University profile

Kingston University

2019/20 edition

About Kingston University

A vibrant, modern and supportive University based across four campuses, Kingston offers a wide range of postgraduate taught and research degrees in areas including art and design, business, social sciences, healthcare, engineering and computing.

Passionate about inspiring students and transforming lives, the University's commitment to the inclusivity and accessibility of its courses has been recognised by the 2017 Guardian University Award for teaching excellence. In addition, Kingston University was highly commended in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018, placed 136 out of the top 1,102 institutions across the world. Alumni of the university include fashion commentator Caryn Franklin MBE, Glenda Bailey OBE, editor-in-chief at Harpers' Bazaar and the movie star Ben Barnes.

Kingston’s courses cover the full spectrum of full-time, part-time and flexible learning options. There are masters, PhDs, postgraduate diplomas, MBAs, top-up courses and PGCEs. Many courses are fully accredited by relevant industry bodies.

You’ll benefit from a cutting-edge environment created by a dynamic combination of researchers and practitioners. Kingston’s academics keep abreast of the latest and best practices in their relevant industries.

Kingston is proud to be one of the leading universities for producing graduate start-up companies.

* Innovation and entrepreneurship are woven into our culture and curriculum. You’ll be able to access specific training for starting and developing businesses.

*Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency

Kingston attracts substantial funding from private and public sector sponsors, and prestigious grants from national research councils. In REF (2014) 60 per cent of Kingston University's overall submission was rated as world-leading and internationally excellent (4* and 3*) – a 100 per cent increase on the 2008 figure.

Kingston University offers a number of distance learning courses and modules. In addition, its innovative teaching methods means it offers a range of e-learning options. Canvas, Kingston’s online learning tool, gives you the flexibility to study where and when you want, even if your course doesn't have any specific distance-learning modules.

When you join Kingston University you’ll become part of a diverse and welcoming community. You’ll get to meet, and study alongside a wide variety of students from all around the world, meaning you’ll develop a global outlook and network.

Kingston has a wide range of study options. This reflects the broad scope of its teaching and the diverse backgrounds and needs of students. Many courses have the option to study either full or part-time. Part-time courses can enable you to balance study with work or family commitments.

Other flexible options include online learning, evening and weekend study. Some courses have more than one start date per year.


Future career prospects

Kingston’s postgraduate courses are stepping stones to greater career opportunities. They are created and run with the world of work in mind, with a real emphasis on work-based skills. You’ll gain a qualification that is widely respected and also carry forward knowledge, confidence and real-world experience, giving you a distinct advantage in the job market.

Kingston University’s career and employability team, KU Talent, provides innovative and inclusive support to Kingston students. The team develops and maintains partnerships with a wide variety of employers and industry professionals to give you inside knowledge and great opportunities in the UK and global markets.

Regular careers fairs and workshops are organised, while internships and volunteering opportunities can be arranged to offer you additional practical experience throughout your degree. The Kingston Language Scheme also offers free language classes to all students.

English language support

Kingston offers free language courses throughout the academic year. These courses help international students gain even more confidence in speaking and writing in English.


Facilities and support arrangements

Kingston University has four teaching campuses. Each has its own character, but all offer state-of-the-art facilities and a friendly study environment. Students benefit immensely from the combination of facilities. Each campus has its own learning resources centre, relevant to the courses taught, providing private zoned study areas, PCs and free wireless internet access for laptops.

The facilities include:

Penrhyn Road Campus
The campus has a graduate centre, open access computer suites, science laboratories and a 24-hour learning resources centre. There is also a canteen and onsite gym, complete with cardiovascular equipment with integrated TV screens and weight machines.

Kingston Hill Campus
Kingston Hill campus is home to a modern music studio, a graduate centre, a student restaurant and a bar with pool tables and plasma screen TVs for sports screenings. A learning resources centre, complete with an internet cafe, holds a large selection of books, computers, online resources and study areas. There is also an outdoor fitness trail and a biodiversity pond to enjoy in the sunshine.

Roehampton Vale campus
Home to engineering students, the campus is located 3.5 miles from Kingston. Facilities include specialist design labs, an automotive engineering lab and industry-standard test equipment for metrology, robotics, rapid prototyping, fatigue and quality control. There is also a 60-person computer suite, seminar rooms, a canteen and a graduate centre.

Knights Park campus
Located on the riverside, Knights Park is home to art, design and architecture students, and boasts the Stanley Picker Gallery, showcasing the students’ work. A learning resources centre, studio space and a graduate centre can also be found on campus.

The University is continually investing to provide an even better teaching and learning experience and upgraded facilities for students, staff and the local community.

There is a wide range of projects under way, including working with RIBA award-winning and Sterling Prize-nominated Grafton Architects, for the new landmark teaching building, Kingston University Town House. Its facilities will include a learning resources centre, a covered courtyard, cafes and a welcoming and attractive new landscaping scheme across the front of the campus. The new building and landscaping will be ready in 2019.

Find out more about Kingston University’s exciting transformation plans on the University’s website.



Support and advice are freely available at Kingston University and we work very hard to ensure that your time at university will be enjoyable. In addition to a range of services to help you progress and make the most of your studies, we offer support to assist with everything from managing a budget to staying healthy.

KU talent offers innovative and inclusive support. It has partnerships with a wide variety of employers and industry professionals. You’ll be able to gain inside knowledge that will help you prepare for great opportunities in both the UK and global markets. Industry and subject-specific events will help you network and build your profile.

Additionally, Kingston offers a range of digital options to make studying quick and accessible. Canvas is the online learning environment. It gives you access to teaching resources such as lecture notes, presentations, discussion boards, and contact with your lecturers. You can access Canvas 24 hours a day from any internet-enabled computer, or through Kingston University’s apps (available on iPhone and Android).

Fees, funding and costs

You’ll find details of tuition fees on Kingston’s website under the fees and funding section of the course you are considering. Please look here for the relevant page for the course you’re interested in.

A wide range of financial support is available to postgraduate students at the University. View the full list here.

Alumni Discount

All alumni of Kingston University are eligible to a 10 per cent discount on tuition fees.

Annual Fund Postgraduate Scholarships
A 50 per cent discount on fees of up to £3,000 is available for 20 postgraduate students who obtained a first class or high 2:1 in a previous degree, and who have a strongly-supported academic reference explaining why they deserve a scholarship.

PGCE Scholarships and Teaching
£3,000 - £30,000 is available to PGCE primary and secondary students. For detailed information please see the Department for Education website.

MA scholarships in Philosophy
£2,000 is awarded to four students who are on the following programmes: Aesthetics and Art Theory MA; Modern European Philosophy MA; Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory MA; and Philosophy MPhilStud. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence.


Kingston University is based in Kingston upon Thames, a busy riverside town on the borders of London and Surrey.

Kingston is packed with historic buildings, great shops, bars, restaurants, pubs, leisure venues and open spaces. It’s close to Richmond Park, Bushy Park and Wimbledon Common.

Half an hour on the train will see you arrive in central London, where famous museums, galleries and iconic West End theatre shows await you. There are also plenty of bars, cafes, clubs and festivals to suit all tastes and budgets.

Excellent transport links will make it easy for you to visit the beach in Brighton, embrace the art scene in Manchester or even hop on the Eurostar to Paris for the weekend.

Kingston upon Thames has been consistently reported as the safest borough in London (Metropolitan Police, 2017).


Postgraduate students normally live in independent accommodation. This will enable you to choose your own flatmates and find a place to suityour own requirements and budget. The private rented sector in Kingston and the surrounding areas offers a good range of properties. Options include rooms in house- or flat-shares with other students, studio and one-bedroom properties, and properties to rent as a group or family. The accommodation advisers in the Student Life Centre can help you find the right place to live.


As a postgraduate student you’ll have plenty of opportunities to involve yourself with student life. Each faculty offers a programme of events and networking opportunities and the Union of Kingston Students runs over 125 societies and sports clubs, so there’s always something new to get involved in.

The Union of Kingston Students is a student-run organisation, providing support and entertainment activities throughout your time at Kingston University. It organises social events, clubs and societies, and also gives advice if you have any problems at university.

How to apply

To see the full list of courses on offer and the required entry grades, head to Kingston’s website.

You can apply for most postgraduate courses online via the relevant course page.

If you are applying for a course in the Kingston School of Art, you must use the online application route for your chosen course and not apply by post or email.

If you have any queries please contact

Contact details

0203 510 0106
Kingston University
River House
53-57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
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