University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire has a remarkable history of delivering excellence in higher education. As we commemorate our 70th anniversary in the academic year 2022-23, we take pride in our immense impact on the lives of countless students, graduates, businesses, and staff who have been part of our community. 

Our journey began in 1952 as a Technical College, generously provided with land by AS Butler, the Chairman of the de Havilland Aircraft company. From the outset, our focus was on industry-relevant courses, with a particular emphasis on mechanical and aeronautical engineering and the natural sciences.  With strong foundations in place, we quickly expanded, becoming a Polytechnic before ultimately achieving full university status in 1992.

The legacy of our history is still evident across our de Havilland Campus, where iconic landmarks from the original de Havilland Airfield, such as the beacon and the de Havilland Goblin engine, continue to shape the character of our university.  If you visited our campus today, you might witness the historic beacon illuminating the evening sky, symbolizing the significance of various important occasions celebrated by our diverse community of 32,000 students representing over 140 countries. 

The University of Hertfordshire remains steadfast in its commitment to our founding principles, emphasising equipping our students with the skills and knowledge needed for successful careers. We offer more than 550 career-focused courses aligned with industry and the public sector demands. As the sole university in Hertfordshire, we are dedicated to addressing the regional skills agenda, a commitment we have upheld throughout our 70-year history.



We need you to show your English language proficiency before an unconditional offer is made to you. For the majority of our courses, we accept the following tests: 

GCSE English Language: Grade C or above. IGCSE English: Grade C or above. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Score of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band) for undergraduate or 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any band) for postgraduate. Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First (FCE) and C1 Advanced (CAE) score of 169 (with no less than 162 in any band) for undergraduate or 176 (with no less than 162 in any band) for postgraduate. C2 Proficiency (CPE) score of 180 (with no less than 162 in any band) for both undergraduate and postgraduate. Pearson Test of English (PTE): 51 (with no less than 42 in any band) for undergraduate or 58 (with no less than 42 in any one band) for postgraduate.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 72 with band scores of reading 18, writing 17, listening 17, speaking 20 for undergraduate or a score of 79 with band scores of reading 18, writing 17, listening 17, speaking 20 for postgraduate. LanguageCert International ESOL: B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) Listening: 33/50; Reading: 33/50: Writing: 33/50; Speaking: 33/50 Skills for English: SELT and Skills for English: Global: Minimum B2 Pass in all four components (equivalent to IELTS 6.0), minimum B2 Pass with Merit in all four components (equivalent to IELTS 6.5). Oxford International English Test Centre (OIETC): Overall grade B2+ with B2 in each skill (equivalent to IELTS 6.0), overall grade C1 with B2 in each skill (equivalent to IELTS 6.5).

Local English language qualifications, including Indian Standard XII English Language (65% undergraduate/70% to 75% postgraduate). This is not an exhaustive list. Please refer to the UKVI for a full list of approved English language tests.  IELTS, PTE and TOEFL tests are valid for 2 years and must be valid up to the date the CAS (Certificate of Acceptance for Studies) is issued.

The following courses have different English language requirements: 

IELTS 6.5 (minimum band scores also apply)

All postgraduate Business courses

All undergraduate and postgraduate Humanities courses

All postgraduate Art, Design, Film, Music and Media courses

All undergraduate and postgraduate Nursing courses

All undergraduate and postgraduate Social Work courses Most courses in the School of Health and Emergency professions BSc Nutrition BSc Pharmaceutical Science MPharm MSc Biotechnology MSc Pharmacology MSc Molecular Biology MSc Environmental Management MSc Business Psychology MSc Psychology

All postgraduate education programmes IELTS 7.0 (minimum band scores also apply)  BSc Physiotherapy BSc Dietetics MSc Social Work MSc Advancing Pharmacy Practice MSc Organisational Psychology Clinical MD (General Internal Medicine) - Pathway 1 IELTS 7.5 (minimum band scores also apply)  Clinical MD (General Internal Medicine) - Pathway 2


Once your son or daughter has submitted their UCAS application, they will begin to receive offers for a place. The speed these offers come through will depend on the time of year and how quickly each university is able to process the applications.

Most universities will respond within a couple of weeks. These offers will be communicated through  UCAS Hub  so your son or daughter should check this regularly.

Several types of responses will come back via the UCAS Hub:

Offer type 
:Offer description
Unconditional offer 
:The university has accepted the application and the student is awarded a place on the course. Please note the applicant may still be required to provide additional non-academic information/documentation so it is important to read through the UCAS Track messages carefully to see what’s required.
Conditional offer
:The university would like to award the student a place on the course but certain conditions have to be met first. For instance, applicants may have to achieve specific results in their A-levels/BTEC courses.
:Unfortunately, the university cannot offer the applicant a place on the course.
Change of course
:A university may offer an applicant a place to study on a similar course to the one they originally applied for.
:Students who change their minds and no longer wish to be considered for a course can withdraw their application. This will be marked as ‘withdrawal’ in the UCAS Track.

Key Facts

Key Facts about the University of Hertfordshire:

Founding Year: The University of Hertfordshire was established in 1952 as a Technical College and gained full university status in 1992.

Campus: The university is located in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, with multiple campuses spread across the region.

History and Heritage: The university has a rich history. It was originally founded on land donated by AS Butler, the Chairman of the de Havilland Aircraft Company. The de Havilland Airfield landmarks, such as the beacon and the de Havilland Goblin engine, still contribute to the university's character.

Global Community: The University of Hertfordshire has a diverse student body, with over 32,000 students from more than 140 countries, creating a vibrant and multicultural environment.

Employability Focus: The university places a strong emphasis on ensuring the employability of its students. It offers over 550 career-focused courses aligned with the needs of various industries and the public sector.

Regional Impact: As Hertfordshire's only university, the institution is committed to addressing the regional skills agenda and contributing to the development and growth of the local community.

Facilities and Resources: The University of Hertfordshire provides state-of-the-art facilities and resources, including well-equipped laboratories, libraries, research centres, and student support services.

Rankings and Recognition: The university has received recognition for its academic excellence and student satisfaction. It consistently ranks highly in national and international league tables.

Research and Innovation: The University of Hertfordshire is actively involved in research and innovation across various disciplines, collaborating with industry partners and contributing to advancements in knowledge and technology.

Alumni Network: The university boasts an extensive network of successful alumni who have made significant global contributions in their respective fields.

These key facts showcase the University of Hertfordshire's commitment to providing quality education, fostering a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing students for successful careers.


We believe anyone who works hard or shows great talent should be encouraged. At Herts, we offer a range of non-repayable scholarships and bursaries to outstanding individuals.

Study mode
Programm for Scholarship 
:Undergraduate and postgraduate
Scholarship amount
:up to £3000
Course duration
:1st year
Eligible students
:All students
Eligible country
:All nationals


Some financial support opportunities are sponsored directly by the University. Others are sponsored by our commercial and professional partners, funded by philanthropic donations or are part of a Government scheme (e.g. the NHS Learning Support Fund).

If you are awarded a scholarship, grant or bursary, you will receive the money specific to that scheme. They are offered based on a range of criteria. Take a look at the options below to find out more.


International (non-EU) students should refer to this website's 'Applying to the University and your UK visa' section.

Undergraduate courses

Explore our courses, where you’ll find various options from business and law to sport and psychology, animation, engineering and nursing. You can also chat with our current students and staff members, who’ll be happy to help you with any questions about your chosen course or if you want to learn more about what life at Herts is like.

How to apply for an undergraduate course

For undergraduate courses starting in September 2023 (including extended and foundation degrees), if you didn’t apply by the 25 January UCAS equal consideration deadline (or have changed your mind about the course/university you want to apply to), don’t worry! There’s still time to apply and start this year, and you can beat the rush of Clearing. 


Living on campus is exciting, great value for money and a fantastic way to meet new people. Student accommodation is available on both our Hatfield campuses (located in the top five safest counties in the UK according to the Office for National Statistics), and everything you need is close by, from social spaces and sports facilities to the library and lecture theatres.

Single rooms are available from £136.50 per week, and bills are included, so you don't have to worry about the rising price of gas and electricity! You'll also benefit from 24/7 support from Resident Assistants, who will help you with anything from maintenance requests to well-being support plus a range of accessible rooms are available.


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