University profile

City, University of London

2017/18 edition

About City, University of London

City is ranked in the top 20 UK institutions (18th) in the Guardian University Guide 2017.

  • Top 4% of institutions in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016)
  • City is in the top 15 in the UK for graduate prospects (The Times and Sunday Times University League Table 2017
  • Experience the buzz of living right in the heart of one of Europe's most vibrant cities


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City, University of London is a leading international institution and the only institution in London to be both committed to academic excellence and focused on business and the professions. We have a long tradition of academic excellence, dating back to our foundation in 1894.

Our academic staff are engaged in research that is transforming the world in which we live. Whether they are developing biomedical sensors to improve mortality rates of patients in intensive care, or leading unique research into social attitudes across Europe, you will be educated by academic staff who are at the forefront of their fields. These academics will play a major role in your educational experience and are dedicated to making sure your learning is relevant and rewarding.

Why Choose City?

City, University of London is a special place. With skill and dedication we have, for over a century, used education, research and enterprise to transform the lives of our students, our community and the world. City is now a leading global university (among the top five per cent of universities in the world) and the only one in London to be both committed to academic excellence and focused on business and the professions. We are among the top 20 universities in the UK according to The Guardian University Guide 2017.

• Top 4% of institutions in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016)
• 1st in London for student satisfaction (The Complete University Guide 2017).
• 2nd in London for student experience (The Times and The Sunday Times University League Table 2017)
• City is in the top 15 in the UK for graduate prospects (The Times and Sunday Times University League Table 2017

Academic strengths

Whether you want to broaden your employment options, advance in your chosen career or prepare for further study, a postgraduate degree from City will challenge, inspire and open doors. City has a strong tradition of postgraduate education. Our close links to business and the professions, which developed from our establishment as the Northampton Institute in 1894, mean that postgraduate students have always played a central role in the City community. Today, 47 per cent of our student body is studying for a taught or research postgraduate degree. Whether taught or research, a postgraduate degree from City has the potential to transform your life. You will develop a specialist understanding of your chosen subject, while honing critical transferable skills and advanced research techniques.

Joining a self-governing College of the University of London means that you will enjoy opportunities to share knowledge and resources across a well-connected and internationally respected academic community and bring the groundbreaking work taking place at City to a wide and influential audience. You will study alongside peers who share a passion for your chosen discipline and academic staff who are leaders in their fields of expertise. These colleagues will form an essential part of your professional network during and after your time at City.

Crucially, a City postgraduate degree will allow you to take the next step in your career. City’s reputation for postgraduate education and research, combined with our exceptional career and skills development resources, ensure that our graduates are highly employable in the UK and around the world.


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Much of the City campus is located on the cusp of several 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, Cass Business School 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. And you may be surprised to learn that Senate House, which stands at the centre of the sprawling University of London campus, is just half an hour’s walk (or a short trip by bus or Underground) from City’s College Building, placing a host of resources within easy reach.

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. But this is only half the story. 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 University London offers a wide range of full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses for international students.

Postgraduate degrees

According to The Complete University Guide 2017, City is first in London for student satisfaction and second in London for student experience (The Times and The Sunday Times University League Table 2016). Whether you are interested in radiography or criminology, engineering or an MBA, we can offer you the postgraduate or research course you need to start your career. City, University of London offers over 150 postgraduate degree courses to choose from that will help you develop your career.

Postgraduate subjects include:

  • Business and Management
  • Communications
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Health
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Midwifery
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Radiography
  • Sociology
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Writing

Find the postgraduate course that's right for you.

Schools of Study

  • School of Arts and Social Sciences: The School of Arts and Social Sciences has a world class reputation for dynamic, inspiring and rigorous postgraduate education. Academic staff at the School are highly regarded in their fields and the research they undertake regularly informs academic debate and political policy at a national, regional and international level
  • Cass Business School: Sir John Cass Business School has been at the forefront of business education for 50 years. Located in the heart of one of the world’s leading financial centres, Cass 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).
  • The School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering has been offering outstanding courses tailored to the needs of the professions for more than 100 years. Postgraduate students are led by academics who are at the forefront of research and enterprise activity in their fields.
  • The School of Health Sciences is a leading provider of postgraduate education in healthcare and health and social care policy and practice. Postgraduate students learn with academic staff who are clinical practitioners and engaged in interdisciplinary research across the fields of nursing, midwifery, health policy, psychology, management and research, optometry, public health, radiography and language and communication science. Their work is transforming the provision of healthcare services in the UK and internationally.
  • The City Law 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.


Characterised by excellence, creativity, innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration, City’s research pedigree spans more than a century. During that time, the University has made notable contributions, through basic and applied research, to a wide range of fields.

Today, as part of the University of London federation, our 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. Groundbreaking 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, you are choosing to study at the heart of the action, in a place where world-changing research is taking place and where you will benefit from working with academics who are leaders in their fields.

Student Testimonial

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Dhruvin Patel - BSc (Hons) Optometry, third year

City offers tremendous support for budding entrepreneurs. My ambition allowed me to utilise my knowledge of eye care to start my own company. The CityStarters team helped me through the full-scale production of OcuShield, a protective screen designed to reduce problems such as eye strain, sleep disturbance and increased eye disease, which is caused by blue light transmittance. OcuShield was the winner of CitySpark Stage 1 and Stage 2 and I also received support from within the department to research the early development of OcuShield. Once I have completed my pre-registration year in industry, I hope to expand further into business within eye care or Tech Cit

Nicole Jojic - BSc (Hons) Business Studies, third year

I have always been internationally minded and wanted to experience as much as possible, which is why I chose to do my degree at City and jumped at the opportunity to do an exchange programme in my second year. During my exchange year, I attended the Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference (UBSLC) hosted by Emory University in Atlanta. There, I met a great number of other ambitious people from all over the world, enhanced my leadership capacity and participated in case competitions. I hope to get a graduate job at one of the established management consultancy firms in London.

Abdul Hakimi - LLB (Hons) Law, third year

City has a strong focus on employability and has been superb at providing future career advice. I have attended many events held at City by different law firms and banks, as well as other groups interested in recruiting law students. I have learnt at City that you must pre-plan your progress towards a role as a lawyer or whatever career you wish to enter into. I will be going on to do my LPC and, after successfully receiving a training contract, will practice law in a city firm.

Entry Requirements

English Language Requirements

  • Undergraduate: IELTS (6.0-7.0) or TOEFL (79-107/600) is required
  • Postgraduate: IELTS (6.5-7.0) or TOEFL (100-107/600) is required


Applicants must have a minimum of three years full-time work experience gained after graduation and a well-balanced GMAT score of 600 or above.

HC Abroad

Please navigate to this webpage to learn more about country-specific entry requirements.

Brazil and Latin America

Applicants holding a Certificado de Ensino Médio will need to have taken a recognised one-year foundation course before entering an undergraduate course at City. The International Foundation Programme is a one-year programme giving guaranteed entrance to a number of City courses.

Applicants are expected to hold a good bacharel/licenciado degree from a recognised institution.


Successful completion of a recognised foundation programme or in some cases successful completion of the first year of a Chinese undergraduate degree with good grades.

Successful completion of a Chinese undergraduate degree with good grades (around 75-85 per cent depending on programme) from a recognised institution.


Applications from Year 12 students will be accepted provided they have taken the CBSE, CISCE, Maharashtra, West Bengal or Tamil Nadu boards' examinations and achieved an average of between 80 per cent and 85 per cent.

Requirements are for a first class honours degree or equivalent from a recognised institution.


Entry to undergraduate programmes at City is suitable for students who have completed a recognised foundation programme. D2/D3 Diploma holders will be considered on a case by case basis.

Applicants with Sarjana (S1) with good grades will be considered for entry to postgraduate programmes on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who do not meet requirements for direct entry may be eligible to enrol on a graduate diploma prior to the masters course.

South Korea

Applicants with good Junior College Diploma grades will be considered for entry. Applicants with a High School Diploma and a recognised foundation programme will also be considered for entry.

Applicants should hold an honours degree from a recognised Korean institution for entry to a postgraduate programme.

Middle East

United Arab Emirates

Applicants who have completed the Tawjihiyya will need to complete a recognised one-year foundation course before entering an undergraduate course at City.

Applicants should have completed a relevant undergraduate degree from a recognised institution.


Applicants from Thailand will need to take a recognised one-year foundation course before entering an undergraduate course at City.

Applicants are expected to hold a good 4 year bachelors degree from a prestigious institution in Thailand.


For most courses students who have completed the Lise Diplomasi at one of a selected number of schools.

Holders of a Lisans Diplomasi from a recognised university or institution will be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree. Most programmes require a minimum GPA of at least 3.0.


In most cases applicants must complete a recognised foundation programme following completion of the Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate (bang tot ng hiep pho tong).

Applicants with a good bachelor’s degree (bang tot nghiep dai hoc) from a recognised institution will be considered for entry.

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