Introducing Thornton Science Park

Here at the University of Chester, we understand the importance of having your own course-specific learning environment. In recent years, we have invested heavily in new, state-of-the-art campuses in and around the area. Thornton Science Park is one of our newer sites, having previously been the Shell Technology Centre.

The site offers 66 acres of excellent scientific research and development facilities with a blend of industry, innovation and academia. Thornton encourages you to not only learn, but to develop your own ideas and make them a reality.

Courses on offer


Residential students in University accommodation studying at Thornton Science Park are generally housed on or near to the Parkgate Road Campus. As Thornton is located just outside of Chester, a free shuttle bus is provided to transport you to and from Thornton Science Park to the Parkgate Road Campus.

Study spaces

Thornton Science Park has a range of cutting-edge facilities in an enriching, high quality professional environment. Study spaces include purpose-built laboratories that cover a wide range of engineering and science courses, and IT labs with professional standard equipment and access to the latest software including specialist design and development tools. The site also has its own specialist Science and Engineering library.

Career focused learning experience

As well as being an academic site, Thornton is also a working science park. There are a number of science and technology-based companies located on the site. This provides you with the opportunity to gain first-hand insight and experience of working in a professional environment. There may also be opportunities to work with these companies, including possible placements.

Recreational activities

Outside of your studies, you’ll have access to the on-site gym and all-weather pitch. Thornton also has a café and a restaurant available, so you can always take a break from your studies and grab a bite to eat while you’re there. The Game Zone is also a popular hub and offers Games Development students the perfect opportunity to showcase their work.

Visit Us

If you want to experience everything that Thornton Campus has to offer, book onto one of our October Open Days and let us show you around.