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London has one of the largest concentrations of universities and higher education institutions in the world. It has 40 higher education institutions (not counting foreign Universities with London branches) and has a student population of more than 400,000. 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.
Key (lower numbers are better):
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.
|University of the Arts London||N/A||86||59|
|Birkbeck, University of London||N/A||N/A||N/A||369||149|
|Brunel University||44||43||41||360||301 to 350|
|City University, London||21||47||38||347||-|
|University of East London||115||111||115||701||-|
|Goldsmiths, University of London||65||52||50||461 to 470||-|
|University of Greenwich||88||103||102||701+||-|
|Imperial College London||13||3||4||5||8|
|King's College London||31||16||18||19||57|
|Kingston University||95||92||85||470 to 480||-|
|London Metropolitan University||118||N/A||114||651 to 700||-|
|London School of Economics||3||5||2||68||39|
|London South Bank University||104||113||109||-||-|
|Middlesex University||94||104||83||651 to 700||-|
|Queen Mary, University of London||36||36||42||115||127|
|Royal Holloway, University of London||39||31||26||265||102|
|School of Oriental and African Studies||29||27||30||337||-|
|St Mary's University, Twickenham||97||N/A||N/A||-|
|University of Westminster||93||100||73||-||-|
|University of West London||68||106||109||-||-|
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
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.
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As part of legacy plans for the 2012 Olympic Games, an international university is to be built in London’s Olympic Park. 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.
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.
Additionally, St. Mary's University College, located in Twickenham, South-West London, was awarded full University status in January of 2014.