Heythrop College

All of Heythrop's degree programmes can be taken part-time. Of note are Philosophy of Religion, Psychology of Religion, Abrahamic Faiths, Interreligious Relations, and Systematic Theology. The college is located in the beautiful Kensington Square in one of the most exclusive areas of London. A stone’s throw from both leafy parks and a bustling High Street, it couldn’t be better situated.

Teaching Methods

  • Heythrop boasts one-to-one tutorials for all of its undergraduate students for each of their assessed pieces of work. Heythrop is currently the only public HE institution outside of Oxbridge to offer this.
  • Heythrop’s small numbers allow for more intimate class sizes, facilitating learning through discussion and good results for students across range of entry standards.
  • Heythrop has one of the largest libraries and academic faculties in its field.
  • Heythrop scored 92% for satisfaction with teaching in the most recent National Student Survey, compared with a nationwide average of 86%.

Course Flexibility

  • All of Heythrop’s degree programmes can be taken part-time.
  • As a specialist college, with an extensive range of programmes within the subject areas, many students are offered one of the widest ranges of modules of any UK degree in the field.  

Student Services and Facilities

  • Two dedicated computer suites on site provide all students with a good chance of access to a machine whenever they need, as well as free wi-fi throughout the site.
  • Students are given an allowance of free printing and photocopying and topping up this allowance is easy and reasonably priced.
  • Heythrop’s extensive library is split onsite into the Theology and Philosophy libraries, both of which also contain computers for student use.
  • As students of the University of London, Heythrop students have full access to the university library at Senate House, home to roughly 3 million volumes, as well as the libraries of all the other University of London colleges.

Disability Services

  • Heythrop is committed to making the adjustments needed to ensure that students with disabilities are fully included in the life of the college.
  • Some students have found that Heythrop’s size helps – it would be hard to slip through the net, and you benefit from the eagerness of all concerned for you to be able to succeed.
  • Examples of help given can include producing learning materials in different formats, providing a note-taker in lectures and supplying technological aids such as mini-disc recorders or specialist software. The vast majority of the Heythrop site is wheelchair accessible.
  • For more information on disability services at Heythrop please visit the website.

Students' Union

  • Heythrop has an active Student's Union which organises many activities, events, clubs and societies. The executive team is headed up by the sabbatical President and the sabbatical Vice-President, students who have either completed their studies or have taken a year out in order to fill these full-time positions.
  • Heythrop also houses The Lion newspaper, which was started in 2010 to provide the students of Heythrop with an independent source of information about the college as well as providing a platform for discussion and debate. The Lion is a founding member of the award-winning London Student Journalism Support Network.
  • All Heythrop students are also members of the University of London Union (ULU), situated next to Senate House in Bloomsbury. This provides students with a wider net of social and extra-curricular activity, a gym and a swimming pool, as well as a student bar and venue for student events.
  • All Heythrop Students' Union societies are free to join. Heythrop students are also welcome to join the student societies of all the other colleges of the University of London, as well as our Kensington neighbours Imperial College.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Students can support their studies by easily finding part-time work. Jobs in retail and services industries are in abundance in the many shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants along High Street Kensington, or a very short journey away at Westfield shopping centre or Oxford Street.
  • London is a very easy place to find part-time work, most commercial businesses have a very high turnover of staff so will be happy to employ you in the knowledge that you’ll only be around for a relatively short amount of time. Also, if you get (or already have) a job with a national chain you can often transfer between your home and term-time locations relatively easily, and London is the home of most national retail chains’ flagship stores.

Careers Guidance

  • Students are offered careers guidance with a weekly session from a member of the University of London careers service.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 40%
  • Postgraduate 60%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 52%
  • Part Time 48%

Where students come from

  • UK 89%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 55%
  • Female 45%


  • Founded in 1614, Heythrop is the oldest College of the University of London, and one of the oldest Higher Education establishments in the UK.
  • Heythrop College is the specialist Philosophy and Theology College of the University of London.

Notable Alumni

  • Gerard Manley Hopkins, English poet
  • Robert Hannigan, Director of GCHQ (2014–)

Further Details

Address Heythrop College
University of London
Kensington Square
W8 5HQ
UCAS Code H48