University profile

City, University of London

2023/24 edition

About City, University of London

City, University of London is a leading global institution located in the heart of London, and is the university for business and the professions.

With skill and dedication, City has been using education, research and enterprise to transform the lives of students, community and the world for over 125 years.


City, University of London is a leading UK University, with a global vision and a commitment to transforming lives through education. City is the University of business, practice and the profession. It is home to over 20,000 students, 45% of which are studying at postgraduate level and has over 150,000 alumni from over 170 countries.

City is divided into six different academic Schools:

Why choose City, University of London?

  • Founded in 1894, City is 130 years old and is part of the University of London
  • City is ranked 38th University in the UK (Complete University Guide 2025)
  • 86% of City's research submissions are rated of world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) quality (REF 2021)
  • Located in the heart of London, one of Europe’s most vibrant cities
  • City attracts close to 20,000 students from over 160 countries and academic staff from over 75 countries.

Academic strengths

City offers a wide range of taught and research postgraduate degrees, with every member of the postgraduate community benefiting from outstanding academic staff, comprehensive student support and tailored careers guidance.

A postgraduate degree, whether taught or research provides students with opportunities to deepen their understanding of their chosen subject and explore particular areas of interest, while developing valuable transferable skills, including analytical thinking and research and presentation techniques.

In keeping with City’s close links with business and the professions, many of the postgraduate degrees are offered on a part-time and flexible basis, allowing students to manage their study around employment commitments. City offers just under 150 taught postgraduate degrees, each developed by academic staff who are experts in their fields and who possess an in-depth understanding of the graduate employment marketplace.

Undertaking a research degree is both challenging and rewarding. At City, students join a community who share a desire to broaden their skills and push boundaries in their fields.

Postgraduate events at City

City regularly holds on-campus Postgraduate Open Evening events and online information sessions throughout the year which are designed to give prospective students the opportunity to explore a global university with unrivalled industry links and a long-standing tradition in postgraduate education.
The on-campus Postgraduate Open Evenings provide an opportunity to meet academics and receive an insight into the courses they teach, receive guidance on the application process, and chat with current students about their experience at City. Student services such as careers, funding, library and accommodation will also be on hand during the event to advise on the support available. Register for a Postgraduate Open Evening now.

City also hosts a series of subject specific and general information sessions online throughout the year for those who cannot visit in person. The sessions are delivered by academics, current students and student services and provide opportunities to ask questions and learn more about City. New dates are continuously added so check City’s website regularly for updates. Register for a session now.

Chat to a City student today

For prospective students hoping to get a closer look at what it’s like to be a student at City, there is a team of student ambassadors who are available to answer questions. The chat feature allows students to select a preferred course of interest, as well as a country of origin. This provides a unique and personalised insight into studying at City. Chat to a student now.


Much of the City campus is located on the cusp of some of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods: design-focused Clerkenwell, Islington’s fashionable Upper Street and the high-tech creative communities of Old Street and Shoreditch. Tree-lined avenues and green spaces offer contrast to the vibrant street life, bars and restaurants of Exmouth Market and Hoxton Square, while the nearby Barbican Centre is a world-famous architectural and cultural landmark.

Further afield, Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) occupies a prime location in the City of London’s financial hub, making it the ideal postgraduate study base for professionals working in the Square Mile.

From shops, cafés and restaurants to museums, galleries and arts venues; from sports clubs to nightclubs; from cityscapes to public gardens, London is a city for everyone. Celebrated as a truly global destination, with a diverse cultural mix, iconic landmarks and a unique energy, it is an exuberant and exciting place to live and has been named the best student city in the world (QS Best Student Cities 2022). Far-reaching connections and close ties with institutions around the world position City as a truly international university.

City’s location in the centre of one of the most diverse and fast-paced cities in the world, combined with its highly international community of students and staff, mean the institution has developed close links with an extensive network of global academic partners.


City offers a wide range of full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses for international students.

Postgraduate degrees

From radiography to criminology, engineering to an MBA, City offers postgraduate and research courses to advance students’ careers.

One of City’s greatest strengths is their links to business and industry and expanding these links is central to their future strategy. City offers skills-focused degrees that embed employability within the curriculum and was recently ranked 21st in the UK for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2023). Alongside employability, City are focused on setting up new interdisciplinary research centres that will produce solutions to some of the biggest challenges that society faces.

Our Schools

School of Communication & Creativity
Established in 2022 the School of Communication and Creativity brings together our renowned Department of Journalism, with two new departments: the Department of Media, Culture and Creative Industries; and the Department of Performing Arts - which incorporates the recently-acquired Urdang Academy, one of the UK’s finest performing arts colleges, specialising in musical theatre and dance. Our students gain unrivalled experience of real-world workplaces, developing practical skills which enhance their employability after graduation.

Bayes Business School (formerly Cass)
Bayes has been at the forefront of business education for 50 years. Located in the heart of one of the world’s leading financial centres, it is part of an elite group of business schools to have been awarded triple accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); the Association of MBAs (AMBA); and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

School of Health & Psychological Sciences
The School is dedicated to the education and development of health and community-based professionals. It brings together areas including Nursing and Midwifery, Optometry and Visual Science, Health Management, Radiography and Language and Communication Science, and Psychology. These departments are committed to excellence in education, training and research; advancing evidence-based practice; the creative development of multi-professional learning and practice; rigorous education in the basic sciences; innovative use of technology to facilitate distance and flexible learning; and enhancing the health and human resources of the local community.

The City Law School
The School is one of London’s major law schools and offers an impressive range of academic and professional courses. Located in the heart of legal London, the School was the first in London to educate students and practitioners at all stages of legal education. At the postgraduate level, the School’s high-quality courses for law and non-law graduates are highly regarded by the profession.

School of Science & Technology
The School has been offering outstanding courses tailored to the needs of the science and engineering professions for more than 100 years. Academic staff are at the forefront of research and enterprise activity in their fields. Undergraduate and postgraduate courses are designed to incorporate the latest developments in academic research and industrial practice in diverse fields including Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering and Mathematics.

School of Policy & Global Affairs
The School was formed in summer 2022, bringing together the Department of Economics, Department of International Politics, and the Department of Sociology and Criminology.

Our highly-rated courses in these subject areas equip students with the knowledge and skills to respond to the world’s most pressing policy challenges. With strong links to industry and policy organisations our graduates forge exciting careers in multinational businesses, consultancies, government departments and non-governmental organisations.


The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 rated 86% of City's submissions as being of world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) quality.

Today, as part of the University of London federation, City’s research and enterprise activities are more exciting and diverse than ever and our staff are passionate about the vital role that research plays in exploring and disseminating new ideas. Ground-breaking research takes place within City’s Schools and departments, in specialist research centres, with academics often collaborating in interdisciplinary research. Since 2011, City has invested in research-excellent academics whose work has a wider impact on society.

By choosing City, students choose to study at the heart of the action, in a place where world-changing research is taking place and where they benefit from working with academics who are leaders in their fields.

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