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University of Westminster

University of Westminster was founded in 1838. It is a public research university in London, United Kingdom. It was founded as a Royal Polytechnic Institution, the first polytechnic institute in London. 

University History

In 1838 University of Westminster was founded as a Royal Polytechnic Institution. In August 1839, the institution received its royal charter and in 1992, it became University of Westminster. In 1837, the Royal Polytechnic Institution was built by William Mountford Nurse. In the 1890s the institute was reconstituted as The Polytechnic Regent. In 1970s Holborn College of Law, Languages and Commerce was merged with Regent Street Polytechnic and was named Polytechnic of Central London (PCL). Polytechnic of Central London institute was renamed in 1992 as University of Westminster. In 2013, the university celebrated its 175 years of research and teaching.

University Programs, Courses and Schools

University of Westminster has 6 schools and colleges located in its  campuses. The campuses offer wide learning opportunities and challenges to the students. The 6 schools and colleges of the University of Westminster are;

  • School of Humanities
  • School of Arts
  •  School of Business
  • School of Life Sciences
  • School of Finance and Accounting
  • School of Management

University Achievements/ USP

University of Westminster’s programmes are recognised by the appropriate professional bodies such as the BCS, BPS, CIOB, CABE, ICE, RICS, HPC etc. 

In 2018, the university was ranked sixth in the UK and 40th globally for Media and Communications by QS World University Rankings. The university was ranked 15th for Art and Design in the UK, and 18th in the UK for Architecture. The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019, ranked Westminster 151–200 in the world. 

The university has achieved international excellent status for most of the work and it is ranked 2nd for Communications, Cultural and Media Studies research, 6th for Art and Design research and Geography and Environmental studies. In 2013, the university was ranked second in the UK by the Architects’ Journal in their "AJ Top 100" special edition.

University Notable Alumni

University of Westminster’s alumni has expert alumni from different backgrounds who are there to serve based on their common passion and responsibility towards the university. The university has an extensive alumni network that includes- architects, authors, artists, photographers, entertainers, fashion designers, musicians, politicians and engineers. Some of the alumni members of University of Westminster are-

  • Sir Thomas Bennett (architect and designer of Saville Theater and London Mormon Temple)
  • Alfred Bossom 
  • Laurence Broderick (sculptor of The Bull, Birmingham Bullring)
  • Ludo Campbell-Reid 
  • Sir Anthony Caro 
  • Trevor Dannatt
  • Ian Ritchie 
  • Fred Roche 
  • Alireza Sagharchi 
  • Cameron Sinclair (co-founder of Architecture for Humanity)
  • Michael Webb (founding member of Archigram)

University infrastructure & services

Campuses

University of Westminster has four main campuses, three campuses are located in central London. The Regent Campus comprises a group of buildings clustered around its historic headquarters at 309 Regent Street. The Regent Street Cinema lies within the 309 Regent Street building, and serves as a fully functioning cinema which is open to the public. The main campus of the university is located nearby the Little Titchfield Street building, which is home to the library for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, including the Westminster Law School, and the Wells Street building.

The Marylebone campus of University of Westminster is located on Marylebone Road opposite to Madame Tussaud's and Baker Street underground station. The campus was built in the 1960s and it is home to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Westminster Business School and the Policy Studies Institute. The exhibition area is spread across an area of 14,000 sq ft, which is located in the former concrete construction hall of the School of Engineering, and was opened in 2008.

The Cavendish Campus of University of Westminster is a modern glass and steel building located in the New Cavendish Street (Fitzrovia), nearby to the BT Tower. It is home to science, engineering and computer laboratories. The campus is very close to Warren Street, Great Portland Street and Goodge Street underground stations.

The Harrow Campus of University of Westminster is in a suburb area, outside Central London. It is home to Media, Arts and Design courses. It is also home to London Gallery West which includes a broad mix of contemporary media, art and design work. The nearest station to the Harrow campus is Northwick Park on the Metropolitan line.

Libraries-

 Library at University of Westminster is an important part of the educational experience and an invaluable resource for students, faculty, staff, and alumni, but also for the broad community. The library offers a wide range of books and other materials and services to support academic studies and enhance research work at University of Westminster. The library has a vast collection of books, e-journals and e-books etc. University library is focused to provide high-quality library resources, programs, and services to the students. The library provides flexible and well-equipped surroundings to everyone’s research and learning needs. The library supports the student learning experience, creation and administration of knowledge, and also contributes to advancements in teaching and research programs.

Housing services-

On-campus- University of Westminster offers residential communities, where students from all over the country and the world live, learn and grow together. Students have an option to reside in the residence halls. There are 5 residential halls present on campus- Harrow Hall, Marylebone Hall, Alexander Fleming Hall, Olympic Way and Arch View House. The University of Westminster’s residential halls offer support and convenience, as well as opportunities for personal growth, cultural exploration, and interaction with all facilities and staff. The university’s residence halls are perfect for comfortable housing.  Students can select the room of their choice based on costs, hall facilities, location, availability. Through university’s affinity housing students can live in groups of like-minded students who share the same love for sports, literature, film and course. The various services offered in university’s residence halls are- 

  • Fully furnished rooms
  • Large lounges with kitchens
  • All-inclusive utilities
  • Free Wi-Fi and cable TV
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Residence Life staff support
  • Programming created around a residential curriculum
  • 24-hour security and on-call housing staff

Off-campus- University of Westminster assists students in finding off-campus housing near university’s campus. They provide convenient housing to students, faculty and staff nearby university. 

Medical services-

University of Westminster provides medical services to students. The Health Services encourage students to live a healthy lifestyle in order to achieve their personal, academic and career goals. They also maintain an emergency response team that responds immediately to any accidents or injuries involving any person on campus. Primary and urgent healthcare, health clearances, routine women’s healthcare, emergency response and wellness education are all part of the services provided. The staff consists of certified physicians and nurses who are dedicated towards their work and provide high-quality medical care to students.

Student’s clubs-

University of Westminster offers wide variety of students’ clubs and organizations that provide wide range of opportunities for students to engross themselves. The university offers everything students need to stay active on campus. Some of the clubs at University of Westminster are-

  • Baking
  • Boxing
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Crochet and Knitting
  • Debate
  • Dental
  • Cricket
  • Architecture

These are just a few clubs and organizations listed above. There are many other options available to choose from and engross yourself in.

University location

Cavendish Campus- 115 New Cavendish St, London W1B 2HW, United Kingdom

Harrow Campus- Watford Rd, Northwick Park Roundabout, Harrow HA1 3TP, United Kingdom

Marylebone Campus- 35 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5LS, United Kingdom

Regent Campus (main campus)- 309 Regent St., London W1B 2HW, United Kingdom

Top Landmarks-

  • Tower of London.
  • Tower Bridge.
  • Churchill War Rooms.
  • National Gallery.
  • The British Museum.
  • Westminster Abbey.
  • V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • St. Paul's Cathedral.

International student’s info

Courses Offered-

University of Westminster offers Undergraduate programs and Postgraduate programs. Some of the courses are-

  • Architecture
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Interior Designing
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Criminology
  • History
  • Fashion
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Media
  • Nutrition and Public Health

Student Support-

 The Study CenterTeam at University of Westminster provides international educational exchange via its services. It serves as the primary administrative, programming, and advising office for the international community. The office provides various services like-

  • immigration assistance and support to international students and exchange visitors through advising, programs, workshops and events.
  • serve as a guide for academic and administrative units in the collaboration, hiring and sponsorship of international students and exchange visitors.
  • provides ongoing orientation and support services in a welcoming environment designed to help students in cultural adjustment.

Visa and Immigration Support-

There are two types of Visas for which students can apply if they want to study in United Kingdom UK-

Student Visa (SV)

This visa is for students over 16 years old who have been offered a place on a course that is longer than six months in length.

Short Term Study Visa (STSV)

This is the visa to use for short term courses such as an English Language course. It is not designed for doing research as part of a degree. These visas are normally valid for a period of either six months or eleven months.

International Student Contact-

E-mail- [email protected]

[email protected]

Phone- +44 (0)20 7911 5000

Student life

Student society-

University of Westminster’s student organizations or clubs are one of the best ideas to get involved in the campus. Organizations are assembled under an arrangement of causes, identities, and interests. Student organizations at the University of Westminster put on some of the most highly awaited campus events and offer a wide range of opportunities for involvement and leadership every year. The University of Westminster has various student organizations, so there is something for each student. 

Sports and fitness-

University of Westminster provides activities that promote healthy lifestyles and fitness for a huge population of students, faculty and staff. The university provides various sports activities and fitness rooms to keep students fit and healthy. 

Health & Wellbeing-

Health and Wellness at the University of Westminster is to highlight the active process of change and growth that involves building resilience, persistence, and positivity in the phase of provocations. It is the initiative dedicated to help students incorporate in an overall well-being experience across campus. They allow students to actively indulge in well-being activities that provide support to a holistic lifestyle. Through this initiative, students will learn and understand resources and they will also learn how to help others in need.

Residential Life-

On-campus housing at the University of Westminster can easily accommodate a huge population of students. The residence halls include- Harrow Hall, Marylebone Hall, Alexander Fleming Hall, Olympic Way and Arch View House. The on-campus housing offers Residential Based Learning Communities on designated floors, areas or buildings where students request to live near others that share an interest in a particular social cause or academic area. 

Food & drink-

The University of Westminster provides a dining hall in the heart of the campus. Dining is open to students, faculty, and staff. The dining plan offers different dining options which include special dietary menus such as vegetarian and low-fat food. The plans are designed to fit the busy schedule of students, the plan assists all dietary preferences by providing a wide range of dining options and healthy food options. There are a number of cafes and restaurants available on-campus which provides a huge variety to students.

Short-term getaways, weekend getaways

There are many short-term getaways near the University of Westminster to have fun like- 

  • Tower of London.
  • Tower Bridge.
  • Churchill War Rooms.
  • National Gallery.
  • The British Museum.
  • Westminster Abbey.
  • V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • St. Paul's Cathedral.

and there are many other options also available to spend holidays and weekends.

Part-time jobs

The Student Employment Services at University of Westminster provides employment opportunities to students who want to earn money while studying to pay their expenses. The Office of Student Employment helps students find part-time work that not only builds their bank account, it is also on or near campus, and gives them a relevant and meaningful career experience which enhances their resume.

Student Safety

Crime Around the area-

University of Westminster keeps safety at priority. University’s Police Department provides 24/7 assistance to deter crime, and to increase personal safety and building security. A security desk is located in the lobby of each residence hall, which assists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure the safety and identification of those entering and leaving the campus buildings. Students can call an officer to escort them anywhere on campus 24/7. The University is committed towards providing a safe, secure living and learning environment for all students, faculty and staff.    

Famous courses

The famous courses at University of Westminster are-

  • Biomedical Science
  • Business 
  • Architecture
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Interior Designing
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Criminology
  • History
  • Fashion

Campus recruitment

Process-

The Career and Employability Team at University of Westminster has an award-winning placement team that is dedicated to supporting students throughout their placement search. The university hosts recruitment events and fairs to provide jobs to students. The University has a strong employability record, with 90% of students in work or further study within six months of graduating.

Application Requirements

  • Create a new account
  • Completed Application Form
  • Submit required support documents
  • Academic Records
  • Pay the application fee 
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendations
  • Standardized Test Scores

University of Westminster Programs

Program
Duration
Format
Tuition Fees
Deadlines
Standard Test

University of Westminster Application Requirements

3
GPA
33
IB
75
Percentage

IELTS score requirements

A strong proficiency in the English language is essential for admission into universities in United Kingdom. To be able to get a successful admission in University of Westminster in United Kingdom students need to complete IELTS with a minimum score of 6.

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University of Westminster Cost of studies

Fees

Undergraduate: GBP 13,400

Fees may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific fees.

University of Westminster Deadlines

Bachelors:15th January 
Masters:15th January 

Deadlines may vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific deadlines.

University of Westminster Rankings

Global

1306
US News
701 -750
QS
801 -1000
Times Higher Education
638
GTU Rank

Regional

United Kingdom
81
US News
58
QS
65
Times Higher Education
102
Guardian

Regional

Europe
494
US News
286
Times Higher Education

University of Westminster Scholarships

1. University of Westminster Full International Scholarships

Westminster’s Full International Scholarships are the University’s most competitive scholarships that are open to international students from developing countries who seek to pursue a full-time Undergraduate degree at the University of Westminster.

Eligibility Criteria/ Scholarship Guidelines

You should be an international student from a developing country and hold an offer for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University. The criteria taken into consideration while awarding the scholarships are academic excellence, development potential, and financial need.

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4–12 Little Titchfield St, Fitzrovia,United Kingdom

[email protected]

(+44) 20 7911 5000