Kingston University

London, England


Kingston University London (informally Kingston or KUL) is a public research university located within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, in South West London, United Kingdom. The university specialises in the arts, design, fashion, science, engineering, and business. It received university status in 1992, before which the institution was known as Kingston Polytechnic. Its roots, however, go back to the Kingston Technical Institute, founded in 1899.

The university has four campuses situated in Kingston and Roehampton.

Kingston University London, is a member of the Association of MBAs, the European University Association and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.Kingston was founded as Kingston Technical Institute in 1899. In 1930 the Kingston School of Art separated, later to become Kingston College of Art. Kingston was recognised as a Regional College of Technology by the Ministry of Education in 1957. In 1970, it merged with the College of Art to become Kingston Polytechnic, offering 34 major courses, of which 17 were at degree level. In 1975, Kingston merged with the Gipsy Hill College of Education, itself founded in 1917, incorporating the College’s faculty into Kingston’s Division of Educational Studies.

Kingston was granted university status under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. In 1993, Kingston opened the Roehampton Vale campus building and in 1995, Kingston acquired Dorich House.Kingston University came 102 out of 127 UK universities in the Complete University Guide (2018). The Times/The Sunday Times Guide placed it at no. 102 (Good University Guide, 2018). In 2018, The Guardian placed Kingston 58th out of 121 surveyed universities. Kingston was ranked 1st out of 121 institutions for its graphic design and product design courses by The Guardian in 2017. In 2017, Kingston University won The Guardian University Award for teaching excellence.

The university holds a number of links with institutions from around the world to share teaching and research and facilitate staff and student exchanges.

95 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Bronze rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1899
Size Large
19,470 Students


3,4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

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.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL, PTE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 14,600
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



Care leaver bursary
Total Worth £1,500
Eligibility and Requirements If you are under the care of your local authority or are a foyer resident. You will also need to be assessed as a 'home' status student for fee purposes.
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Loyalty bursary (Family bursary)
Total Worth 10% of each year's tuition fee
Eligibility and Requirements If you have a family connection with Kingston University (family means children, siblings or spouse) and are categorised as 'overseas' for tuition fee purposes)
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
International Undergraduate scholarships
Total Worth £4,000 for each year
Eligibility and Requirements You can apply for an award if you: are an international student (classified as 'overseas' for fee purposes); have an offer (conditional or unconditional) of a place on an undergraduate degree course at Kingston and are not currently registered on an undergraduate course at Kingston University.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of: academic merit; what you expect to gain from the course you are taking; and what you intend to do after completing the course.