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]

King's College London, established by Royal Charter having been founded by King George IV and Duke of Wellington in 1829, is one of the two founding colleges of the University of London.
Entrance to Imperial College London

Key (lower numbers are better):

Birkbeck, University of London 113 N/A 115 Yes 280 201-250 N/A
Brunel University London 72 54 47 Yes 345 301-350 401-500
City University London 32 50 42 Yes Yes Yes 314 351-400 N/A
Goldsmiths, University of London 64 54 51 Yes 421-430 301-350 N/A
Imperial College London 6 5 5 a Yes Yes 9 8 Yes Yes 22
King's College London 39 27 21 Yes 21 36 Yes Yes 50
Kingston University 81 122 102 Yes 501-550 601-800 N/A
London Metropolitan University 117 127 127 651-700 601-800 N/A
London School of Economics 15 8 4 Yes 37 25 Yes Yes 151-200
London South Bank University 92 120 108 N/A 801+ N/A
Middlesex University 70 74 73 601-650 501-600 N/A
Queen Mary University of London 44 40 33 Yes 123 113 Yes 151-200
Royal Holloway, University of London 40 34 34 Yes Yes 235 173 N/A
SOAS, University of London 25 35 38 Yes 252 401-500 N/A
St George's, University of London N/A 70 53 Yes N/A 201-250 401-500
St Mary's University, Twickenham 105 116 120 N/A N/A N/A
University College London 10 6 7 Yes 7 15 Yes Yes 17
University of East London 107 123 113 701+ 601-800 N/A
University of Greenwich 95 107 93 701+ 601-800 N/A
University of Roehampton 93 78 69 N/A 601-800 N/A
University of the Arts London 59 109 83 N/A N/A N/A
University of West London 58 84 80 N/A N/A N/A
University of Westminster 108 117 95 Yes N/A 601-800 N/A

a Imperial College London, was a college of the University of London but left in 2007.

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.[15]

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.

University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Hamilton, Ayr & Dumfries University of West London, Ealing and Brentford University of Westminster, London University of Winchester University of Wolverhampton University of Worcester University of York York St John University

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.[16] 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.[16]

Additionally, St. Mary's University College, located in Twickenham, South-West London, was awarded full University status in January 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 league tables 2018". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  6. ^ "UK University Times Ranking 2017". London: UK Uni. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  7. ^ "University League Table 2018". Complete University Guide. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  8. ^ "University of London’s Colleges and Institutes". University of London. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  9. ^ "AMBA accredited schools". Association MBAs (AMBA). Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  10. ^ "EQUIS Accredited Schools". European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  11. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2016-2017". QS/Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  12. ^ "Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2016-17". QS/Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  13. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016". Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  14. ^ "Study Online UK - University of International Innovations". University of International Innovations. Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
  15. ^ Alderman, Geoffrey (2003-09-09). "Far from funny". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  16. ^ 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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