Differences among universities in London

London Universities belong for organisations as University of London or Russel Group which offer wide range of education levels and programmes. Universities differ by : 

 1) Ranking worldwide

2) Academic reputation

3 ) Location

4) Student community

5) Tuition fees


Soas university


About SOAS, University of London


SOAS university of London is the only higher education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  It is also a constituent college of the university of London.

SOAS offers around 350 undergraduate Bachelor’s degree combinations, and over 100 one-year intensively taught Master’s degrees. It consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the UK. 


  • SOAS, University of London is one of the top four universities in London according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.
  • The QS World University Rankings places SOAS sixth in the UK for academic reputation.
  • SOAS is also one of the most cosmopolitan universities in the world, according to the QS rankings, coming eighth globally for the percentage of international students.
  • SOAS is the top Bloomsbury University for student satisfaction, according to the Good University Guide, which includes all UK higher education institutions.
  • 89% of students are satisfied with the quality of teaching; 88% satisfied with the overall experience and 88% satisfied with library and IT resources (National Student Survey 2013).
  • The Guide ranks SOAS ninth in the UK for its staff-student ratio.
  • The world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East has risen seven places in this year’s Guide, to be ranked twenty-fourth overall in the UK.
  • The QS World University Rankings rate SOAS tenth nationally for Modern Languages and twelfth for Politics and International Studies.

SOAS’s academic focus on the languages, cultures and societies of Africa, Asia and the Middle East which makes them an indispensable interpreter in a complex world.

Study abroad: 

More than forty per cent of SOAS’s undergraduate degree programmes offer the opportunity to spend a year studying in another country.


The SOAS Library has more than 1.5 million items and extensive electronic resources for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and attracts scholars from all around the world.

 300 Academics

 SOAS has the largest concentration of specialist staff (300+ academics) concerned with the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East at any university in the world.

Student life

SOAS offers a campus in the heart of London at Russell Square which is located in historic Bloomsbury, an area of leafy squares, parks, and intellectual celebrity known as hub of cultural education. The small size of the university makes the environment intimate and friendly. 



Described by The Sunday Times as 'an intellectual powerhouse with a world-class reputation', UCL is consistently ranked as one of the top three multifaculty universities in the UK and features in the top 5 universities worldwide. The university is located on a compact site in the heart of London and is surrounded by the greatest concentration of libraries, museums, archives and professional bodies in Europe. UCL is a multidisciplinary university with an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research across the academic spectrum. Teaching at UCL is ‘research-led’: the programmes that we offer reflect the latest research and are often taught by active researchers who are world-leaders in their fields. UCL has more than 4,000 academic and research staff and one of the best students to staff ratios in the UK (approximately 9:1). UCL academics and alumni have been awarded 21 Nobel Prizes, the most recent of which was in 2009. As well as being dynamic and intellectually challenging, UCL is also a very cosmopolitan and international environment in which to study. Nearly 40% of our students come from outside the UK and they represent more than 140 different countries. They are welcomed for the different perspectives and diversity they bring to teaching and learning at UCL.
They have a significant amount of departments Arts and Humanities, Brat;ett Faculty of the built Environment, Brain Sciences, Engineering, Law, Life sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Population Health Sciences, Medical Sciences, Population Health Sciences, and Social and Historical Sciences

Notable alumni

  • Television and film broadcasters/writers include Jonathan Ross, Vivienne Parry, Margaret Mountford, Sir Jonathan Miller , Ricky Gervais, Andrew Davies, Bel Mooney, Jonathan Dimbleby and Christopher Nolan.
  • Musicians include Chris Martin and all three other members of the band Coldplay, as well as two members of the band Keane. 
  • Authors include linguist David Crystal, Stella Gibbons, Robert Browning, Rabindranath Tagore, Raymond Briggs and G. K. Chesterton.
  • Scientists and engineers to have attended UCL include Marie Stopes, Alexander Graham Bell,  Francis Crick, John Ambrose Fleming, Joseph Lister, Roger Penrose, Colin Chapman, Patrick Head, physicist and astrobiologist Paul Davies, evolutionary biologist John Maynard Smith and the aforementioned Bell.
  • Artists, architects and designers include Antony Gormley, Sir William Coldstream, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Ben Nicholson and David Mlinaric.
  • Politicians include Sir Stafford Cripps, William Wedgwood Benn, 1st Viscount Stansgate, the first and former prime ministers of Japan (Hirobumi Ito and Junichiro Koizumi respectively) and Chaim Herzog, the former President of Israel. Moreover, the founding father of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta was a UCL graduate. Wu Tingfang (Ng Choy) was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Acting Premier during the early days of the Republic of China. The Lord Mayor of the City of London 2008–9, Ian Luder is also an UCL alumnus.
  • Prominent Law graduates include a Lord Chancellor (Lord Herschell), the former Chief Justices of England (Lord Woolf), Hong Kong (Sir Yang Ti-liang), India (A.S. Anand) and Ghana (Samuel Azu Crabbe), two Masters of the Rolls (Lord Cozens-Hardy, Sir George Jessel), as well as the Attorneys-General of England (Lord Goldsmith; Baroness Scotland), Singapore (Tan Boon Teik; Chao Hick Tin) and Gambia (Hassan Bubacar Jallow). F.T. Cheng a.k.a. Cheng T'ien-Hsi was a judge of the International Court of Justice at the Hague and was Nationalist China's last ambassador to the United Kingdom.
  • Many leading journalists attended UCL including three former editors of The Economist, most notably Walter Bagehot, and two editors of The Times Literary Supplement.
  • Key business people include Edwin Waterhouse (founding partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers) and both of the managing directors of the Jack Wills clothing chain.
  • David Gower and Christine Ohuruogu from sports are also UCL graduates.


What are London students?


Living in London means : there are multitude of choices available for you while you are studying in London. There will always be something to do in this bustling city, never a dull moment. At the same time, it is possible to sculpt your lifestyle according to the way you choose.

Being a London student means that you have an international outlook, London opens your eyes to a whole new world. London students means you are taking part in creating something magnificent, you are in between the Queen, important pe

ople, skyscrapers of leading multinational companies, and also

London is a great place for  independent students who are looking for self-discovery, students  who seek to be active in their daily life, students who enjoy being in the crowd.

London celebrates your country celebrations too! Diversity in London leads to various events being held up in London such as Malaysian night in Trafalgar square, Depavali in Trafalgar,

London has your country’s food! Missing food at home? Your country’s food is a few stops away. Everything in London is very convenient.


It is true that the standard living in London is higher than other cities in the UK. However, London offers you vast services and goods on “student discount”, moreover, there are a lot of activities in London that you can do for free, such as museums, free public lectures, concerts and events, on a wide range of subjects, are organised by the College such as LSE events.

JOBS for students in London are commonplace. In the case of some students who wants to be in city of happiness, but cannot really afford it, you can easily find part-time jobs everywhere plus it adds to your CV experience for a bright career in the future.



London in timelapse



 City University is well-known for it’s excellence on business studies. It has been ranked as the first in London for business, management and finance by The Guardian University Guide 2014,and 8th out of London universities by (The Sunday Times University Guide 2011.

  • The Guardian University Guide in 2013 ranked the university in 21st position.
  • Ranked  within the top 10 for employability.

Cass Business School, has wide network with major companies in the world and the university itself has an outstanding employment record.

The degrees usually tailor you towards specific career.

International students occupied almost 30% of total students in City, and they come from some 160 countries.


Undergraduate courses offer :

Accounting & Finance BSc (Hons)

Actuarial Science BSc (Hons)

Actuarial Science (Foundaton year) BSc (Hons)

Banking & International Finance BSc (Hons)

Business Studies BSc (Hons)

Investment & Financial Risk Management BSc (Hons)

Management BSc (Hons)


Year 1 :Six modules (five core and one elective)

Year 2: Further development of basic skills with specialisation on marketing or finance or stay in general group choosing 3 electives.

Year 3 : Two core modules (Business Strategy and a Final Year Project, which involves the analysis of a business situation or management problem of your choosing),and five electives


1)     Replacement 2nd year abroad : Canada,HK, SG, Sweden, USA

2)     Sandwich year: Austria, Canada, France, \Germany, Italy,Netehrklands, Norway,SG,Spain.


Institution code: C60 (Cass Business School and City University London)
Course code: N100



Contact Details

  • +44 (0)20 7040 5060
  • Northampton Square, London EC1V 0H



The Brunel School of Engineering and Design is one of the largest and most successful Engineering and Design Schools in the UK. Brunel’s vision is to be an innovative provider of educational and research programmes that lead to advances in knowledge and skills for sustainable technological development and wealth creation.



  • The Guardian University Guide ranked the university in 4th position of engineering and design field for 2014.
  • The Time Good University Guide placed Brunel University in 44th position in the UK league table in 2014.
  • Ranked  within the top 10 for employability.
  • Brunel was rated Top 5 in London for overall Student Satisfaction this year.

Brunel offers the courses related with engineering :


  • Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Industrial and Product Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Multimedia Technology and Design


What Brunel postgraduates do?


Employment circumstances

% known

Full-time paid work (including self employment)


Further study


Combination of work and study


Not available for work or study






Due to the high number of students in the School of Health Sciences and Social Care and the School of Sport and Education, a large proportion of Brunel graduates work in the public sector and as a result in 2011/12, the largest recruiters of Brunel First Degree and Postgraduates were: Public Administration, Education, NHS, Social Work.

 Many other Brunel graduates work in commercial industry for large multinational companies : Apple, Aston Villa Football Club, Barclays Bank, British Airways, Chelsea Football Club, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, Santander.


Brunel University maintains student exchange programme ERASMUS with countries as Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Belgium Netherlands, Portugal ect.

     Most common jobs after graduation :




Engineering professionals


Information technology and telecommunications professionals


Sales occupations


Business and public service associate professionals


Science, engineering and technology associate professionals


Artistic, literary and media occupations


Design occupations


Elementary occupations


Administrative occupations


Process, plant and machine operatives






Institution code : B84

Brunel provides 81 engineering relevant courses:

Brunel requires IELTS with overall Band Score of at least 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any section)

Pass foundation with 60% in 2 subjects and no less than 50% in any module.



  • Brunel’s investment in building and infrastructure over the past decade is now in excess of £400 million, with many new and refurbished social, teaching and sporting facilities, halls of residence, and green spaces to enjoy.
  • Our latest acquisition is the £30-million flagship Eastern Gateway Building that opened in July 2012 providing teaching and research facilities, a new home for Brunel Business School, a large auditorium, a café and an art gallery. 
  • The Schools of Health Sciences and Social Care and Engineering and Design have also benefited from the addition of new, multi-million pound buildings.  
  • The refurbishes Antonin Artaud building contains drama and performance studios, a music room, a public performance venue and radio and video-editing suites.


A wide range of welfare and social amenities and services. Also organises clubs and societies covering areas as diverse as sports, special interests and religious groups.

The Advice and Representation Centre, run by the union, offers free independent advice.

Contacts and location :

Kingston Lane Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Head office

 +44 (0)161 2360660



Brunel campus

Pros & Cons

Exchange of knowledge and experience with people from all over the world High cost
Getting involved in university life Getting involved in social life too much, can interrupts study
Learning to study on your own It takes much time to travel from one point to another, the city is big.
Independence It is possible to face loneliness
Interesting social life Possible sttuggles with learning in foreign language

Queen Mary University


Queen Mary University of London (informally Queen Mary, QMUL or QM) is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom and a constituent college of the federal University of London. With roots dating back to the founding of the London Hospital Medical College in 1785, Queen Mary was formed by the merger of four historic colleges, and since joining the University of London in 1915 has grown to become one of its largest colleges.


Queen Mary's main campus is located in the Mile End area of the East End of London, with other campuses in Holborn, Smithfield and Whitechapel. It has around 17,000 full-time students and 4,000 staff[3] and an annual turnover of £350 million, of which around £100 million is from research grants and contracts. Queen Mary is organised into three faculties – the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry – within which there are 21 academic departments and institutes. Around 20 per cent of Queen Mary's students come from outside the UK.

 In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, Queen Mary was ranked 11th by The Guardian and 13th by Times Higher Education out of the 132 UK higher education institutions assessed. In 2014, Queen Mary was positioned 35th among 130 UK universities in the Complete University Guide and 36th according to the Guardian University Guide. The 2013-4 QS World Rankings placed the university 115th of 700 universities worldwide and 19th in the UK, while the 2013 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Rankings of World Universities placed Queen Mary in the top 30 in the UK and in the top 201-300 bracket worldwide. There are five Nobel Laureates amongst Queen Mary's alumni and current and former staff.

Life on campus


Set away from the Mile End Road and set beside the beautiful Regent's Canal, you would be forgiven for thinking that you were no longer in busy London when on campus. Students live in the award winning Westfield Student Village, only a few minutes' walk from all of our social and teaching facilities. They can enjoy the tranquil surroundings of campus and yet can be in the centre of the City in minutes.   

On campus, nothing is ever more than a few minutes away. Students living in the Westfield Student Village are only a five-minute walk from the Students' Union bar and any lecture theatres – perfect for those 9am starts!

Queen Mary also boasts one of the most active Students' Unions in London. They run over 100 clubs and societies and organise regular social events at the recently refurbished Drapers' Bar, so our students are never bored here. For the more athletically inclined, the recently opened campus Health and Fitness Centre offers a wide range of exercise classes and industry standard gym equipment for use by our students.

Our cosmopolitan student body is often described as the friendliest in London. With over 15,000 students on a single campus, our students can socialise with people from all walks of life; we are proud to boast a student body that is both national and international in its makeup. No one day is ever the same for our students and with so much to do on campus, it is no surprise that they are more than satisfied with their time here.





General information

  1. King's College London is one of the top 30 universities in the world (2012/13 QS international world rankings) 19th in the world ranking and 5th in UK.
  2. The Sunday Times 'University of the Year 2010/11', and the fourth oldest in England.
  3. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 23 departments were ranked in the top quartile of British universities; over half of our academic staff work in departments that are in the top 10 per cent in the UK in their field and can thus be classed as world leading.
  4. The College is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of nearly £525 million (year ending 31 July 2011).
  5. King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.
  6. A research-led university based in the heart of London.
  7. King's has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research.
  8. King's has more than 25,000 students (of whom more than 10,000 are graduate students) from nearly 140 countries, and more than 6,500 employees.
  9. King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners.King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.



  1. University code : K60
  2. Economics and Management (4H58)
  3. Law (M100)

King's College London



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