The university's history dates back to the formation of the Young Men's Mental Improvement Society in 1841, later renamed the Mechanics' Institution (1844), Huddersfield Technical School and Mechanics' Institution (1894) and Huddersfield Technical College (1896). In 1958 the institution expanded to become Huddersfield College of Technology, and in 1970 a merger with Oastler College of Education created Huddersfield Polytechnic. The polytechnic was enlarged in 1974 by its absorption of Huddersfield College of Education. The institution was established as a university in 1992.
The university is situated almost entirely in the centre and immediate suburbs of the town of Huddersfield.
Admission to first degree courses
Through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). General Certificate of Education (GCE) and General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) with passes in 2 subjects at GCE A level and in 3 other subjects at GCSE (grade C or above). Wide range of equivalent qualifications accepted. Mature entrants lacking formal educational qualifications: either by completion of a recognised Access course or by satisfying the university that they will be able to benefit from the proposed course. International students: qualifications judged equivalent to those specified above. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.
BA, BEd, BEng, BMus, BSc, LLB, MChem, MEng
BEd: 2 years full-time with 1 additional part-time year for honours. BA, BEd, BEng, BSc and LLB may also be taken part-time.
Admission: Applicants for admission must normally hold an appropriate first degree or equivalent (for MPhil a degree with at least second class honours).
MA, MBA, MEd and MSc may also be taken part-time. MSc in geographical information systems and in multimedia and education offered by distance learning.
MA, MBA, MEd, MPhil, MSc
Admission: PhD: an appropriate master's degree; EdD: normally a higher degree or professional qualification.
EdD: 24 months part-time taught programme, with additional research element.
Language of Instruction
English. A lecturer in English as a foreign language assists international students.
Periodicals subscribed to: 1,800.
George Henry Wood (social, political and economic history) John Yudkin (food and nutrition) historic journals and newspapers (many relating to politics) local history (West Riding of Yorkshire)
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