List of universities and higher education colleges in London

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[]

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
The main entrance to Westminster's 309 Regent Street headquarters building

Key (lower numbers are better):

Birkbeck, University of London 113 122 115 Yes 308 301-350 N/A
Brunel University London 72 59 47 Yes 346 351-400 401-500
City, University of London 32 75 42 Yes Yes Yes 343 351-400 N/A
Goldsmiths, University of London 64 63 51 Yes 398 301-350 N/A
Imperial College London 6 4 5 a Yes Yes 8 8 Yes Yes 27
King's College London 39 28 21 Yes 23 36 Yes Yes 46
Kingston University 81 117 102 Yes 501-550 601-800 N/A
London Metropolitan University 117 128 127 701-750 N/A N/A
London School of Economics 15 11 4 Yes 35 25 Yes Yes 151-200
London South Bank University 92 106 108 801-1000 801-1000 N/A
Middlesex University 70 91 73 701-750 401-500 N/A
Queen Mary University of London 44 43 33 Yes 127 121 Yes 151-200
Ravensbourne University London na na na N/A N/A N/A
Royal Holloway, University of London 40 28 34 Yes Yes 259 197 501-600
SOAS, University of London 25 36 38 Yes 296 401-500 N/A
St George's, University of London N/A 75 53 Yes N/A 201-250 401-500
St Mary's University, Twickenham 105 99 120 N/A N/A N/A
University College London 10 7 7 Yes 7 16 Yes Yes 16
University of East London 107 114 113 801-1000 601-800 N/A
University of Greenwich 95 109 93 801-1000 601-800 N/A
University of Roehampton 93 74 69 N/A 601-800 N/A
University of the Arts London 59 115 83 N/A N/A N/A
University of West London 58 56 80 N/A N/A N/A
University of Westminster 108 106 95 Yes 551-600 601-800 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[]

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[]

A number of foreign university institutions operate in London without Royal Charters. Some are bona fide universities with their degrees validated by recognised accration bodies abroad or in the UK, while others are not validated at all or are validated by unrecognised accration agencies.[16]

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[]

As part of legacy plans for the 2012 Olympic Games, an international university is to be built in London’s Olympic Park.[17] 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.[17]

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

See also[]


  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. Archived from the original on 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  3. ^ "About London's Higher Education". London Higher. Archived from the original on 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
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  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 accred schools". Association MBAs (AMBA). Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  10. ^ "EQUIS Accred Schools". European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  11. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2018". Top Universities. Retrieved 2017-07-09.
  12. ^ "World University Rankings 2018 - Times Higher Education (THE)". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  13. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017". Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  14. ^ "ESCP Europe Business School". Top Universities. 2018-09-13. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  15. ^ "Study Online UK - University of International Innovations". University of International Innovations. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  16. ^ Alderman, Geoffrey (2003-09-09). "Far from funny". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
  17. ^ 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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