• 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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    3.97 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    2.70 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

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

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    0.16 / 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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    60.6 / 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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    64.3 / 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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    81.3 / 100.0


  • 1970 the College of Technology and the College of Art merge to form Kingston Polytechnic.
  • 1992 Kingston Polytechnic becomes Kingston University.

Location and Transport

  • Central London is 25 minutes away by train.
  • A historic town centre packed with shops, bars and clubs.
  • Easy access to beautiful countryside, Richmond Park and Hampton Court; and a rich history dating back to Anglo-Saxon times.
  • Free inter-site bus service.
  • There are two local theatres, the Rose Theatre and the Arthur Cotterell Theatre.
  • Kingston also boasts a buzzing arts scene with many galleries and museums. 
  • Other highlights include a 14-screen cinema, comedy shows and a range of bars, pubs and clubs all set in a stunning riverside location.

Entry Requirements

  • The Kingston University Admissions Policy provides prospective students, university staff and partner organisations alike with a guide to our approach to the admission of students. Find more information on our website.
  • Our priority for admissions is to match prospective students with the course of study that best meets their academic and vocational needs and individual circumstances, while ensuring that our operating objectives are met.
  • Entry criteria and offer levels are set using defined evidence and published as a general entry requirement in our regulations, as specific criteria in programme specifications and as typical offer levels on the university and UCAS websites.
  • Average tariff points for first degree entrants in 2014–15 was 288.3.
  • Entry requirements vary from course to course and the university looks at more than just A level results.
  • The university also considers past academic performance, people’s interest in the subject and commitment/motivation.

Student Mix

The 21,915 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 81%
  • Part Time 19%


  • UK 81%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 13%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

Course Flexibility

  • Many courses are available on a part-time and sandwich course basis.

Teaching Standards

  • National Student Survey 2015 - across the University 82% agreed with question 22 "overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course".
  • In Sports Science, Nutrition ,Computer Science (games programming),Geography and Mechanical Engineering 100% agreed,

Research Standards

  • Kingston University submitted nine units for inclusion in REF 2014. The submission included 561 research outputs carried out by 167 academic staff, £14m of research income and 22 impact case studies.
  • 60% of Kingston University's overall submission was rated as world-leading and internationally excellent (4* and 3*) – a 10% increase on the 2008 figure.
  • Six Units of Assessment exceeded the university's target of an overall majority of 4* and 3* research including at least one Unit of Assessment in each of the university's five Faculties – Art & Design: History, Practice and Theory; English Language and Literature, Philosophy; Allied Health Professions and Nursing; Business and Management Studies and Computer Science and Informatics.
  • The results show that world-leading research occurs in every Unit of Assessment submitted by Kingston University.
  • Kingston's top performing Unit was Art & Design: History, Practice and Theory.
  • English secured a 100% 4* rating for the Impact element of its submission, indicating strength in engaging with real-world applications of research. English also had the highest percentage of 4* work overall at 30%.

Academic Strengths

  • Architecture
  • Business and Law
  • Graphic design
  • Fine Art
  • Illustration and Animation
  • Economics
  • Product and Furniture Design
  • Fashion
  • Dance
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Drama
  • Journalism and Publishing
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Education
  • Sports Science
  • Biomedical Science

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • The university is revitalising its four campuses and has opened three major new buildings as part of a £123m programme which will run to 2018. The new facilities have won plaudits from staff and students alike.
  • The centrepiece is the £20m John Galsworthy Building at the heart of the Penrhyn Road campus, which incorporates lecture theatres, flexible teaching space and information technology suites as well as a Knowledge Centre giving students a spacious setting, including at a laptop bar, in which to do course work. 
  • Among the facilities in the new buildings are multiple projection systems, video conferencing, interactive displays and built-in voting systems.
  • The Learning Resources Centre at the Kingston Hill campus includes an internet café.
  • Virtually all course modules are now available on Kingston's pioneering web-based learning management system, StudySpace.
  • There has been significant investment in installing the latest computer technology across all campuses and university sites.
  • There have been extensive upgrades of the library facilities on each campus. Learning resource centres bring together library, computing and multimedia facilities to encourage interactive and group learning. There are bookable study rooms with multimedia facilities and specially equipped spaces dedicated to meeting the needs of disabled users. The main centres are open 24 hours a day during term-time weekdays and a high-tech self-issue system makes borrowing much quicker and easier.
  • At the start of 2014, Kingston University embarked on an ambitious technology strategy which allows students the freedom to work from any location – whether on campus or at home – while still being able to access their university desktop, complete with all the applications they need for their course.

Disability Services

  • The disability and mental health advisers, based in the Student Life Centre, co-ordinate support arrangements and resources to enable students to benefit fully from their time at Kingston University.
  • Our specialist support is aimed at students with disabilities – including students with long-term health conditions, mental health conditions, physical or sensory impairments and specific learning differences, such as dyslexia.
  • Telephone +44 (0)20 8417 7314, or email disability@kingston.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • KUSU is an independent organisation, which is part-funded by the university. It's the students (you!) who decide on KUSU's direction through our elections. You can even help run the Union yourself – we hold elections for full-time paid representatives and some part-time representatives every March.
  • Union bars: the Space, Penrhyn Road; Hannafords, Kingston Hill; Knights Park Bar, Knights Park.
  • Union shops: Penrhyn Road and Kingston Hill.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Jobshop programme helps students find full-time, part-time, summer and graduate jobs.
  • For more information on part-time work while at Kingston, visit the website.

Careers Guidance

  • We aim to provide innovative and inclusive support to Kingston students and recent graduates, supporting their transition from study to future opportunities.
  • We are constantly developing and maintaining partnerships with a wide variety of employers and industry professionals to get the inside knowledge and to provide greater development opportunities.
  • Based on the Penrhyn Road campus, we have faculty-specific members of the team who work on each campus to ensure all our students are able to access the service. We run interactive events and training sessions, enabling us to provide an inclusive, comprehensive and accessible careers and employability support.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Major redevelopment activity has led to significant improvements on all four Kingston campuses.
  • In recent years, the university has revitalised its four campuses, opening three impressive new buildings as part of a £123m investment programme which will run to 2018.
  • Among the facilities in the new buildings are multiple projection systems, video conferencing, interactive displays and built-in voting systems.
  • Kingston’s new business school was opened in April 2012. The building contains a variety of modern teaching rooms, break-out spaces for staff and students to learn together. The building also has strong environmental credentials. It has achieved a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating of excellent. Adorned with dozens of flat screens and scattered with sofas, the atrium boasts a glass roof, making it feel bright and airy.
  • The Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll Centre, a new Learning Resources centre which is part of an £11m improvement programme at the university’s Knights Park campus, was opened in April 2012. It includes refurbished studio space, an upgraded reception and gallery area and external landscaping. The centre incorporates an access technology room for disabled students and bookable student seminar rooms with media equipment for presentations.
  • The university has gained planning permission to replace the existing Town House building on its Penrhyn Road campus with a new £55m landmark building which will transform the learning experience and bring together the university and the local community. Work will commence in early 2016 and complete in autumn/winter 2018. Proposed facilities include a fantastic learning resources centre, an auditorium, two cafes and attractive, new, public landscaped areas.

Notable Alumni

  • Ed McKeever  MBE,  BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance 2008 – Olympic Gold medallist 2012 in the men's 200 metre kayak sprint.
  • Phil Allsopp M.S. DArch, RIBA, Architecture Dip (Hons) 1974 – President and Chief Executive Officer, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
  • Glenda Bailey OBE, Fashion BA (Hons) 1983; HonMDes 1994 – Editor-in-Chief, Harper's Bazaar.
  • Steve Bell, Business Studies BA (Hons) 1977; HonMBA 1994 - President, KeySo Global LLC.
  • Ed Carpenter, Fine Art (Sculpture) BA(Hons) 1997 –product and furniture designer.
  • Richard Deakin MBA, CEng, FRAeS, Aeronautical Engineering BSc(Hons) 1987; HonDEng 2007 – Senior Vice President, Thales Group.
  • Mel Ewell, Geography BSc (Hons) 1981 – Chief Executive, Amey plc.
  • Paul Harbidge, Geology BSc (Hons) 1993 – General Manager, Exploration, Randgold Resources.
  • Ruby Mc Gregor-Smith, Economics BA (Hons) 1985; Hon DLitt 2011 – Chief Executive, MITIE.
  • David Nash OBE, Fine Art BA (Hons) 1967, HonDDes 1999 – Royal Academician.
  • John Richmond, Fashion BA(Hons) 1982; HonMDes 1994 – fashion designer.
  • John Tiner CBE, Accountancy Foundation 1976 – first Chief Executive of the UK Financial Services Authority.
  • Hamish Anderson, Law LLB (Hons) 1969; Hon LLD 2009  – solicitor.
  • Jonathan Asherson, Mechanical Engineering BSc (Hons); HonDSc 2010 – Regional Director SE Asia, Rolls-Royce.
  • Fiona Banner, Fine Art (Painting) BA (Hons) 1988; HonDFine Art 2007 – artist.
  • Ben Barnes, Drama with English Literature BA (Hons) 2004 – actor.
  • Malcolm Brown, Geology BSc (Hons) 1976; HonDSc 2007 – Senior Vice President, Exploration, BG Group plc.
  • Richard Bryant, Architecture Dip(Hons) 1975; HonDDes 1998 – architectural photographer.
  • David Chipperfield CBE, RA, RDI, RIBA, Architecture 1976; HonDDes 2008 – Principal, David Chipperfield Architects.
  • Lawrence Dallaglio OBE, Urban Estate Management 1996 – international rugby player.
  • Maureen Duffy, Business Studies BA(Hons) 1981; HonMBA 1997  – Chief Executive Officer, Newspaper Marketing Agency.
  • Gail Emms, Sports Science BSc(Hons) 1998 – British badminton player.
  • Caryn Franklin, Graphic Design BA(Hons) 1981 – fashion writer and broadcaster.
  • David Kay OBE, Law BA (Hons) 1978; HonLLD 2010 – barrister.
  • David King MBA, Deng, CEng, FRAeS, Aeronautical Engineering BSc (Hons) 1970; HonDEng 1999 – UK Chief Inspector of Air Accident.
  • Graeme Mew, Law BA(Hons) 1980 – barrister.
  • Jasper Morrison, 3D Design BA(Hons) 1982; HonDUniv 2007 – designer.
  • Brian O’Rourke, CEng, MRAeS, FIMechE, MIMMM, Aeronautical Engineering BSc(Hons) 1976; HonMEng 1997 – Chief Composites Engineer, Williams F1 Engineering Ltd.
  • Simon Kneen, Fashion Design BA (Hons) 1982 – creative director of fashion brand Banana Republic.
  • Leslie Thomas, Law BA(Hons) 1988 – barrister
  • Nick Lord, Fine Art  BA (Hons) 2011 – artist and winner of the Sky Arts Portrait Painter of the Year Award
  • Malaysian business leader Tan Sri Dato' Francis Yeoh, who completed a BA in civil engineering at Kingston in 1978, has donated half a million pounds during the next five years to Kingston University to establish a new post of Professor of Enterprise and Technology Management.
  • Sophie Hulme, Fashion BA (Hons) 2007 – designer with her own label.

Further Details

Address Kingston University
River House
53-57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
UCAS Code K84