• 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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    4.13 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    1.98 / 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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    66.6 / 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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    59.4 / 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


  • St Mary’s is a successful, London-based university with strong international links founded on Catholic values, providing a warm and welcoming environment for all students.
  • Founded in 1850, St Mary's University has a long and distinguished history within higher education and will be celebrating its 165th anniversary.
  • It gained full university status in January 2014, with Francis Campbell taking on the role of Vice-Chancellor and His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, appointed as Chancellor.

Location and Transport

  • St Mary's is situated in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, a safe leafy suburb just a few minutes away from the river.
  • Teddington, Twickenham, Kingston and Richmond are close by.
  • Excellent transport links – just 30 minutes by train into central London.

Entry Requirements

  • Those studying A levels will be asked for CCC or BCC as a minimum entry requirement.

Student Mix

The 5,335 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 73%
  • Postgraduate 27%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 75%
  • Part Time 25%


  • UK 93%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 3%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Course Flexibility

  • Part-time study.
  • Workplacement opportunities.
  • Foundation degrees.
  • Study Abroad programme.
  • Postgraduate Distance Learning.

Teaching Standards

  • St Mary’s has a proud reputation in training teachers.
  • Both our Primary and Secondary Initial Education programmes were rated outstanding by Ofsted when last inspected in 2011.
  • 88% student satisfaction rate in the National Student Survey 2015.
  • Several degrees offer professional accreditations.

Research Standards

  • St Mary's has a culture of research and scholarship supported by discrete research centres, research seminar programmes and academic conferences.
  • Among the seven Units of Assessment submitted to the REF, the English and Communications Units were rated as '‘world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in 61% and 60% of their respective Output submissions.
  • Other successes include Sport and History in which 50% of the Output submissions were either 'world leading' or '‘internationally excellent'.
  • St Mary's has recently launched the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery and appointed UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, as a Visiting Professor.

Academic Strengths

  • St Mary's is very well established reputation for excellence in the areas of Education, Sport and Theology and has a high level of achievement in many other areas.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Facilities

  • Students have access to a state-of-the-art library, internet cafe, open access IT suites and a wide range of services to support studies.
  • A new £6m library was opened in autumn 2015.
  • State-of-the-art Media Arts Suite.
  • State-of-the-art Strength and Conditioning Suite.
  • Other facilities include dance and drama studios and extensive sport labs and facilities.
  • New student services centre.

Disability Services

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Team work closely with the other members of the Student Services team, providing support across many areas in private and confidential environment.
  • For more information about disability services at St Mary’s, please contact our Disability and Dyslexia Co-ordinator: 020 8240 4000 | disability&dyslexia@stmarys.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is committed to providing social events, support and information and to be a voice for students.
  • Located in its own building with a bar and a wide range of leisure facilities, including a multipurpose hall, containing its own performance stage.
  • Bar screen playing a mix of Sky Sports, ESPN and music channels.
  • Over 40 clubs and societies catering for just about every interest.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Plenty of job opportunities in bars, shops and sport-related within the borough.
  • Student Ambassador training scheme.
  • Accredited work experience modules available as part of degree programmes.

Careers Guidance

  • A dedicated careers service is available to students.
  • The Careers Team will help students find part-time work during their studies and graduate level jobs.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • An £8.5 million sports facility project was completed in 2011.
  • A new £6 million library opened in 2015.
  • £250k strength and conditioning suite opened in 2014.
  • £350k media suite, new for 2014.
  • A brand new student services centre.

Notable Alumni

  • Pete Postlethwaite, OBE – actor.
  • Mo Farah, CBE – long-distance and middle-distance runner, current Olympic, World and European champion in the 5000 metres to 10,000 metres.
  • Andrew Osagie – runner specialising in the 800 metres.
  • Mohamed Sbihi – Olympic rower.
  • Clara Amfo – Radio 1 presenter.

Further Details

Address St Mary's University
Waldegrave Road
Strawberry Hill
UCAS Code S64