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University structure

Academic departments

Our university is divided into six academic departments, known as schools:

Computing and Digital Technologies

We offer leading courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level to prepare the next generation of digitally native professionals for the workplace in the School of Computing and Digital Technologies.

Our wide-ranging portfolio offers opportunities to study film, music, games design, games programming, computing, journalism, visual effects and more. Professional short courses, higher and degree apprenticeships and research degrees provide many flexible routes to study.

Many of our staff are known as active practitioners in their field, including sports journalists who present on radio and TV, music lecturers who play live concerts and media staff who act on the small screen. Employability is at the forefront of our work, and we have the facilities to offer hands-on experience.

Examples of opportunities available include:

  • modelling character movement using a Vicon motion capture system in games design
  • presenting in a fully equipped TV newsroom
  • using Cisco labs with accreditation opportunities on networking courses

The School is benefiting from recent investment of more than £12 million. We have created innovative teaching facilities for our computing and games courses, including the Digital Kiln – a unique space where our students learn together in an active and collaborative way.

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Creative Arts and Engineering

The mission of the School of Creative Arts and Engineering is to develop the artists, designers, engineers, actors, writers, poets, historians, diplomats, civic leaders, teachers, geographers, entrepreneurs and international humanitarians of the future. 

We focus on our students' work readiness as well as educating them to be analytical and active global citizens. In addition to employability and creative skills for the workplace, we develop our students' critical, writing and reflective skills.

We offer undergraduate, postgraduate and research level opportunities across a wide spectrum of disciplines from History to Performance Arts, Philosophy to Geography, Fine Art to Photography, Illustration to Ceramics and Electronic to Mechanical Engineering. 

Our staff have one foot in industry to make sure our students have as much exposure to their chosen career paths as possible. Visiting speakers, educational and theatre visits, industry briefs and placements enhance academic lectures and stimulating workshop environments.

Our students also benefit from excellent academic resources and well-equipped studio spaces and laboratories at our Stoke campus. Students have the chance to showcase their work at annual public and industry events such as New Designers, GradEX and the Art and Design Degree Show.

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Health and Social Care

The School of Health and Social Care offers a range of undergraduate courses, from nursing and midwifery to operating department practice to social work and social welfare.

We support students through all stages of their career, from their first degree to continuing professional development and postgraduate study. We also run a range of workforce development modules and study days.

Great facilities on our Stoke-on-Trent campus – and at our two new Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education in Stafford and Shrewsbury – provide an innovative learning environment for health and social care students undertaking professional study.

We work with employers to ensure all our students get the best possible practical experience in healthcare, social work and social welfare – preparing them for the workplace.

Working in partnership with employers such as the National Health Service (NHS), West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) and local authorities, as well as independent and voluntary health and social care agencies, we deliver a great learning experience. And we are always seeking to improve the quality of health and social care through education, research and innovation.

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Law, Policing and Forensics

The School of Law, Policing and Forensics has a range of exciting undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning academic disciplines from law, through criminology, to forensic investigation.

Flexible full-time, part-time, on-campus and distance learning options fit around the unique needs and lifestyles of our students. Our international partnerships let students study in their home country while earning an internationally-recognised qualification from Staffordshire University.

With degrees accredited by the likes of the Law Society, the Chartered Society of Forensic Science and Skills for Justice, everything we do positions our students for the next step in their career. We are also part of a trailblazing consortium working with the College of Policing to reshape police education. This will include new degree apprenticeships for police officers.

Our specialist facilities include forensic science and criminalistics laboratories, a fully functioning crime scene house and mock law courts, all of which provide all students with a hands-on learning experience.

Our staff are respected experts in their academic disciplines, and contribute to contemporary debate and technological advances. This adds up to a positive impact on the local, national and international community.

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Life Sciences and Education

The School of Life Sciences and Education works with key external partners to deliver courses in psychology, sport and exercise, biological sciences and education. Our courses range from two-year accelerated degrees to fully online Masters degrees to professional doctorates.

From day one, students are immersed in exciting, interactive and digitally supported learning opportunities. By focusing on applying research to real-world settings, and by working with employers and key industry and professional partners, we provide students with the skills and networks to maximise their employability and career prospects.

Our staff conduct internationally recognised research which is making a real difference to regional communities. Our courses and research are based on the Stoke-on-Trent campus. There our students, staff and partners enjoy the state-of-the-art learning and teaching spaces on hand within the Science Centre.

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Staffordshire Business School

Staffordshire Business School creates a connected environment for applied learning and research with two key goals in mind:

  • Producing graduates who contribute to the local and global economy.
  • Working with companies to improve their impact, staff capabilities and performance.

Our learning spaces are designed to improve graduate skills and they embed technology that enhances learning and attainment. We aim to create a “sticky campus” where students learn from their environment, their lecturers and their peers.

With partners in more than 17 countries, our graduates have a global impact. They have gone on to become CEOs, to work in NGOs such as the World Bank, and to be government ministers. But we also have an important role in driving the economic regeneration of Staffordshire and many other counties.

Our applied work in higher and degree apprenticeships, corporate programmes and our internationally recognised research in economics is a key part of what we do. It informs our teaching and enhances our students’ experience as well as being important in its own right.

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Digital Institute London

In addition to the six schools, Digital Institute London - part of Staffordshire University - is devoted to training the technological pioneers of the future.