• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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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    3.96 / 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 high-quality 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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    64.4 / 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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    67.9 / 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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    82.2 / 100.0
  • Kingston University offers a variety of full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the following areas: art, design and architecture, business and law, performing arts and social sciences, science, engineering and computing, and health, social care and education.
  • Just 30 minutes away from central London by train, Kingston upon Thames is a historic town centre packed with shops, bars and clubs, with royal parks and the River Thames within walking distance.

Entry Requirements

  • The university gives priority to matching prospective students with the course of study that best meets their academic and vocational needs and individual circumstances.
  • Entry requirements vary from course to course.
  • As well as A level results, when making offers to students the university also considers past academic performance, the applicant’s interest in the subject and their commitment and motivation.
  • Please refer to the university website for full entry requirements and the university admissions policy.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • A variety of learning formats are used across the university, including workshops, seminars, individual and group tutorials, lectures and guest lectures, student-led sessions and debates, competitions and special projects and assignments using virtual worlds and social media.
  • Assessments can include individual and group projects, creative productions, work on real-life problems and briefs, reports and essays, performances, practicals and exams.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Many courses are available on a part-time and sandwich course basis.
  • Most undergraduate courses recognise and support study or work abroad through the university's Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus programme.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Kingston School of Art: dedicated studios include photography, printmaking and digital media; filming, editing and animation suite; and an architectural science and technology laboratory (ArchiLab).
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: facilities include dance, drama and music recording studios; instruments including a double size Javanese Gamelan; film, audio and video editing facilities, a driving simulator (psychology); and newsroom.
  • Faculty of Business and Law: a Bloomberg trading room; the Small Business Research Centre; a moot courtroom; and the Community Legal Advice Centre.
  • Health and Social Care: students can access an on-campus hospital ward; clinical skills laboratories; a diagnostic radiography suite; a Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training; paramedic and practice simulation suites.
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing: facilities include a Learjet 25 and flight simulator; a drop tower (weightless environment); space mission control room; crime scene house;  a heat chamber (sports science); global navigation satellite systems equipment; and laboratories for automotive and motorsports, biomedical research, concrete, and games development.
  • Learning resource centres (LRCs) are located at all 4 campuses with an extensive range of sources, digital library services and long opening hours.

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.
  • Specialist support is available for students with disabilities, including students with long-term health conditions, mental health conditions, physical or sensory impairments and specific learning differences, such as dyslexia.
  • A range of accommodation is suitable for disabled students and, wherever possible, accommodation can be further adapted to meet individual needs.
  • Please refer to the university website for further information.

Students' Union

  • The Union of Kingston Students is run by students for students, with representatives that campaign student views and give guidance.
  • The union also organises unmissable events and activities throughout the year, including the biggest Freshers' Fayre in the South East of England, a week of lively social events where thousands of new students can join societies, sports and student services.
  • Every year the union's societies run hundreds of events including: dinners and dances, themed nights, conferences, guest speaker events, fun activities, and trips abroad.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Jobshop programme helps students find full-time, part-time, summer and graduate jobs.
  • Please refer to the university website for more information on part-time work while at Kingston.

Careers Guidance

  • The university provides support to Kingston students and recent graduates, developing and maintaining partnerships with a wide variety of employers and industry professionals to get inside knowledge and provide greater development opportunities.
  • With a base on the Penrhyn Road campus, faculty-specific members of the team work on each campus to ensure all students are able to access the service, which includes interactive events and training sessions.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 78%
  • Postgraduate 22%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 84%
  • Part Time 16%

Where students come from

  • UK 82%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 12%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%


  • 1899 Kingston Technical Institute opens.
  • 1970 The College of Technology and the College of Art (which separated in 1930) merge to form Kingston Polytechnic.
  • 1992 Kingston Polytechnic becomes Kingston University.

Notable Alumni

  • Ed McKeever MBE − 2012 Olympic Gold in the men's 200 metre kayak sprint.
  • Glenda Bailey OBE − Editor-in-Chief, Harper's Bazaar.
  • John Tiner CBE − first Chief Executive of the UK Financial Services Authority.
  • Lawrence Dallaglio OBE − international rugby player.
  • Jonathan Asherson − Regional Director SE Asia, Rolls-Royce.
  • Maureen Duffy − Chief Executive Officer, Newspaper Marketing Agency.
  • Brian O’Rourke − Chief Composites Engineer, Williams F1 Engineering Ltd.
  • Simon Kneen − creative director of fashion brand Banana Republic.
  • Sophie Hulme − designer with her own label.
  • Asha Philip − international athlete.

Further Details

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