together junior and senior researchers promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as financial and wellbeing support.

The University of Hertfordshire has been ranked 21st in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2019 for overall student satisfaction in research degree programmes. The 2019 results are based on 103 institutions with over 50,000 respondents. Our individual research degree programmes also performed well as shown below:

  • Ranked 1st for overall experience for Business and Economics research degree programmes
  • Ranked 1st for Education Research culture and Research skills

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Our history and your future…

Our vision is to transform lives. This means whatever your background, wherever you are from, we will drive your potential, powering you to succeed.

Our students, businesses and the local community are all motivated by the same thing. Finding ways to make the most of the opportunities in front of them, by tapping into their individual or collective potential. Powering Potential is embedded in our philosophy. This means – to transform lives, we not only find potential, we harness it and drive it.

Hertfordshire Schools of expertise:

  • Hertfordshire Business School
  • School of Creative Arts
  • School of Health and Social Work
  • Hertfordshire Law School
  • School of Life and Medical Science
  • School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science
  • School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education

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The University of Hertfordshire is one of the largest state universities in the United Kingdom with a 27,700-strong student community and 2,900 international students from over eighty-five different countries, alongside a global network of over 170,000 alumni, the University is one of the most diverse and multicultural universities in Britain. We were named as the Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2010 by Times Higher Education (THE) (Times Higher Education, November 2010), and ranked in the top 4% of all universities in the world according to the recent THE World University Rankings.

We are located in south-east England, close to London, with easy access to major road and rail networks, and three international airports, Heathrow, Luton and Stansted. As such, we can offer the 'best of both worlds' - a campus university, with excellent teaching, learning, residential and sports facilities, in a green and safe environment, yet only 20 minutes from central London.

About the Hertfordshire Business School (HBS)

At HBS we have been teaching Business since 1965 and have a range of different Business courses available at Bachelor's, Master's and research levels.

We offer taught Master's programmes in subject areas such as: Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Tourism. We also offer research degrees such as the DBA and DMan.

We have excellent links with local, national and international business, enabling us to provide high quality work placement opportunities within all undergraduate programmes. Our exchange partnerships in more than 90 partner institutions facilitate student exchange in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.

Research and Teaching Excellence

In 2008, in the University Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 80% of the School’s research activities were rated as either ‘world leading’, ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘recognised internationally’. The School has recognised research strengths in complexity and management, finance and accounting, institutional economics, employment studies and migration and foreign investment.

State-of-the-art Learning Facilities

The Hertfordshire Business School is based on our state-of-the-art de Havilland campus with comfortable, fully-equipped lecture theatres and teaching rooms. The University’s LRCs are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provide a total of 2500 study spaces, and an extensive collection of books and online journals.

While you are on and off campus you can access the University’s online journals through StudyNet, our online learning environment. StudyNet also provides you with your own individual web space, customised for your programme of study. This means you can use it to view lecture notes, join in class discussions and find out the latest news on your course and from around the University. For a demonstration of StudyNet visit:

Student Life

Around 3,400 students live on campus in a fantastic range of University-owned and managed halls. The Forum, a state-of-the-art, £38 million, entertainment space accommodating up to 2000 people including a style bar, balcony area and mini club area, is the perfect environment to socialise after lectures.

Our £15 million Sports Village offers some of the best university sports facilities in the country, including a swimming pool and a state-of-the-art fitness centre, with facilities for a range of sports including football, rugby, cricket, squash and climbing.

With London so close by, many students take the opportunity to visit at the weekend to sample the cultural delights of the UK's capital city. Students also benefit from the wide range of part time jobs available locally and our student union provides help for students looking for part-time employment.

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Life and Medical Sciences, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

The Department focuses on some of life sciences most exciting and rapidly evolving disciplines - biosciences, nutrition, and environmental sciences - where up-to-the-minute knowledge and practical skills are essential.

Active in research, consultancy and training and with strong links to education and commerce worldwide, we deliver career-relevant programmes in all three areas.

We offer the only Pharmacovigilance MSc in the UK, attracting students from the EU, the USA and beyond.

At our dedicated Science Training Centre we’ve trained over 12,000 scientists from across the biological and pharmaceutical industries since 1990.

We also offer excellent opportunities to travel and gain valuable work experience with well-known employers.

Learning environment
All our subject areas (Biosciences; Sport, Exercise and Health; and Geography, Environment and Agriculture) - are based at the College Lane campus.

Across the disciplines, we provide flexible programme options for over 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Courses cover biotechnology, pharmacology, geography and more. Subjects such as environmental management and public health can also be studied part-time, while a combined sports studies degree provides a broad grounding in management, development and coaching.

We encourage students to achieve their best by offering research-led course content, practice in applying skills, and a friendly environment. We also have a highly qualified and experienced academic staff, widely recognised for their expertise.

Extensive computing and informatics resources are complemented by several well-equipped specialist laboratories, staffed by experts.

Biosciences research facilities cover fermentation biotechnology, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), cell culture, molecular biology and pharmacology.
We have four dedicated laboratories for geographical and environmental science. They house field study materials and aerial photography; IT and research resources for geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing; equipment for testing sediments; petrological microscopes; geological maps; and a rock and fossil collection.
Our newly refurbished Sports facilities comprise six purpose-built laboratories and a therapy room with an adjacent sports injuries clinic. State-of-the-art sport, exercise and therapy equipment is located here, including systems for analysis and electrotherapy. Our large environmental chamber, with a temperature range of -20 - +40 degrees Celsius, is used by national teams to help with heat acclimation.

Enterprise partnerships
We have long-standing partnerships with leading industry players who directly access our expertise and resources.

At our world-renowned Science Training Centre we run popular short courses in biosciences and environmental management, which can be tailored to company needs. Our scientists also provide industry with consultancy, laboratory services and interactive elearning media.

At the Biodeterioration Centre we carry out microbiological testing on water, air and aircraft fuel for companies such as leisure centres, investment banks, pharmaceutical firms and supermarkets.

We also consult on diverse geographical and environmental issues, such as EU policy, remote sensing and GIS, plant disease diagnosis, and local government organisation and planning.

In science and health our capabilities cover cardiovascular and lactate testing, weight management, sports injuries, sports psychology support and nutrition.

Research focus
We are strong in research, managing an active agenda in four areas of expertise. These are biotechnology and molecular biology; geography, environment and agriculture; pharmacology; and applied and health aspects of sports science.

In different ways our projects aim to improve people’s quality of life. They currently focus on applying biotechnology and molecular biology to the environment and plant productivity, analysis of air pollution, the geography of transport planning, diagnosis of tuberculosis, and the role of exercise in reducing mortality from obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Professional accreditation
Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS)

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

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Here at the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics, we pride ourselves on creating exceptional opportunities for students. Students have access to excellent teaching and research facilities, learn from practising scientists and mathematicians, and have ready access to get involved in research in our own laboratories or with external organisations.

The School of Physics Astronomy and Mathematics covers three cognate subject areas:

Our Physics staff in the Centre for Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research (CAIR) specialize in classical and quantum optics, investigating light scattering using lasers in applications including the study of atmospheric ice crystals, aerosols and pollutants.

The University’s Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR) is one of the largest astronomy & astrophysics research groups in the country. Our interests extend from extrasolar planets to brown dwarfs, star formation, stellar evolution, the formation of galaxies and their evolution, radio galaxies and gamma-ray bursts.

Our Mathematics staff specialize in the optimisation of complex systems, computational modeling and financial mathematics. We use a blend of mathematical techniques, probability, statistics and computational techniques to model complex systems as they unfold, whether they are, for example, financial market data or aircraft trajectories. We also offer a taught Masters degree programme, namely the MSc Financial Market Analysis.

A range of specialist facilities support teaching, learning and research, on and off campus.

External Links
The School works in partnership with industry, public sector and technical organisations on a range of research. We have a record of success in applying our skills and expertise to specific practical problems.

Research Focus
Research in the School has been rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Research activity is very diverse, covering some of the most exciting topics in modern science including the astrophysics of stars, galaxies and black holes, classical and quantum physics, especially light-scattering radiative and atmospheric processes, and mathematical areas including optimisation, algorithms and financial modelling, amongst others.

Research programmes leading to the award of PhD, MPhil or MSc by Research are negotiated on an individual basis. For more information or to apply for a place, please send an email to

University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
AL10 9AB

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