University of East London

  • 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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    3.93 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    2.71 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

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

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    0.23 / 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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    45.2 / 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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    59.1 / 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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    73.4 / 100.0


  • UEL became a university in 1992 with a heritage dating back to 1898 when it opened as the West Ham Technical Institute and became known as 'the People’s University’.
  • We are first among modern universities in London for the impact of our research in Sociology & Social Practice and Health, and first nationally for the impact of our Psychology research.
  • During the London Olympics and Paralympics Games in 2012, Team USA based itself at UEL’s SportsDock complex.

Location and Transport

  • East London is one of the most exciting culturally rich places in the UK to attend university. A diverse and dynamic community, East London is at the heart of Europe’s largest regeneration project. High-tech and creative industries are increasingly heading to East London and Canary Wharf – the world-leading financial center º is also on our doorstep.
  • UEL has two fantastic modern campuses with well-designed studios, laboratories, libraries and a £21m sports center called the SportsDock. Transport links are excellent with central London an easy 30-minute train ride away and a free shuttle bus between campuses. The UEL Docklands campus has its own train station and is close to the O2 (Millennium Dome), London City Airport and the historic Royal Albert Dock.
  • Our Stratford Campus includes the £33m University Square Stratford, which opened in 2013 and is close to Stratford International station, the 2012 Olympic Park and Westfield shopping centre.
  • UEL genuinely is a vibrant place to study for your degree.

Entry Requirements

  • Please visit our website for: the most up-to-date details about entry requirements; our admissions policy; guidance with your application; advice on subject-specific entry requirements at UEL.
  • Some more specialist programmes such as Clinical & Community Psychology, Physiotherapy, Computer Games Design: Story Development, Engineering, and Architecture have higher requirements than most undergraduate courses.
  • We offer degrees with foundation years if you do not quite meet normal entry requirements for a full degree or if your qualifications are not appropriate for the degree you would like to study. The foundation aims to give you the skills and knowledge required for progression onto your chosen full UEL degree.

Student Mix

The 15,855 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 74%
  • Postgraduate 26%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%


  • UK 89%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 39%
  • Female 61%

Course Flexibility

  • You can generally study full-time or part-time depending on the course you would like to study.
  • Many of our courses are available with an optional placement year.
  • In response to the needs of our working students, we have an increasing number of distance learning and online courses available. Many of these can be blended with on-campus study.
  • Some of our postgraduate programmes are taught via intensive block delivery supported by online learning.

Teaching Standards

  • UEL takes great pride in its excellent standards of teaching and high levels of student satisfaction.
  • Over recent years we have scored an average of 80% for student satisfaction in the National Students Survey (NSS).
  • On the latest NSS survey UEL scored particularly highly in regards to 'learning resources' with a score of 85%. This shows our overall commitment to meeting the needs and diversity of UEL's learning and research community.

A number of courses are accredited by professional/accreditation bodies which ensures that our courses are relevant for today’s professions. Accreditation bodies include:

  • The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
  • British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES)

Research Standards

  • We are one of the leading new universities for research and almost doubled our output of world-leading research in the most recent national research assessment exercise. Around 17% of our research was assessed as world leading – the highest possible rating. Almost two thirds was assessed as internationally excellent.
  • We are joint first in England for the impact of our Psychology research – ahead of Oxford and Cambridge.
  • We have strengths in Allied Health, Psychology, and Communication, Cultural and Media Studies where 100% of the research was ranked as 'Internationally Recognised' to 'World Leading' with the majority of subject areas scoring above 80%. The university is committed to investing in the development of its research and will continue to increase quality and output over the coming years.
  • We have a reputation for civic engagement through applied research. Through our research institutes, The Sustainability Research Institute and The Institute for Health and Human Development, we engage with the local community in areas such quality of healthcare, regeneration, and environmental sustainability across east London and internationally.
  • One of the most important developments of recent years is our UEL Knowledge Dock, an EU accredited innovation centre housing over 70 businesses and supporting the translation of research into viable commercial enterprise.
  • Within each school there are a number of specialist research centres and groups which enable students to link with a critical mass of researchers providing an enriching experience and in depth understanding of subject areas and an incentive for further studies.

Academic Strengths

  • The School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE) at UEL is nationally recognised for its high-quality teaching and staff. UEL architecture lecturers were part of the team that won the Turner Prize 2015 – the UK’s most prestigious visual arts award. Students on the Architecture course reported a 98% satisfaction rate in the recent student survey.
  • 86% of our students are in employment or further study six months after graduating and many are working whilst carrying out their studies.

Many of our subject areas have 100% overall student satisfaction including:

  • Advertising
  • Construction Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Digital Fashion
  • English Literature
  • Fashion
  • Film and Video
  • International Development
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Psychosocial Studies

Subject areas with over 90% satisfaction include:

  • Architecture
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Computer Games Design
  • Creative and Professional Writing
  • Dance
  • Urban Practice
  •  Sociology

UEL has a strong commitment to sport – during the 2012 Olympics we played host to over 10,000 visitors, including the US Olympic Committee, Paralympics USA and the Singapore Olympic Committee.

  • We recently invested £21m in a sports and academic centre called the SportsDock.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • The university offers world-class teaching and learning facilities. We have been ranked among the top universities in the UK for investment per student in facilities.
  • We offer well designed teaching facilities, including top-quality laboratories, superbly equipped computer suites and high-tech libraries open 24/7 in term time.
  • You will also be able to use professional standard performance studios and workshops, a multimedia production centre, clinical education centre and our renowned Knowledge Dock.
  • Our world-class SportsDock complex at our Docklands campus was used by Team USA as their training base before the London Olympics and Paralympics. It includes indoor and outdoor pitches and courts, dance and aerobic studios, a martial arts studio and a huge, super-modern gymnasium.
  • Our campus offer cafes and social space and all the cultural and leisure facilities London has to offer are just a short journey away.

Disability Services

  • If you have a disability, long-term medical condition or a specific learning difficulty, we can help to identify and address any barriers to your education so that you can pursue your course and reach your full potential.The Disability and Dyslexia team provides confidential support and advice for disabled students, students with mental health conditions, and those with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs), including dyslexia.We have a regional access centre which any student with a disability can use for their needs assessment, once they have successfully applied for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).As part of your registration appointment we will provide you with the necessary assistance and information related to your specific needs.
  • For further information on the UEL Disability services and what is on offer please visit our website.

Students' Union

  • All UEL students are automatically members of the Students’ Union. Your membership to the union is free and it brings with it lots of opportunities for you to get the most out of your time at university.
  • We help students to set up societies and groups and train and support them for their extra-curricular ambitions, making sure that the campus is vibrant with student-led events and activities. All of these opportunities including running societies, being a student representative and others will enhance students skills and look great on your CV, but you can also have a great time doing it.
  • The Students Union lobbies the university on behalf of students to ensure that students get the best possible deal, but we also work with the university on joint projects such as organising a fantastic Freshers Week in September and other events through the year. Additionally to this, the Students Union supports individual students when you've run into an issue involving your studies.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Help and support is provided to all students looking for full- and part-time work, summer internships and graduate opportunities, with UEL running a paid internal internship scheme.
  • We work in partnership with a recruitment agency based within UEL, which is dedicated to supporting students to find temporary work in and outside of UEL.

Careers Guidance

  • Our Careers and Student Employability Service can support you in your search to help you realise your ambitions and develop the skills, knowledge and experience that todays employers value.
  • Find more information on our careers service on our website.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • A new £14m library opened on the Stratford campus in summer 2013, designed by Hopkins Architects who previously designed the velodrome in East London.
  • University Square Stratford is a new site that opened in late 2013, home to students studying on degrees including law and criminology, dance and performing arts and MBAs. The £8 million Cass School of Education building, which opened in 2009, was created with grant support from Sir John Cass’s Foundation and designed by award-winning Richard Murphy Architects.
  • UEL is embarking upon an ambitious series of new developments, the first part of which will enable the London Design and Engineering University Technical College to open on land adjacent to our Docklands campus. In the future we will also continue to provide more extensive academic and student recreational facilities at Docklands.

Notable Alumni

  • We have over 86,000 alumni on record based in over 120 different countries, with active Alumni Chapters in Nigeria and Malaysia and will this year be setting up new Chapters in India and Germany, with plans for more subject and country based chapters in the future.
  • Once you graduate from UEL we offer a range of benefits to further enhance your experience, including a number of publications, discount and offers, events and memberships.
  • Many of our alumni regularly return to UEL to share their experiences with current students through masterclasses.

Notable alumni in a diverse range of fields include:


  • Edison Chenfil James – Prime Minister of Dominica (1995–2000).
  • Hilary Armstrong – Former Cabinet Minister.
  • Rupa Huq - is a British Labour Party politician, writer, columnist, senior in sociology at Kingston University and former Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Ealing. She was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Ealing Central and Acton at the 2015 general election.
  • Baroness Margaret Prosser OBE – Labour Life Peer previously Treasurer of the Labour Party and Chair of the Women’s National Commission.
  • Kemi Adeosun – Minister of Finance of Nigeria since 11 November 2015.

Business and Industry

  • The late Lord Trotman of Osmotherley – formerly formerly Chairman of ICI and Managing Director of Ford Motor Company UK.
  • Ian MacAllister – former Chairman of Network Rail and former Managing Director of Ford Motor Company in the UK.
  • Martin Slark – Chief Executive Officer of Molex Inc.


  • Daljit Dhaliwal – former news presenter for the Al-Jazeera English news service that broadcast from Washington DC.
  • Dr Pam Spurr – psychologist and broadcaster; LBC's 'Dr Pam'.
  • Garry Bushell – TV critic, TV presenter, newspaper columnist and novelist.
  • Sonam Kapoor – an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films and is the daughter of actor Anil Kapoor. One of the highest-paid actresses and most fashionable celebrities in India, Kapoor has been nominated for four Filmfare Awards.
  • Jimmy Doherty – a Suffolk based farmer and television presenter formerly for the BBC and now for Channel 4, famous for the show Jimmy's Farm, detailing the operation of the Essex Pig Company that he and his wife Michaela Furney owned.


  • Jake Chapman – artist; with brother Dinos, winner of the Royal Academy's Charles Wollaston award 2003; nominated Turner Prize 2003.
  • The late Ken Russell – film director.
  • Guy Sherwin – film-maker; helped establish fine art film at NELP in the 1970s.


  • Adam Gemilli – British sprinter. He is the 2014 European champion at 200 metres, and 4 x 100 meter relay, a silver medalist in the 100 meters and 4 x 100 meters relay in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and a former World Junior champion at 100 meters and European Under-23 champion at 100 meters and 4 x 100 meter relay.
  • Gemma Gibbons –British judoka. Competing in the women's −70 kg category, she has represented England and Great Britain at Junior, U-23, 'B' and Senior level, winning a silver medal at the 2013 Olympics.
  • Jeffrey Lawal-Balogun – is a London based British Track Athlete. Balogun became the 12th all-time fastest British athlete over 200m when he set a time of 20.38 seconds at a meeting in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 2009. He was ranked 2nd in Great Britain over 200 meters in 2009, and in 2010 was ranked 10th in Great Britain over 100 metres.
  • Bianca Williams – Competed for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she won bronze medals in the 200 m, and in the 4 × 100 m relay. She has also won two medals as part of the British team at the IAAF World Relays; with silver in the 4 × 200 m in 2014, and bronze in the 4 x 100m in 2015. She ranks fifth on the UK all-time list at 200m with her best of 22.58 secs.

Further Details

Address University of East London
Docklands Campus
4–6 University Way
E16 2RD
UCAS Code E28