• Entry Standards Entry Standards

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

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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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    4.20 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    2.95 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.53 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

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

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    78.0 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    71.8 / 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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    85.5 / 100.0


  • City, University of London was founded in 1894 as the Northampton Institute and was awarded university status in 1966.
  • The university’s motto is "to serve mankind". It is committed to academic excellence, focused on business and the professions and located in the heart of London.
  • City, University of London has strong links with the City of London and its Chancellor is the Lord Mayor of London.
  • City’s vision for 2016 is to be a leading global university ranked within the top two per cent of universities in the world.
  • To support the achievement of its vision, theuUniversity will implement its Strategic Plan including investing up to £200m in research-excellent academic staff, information systems infrastructure and its estate.

Location and Transport

  • The university’s main campus and the location of its historic College Building is Northampton Square in Islington. The university has several other academic sites within central London. Cass Business School is located in Bunhill Row, the City Law School at Gray’s Inn and the Fight for Sight Optometry Clinic is in Old Street.
  • City, University of London is located in the heart of London, close to the capital's leading financial, legal, media and medical institutions
  • City, University of London is close to Liverpool Street, King’s Cross, St Pancras and London Bridge mainline stations.  Its principal sites are within walking distance of Farringdon, Barbican, Angel, Old Street and Moorgate underground stations, all within Zone One.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary from course to course.
  • Further information is available on the City, University of London website or from admissions staff in each School.

Student Mix

The 18,280 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 53%
  • Postgraduate 47%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 80%
  • Part Time 20%


  • UK 61%
  • EU 12%
  • Other 28%
  • City, University of London has one of the highest proportions of students from outside the EU (about 30%) of any university in the UK. They help create a diverse and international outlook.
  • Students come from over 160 different countries to study at City.

Teaching Standards

  • The university’s courses are designed to ensure that students achieve high academic standards while developing an understanding of the business and professional world. Students learn how they can apply their knowledge, entrepreneurial ideas and talents in their future careers.
  • City’s academic range is broadly-based with world leading strengths in business; law; health sciences; engineering; mathematical sciences; informatics; social sciences; and the arts including journalism and music.
  • Many of City’s courses are accredited by professional bodies and students benefit from City’s central London location and the university’s extensive network of links with major London employers.
  • The university has received six awards under the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme in recognition of its excellent work in technology-enhanced learning and educational development.
  • The 2012 Institutional Review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education found that the university has clear strategies in place to ensure that staff and others involved in the delivery of teaching are appropriately qualified, and for the continuous development of its staffing base.
  • Students indicated high levels of satisfaction with teaching and learning and acknowledged ongoing improvements.

Research Standards

  • Research is at the heart of City’s academic activities, with a renowned reputation for fostering interdisciplinary activity, innovation and creativity.
  • Through research, our academic staff seek to advance knowledge in our areas of specialism and to bring value to society. For REF 2014, City submitted 1,592 academic outputs (such as journal articles) and 49 impact case studies from 378 staff (FTE).
  • The REF is a peer-review process to assess the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Some 75% of City’s submission to the REF was rated as being of world leading 4* (23%) and internationally excellent 3* (52%) quality.

Academic Strengths

  • City, University of London has a strong focus on postgraduate education with over a third of its students undertaking postgraduate taught or research degrees. 
  • Cass Business School is the business school for the City of London and attracts students from all over the world. It is among the global elite of business schools with accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
  • The City Law School is one of London's major law schools and offers a range of academic and professional courses. Located in the heart of 'legal London', it was the first law school in London to educate students and practitioners at all stages of legal education.
  • The School of Health Sciences is dedicated to education and research in the health professions. Educating future leaders and lifelong learning are fundamental to its ethos.
  • The School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences offers a comprehensive range of courses informed by research and reflecting the changing needs of industry, with which it maintains strong links.
  • The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers an academically challenging environment with extensive links with those working in the arts, media and cultural sectors in the UK and overseas. Courses include economics, international politics, psychology and sociology, journalism, music, media, creative writing, languages and cultural enterprise.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Facilities

The Student Centre provides help and support to current and future students. Specialist advisors offer practical help with finances, learning, visas and immigration, course fees, registration and support with every aspect of student life:

  • Advice on courses, careers and university facilities.
  • Student counselling.
  • Chaplaincy service.
  • Student health centre.
  • Services for disabled and dyslexic students.
  • Academic learning support.
  • Personal tutors.
  • Career and skills development.

City is the only UK university to have its Student Centre accredited by the Institute of Customer Service in recognition of its excellence.

  • The university has invested significantly in technological developments that benefit students' learning. In addition to state-of-the-art computing, library and laboratory facilities the university’s e-learning environment, Moodle, provides instant access to course materials, resources, interactive activities and assessment and communication tools. 
  • The review identified a number of examples of good practice at the university, including its proactive approach to student engagement and the use of 'Student Ambassadors' to facilitate student engagement in widening participation activities in local schools; and the activities of Student Buddies at induction to support new students.

Disability Services

  • The university employs a team of specialist staff who work with individual students and liaise with academic departments and University Services to ensure that the needs of disabled students are appropriately met.
  • Contact Disability Services at City, University of London by telephone on +44 (0)20 7040 0246; fax +44 (0)20 7040 3070; textphone +44 (0)20 7040 5080, email disability@city.ac.uk or visit the website.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union offers a wide range of activities including more than 50 clubs and societies, a student newspaper, student radio and TV.
  • It also offers a diverse student entertainment programme and a range of volunteering opportunities.

The City, University of London Student Union provides for all members:

  • Support
  • Representation
  • Facilities
  • Services
  • Entertainment
  • Activities

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Centre for Careers and Skills Development has an online job vacancy board for students, finalists and graduates and can advise on various employment opportunities, whether they be graduate roles, placements, summer internships or part--time jobs.
  • Unitemps, as part of the Career and Skills Development Service, commenced operations in May 2012. This is an online recruitment service that provides temporary work, much of which is suited to students and recent graduates.
  • Opportunities advertised through Unitemps are available to students and recent graduates of the university.
  • Unitemps offers temporary and part-time vacancies at the university and various local opportunities ranging from start-ups to multinationals.

Careers Guidance

  • City organises a variety of career and work experience advice and opportunities for students and alumni throughout the year:
  • On the Careers, Student Development & Outreach team webpages you can view vacancies, book appointments with student advisors and participate in the Professional Mentoring Scheme.
  • CityStarters organise extra-curricular events, competitions and business support for student entrepreneurs.
  • City Volunteering supports organisations in the local community and is open to all students.
  • Unitemps is a university recruitment agency for students and graduates looking for temporary jobs.
  • The Student Ambassador Scheme and the Widening Participation Ambassador Scheme are two opportunities for students to share their experiences of what it's like to study at university with prospective students and those in the local community.
  • The university also have a Sustainability Leaders Programme that offers students a chance to make a positive impact on City and the local community.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • City, University of London's brand new sport and fitness centre, CitySport.
  • CitySport has leading-edge equipment to match any high end gym in the heart of London, Olympic standard courts for team and solo sports and versatile spaces for a range of classes.

Notable Alumni

  • KEITH ABEL – co-founder, Abel & Cole.
  • CLEMENT ATTLEE (Inns of Court School of Law graduate) – Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951.
  • BRENDAN BARBER – General Secretary, Britain’s Trades Union Congress (TUC) 2003-2012.
  • TONY BLAIR (Inns of Court School of Law graduate) – former Prime Minister.
  • ROBERT CHOTE – Chairman, Office of Budget Responsibility.
  • GREGORY CLARKE – Chairman, Football League.
  • MOHANDAS KARAMCHAND GANDHI (MAHATMA GANDHI) (Inns of Court School of Law graduate) – leader of Indian independence movement.
  • Sir STELIOS HAJI-IOANNOU – Director, easyGroup PLC.
  • Professor Dame WENDY HALL – distinguished computer scientist and Dean of Physical and Applied Sciences at the University of Southampton
  • RUBY HAMMER – founder, Ruby and Millie cosmetics.
  • JAMES HARDING – Editor,The Times(2007–2012).
  • AFUA HIRSCH – West Africa Correspondent, theGuardian.
  • FAISAL ISLAM – Economics Editor,Channel Four News.
  • ARCHIE KANE – Governor, Bank of Ireland (2012 – present)
  • RICHARD KLEIN – Controller, BBC Four.
  • KIRSTY LANG – journalist and broadcaster, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World.
  • ADRIAN LEPPARD – Commissioner, City of London Police.
  • IAN LIVINGSTONE – founder, David Clulow Opticians.
  • BILL MORRIS – Director, Ceremonies, Education and Live Sites, LOCOG.
  • TIMOTHY 'TIFF' NEEDELL – British racing driver and presenter ofFifth Gear.
  • JAWAHARLAL NEHRU (Inns of Court School of Law graduate) – first Prime Minister of India.
  • GARVIN NICHOLAS – High Commissioner, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, London.
  • DICK OLVER – Chairman, BAE Systems.
  • ABIODUN OYEPITAN - GB sprinter, Olympic Finalist, Commonwealth Gold & Silver medallist.
  • HANISHA PATEL – Barrister and Chair of Association of Asian Women Lawyers.
  • ALEXIS PETRIDIS – Head Rock & Pop Critic, theGuardian.
  • JUSTINE PICARDIE – Editor,Harper’s Bazaar.
  • The Rt Hon Baroness MARGARET THATCHER (Inns of Court School of Law graduate) – Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990.
  • ED VAIZEY – Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries.
  • SIMON VINCENT – Chairman, Hilton Worldwide.
  • CATHERINE WALSH – Paralympian silver medallist.
  • BRIAN WYNTER – Governor, Bank of Jamaica.
  • MARIANNE YOUNG – British High Commissioner to the Republic of Namibia.

Further Details

Address City, University of London
Northampton Square
UCAS Code C60