List of universities and higher education colleges in London

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The Senate House, the headquarters of the federal University of London

London has one of the largest concentrations of universities and higher education institutions in the world. It has 40 higher education institutions[1] (not counting foreign Universities with London branches) and has a student population of more than 400,000.[2][3] Among the institutions in London are some of the old and world-famous colleges that today make up the federal University of London, modern universities, as well as a number of smaller and often highly specialised universities and colleges. Additionally, over 45,000 students in over 180 countries follow the University of London External System, established in 1858.[4]

Major universities[edit]

Entrance to Imperial College London

Key (lower numbers are better):

Note: Birkbeck, University of London is excluded from most university rankings because the tables are based on full-time undergraduates, and Birkbeck has only part-time undergraduate students.

University of the Arts London N/A 86 59
Birkbeck, University of London N/A N/A N/A Yes 369 149
Brunel University 44 43 41 Yes 360 301 to 350
City University, London 21 47 38 Yes Yes 347 -
University of East London 115 111 115 701 -
Goldsmiths, University of London 65 52 50 Yes 461 to 470 -
University of Greenwich 88 103 102 701+ -
Imperial College London 13 3 4 Yes Yes 5 8
King's College London 31 16 18 Yes 19 57
Kingston University 95 92 85 Yes 470 to 480 -
London Metropolitan University 118 N/A 114 651 to 700 -
London School of Economics 3 5 2 Yes 68 39
London South Bank University 104 113 109 - -
Middlesex University 94 104 83 Yes Yes 651 to 700 -
Queen Mary, University of London 36 36 42 Yes 115 127
Roehampton University 109 87 88 - -
Royal Holloway, University of London 39 31 26 Yes Yes 265 102
School of Oriental and African Studies 29 27 30 Yes 337 -
St Mary's University, Twickenham 97 N/A N/A -
University of Westminster 93 100 73 Yes - -
UCL 6 7 8 Yes 4 17
University of West London 68 106 109 - -

Specialised and private universities and higher education colleges[edit]

The following institutions offer British undergraduate and postgraduate courses, but are usually specialised in one or two academic fields.

Colleges which form the federal University of London are in italics

Foreign universities[edit]

A number of foreign university institutions operate in London without Royal Charters. Some are bona fide universities with their degrees validated by recognised accreditation bodies abroad or in the UK, while others are not validated at all or are validated by unrecognised accreditation agencies.[14]

Many foreign universities run study-abroad programmes based in London, but these are often restricted to students who spend the majority of their degree studying at the university campus in their own country, and are not independent university campuses. Some of the colleges offering foreign degrees in London are listed below.

Proposed universities[edit]

As part of legacy plans for the 2012 Olympic Games, an international university is to be built in London’s Olympic Park.[15] The new university will make use of the sporting facilities and high-tech communications infrastructure remaining after the Olympics, and will specialise in sport science, digital media and green technology.

It is likely that the new institution will either become a constituent college of the University of London (or else be run by one of the existing colleges), or another London institution such as the University of East London, Imperial College or the University of the Arts London. In addition, Loughborough and Bristol universities have expressed interest in running the institution’s sports science programmes.

There is also a strong possibility of co-operation with a foreign university, with both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tsinghua University, Beijing being mentioned.

The institution itself will be established before the Games, although it is only expected to move to the Olympic park in about 2015. The Government is expected to provide a subsidy but it is hoped that the majority of funding will come from the private sector.[15]

Additionally, St. Mary's University College, located in Twickenham, South-West London, was awarded full University status in January of 2014.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ HEFCE : Universities and Colleges : Higher Education institutions funded by the Council
  2. ^ "All students FTE by institution and level of study 2004/05". HESA - Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  3. ^ "About London's Higher Education". London Higher. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  4. ^ "About University Of London External System". University of London. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  5. ^ "University guide 2013: University league table". London: Guardian. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  6. ^ "University Rankings League Table 2011". London: Times Online. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  7. ^ "University League Table 2011". Complete University Guide. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  8. ^ "University of London’s Colleges and Institutes". University of London. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  9. ^ "AMBA accredited schools". Association MBAs (AMBA). Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  10. ^ "EQUIS Accredited Schools". European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  11. ^ "Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2009". QS/Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  12. ^ "Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2009". QS/Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  13. ^ "The Open University in London". Open University. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  14. ^ Alderman, Geoffrey (2003-09-09). "Far from funny". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  15. ^ a b Gourlay, Chris (2009-04-19). "University to be built in London Olympic Park". Times Online. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 

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