University of Greenwich

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.33 / 4.00
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.08 / 5.00
  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    58.1 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    83.3 / 100.0
  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    65.0 / 100.0


  • One of the most respected, high quality universities in London and Kent, Greenwich has a proud tradition in education which dates back more than 125 years.
  • The university has three outstanding campuses and a heritage of world-class research and technological innovation. An exciting and ambitious institution, Greenwich takes an innovative and modern approach to teaching and is thoroughly committed to making sure that students achieve their potential.
  • It is the academic home to a diverse and talented community of more than 21,000 students in the UK. It also has more than 15,500 students studying with 30 partner academic institutions in 29 countries.
  • The university has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, including a 2015 prize for outstanding work in Africa.
  • It has been ranked as one of the UK's most friendly workplaces for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff, in Stonewall’s list of  Top 100 Employers.

Location and Transport

  • The university’s campuses in south east London and Kent all offer modern, hi-tech facilities within magnificent and historic settings.
  • The largest campus is centred on the Old Royal Naval College in Royal Greenwich, at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames and next to Greenwich Royal Park.
  • The Avery Hill Campus in Eltham enjoys a parkland setting, and the Medway Campus features redbrick Edwardian buildings in Chatham Maritime, Kent.
  • All sites are served by excellent rail and bus links, and an inter-campus bus service.

Entry Requirements

  • Average total tariff for 2015 entry first degree students was 340.

Student Mix

The 21,295 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 76%
  • Postgraduate 24%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 72%
  • Part Time 28%


  • UK 80%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 15%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

Course Flexibility

  • This depends on the course – there is not a fixed, university-wide structure.

Teaching Standards

  • High quality learning and teaching, that maximises the individual potential of each student, is at the heart of the university’s priorities, and forms a key part of its Strategic Plan (2012–17).
  • The quality of teaching at Greenwich consistently scores highly in the NSS. High rankings are given to the fact that staff are good at explaining things, that courses are intellectually stimulating, and that staff are enthusiastic about their subjects.
  • In 2015 Greenwich saw the best set of exam results in its history.
  • Greenwich Connect is the name given to its vision for bringing fresh innovation into its teaching and learning. It is aimed at producing graduates who not only have good academic knowledge but will be able to enter the workplace armed with many of the skills that employers need, such as a high level of digital literacy, familiarity with new technology and expertise in social media.
  • The student body is playing a fuller role in the decision-making of the university than ever before. Students and staff work as partners in developing the student experience and curriculum.
  • More students than ever are studying overseas for a Greenwich qualification – over 15,500 in 29 countries, with programmes being delivered in partnership with many international institutions.
  •  The university has several National Teaching Fellows. Over two-thirds of staff have a formal teaching qualification – one of the highest percentages in the country.

Research Standards

  • Greenwich has won international recognition for the quality of its world-leading research, which makes a real and practical difference to people’s lives. Its research is internationally renowned for making a contribution to science and to society.
  • The institution has a long track record of solving problems for governments, charities, industry and other partners, with special expertise in computational engineering and natural resources. It also works in fields such as business analysis, computer modelling, fire safety, pain management, pharmaceuticals and sustainable development.
  • Greenwich was honoured with the award of two prestigious prizes in 2015. The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education recognised outstanding work by the Natural Resources Institute on cassava, a tropical root crop in Africa: through their expertise, university scientists have helped millions of people by improving crop production and boosting the incomes of rural farming communities.
  • Greenwich has an active research culture, and research and enterprise revenue continues to grow, reaching £18.4m in 2014–15: an increase of 10% on the previous year. The value of new contracts signed climbed to £24m.
  • Year on year, the university invests in new research posts, from early career researchers to professors.

Academic Strengths

  • Under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor Professor David Maguire, the university has set itself the goal of achieving a top 50 rating in national university league tables, alongside a top 10 position in the London rankings.
  • Greenwich regularly invests in staff to further raise academic and teaching standards. All four faculties in the university benefit from the investment, allowing it to broaden and strengthen its expertise in a wide range of subjects.
  • Since 2011, the number of staff with an accredited teaching qualification has increased by 40%, and the number with a doctorate by 20%.
  • The university’s key strengths include digital and creative arts, law, engineering, science, mathematics, business (including finance, accounting and economics), architecture, computing, humanities, nursing, midwifery, public health, education and pharmacy.
  • Greenwich’s new Legal Advice Centre, run by staff and students, provides pro bono support to local people and has won a national award for its outstanding work (LawWorks & Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards).
  • Students are coming to Greenwich with better grades than ever before (equivalent to AAB at A level). Entry standards to the university have increased by over 125 UCAS points since 2009, a rise of more than the equivalent of five grades at A level.
  • Each year, staff and students receive top national and international honours and awards for their achievements.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • The university’s library and academic building on Stockwell Street, in the heart of Greenwich, includes hi-tech, state-of-the-art film, TV and sound studios, seminar rooms, lecture theatres, open presentation spaces, as well as a café, exhibition and gallery spaces. It also boasts one of Europe’s largest teaching and learning 'green roof' landscapes.
  • Stockwell Street has won a series of major prizes for architectural excellence since it opened in 2014, and was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize, the premier prize of British architecture.
  • The Greenwich Campus includes many other attractive teaching facilities, as well as language laboratories, computing rooms, the Stephen Lawrence Gallery and a bookshop. The Students’ Union building houses all the usual student activities.
  • Four halls of residence are within easy walking distance of the Greenwich Campus. The newest of these, the state-of-the-art Daniel Defoe Hall, has 356 en-suite bedrooms as well as a café and gym.
  • Avery Hill houses modern teaching and living facilities, within a large student village complex. Students can use state-of-the-art computing and laboratory equipment, lecture theatres, a TV studio and an extensive library. It is also home to an extensive range of sports facilities.
  • The Medway Campus has hi-tech laboratories in science, engineering, pharmacy and natural resources and an outstanding learning resource centre, the Drill Hall Library, as well as high quality, on-campus accommodation.

Disability Services

  • The university welcomes applications from disabled people and is committed to enabling disabled students to succeed.
  • Visit the website for information about the Disability and Dyslexia Service. Alternatively, call 020 8331 7875 or email

Students' Union

  • Students’ Union University of Greenwich is a democratic organisation, run by students for students. It’s a non-profit organisation too – all the money from sales of student group memberships and commercial activities is put back into providing student opportunities, improving and expanding on what’s already on offer.
  • There are bars and shops on campuses, where students can have a quick coffee in between lectures, have lunch with friends or a drink at the end of the day, which are regularly price compared with local competition to guarantee that students always have the best offer.
  • The Students’ Union runs all sorts of activities, sports and societies. It also stages Give it a Go sessions, which give students the chance to try something new – from paintballing and debating to meditation and dance classes.
  • It also provides loads of volunteering opportunities, which help boost students’ CVs. The SU employs lots of students in a wide range of flexible part-time jobs.
  • It runs student-led campaigns throughout the year on issues which are important to students and directly impact on student life.
  • An advice service, staffed by independent experts, provides support across a range of issues, from academic problems to concerns with personal problems, housing and money.
  • It runs the Greenwich Sustainability Hub, where student Green Ambassadors work on innovative projects that will enhance the sustainability of both the Students’ Union and the university, which has previously been voted the Greenest University in the country.
  • More than 700 Programme Reps are trained each year by the SU to represent students across the four academic faculties, along with eleven elected part-time Officers and four full-time Sabbatical Officers.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The University Jobshop offers a large number of students a variety of employment inside and outside the university, as well as work experience and placements.
  • JobShop also helps students to improve their employability skills whilst studying, and has a strong network of local employers.
  • The Greenwich Campus is near to the employment opportunities of Canary Wharf, Docklands, Greenwich town centre and the O2 Arena, to name but a few.

Careers Guidance

  • The university is committed to consistently producing highly qualified and employable graduates. It aims to ensure that, throughout their academic studies, students also hone skills much valued by employers such as leadership, teamwork and entrepreneurship.
  • Students have many opportunities to gain experience of the workplace during their time at Greenwich, via internships and placements, to further develop these employability skills. The university also provides mentorships and professional guidance.
  • Around 50% of students undertake a substantial placement as part of their studies.
  • Greenwich runs an innovative job-hunting and careers guidance services for all students, ensuring access to extensive expert help when it comes to finding sought-after, graduate-level employment.

This includes:

  • Partnership with Reed: the university has teamed up with Reed NCFE, one of the UK's leading employment and skills providers, to deliver graduate brokerage services to final-year students. Hundreds of graduates are now landing jobs and internships in their chosen professions thanks to this unique service.
  • Discipline specialist fairs and events: these events range from industry specific graduate fairs to panel presentations with external employers invited.
  • Career workshops: subjects include CV writing, job hunting, interview techniques, psychometric testing, assessment centre preparation, networking skills, finding volunteering roles, competency applications, and how to use LinkedIn to find jobs. These workshops are run by Reed NCFE and specialist careers staff.
  • Career guidance appointments and advice sessions: specialist careers advice on what students' career options are with their subject degree. The careers team also provides practice mock interviews for students who have internship, placement and graduate role interviews lined up, to increase their chances of successfully securing the roles.
  • Access to internal job boards: students can use this to search for graduate vacancies and work experience / volunteering opportunities.
  • Online career resources: from short How to guides on a range of recruitment topics, to in-depth psychometric practice tests.
  • Career Mentoring Scheme: the scheme is open to all students who are focusing on their transition to graduate employment, and is also open to recent graduates for up to two years.
  • Students can get in touch with professional networks through a vast range of guest lectures, industry dinners, mentoring and work experience.
  • The Greenwich Employability Passport Scheme offers incentives and rewards for extra-curricular activities, and is also aimed at helping students stand out in a highly competitive jobs market.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Two new student hubs, offering state-of-the-art facilities, are being created on the Greenwich and Medway campuses.
  • At Greenwich, the elegant Dreadnought Building is being transformed into a vibrant learning, teaching and social centre. The building will reopen in January 2018, following a £25m programme of investment.
  • The Students’ Union and other services will also be based here, along with academic programmes in psychology, public health, social work and teacher education.
  • In Medway, a purpose-built student centre is to open in September 2016, in a converted listed building. Featuring entertainment and social space, it will also be home to the joint students’ union office. A joint project between the universities of Greenwich and Kent, it will provide for 10,000 students on the campus.
  • Also in the pipeline is a £5m upgrade of the Cutty Sark and Devonport halls of residence at Greenwich, and a €4m European-funded biofuel power plant at Medway.
  • In addition to major capital works, existing learning and teaching spaces are being systematically upgraded in a rolling programme.

Notable Alumni

  • Professor Charles Kao – Nobel Prize winner and pioneer of fibre optics.
  • Ian Livingstone CBE – entrepreneur and co-founder of prominent games company Games Workshop.
  • Doreen Lawrence OBE – social justice campaigner and member of the House of Lords.
  • Malorie Blackman OBE – writer and Children’s Laureate.
  • Jenny Fagan – writer, named as one of the ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ of this decade by leading literary magazine Granta.
  • Stephen Howlett – Chief Executive of the Peabody Housing Trust, a major housing association.
  • Solomon Wifa – lawyer, the youngest ever MD of a major law firm: named in The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ list as someone who would help to shape the profession.
  • Wilson Leech – Executive Vice President, The Northern Trust Company.
  • Richard Allen-Turner – joint MD of Avalon Entertainment Limited.
  • Sarah Eberle – award-winning landscape architect and garden designer.

Further Details

Address University of Greenwich Old Royal Naval College Park Row Greenwich London SE10 9LS
UCAS Code G70
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