Kingston University

London, United Kingdom

No. Students: 21,600 (3,900 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 2,140
Funding type: Public
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Kingston University offers you:
* The safest and happiest place to live in London

Kingston upon Thames is only 25 minutes from central London and has been consistently reported as the safest borough in London (Metropolitan Police, 2013) and the happiest place to live in Greater London (Rightmove, 2013)! Located on the River Thames in an affluent part of south-west London, it's no surprise Kingston is the ideal student location.

* Producing the highest number of graduate start-ups

Kingston encourages and nurtures entrepreneurship and creativity, producing the highest number of graduate start-up companies than any other UK university (Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey, 2012).

* Modern resources and cutting-edge facilities

We've recently spent more than £30million on new resources and facilities and plan to spend, in total, £125million during the next 10 years, so that our students benefit from the best.

* One of the most diverse and multicultural universities

With students from 150 countries, representing nations across the world, Kingston is a truly multicultural university and proud of it. We welcome around 1,500 new international students every year.

* Career and workplace-focused learning

All our courses are developed with your career in mind, so that you get the most up-to-date information and gain the relevant work-related skills needed for the modern work environment. Many of our courses have been developed with professional organisations and carry professional accreditation.

* A supportive and welcoming community

From before you leave your home country, until after you graduate, Kingston University offers all students a wide range of support services, ranging from support with studies and English language, to CV preparation and job fairs, to arriving in the UK, to visas and immigration, to health and counselling, to religion and spirituality and more.


Kingston Business School is a long established and leading provider of management and business education for business professionals at all stages in their career. Many of the courses that we run are accredited and recognised by relevant professional bodies within their respective fields. With a thriving community that embraces staff, students, external collaborators and alumni alike, Kingston Business School is a key player at the heart of both the academic and business communities.

Studying at Kingston
We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Kingston University. You might also be interested in our:

* International Foundation Year;
* English language programmes;
* Pre-masters Programme (Business and Management);
* Summer School, which offers a variety of classes.

You can also come to Kingston as visiting student on a Study Abroad or exchange programme.

Entry requirements

We recognise a variety of international qualifications for entry.

Academic entry requirements vary so you should check our undergraduate andpostgraduate course pages for the exact requirements of your chosen course or programme.

If your first language is not English, it is important that you also achieve a good level of English language ability before starting your studies. Please check whether you meet our English language requirements.

The learning environment

Teaching methods vary from subject to subject, but most taught courses are delivered through:

* lectures the most formal method of teaching, providing you with the foundation for further independent study;
* seminars which encourage group discussion; and
* tutorials smaller group discussions.

Other methods of teaching include:

* language laboratory classes;
* project work;
* science and technology practical exercises; and
* studio work in art and design.

Many courses also include a work placement, which give you the chance to gain practical experience in business or industry.

Appropriate information technology will be available on each course to help you produce course work or solve problems.


Many of the courses that we run are accredited and recognised by relevant professional bodies within their respective fields. As part of our commitment to providing quality, relevant courses we seek accreditation and recognition wherever possible. In fact the Higher Education Funding Council of England awarded us a quality rating for 'Excellence in teaching'.

Kingston Business School is also one of an elite number of UK business schools with Association of MBA accreditation of our MBA courses. Plus we have received EPAS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development for several of our postgraduate and undergraduate business programmes; only the second UK business school to receive this accreditation.

To view a full list of our accreditations, please visit our website.


Studying overseas can be a challenge. But from meeting you at the airport, to offering you careers advice, at Kingston we'll support you every step of the way.

International support

We offer a range of support to our international students including:

* language support;
* the International Student Advisory Centre; and
* orientation and welcome events.

University-wide support

You can also benefit from the following support, which we offer to all our students:

* University accommodation, which is guaranteed for international students (providing you apply in good time and meet our eligibility criteria);
* the University Careers and Employabilty Service for job hunting and careers advice;
* Kingston University Students' Union, which organises Freshers' Week (activities for new students) each year;
* advice from the Student Funds Team;
* the University health centre;
* the University nursery if you have children;
* a wide range of faith groups; and
* disability and dyslexia support services.

Careers Service
KU Talent (careers and employability) can help you when it comes to finding a job. Its careers advisors also offer support if you're looking for placement opportunities or part-time work during your studies.

Services include:

* aptitude and emotional intelligence tests;
* reference books, videos and DVDs;
* interviews with careers advisers; and
* a CV checking service.

Services for business
Whether you're developing a new product, looking to increase efficiency or upskill your staff, we can help you to grow your business through access to our knowledge, expertise and resources.

Kingston University is the largest provider of higher education in south-west London. We are renowned for teaching excellence across our faculties and have established ourselves as a growing force in research.

Our academics and students/graduates have a proud history of engagement with the wider community. We have supported and delivered cost-effective services to a range of commercial, public and voluntary organisations. Read some of our success stories.

Our services for businesses include:

* consultancy and research linking our research and our academics with your organisation;
* knowledge transfer including one of Europe's leading graduate recruitment programmes;
* facilities and equipment hire;
* advice and access to funding to support collaboration between universities and business; and
* Enterprise Europe Network London support and information for London-based businesses seeking funding, wishing to develop technology partnerships, or hoping to expand their business in Europe.

Our staff training opportunities include:

* continuing professional development;
* work-based learning, including postgraduate degrees for people in work;
* short courses; and
* entrepreneurship training and support.

Access our intellectual property

We bring together academics, innovative ideas and resources to support the commercialisation of intellectual property (IP) within the University. We do this through facilitating business opportunities such as licensing, joint ventures and 'spin-out' companies in which external partners can invest.

If you are a potential investor who would like to talk to us about a development project, or licensing the University's IP, please contact us.

Kingston University Enterprises Limited (KUEL)

Kingston University Enterprises Limited (KUEL) is Kingston University's subsidiary company for commercial activity. If you have any queries concerning KUEL, please contact

We also work closely with KU Talent (careers and employability) which not only provides careers support to our students, but is also keen to build stronger working relationships with employers.

Contact us to find out how we can bring inspiration and innovative thinking into your organisation today.

Student life

The ideal location
Kingston University is based in Kingston upon Thames, a vibrant area on the River Thames in south-west London, only 25 minutes away from central London.

Kingston is consistently rated the safest borough in London (Metropolitan Police, 2013) and the happiest place to live in London (Rightmove, 2013). It's also the sixth happiest place to live in the UK.

With so much to offer its residents, Kingston is the ideal location for studying and living. It's also close to both of London's main international airports.

Riverside living

Based on the River Thames, Kingston's riverside is home to many annual events and activities, including the Dragon Boat Festival and the Regatta. The river offers picturesque walks, a great selection of restaurants and bars and boat trips in the summer.

History and heritage

Dating back to the 800s, Kingston upon Thames is full ofhistory and heritage with royal connections. King Henry the VIII's royal palace is nearby and it is rumoured that seven Saxon kings were crowned in Kingston. The town is also home to an ancient market that still runs today.


With more than 500 shops, Kingston is a shopper's paradise with everything you'd need, from the famous Bentalls store and a variety of department stores, to fresh fruit and vegetables from the outdoor market, to antiques and boutique stores.

Parks and outdoors

Outdoor space is in abundance. Kingston is home to two of London's eight royal parks, including the largest, Richmond Park, where deer roam freely. It is also close to other outdoor attractions such as Kew Gardens.


With its own acclaimed theatre, a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, live comedy venues and lots of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, Kingston upon Thames has something to offer everyone's tastes.

Sport and leisure

Kingston caters for all sport and leisure needs with two beautiful royal parks, the River Thames for water sports, more than five gyms and leisure centres to choose from, a stadium, tennis courts and lots more.

London life

With central London only 25 minutes away by train, you'll have the chance to enjoy everything the city has to offer, from West End theatres, to historic sites, to museums, galleries and exhibitions, to the many festivals and events on offer throughout the year.

Transport links

Kingston has fantastic transports links, including easy access to central London, Gatwick and Heathrow airports and surrounding areas.

Diverse and multicultural
At Kingston University we welcome students from many different backgrounds and from more than 150 countries.

You'll have the chance to meet people from all over the world, from East Asia to Africa to South America!

We're very proud of this diversity. All of our students offer unique skills and experiences, and contribute fresh ideas and approaches to our community, enriching the learning environment and adding to your global experience.

This will help to make your time with us even more valuable and rewarding.

Master's Programmes at Kingston University

Faculty of Business and Law

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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