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University of Westminster

United Kingdom


The University of Westminster has a proud 180-year history of nurturing creativity and innovation allied to research and professional practice. Westminster is guided by a clear mission to help as many students as possible reach their full potential. Through the provision of practical education and an industry informed curriculum, including 183 industry partners, students have the opportunity to develop expertise that enables them to seamlessly adapt to the professional world upon graduation.

The university is truly international, with 19,000 students from 169 countries calling the institution home. Ranked first for international student diversity in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, the university is among the top 15 most international universities in the world for percentage of international students. Westminster is internationally recognised, with research partnerships across the globe with other universities to create a welcoming community for international students.

The university also boasts more than 190 international partnerships in over 56 countries. The partnering intuitions give students the opportunity to take advantage of study, work and volunteer opportunities abroad to further strengthen their personal and professional development.

Well connected to over 7,000 businesses and organisations, the Careers and Employability Service plays a crucial role in preparing students for their professional life, providing them with placement opportunities and industry-related skills.

When it comes to facilities, the University of Westminster ensures that students have access to the very best equipment to aid their study. This includes 24-hour libraries, film and TV studios and state-of-the-art science laboratories.

International students benefit from a dedicated support team, a welcome programme and plenty of activities to help with personal development.

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What's new

What's new

The University of Westminster is committed to offering a distinctive, challenging and inspiring curriculum, designed to give students the skills and knowledge they need to become a highly employable, effective practitioner with a global perspective.

See the list of practical, multidisciplinary courses and look out for new courses such as the MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Enterprise Development, MSc Digital Business, MA Data, Culture and Society, and MSc Fintech and Business Analytics.

The University of Westminster continues to invest heavily to provide vibrant and state-of-the-art campuses for its students, with over GBP 60 million spent on refurbishments in recent years.

The university offers its students state-of-the-art teaching and research resources through access to the purpose-built Financial Markets Suite that utilises the Bloomberg platform, widely adopted by leading financial institutions.

The university has undertaken a major restoration of the historic cinema at its Regent Street campus, which provides a brilliant platform for students to showcase their activities in film, TV, moving image and photography.

COVID-19 Update from the University of Westminster, London

At the University of Westminster the health and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority. Please see the web page for the latest details of our response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Westminster delivers high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students that meet the requirements stipulated by UK higher education. Westminster students are developing new and innovative research methods, benefitting the lives of people all around the world.

The key areas that the university focuses on are:

  • A culture that facilitates and rewards excellent teaching.
  • Improving employment and entrepreneurship.
  • Consistent support for students through personal tutoring.

Some of the unique learning opportunities that students can experience at the university include:

  • Learning from academic staff who are leaders in their field
  • Industry-standard studios, workshops and laboratories.
  • Close links with employers and industry partners.
  • Courses that are accredited by national and international professional bodies.
  • Internationally recognised research.

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Department structure

Department structure

Westminster offers a variety of postgraduate and undergraduate courses through its three colleges, which are each comprised of four schools. Spread over four locations in London, students study at either The Cavendish, Regent, Marylebone or Harrow campuses depending on their chosen subject area.

College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries

This college aims to prepare students for an exciting future in a rapidly changing world by fostering creativity and giving students the skills to develop and manipulate the latest technological advances. This college includes the award-winning School of Architecture and Cities, offering courses in computer science, network engineering and digital media. The Westminster School of Arts offers popular courses in film, art and design. The university's department of fashion was ranked by Fashionista Magazine to be among the top ten fashion schools in the world, 2018.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

This college offers courses in humanities including the opportunity to study English and other modern languages. You will also find courses in criminology, politics, psychology and international relations. Students can study biomedical sciences in state-of-the-art laboratories. This college is also home to the Westminster School of Law, which adopts a practical approach to teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, where students are encouraged to participate in real client cases at the Student Law Clinic.

Westminster Business School

Located at the university's central London Marylebone campus, students benefit from the Westminster Business School's strong industry links through placement and internship opportunities. The college offers highly regarded courses, which enjoy national and international accreditation by professional bodies including accounting and finance, business management, economics, international marketing communications and construction management.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Language requirements

International students whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English in the form of a recent IELTS, Pearson, Cambridge English Language Examination score or Password English Skills test.

Students applying for an undergraduate programme at the university would need to have an overall score of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Students opting for a postgraduate programme at the university would need to have an overall score of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (or equivalent). Minimum grading requirements may vary depending on the course.

Pathway Courses

In conjunction with its partner organisation, Kaplan International Pathways, the University of Westminster offers several options for students, including undergraduate and postgraduate pathway courses.

Pathway courses are taken at Kaplan International College London. Upon successful completion, students are guaranteed a place on their chosen degree.

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At the University of Westminster, you will have unique and specialist resources at your disposal 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

Westminster is one of the few universities in the UK to offer access to Bloomberg Financial Markets Suites and a new cutting-edge digital fabrication laboratory that offers a range of 3D printers and laser cutters.

Library services

Students can take advantage of the university's four extensive libraries located across its four campuses, which are open 24/7 for much of the year. Each library houses a wide-ranging collection of books, journals, DVDs and other specialist materials. The e-library service provides students with access to online books, journals and other materials. Students can also use study spaces within the libraries.

Sports facilities

Students can use the excellent sports facilities and services offered by the university gyms in central London and Harrow, which include fitness assessments, personal training and exercise programmes.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The University of Westminster offers a generous scholarship scheme providing financial support to outstanding UK and international students. Westminster offers full scholarships to postgraduate students and has awarded scholarships to students from over 50 countries around the world between 2017 and 2018.

The scholarships are generally awarded to students based on academic excellence, development potential and financial need.

Westminster offers a broad variety of scholarships and bursaries available for both undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses. These range from:

  1. Part tuition fee awards
  2. Half tuition fee awards
  3. Full tuition fee awards
  4. Full scholarships that take care of expenses like full tuition fee, accommodation, living and flight expenses

Joint Scholarships

The University of Westminster also works with several organisations across the world to give students more funding opportunities.

Each scholarship has its own application process and eligibility criteria, so students need to check the relevant information before applying.

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