Welcome to Kingston University
At Kingston University we offer world-class facilities, award-winning resources, an enviable location, excellent links with industry and a diverse student population – an essential combination that will help you develop during your time here and launch your career when you graduate.
With over 300 undergraduate courses and 200 postgraduate courses, we offer a vibrant and inspiring student community. You’ll have the option to learn a language for free and to study, work or volunteer abroad. Many of our courses have integrated work placements, giving you the opportunity to gain practical experience as a structured part of your course. This ensures that you graduate with not only academic qualifications, but also skills that employers recognise - as well as being an enriching experience for you.
Whoever you are, wherever you come from and whatever your background, we aim to help you succeed. We make it our goal to provide you with the skills and experiences you need to go on and make a difference – to your own life and those around you.
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Courses and fees
Kingston University offers a variety of courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation degree level. These courses are focused on giving students the professional knowledge and real skills needed to start a successful career after graduating.
All courses at Kingston University involve our students putting theory into practice and testing ideas. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that what you are learning is relevant to the world of work today – and tomorrow.
The University is committed to giving people with the potential to achieve the opportunities regardless of their background and accepts admission from mature students or those who lack traditional qualifications if they can demonstrate relevant experience.
Many of our courses include an optional sandwich year, during which students can take a paid work placement and gain invaluable experience. Our undergraduate Business and Law courses now include placements which are integrated into the three year degree period. Many students go on to work with their placement company after graduating.
With fewer than five per cent of UK students studying abroad as part of their degree, taking advantage of this experience puts you among an elite group of enterprising students. Our Study Abroad scheme organises study opportunities in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, the USA and the West Indies. You can also spend time in more than 20 countries in Europe, including France, Germany and Turkey, under the Erasmus exchange programme. Kingston University students also have the chance to learn a language for free while they’re studying.
There are five faculties at Kingston University: the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture; the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; Faculty of Business and Law; Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education; Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
The Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture is now one of the most high profile art and design institutions in the world. Looking forward, while acknowledging our legacy, we plan to reclaim our name as Kingston School of Art in 2017. It is based at the Knights Park campus and here students can learn both traditional and modern disciplines, from fine art, printmaking, sculpture and bronze casting to photography, 3D and digital animation.
Comprising a vast range of disciplines, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is the largest in the capital. We offer a flexible combination of economics, humanities, performance/screen studies and social sciences. Facilities are diverse, ranging from drama and dance space, music studios and journalism newsrooms to psychology labs and a centre for historical records.
The Faculty of Business and Law is home to Kingston Business School, one of the largest business schools in the UK, and Kingston Law School, which is a well respected centre of law teaching established over 50 years ago. We offer direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics in a specialist trading room giving students the opportunity to get first hand experience and build practical skills in a simulated trading environment. Law students can use a moot court room equipped with interactive technology to enhance their practical legal and debating skills.
The Faculty of Heath, Social Care and Education is a joint enterprise between Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. It offers students access to the very best from two distinct, yet complementary, organisations. Students benefit from joint student communities, resources and expertise, interprofessional practice and learning and the opportunity to make professional connections and gain work experience placements.
Based across two campuses, the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing offers a wealth of high-tech equipment and an innovative learning environment. Facilities include a full-size wind tunnel, water speed vehicles and motorbikes, a flight simulator, new state-of-the-art laboratories and modern computing and gaming labs. Many courses involve educational field trips across the UK and abroad.
Undergraduate tuition fees for students starting in 2016 is £9,000 per year, while international students' fees vary between £11,700 and £14,100. Postgraduate fees for home and international students vary so please check the individual course pages on our website. All fees are annual and will increase each year in line with inflation.
Kingston University offers a number of £2,000 bursaries to help you with your studies if you meet certain criteria and also a £1,500 bursary for care leavers. For more information please visit our website. The university can give you helpful advice and support on financial aid and managing your money throughout your studies too.
Kingston University is spread across 4 main campuses all situated within a 5 mile radius of Kingston Upon Thames, a safe yet lively London suburb. Each campus has a distinctive character and features a range of facilities and resources. We continually invest in our estate. By 2012 we had completed £50 million worth of campus developments and our next multi-million pound phase is underway. This will include a new statement building for our Penrhyn Road campus, with spaces planned for use by the University and the wider community.
Library, IT and study facilities
We have learning resources centres (LRCs) at each of our campuses. These offer a wide range of services including photocopying, scanning and printing, digital media viewing and listening facilities with screens and headphones, as well as spaces where you can prepare and practice presenting work. All our LRCs have late opening hours (usually until 9pm) and at our Penrhyn Road and Kingston Hill campuses they are open 24 hours, even over the weekend.
We have over 3,000 open access computers and a laptop loans service available to everyone across the University. When you’re not on campus our ‘My Desktop Anywhere’ service gives virtual access to your desktop wherever, whenever. The University provides free fast Wi-Fi access across the whole University including halls of residence.
Student Life centre
At our Student Life Centre you will find a number of key student support services – accommodation, money advice, disability support and student funds – all in one place. All prospective and current Kingston University students can access the full range of services on offer. The Student Life Centre is open Monday to Friday during University term time and during vacations.
We also have an NHS doctors’ surgery at the Penrhyn Road campus and our health centre offers a wide range of wellbeing services and low-cost complementary therapies. This is your first port of call for everything from a sports injury to a vaccination, or advice on giving up smoking. Complementary therapies include aromatherapy, massage therapy, osteopathy, reflexology and sports massage.
Union of Kingston students
The Union of Kingston Students is run by students for students. It organises unmissable events and activities throughout the year like themed nights, guest speaker events, charity fundraisers and trips abroad. The Union is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS), which gives you access to a range of free or discounted services and special offers. The Union also has over 90 active societies that organise and run regular activities related to culture, faith, academia, arts, sporting activities and campaigns. From acappella and anime to hip hop and history, you’re bound to find something you’d like to get involved in.
Kingston University is a good choice for sport, whether you’re a beginner or professional. We’re home to around 40 sports clubs including rugby, cricket, cheerleading, hockey and netball. Our active lifestyles programme offers activities such as football, badminton, swimming, basketball, golf, horse riding and tennis free of charge thanks to a £30,000 Sport England grant.
You’ll also have access to local clubs’ facilities for sports like gliding, fencing, kayaking, squash, mountaineering and snow sports. Our own facilities include the 20-acre Tolworth Court Sports Ground and a gym at our Penrhyn Road campus which has state-of-the-art equipment and weekly group classes so you can keep fit.
International student support
Overseas students choosing Kingston University are in good company. We welcome students from more than 150 countries, and we are very proud of our diversity. We offer extensive support services to international students, including a full International Arrivals and Orientation programme, English language support, careers advice and guaranteed University accommodation (subject to eligibility criteria).
KU Talent, our careers and employability service, helps students develop a range of skills that equip them for life beyond university. These include CV and application preparation and interview techniques. The service works closely with industry to ensure that we have up-to-date and relevant information about the labour market and new, developing sectors. Interactive events are organised throughout the year, at which students can meet and network with employers and former students to find out about particular sectors and roles.
Halls of residence
Living in halls is a great way to get to know people, as you’ll be sharing with other students from different backgrounds and on different courses to you.
At Kingston University we have 2,574 rooms available in our seven halls of residence, catering for all tastes and budgets. About 80 per cent of our rooms have en-suite facilities. There are also standard rooms where groups of between four and 10 students share bathroom facilities.
The iQ Kingston residence has 100 self contained studios with their own kitchen and shower facilities. The rooms are fully furnished, have internet access and are non-smoking. All you need to do is bring your own bedding, towels and cooking utensils.
All our halls have 24-hour cover, with staff on hand to assist with any problems.
Our halls are extremely popular, and demand for places is high. However, in previous years, the University has been able to offer most first-year undergraduate students accommodation in halls and we have a range of accommodation especially for disabled students. You can find out more about the different types of halls of residence on our website.
Other housing options / Private halls
If you prefer to live independently or have not been able to secure a room in the University’s halls of residence, you can take advantage of the private rented sector in and around Kingston. This option allows you to choose your own accommodation and who you’d like to share with.
The University offers a range of services to help you find flatmates and look for the right house or flatshare in your first year. You can take advantage of:
- help with finding accommodation through a daily vacancy list, which gives details of rooms and properties available;
- an online student-to-student noticeboard (from July to October) which enables you to get in touch with other students looking for housemates; and
- a downloadable house-hunting guide and information sheets.
A number of students at Kingston choose to stay at home and commute in to university to help keep their costs down.
At Kingston University, we believe that attending an open day is the best way for you to really experience what it is like to be a student here, and to explore everything we have to offer.
We run a number of open days throughout the year and more information can be found below. We look forward to meeting you and demonstrating how Kingston University can offer you so much more than just a degree.
Undergraduate open days
The University organises a selection of open days as well as subject specific days and campus tours. Attending an open day gives you the chance to meet with your future lecturers, find out more about what's on offer on your course and chat with staff members about accommodation, finances and more. Our enthusiastic student ambassadors will also be on hand to share their experiences and show you why Kingston is so special to them.
For more information on what is happening, which courses are represented and how to book an open day visit the universities website.
Postgraduate open evenings
If you are interested in studying a postgraduate course at Kingston University we run a number of evening events throughout the year which give you the opportunity to find out more about the courses and to get a feel for the campuses.
For more information visit the universities website.
We also have a virtual tour which gives you a taste of what there is on offer here at Kingston University. Sit back and get a feel for the campuses and facilities in the comfort of your home. If you like what you see we strongly recommend attending an open day as there is so much more to see.
The next open days for both postgraduates and undergraduates take place on:
- Wednesday 7th September 2016
- Postgraduate open evening
- Saturday 24th September 2016
- University wide open day, Undergraduate
Kingston University's study year is divided into three terms. The 2016/17 term dates are as follows:
Monday 26 September – Friday 16 December 2016 (new students from Monday 19 September 2016)
Monday 9 January – Friday 7 April 2017
Monday 24 April – Friday 23 June 2017
Living and studying in and around Kingston gives you the excitement and variety of London life, but without the stress of inner-city living. It’s a lively, student-friendly place, packed with things to see and do.
Kingston’s rich culture offers heritage sites, museums and galleries as well as great theatre and music venues for you to discover. The Rose Theatre stages an exciting programme including regular Kingston University events, such as free lunchtime jazz sessions performed by our students at the Rose Café.
Many of our students get involved in a whole host of events running throughout the year. The Kingston Carnival, Kingston Comedy Festival and the Kingston Regatta and River Festival are all popular in Kingston’s annual events calendar.
We have a beautiful riverside location and plenty of large, open spaces. Students enjoy walking, running and cycling in Richmond Park, which was the route for the London Olympics cycling road race in 2012 and is now part of the annual RideLondon event. There are also plenty of smaller green spaces in and around our campuses where you can sit outside and relax in the spring and summer.
Kingston is one of the UK’s top shopping destinations with a vast array of high street shops as well as designer boutiques, bustling markets and independent shops. You’ll also find a whole range of restaurants and cafés to suit every taste, with plenty of discounts and offers for students.
The town also has a lively nightlife with a variety of bars, pubs and student-friendly nightclubs. Local clubs like Pryzm and the Hippodrome organise special events to cater for the local student community; you can also enjoy a drink and meet friends in one of Kingston’s many pubs such as The Ram, The Mill and The Kings Tun which are all popular with our students. The town also has a cinema and bowling complex offering student discounts.
Central London and all it has to offer is only 30 minutes away by train from Kingston. The city is home to many of the world’s leading organisations, so it’s the perfect place to gain valuable work experience, build your networks and launch your career after university. Its world-class museums, art galleries, music venues, theatres and sporting venues offer inspiring and memorable experiences.
Being a part of the London scene is a great bonus for our students. Every year during Graduate Fashion Week our fashion students present their collections, and in 2015 illustration and animation students designed an innovative Christmas tree to celebrate a production at the Old Vic Theatre in Waterloo. Students of any subject can use specialist library archives like the British Library in Euston and we have an ongoing partnership with the British Film Institute, Southbank, where some of our students secure internships.
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