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Universities and higher education colleges in London

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Senate House - University of London (The Senate House, the headquarters of the federal University of London)

London has one of the highest concentrations of universities in the UK: there are a total of 28 universities and colleges accredited in London, with a student population significantly greater than 200,000 people. We find among them universities that now form the University of London, recent universities and a number of smaller and highly specialized universities. Over 34,000 students also follow the University of London External Programme, created in 1858.

Key (lower numbers are better):

  • GUG: Guardian University Guide 2016 (published 2015)
  • TUG: Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 (published 2013)
  • CUG: Complete University Guide 2017 (published 2016)
  • UoL: Part of the University of London
  • AMBA: accredited by AMBA
  • EQUIS: accredited by EQUIS
  • QS: ranking in QS World University Rankings 2015/2016
  • THE: ranking in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015/2016
  • RG: Russell Group a self-selected association of 24 prestigious British public research universities.
  • GT: Golden Triangle a group of elite universities located in the southern English cities of Cambridge, London and Oxford.
  • ARWU: ranking in Academic Ranking of World Universities

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.

The colleges that form the University of London (which has a federal structure) are in italics.

University GUG TUG CUG UoL AMBA EQUIS QS THE RG GT ARWU
Birkbeck, University of London N/A N/A N/A 290 201-250
BPP Universitya
Brunel University London 53 46 52 331 401-500 401
City University London 37 43 40 301 401-500
Goldsmiths, University of London 50 48 51 451-460
Imperial College London 8 5 4 b 8 8 23
King’s College London 36 27 21 19 27 55
Kingston University 97 111 108 601-800
London Metropolitan University 118 121 127 651-700
London School of Economics 13 3 3 35 23 101-150
London South Bank University 111 118 115 N/A
Middlesex University 81 94 78 651-700 601-800
Queen Mary University of London 38 37 31 115 98 151-200
Regent’s University Londona
Royal Holloway, University of London 40 28 34 109 129
SOAS, University of London 26 24 43 275
St Mary’s University, Twickenham 100 N/A 118
University College London 12 9 10 7 14 18
University of East London 106 120 126 701+
University of Greenwich 92 101 98 701+ 601-800
University of Roehampton 78 80 69 N/A
University of the Arts London 44 77 85 N/A
University of West London 94 112 105 N/A
University of Westminster 101 106 101 N/A 601-800

Notes:
a Private universities
b Imperial College London, was a college of the University of London but left in 2007.

King's College London (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 founding colleges of the University of London.)

Specialised and private universities and higher education colleges

The following institutions generally offer a full range of degrees but are often specialized in one or two academic field:

  • Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (Drama) – Wandsworth
  • Bird College (Dance) – Sidcup
  • BPP University (Business, Law) – Holborn/Waterloo
  • British College of Osteopathic Medicine (Medicine) – Finchley Road
  • British School of Osteopathy (Medicine) – Newington
  • Central School of Speech and Drama (Drama) – Swiss Cottage
  • City of London College – Whitechapel
  • Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (Circus/Dance/Drama) – made up of a range of institutions, those in London are:
    • Central School of Ballet – Clerkenwell
    • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art – Barons Court
    • London Contemporary Dance School – Bloomsbury
    • National Centre for Circus Arts – Shoreditch
    • Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance – St Margarets
    • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – Fitzrovia
  • Courtauld Institute of Art (History of Art) – Aldwych
  • Drama Centre (Drama) – King’s Cross
  • Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College – Acton/Ealing/Hammersmith/Southall
  • EThames Graduate School (Business) – Gants Hill
  • European Business School London (Business) – Regent’s Park
  • Greenwich School of Management (Business, Law) – Greenwich/Greenford
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Music/Drama) – City of London
  • Heythrop College (Philosophy/Theology) – Kensington
  • Holborn College (Business/Law) – Holborn
  • Institute of Cancer Research (Medicine) – South Kensington
  • Institute of Education (Postgraduate Teacher Education) – Bloomsbury
  • Islamic College for Advanced Studies – Kilburn Park
  • Istituto Marangoni (Fashion/Design) – Spitalfields
  • Kensington College of Business (Business) – Kensington
  • London Business School (Postgraduate Business School) – Regent’s Park
  • London Business & Engineering School (Business/Engineering) – Finchley Central/Brunswick Park
  • London College of Accountancy (Accounting) – Upper Edmonton
  • London College of Business (Business) – Ilford/Barking
  • London College of Business Management & Information Technology (Business/IT) – North Cheam, opposite St. Anthony’s Hospital
  • London School of Business and Finance (Business/Finance/Marketing) – Holborn/City of London
  • London School of Business and Management (Business/IT/Postgraduate) – Fitzrovia
  • London School of Commerce (Postgraduate Business School) – Borough
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Medicine) – Fitzrovia
  • London School of Osteopathy (Osteopathy) – Southwark
  • London School of Theology (Theology) – Northwood
  • London Studio Centre (Dance) – North Finchley
  • Mont Rose College of Management and Sciences (Business/Management/Hospitality) – Ilford
  • Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (Drama) – Wood Green
  • New College of the Humanities (Humanities) – Fitzrovia
  • Open University – Camden Town
  • Polish University Abroad – Hammersmith
  • Ravensbourne (Broadcasting/Fashion/Design/Postgraduate) – North Greenwich
  • Regent’s University London – Regent’s Park, range of schools including:
    • Regent’s Business School London (Business)
    • European Business School London (Business with Languages)
    • London School of Film, Media & Performance (Film/Media)
    • School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology (Psychology)
  • Rose Bruford College (Drama) – Sidcup
  • Royal Academy of Dance (Dance) – Battersea
  • Royal Academy of Music (Music) – Marylebone
  • Royal College of Art (Art/Design) – Kensington
  • Royal College of Music (Music) – Kensington
  • Royal College of Nursing (Nursing) – Marylebone
  • Royal Veterinary College (Veterinary) – King’s Cross
  • SAE Institute (Technology) – Haggerston/Dalston
  • School of Advanced Studies (Research-led Postgraduate Specialisms) – Fitzrovia
  • St George’s, University of London (Medicine) – Tooting Broadway
  • St Patrick’s College – Stratford
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Music/Dance) made up of Trinity College of Music and Laban Dance Centre – Greenwich/Deptford/New Cross
  • University of Law (law)
  • University of International Innovations – Tower Hill
  • West End College London
  • West London College
  • Williams College (undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and English courses)
  • The Art Academy London (Foundation, Diplomas, Certificates in fine art)

Imperial College London (Entrance to Imperial College London, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ImperialCollegeLondon.jpg)

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 accreditation bodies abroad or in the UK, while others are not validated at all or are validated by unrecognised accreditation agencies.

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.

  • New York University
  • Hult International Business School
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Richmond, The American International University in London
  • Schiller International University
  • Jagiellonian University
  • Grenoble Graduate School of Business, GGSB
  • Syracuse University
  • Limkokwing University of Creative Technology

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