University profile

University of Westminster

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2018/19 edition

About University of Westminster

Why study here?

Home to over 19,000 students from 169 countries, the University of Westminster has been offering practical education from the heart of London for over 180 years. We have a pioneering history that fuels our dedicated mission: to help students like you from different backgrounds achieve your full potential.

As a Westminster student you will join our international community and will work with our academic colleagues throughout your learning journey, experiencing the excitement of new ideas, work experience and travel opportunities, gaining the skills you need to excel in your future.

Creativity, innovation and research

Established as Britain’s first polytechnic in 1838, we foster innovation and creativity, informed by professional practice and inspired by research. With over 183 industry partners, these connections and expertise will support you to become a work-ready graduate.

Our promise to you is that we will help you to develop your confidence, resilience and individuality, so that you are able to make the very most of your learning at Westminster, and go on to find fulfilling work and richly contribute to society.

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Colleges, schools and departments

The University is divided into three colleges, which have four schools each. According to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel, “the University of Westminster delivers teaching, learning and outcomes for its students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.”

Subjects at postgraduate level include:

  • Architecture
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Business and management
  • Computer science
  • English
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Finance
  • Journalism, media and PR
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Marketing
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Planning and urban design
  • Politics and international relations
  • Property and construction
  • Psychology
  • Tourism and events
  • Transport and logistics
  • Visual culture
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London is our campus

Three of our campuses are under five minutes’ walk from central London Tube stations, and our Harrow Campus in north-west London is only 20 minutes by Tube from central London. This enviable location also means that your classroom goes well beyond the walls of the University. Your teaching will be enhanced with study visits, guest lectures from key industry professionals or thought-leaders and close proximity to a vast range of employers.

Award winning facilities

Over £60 million has been invested in our facilities and resources in recent years with new and exciting developments to our campuses. Whether you are studying, playing sports or enjoying the arts, our facilities make the University of Westminster an exceptional place to learn, live and work.

Recent investments include the unique restoration of the Regent Street Cinema, which was the birthplace of British cinema to a paying audience. We have a new cutting-edge digital Fabrication Laboratory - a dedicated lab for architecture and construction - that offers a range of 3D printers and laser cutters. We are also one of the few universities in the UK to offer access to Bloomberg Financial Market Suites.

Across the campuses, our excellent facilities include libraries equipped with an extensive collection of books, journals, DVDs and other specialist materials; cafes and coffee shops; gym facilities; prayer and quiet rooms; advanced IT services and spaces; and dedicated innovative learning and lecture spaces.

Alongside all of this, we have unique and specialist resources and facilities for our students - available according to course of study - including:

  • Art, design, photography, film and TV studios
  • World-class audio recording studios
  • State-of-the-art scientific laboratories
  • Dedicated architecture studios
  • Specialist workshops for a range of media
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Careers and employability

Postgraduate study is a significant investment of your time and money; we are determined to make sure that your investment reaps the best possible rewards for your career, and creates a future for you that is full of prospects.

During your time at Westminster you will have access to our comprehensive online vacancy service, where you will find internal and external career opportunities.

We are ideally located in central London to build strong working relationships with professional associations and potential employers, and provide great placements, internships, and networking opportunities for our students. Our dedicated Careers and Employability Service works with an ever-expanding network of over 7,000 employers, to provide you with exceptional career support and guidance.

Postgraduate students can also benefit from Westminster’s Mentoring Scheme. Mentoring is a long-term relationship that meets a developmental need, and your mentor will facilitate your personal and professional growth by sharing knowledge and insights, to help you succeed.

International students

We have one of the largest international student bodies of any university. Westminster was recognised as the most internationally diverse university in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand in 2018, and was ranked among the world’s top 15 most international universities. Wherever you come from, we can offer you a distinctly British learning experience within a truly international environment.

We have plenty of experience in giving international students the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us. Before you arrive, you will receive a full information pack with all the details you need about enrolment, healthcare advice and support services.

Once you are here, we have lots of ways to make sure you settle in and feel at home. These include our ‘meet and greet’ service for students arriving on specific dates at Heathrow, and our International Students’ Welcome Programme, which gives you the chance to meet current international students as well as fellow new students and Westminster staff, find your way around the university and London, and learn about our facilities and services.

If you wonder what it’s like to study at the University of Westminster or in London our international student blog will give you an insight. Our international students share their experiences of adapting to life in the UK, making new friends for life, dealing with homesickness and fulfilling their dreams.

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Accomodation

We aim to make the choice of where you live as simple as possible. Whether you decide to live in our halls of residence or in private housing we can help you find the right accommodation.

Full-time postgraduate students can apply to live at our Central London Halls or Harrow Hall, where there are exclusive floors for postgraduate students. The majority of rooms available are single study, en-suite bedrooms with shared kitchens. These halls are centrally located with a maximum of five tube stops from any of our campuses. Prices for a single en-suite room start from £175.98 per week inclusive of all utilities.

You might prefer to live in private accommodation. There is a supply of rented housing in central London at a wide range of prices. Rents depend on where you live, but as an example the majority of students studying in central London commute as it is more affordable, you can expect to pay from approximately £250 per week upwards for a room in a shared flat or house, depending on the area and accommodation you choose.

Funding and scholarships

The University of Westminster has one of the most generous scholarship schemes of any British university, and we are able to offer a wide range of scholarships for the UK, EU and international postgraduates, and for those studying on either full-time or part-time routes.

Student Finance England (SFE) has a loan of up to £10,609 that is for students starting a postgraduate Masters course. The loan can be used to pay tuition fees or help meet your maintenance or study costs. Your course must be at postgraduate Masters level and you must meet the eligibility rules that relate to residence, settled status, previous study and qualifications.

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Application process

To apply for a postgraduate course, simply click on the red 'Apply' button at the top of our course pages. You will be directed to the UCAS Postgraduate website to make your application.

When completing the application form on UCAS Postgraduate remember to specify:

  • Why you wish to enrol on the course
  • Any relevant experience you have
  • Why you think you should be given a place

There is no official deadline for applications to the University of Westminster, but we urge applicants to apply as soon as possible and recommend that you apply at least three months before the course starts, particularly if you need a Tier-four visa to study in the UK.

Postgraduate information evenings

Our Postgraduate Information Evenings are a good opportunity to find out more about the courses you are interested in, meet the tutors and academics, and get a feel for our campuses. Upcoming dates are listed below:

  • 4 September 2019
  • 13 November 2019
  • 4 March 2020
  • 3 June 2020

Contact details

Email
[email protected]
Telephone
+44 (0)20 7915 5511
Address
University of Westminster
309 Regent Street
London
W1B 2HW
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