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Kingston University

Penrhyn Road, Kingston Hill, Knights Park, Roehampton Vale, St George’s

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Art, Design & Architecture, Arts and Social Sciences, Business and Law, Science, Engineering and Computing, Health and Social Care Sciences


Why Choose Kingston University?

Kingston University offers internationally recognised qualifications and a supportive community within easy reach of London, one of the world’s most exciting, historic and culturally rich capitals.

Based in an attractive riverside area in south-west London, Kingston University is the fastest growing university in England known for its career-focused courses and excellent teaching quality. Students from all over the world have achieved success at Kingston University.


Teaching Quality

Kingston is one of the top universities for teaching in the United Kingdom and has achieved strong results in national assessments of teaching quality.

  • “Kingston has one of the best teaching records of the country’s modern universities with 15 subjects rated excellent under the now abandoned teaching assessment programme. It sets out to make sure students have transferable skills and offers a range of work-based courses” – The Sunday Times 2010
  • High-quality teaching and career-focused courses are at the core of Kingston– the university has a great reputation in these fields.
  • Kingston University has four teaching campuses . Each has its own character, but all offer state-of-the-art facilitiesand a friendly study environment.


Research Quality

Kingston University carries out a wide range of research and offers a wealth of expertise. Many of the researchers have common or complementary interests and work together in teams.

  • Over the past five years the University has followed an ambitious programme in the areas of research and enterprise. It has consolidated its research strengths through the creation of centres of research excellence and research groups. Is has developed new areas of research expertise and developed new, commercial and industrial partnerships to facilitate the transfer and commercial exploitation of its knowledge base.
  • Kingston University prides itself on the quality of its work. The University carries out important, original research with high standards of scientific rigour and integrity.
  • The University submitted work for 18 units of assessment. 12 of the 18 units submitted achieved a 4* ranking, denoting world-leading research.
  • Other particularly strong subjects include Nursing, History of Art and Architecture and Design.
  • The Research Repository contains details of more than 7,000 items of published research by university staff and researchers and is the 20th largest university repository in the UK. Over the past year, the Repository attracted more than 79,000 visitors from 178 countries and territories worldwide.



The student population is becoming increasingly diverse which creates a welcoming, multi-cultural environmentand provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop a dynamic, world-wide network.

  • With students from over 150 countries representing nations across the world, Kingston is a truly multicultural university . Students benefit from a learning environment which is enriched by different cultures and opinions.
  • At Kingston University, students will have access to a range of support services throughout their course and after they leave.
  • Kingston accepts a wide variety of international, high quality academic qualifications for entry onto its undergraduate courses. International students, who do not meet the academic requirements, can join theInternational Foundation Year which can help them gain entry onto an undergraduate course.
  • In addition to the required academic qualifications, international students will need to demonstrate a good standard of English if this is not their first language. The preferred English language qualification is IELTS, but Kingston also accepts a number of IELTS-equivalent English language qualifications.
  • International students, who do not meet the English language requirements, may be eligible to join one of the Pre-sessional English courses that will prepare them for their studies. The course will enable students to develop English language skills and develop skills and strategies for university success. It will also give students exposure to the teaching and learning methods used at Kingston University.
  • Kingston offers free English language courses throughout the academic year to help develop confidence and improve academic English.
  • International students are guaranteed place in halls of residence for the duration of their first year at Kingston, provided they apply in time and meet the eligibility criteria.
  • The International Student Advisory Centre (ISAC) can help students before and during their studies with any questions or problems they may have, including: obtaining or extending student visas, visa advice if travelling abroad, working in the UK, living in the UK and requesting a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
  • All undergraduate students are allocated personal tutors, who provide guidance with general aspects of learning. Under Kingston’s ‘peer-assisted learning’ scheme, undergraduate students can also receive help and advice from more experienced students.
  • Postgraduate students are able to use the facilities at Kingston’s Graduate Centres – dedicated spaces on each campus which are ideal for private study.
  • Pre-Masters Programme: Students who do not meet the academic requirements, are offered a Business and Management Pre-Masters Programme to prepare them for study at Masters Level in Business or Management. Studied over two terms, the Pre-Masters Programme (PMP) is a programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language training designed specifically to prepare students for Masters Study at Kingston University.


Student Satisfaction

The University's supportive environment will help each student get the best out of their studies and give them the chance to meet people from all over the world.

  • Kingston aims to provide a higher education experience within and beyond the ‘classroom’ that is both challenging and satisfying for its students.
  • Over the past five years the University has improved its links with the student body, developing an excellent working relationship with the Students’ Union and introducing a strong mechanism for dialogue with students, to understand their ambitions and expectations.
  • The Learning Resources Centres are hubs of support services for students. Many are open 24-hours a day during term time.
  • Kingston has recently invested over £30 million on new teaching facilities and is planning to spend around £80 million on developments over a 10-year period. The University has the latest e-learning technology, 2000 computers, Wi-Fi hotspots and excellent library resources. Many of the laboratories, design studios and workshops are fitted with the latest technical equipment


Employable Graduates

Kingston ensures that its courses teach skills that are relevant to today’s work environment. Many courses have been developed in consultation with professional organisations and carry professional accreditation.

  • Kingston University’s close links with employers and professional organisations, as well as its research and consultancy activities, ensure its courses are relevant to today’s work.
  • Most degree courses at Kingston either include work-related learning or offer the chance to work in industry or commerce as part of the course. This will give valuable experience and improve employment prospects.
  • Courses build work-based skills into the curriculum and place emphasis on skills such as communication, computing, problem-solving and teamwork.
  • In 2010, The Sunday Times said Kingston: “has a track record of [producing] employable graduates and entrepreneurs, with more than 100 [new businesses] each year.”
  • Kingston degrees teach work-related skills. Kingston makes sure its students are properly trained in: career management, IT and communication, numeracy and teamwork.
  • Kingston knows real-world experience is important and so has developed key industry links with employers, making its teaching relevant to businesses today.
  • The Careers and Employability Service give students plenty of help and advice. It also provides access to its library of resource material and the chance to attend recruitment fairs and events on campus. It offers advice on CV preparation, how to complete application forms and interview techniques. The Service can also supply specific advice to international students about the UK job market.
  • The University hosts numerous careers events throughout the year where students have the opportunity to hear from and meet potential employers. Another resource available to students is an online job vacancy site, Job Shop, which advertises hundreds of graduate-level jobs.
  • With central London just 25 minutes away by train, Kingston students will be within easy reach of large, internationally recognised companies.
  • Undergraduate students can spend their third year in paid employment. Gaining experience in the workplace can greatly enhance career prospects. It enables students to link knowledge from their course with real-life situations at work and fosters the development of valuable skill


Variety of Courses

Kingston has developed as a comprehensive university – with a wide range of subjects taught at all levels, and a diverse student body. Kingston is always open to new ideas so its students can be sure they will keep up to date with the wider world.

  • Kingston University offers a diverse range of courses spread across five faculties. Each faculty offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses and undertakes research. The faculties are
  • Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture: here students will find a creative and stimulating environment, which encourages collaboration between the different disciplines.
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: this faculty offers a flexible combination of economics, education, humanities, performance/screen studies and social sciences.
  • Faculty of Business and Law: with close links to both local companies and international partners, this faculty aim to give students a sound basis for their future pursuits.
  • Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences: the faculty offers a wide range of health and social care courses and has a close partnership with St George's, University of London.
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing: courses in this faculty are supported by research and consultancy. The faculty is also well-equipped with specialist labs and other equipment.
  • The modular degree structure enables students to design their studies to suit their interests or career goals. A number of the undergraduate degrees are available as joint honours, allowing students to combine dual interests.
  • Kingston is committed to delivering a range of awards, from pre-university to postgraduate, including extensive and high-quality progression routes that respond to individual requirements and employer needs.
  • Kingston’s innovative outlook means that it is continuously introducing new courses. It offers new ways of learning, such as work-based foundation degrees and online learning resources.
  • Kingston’s virtual work space, StudySpace, is an online learning resource which can be accessed online at any time. This means students can choose when and where to study. Benefits include: access to course materials such as: lecture notes, backup materials, presentations and previous exam papers, online chat rooms and bulletin boards.



Kingston upon Thames is a safe and attractive location , close to the excitement of central London. The town’s parks and riverside offer a more peaceful atmosphere for studies, while the lively town centre provides everything from shops to entertainment.

Kingston is only 25 minutes by train from central London, but is surrounded by beautiful countryside and a rich heritage dating back to Anglo-Saxon times over 1,000 years ago. Kingston has a leafy, riverside setting surrounded by spacious royal parks and is close to the countryside. There are plenty of green open spaces and historic sites such as Hampton Court Palace, where King Henry VIII once lived.

The town has plenty of shops, pubs, bars and a wide range of restaurant and cafés. Kingston has a vibrant culture with a lively music scene, comedy nights, a town museum and the highly acclaimed Rose Theatre.

Studying at Kingston is an experience that students never forget. The city combines centuries of history with the best of modern culture. Whatever their interests, students will never be bored.

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