Kingston University

About Kingston University

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When Kingston University London was first established in 1899, it offered programmes with concentrations in chemistry, electric wiring, building construction, nursing, dressmaking, and clay modelling. The Board of Education recognised it as a technical college in 1926. The university changed its name from Kingston Polytechnic to Kingston University in 1992.

The university has campuses in and near Kingston, England. Additionally, it has campuses in Friars Avenue and Crammer Terrace in London. The University's free inter-site bus service connects its Penrhyn Road campus, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston School of Art at Knight's Park, and Roehampton Vale campus.

Due to the presence of two mainline train stations, numerous bus routes, and significant highways, every campus is easily accessible. Additionally, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are conveniently accessible from the campus via road and public transportation. The institution is divided into four faculties: the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, and the Kingston School of Art. Each university faculty provides undergraduate and graduate courses in particular streams.

All of these faculties also do research in fields of study that are closely connected. According to a report from December 2018 that was posted on the university's official website, there were 16,499 students enrolled, 3,158 of them were international students. Each faculty has state-of-the-art equipment. World-class facilities are available at the Kingdom School of Art, including a digital media workshop, a hackspace, a moving image workshop, a photography workshop, and printmaking studios. The Scene of the Crime House, Learjet Lab, and Centre for Augmented and Virtual Reality settings are just a few of the facilities that the Faculty of Science, Engineering, and Computing maintains.

The school has a list of famous graduates. Actor Ben Barnes, American model, actress, and journalist Angie Bowie, actress Jessie Cave, and Hong Kong actor Sam Chan are among the university's alumni in the entertainment and film industries. Artist and illustrator Eileen Aldridge, Turner Prize contender Fiona Banner, photographer Richard Bryant, product designers James Irvine and Jasper Morrison, and sculptor David Nash are among the graduates in the arts industry. Glenda Bailey, the editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar and a journalist, and Felipe Oliveira Baptista, a fashion designer, are among the university's alumni in the fashion industry. There are David Chipperfield and Alexander Yusuf in the field of architecture.

Kingston University Campus 

It has four campuses in Kingston and Roehampton.

Penrhyn Road  Campus.

This is the main university campus located in the city center of Kingston. Students centered here study: Arts and Social Sciences, Civil Engineering, Earth Sciences and Geography, Mathematics, Biosciences, Pharmacy, Chemistry and Medicinal Science, and Radiography.

Kingston Hill Campus

Kingston Hill is situated just outside the city centre, and can be easily reached by public transport.

Kingston Hill offers primary care for nursing (adults, infants, mental health and learning disabilities), education, business, music and social. The campus was known as Gipsy Hill before 1989.

Knights Park

Knights Park Campus is located near the town center and the hubs for public transportation.

Knights Park campus is home to several Kingston School of Art (KSA) students — students in architecture and design.

Roehampton Vale

Campus Roehampton Vale is situated only 3 miles from Kingston city centre, with easy access by public transport.

This campus is planned and fully engaged in engineering (aerospace, electrical, motor vehicle and mechanical engineering) studies.

On-site facilities include a wind tunnel, engineering labs, a flight simulator, a selection of vehicles, a Learjet 25 programme, plus aeronautical and automotive learning services.

All of these campuses are connected by the university’s free inter-site bus service.

Facilities in Kingston University Campus

  • Library
  • 3D materials workshop
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality lab
  • Hospital ward
  • Learjet Lab
  • Moot room for law students
  • Moving image workshop
  • Printmaking studios
  • Real-time Bloomberg trading room
  • Crime Scene House
  • Shops
  • Sports and fitness facilities

Kingston University Location Specialities 

Kingston University is situated in Kingston on Thames, a busy river town on the border between London and Surrey, just 25 minutes by train to central London, right next to the Thames River. The old town center is packed with shops, bars and clubs, with convenient access to airports in Gatwick and Heathrow. It is also within walking distance to the beautiful Richmond Royal Park, Hampton Court Palace and the Thames River.

Kingston University Accommodation

  • Kingston provides a hosting deal for all new full-time undergraduate students.
  • Kingston University has seven residence halls, all near campuses at the University. University-owned residential halls consist of single rooms with a shared kitchen from 2-9 students, 70 per cent of which are en-suite.
  • Halls are located on or near the main campuses of the university. Students, staff and visitors have a free inter-site bus service, which runs between the residence halls and the four campuses.

Kingston University Awards  & Ranking

  • 48th in the Guardian University Guide 2020
  • Winners of the Guardian University Award for Teaching Excellence 2017
  • Top 200 in the world in Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2018
  • Number One in the world for MBA graduate start-ups (QS TopMBA.com)
  • Ranked #1 in London for Journalism, Sports Science and Pharmacy (Guardian, 2019)
  • Ranked #2 for Design & Crafts, #6 for Fashion, #9 for Architecture (Guardian, 2019)
  • 95% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating (HESA 2015/16)

Teaching Quality  

Kingston University’s teaching has been recognised as outstanding by winning The Guardian University Award 2017 for teaching excellence.

Academic Divisions

  • Kingston School of Art, 
  • Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, 
  • Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and 
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.

Why Kingston University?

  • Location – the proximity to London
  • Kingston is ideally located just on the outskirts of London. It’s only 25 minutes by train to central London!
  • Campus life.
  • An essential component of Kingston University is campus life. There are four teaching campuses in Kingston, and each one has a unique personality and a range of amenities. To modernise those facilities, the University will spend £260 million over the following ten years.
  • Teaching Quality
  • Most of the programmes at Kingston University are regarded as being of the highest teaching calibre.

How to Reach Kingston University? Or Travel

  • The Kingston on Thames town centre is a 5-minute stroll from the campuses at Penrhyn Road and Knights Park. Campus Roehampton Vale is about 4 miles outside the town, and campus Kingston Hill is about 3 miles outside the town and close to Richmond Park.
  • Due to the presence of two mainline train stations, several bus lines, and significant highways, every campus is easily accessible.
  • The main train stations for getting into downtown London are in Kingston and Norbiton.
  • International airports like Gatwick and Heathrow are additionally easily reachable from the campus by both public transportation and the road.

Kingston University Financial Aids

  • In 2015/2016, 2.375 million GBP were awarded in bursaries to students at Kingston University.
  • There are four outside scholarships available at the university. They are the Common Wealth Scholarships, the Marshal Scholarships (only for American students), the Fulbright Awards Program, and the Chevening Awards.
  • International students who have already earned a degree from KUL or have a familial link to the institution are given loyalty bursaries, which provide a 10% tuition price discount.
  • Loyalty bursaries and discounts include:
    • Family bursary: There is a 10 percent tuition discount available to international students who have close familial ties to Kingston University graduates or current students for each year of graduate or undergraduate studies. After successfully applying, applicants may apply.
    • Study Abroad, Summer School and Exchange student bursary: International students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programmes who have completed an exchange programme, a study abroad programme, or an international summer school are eligible for a 10% tuition fee discount for each year of the programme.
    • Alumni discount: Alumni from undergraduate programmes who are moving on to graduate school will receive a 10 percent tuition discount. There is no need to submit a separate application for this financial aid.
  • Financial support for international students include grants, scholarships, student jobs, and graduate fellowships
  • Few examples of scholarships exclusive to international students include:
Scholarship Criteria/ Details Benefits
International Scholarships This is an automatic entrance scholarship awarded to each successful international applicant at the institute for the first year of their bachelor, masters, or doctoral degree. 2,000 GBP for each candidate for one year.
Chevening Scholarship Chevening Scholarship is funded by Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and other organizations in awarding international postgraduate students to develop global leaders. Criteria for successful applicants are high-caliber graduates who show qualities of being future global leaders across various subject areas. The amount covers full cost of flights, accommodation, and program fees.
Postgraduate Progression Scholarship This award is for current students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program in the 2018/2019 session and are progressing into the 2019/2020 session. This financial aid cannot be received at the same time with the Alumni discount. It carries a benefit of 10% reduction in tuition fees.

Kingston University Tuition Fees

Courses Duration Tuition Fees
Engineering (6 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 48600
Science (8 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 14900 - GBP 46200
Arts (7 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 14900 - GBP 48600
Law (2 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 14900 - GBP 41700
Media Films (6 Courses) 17 Month - 3 Year GBP 17600 - GBP 48600
Management (3 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 16500 - GBP 41700

Kingston University Entry Requirements

Courses Exam
Arts IELTS
Banking & Finance IELTS , PTE
Engineering IELTS , PTE
Law IELTS
Management IELTS , PTE
MBA IELTS , PTE
Media Films IELTS
Science IELTS

Kingston University Famous Aluminis

  • Ben Barnes (Actor)
  • Eric Clapton (Guitarist)
  • Fiona Banner (Artist)
  • Ratheesan Yoganathan (Businessman, chairman of Lebara Group)

English language requirements at Kingston University

Undergraduate study (Academic IELTS/Academic IELTS for UKVI)

Subject area Overall score Conditions
Art, Design and Architecture courses 6.0 5.5 in all elements
Creative and Cultural Industries courses 6.0 5.5 in all elements
Journalism, Media, Humanities and Performing Arts courses* 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Social and Behavioural Sciences courses 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Business and Law courses 6.0 5.5 in all elements
Health, Social Care and Education courses* 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Science, Engineering, Computing and Surveying courses* 6.0 5.5 in all elements

* Exceptions:

  • Journalism (single and joint honours courses): 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in all other elements.
  • MPharm: 6.5 overall and 6.0 in all elements.
  • Nursing (all BSc programmes): 7.0 overall with 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other elements.
  • Midwifery (all BSc programmes): 7.0 overall with 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other elements. 
  • Radiography and Physiotherapy (all BSc programmes): 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing and speaking and 6.5 in all other elements.
  • Nutrition (all BSc programmes): 6.5 overall and 6.0 in all elements.
  • Social Work BA and Working with Children & Young People: Social Pedagogy BA: 7.0 overall and 7.0 in all elements.

Postgraduate study (Academic IELTS/Academic IELTS for UKVI)

Subject area Overall score Special conditions
Art, Design and Architecture courses* 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Critical Studies and Creative Industries courses 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Journalism, Publishing and Media courses* 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Humanities and Performing Arts courses* 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences courses* 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Kingston Business School* 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Health, Social Care and Education courses* 6.5 5.5 in all elements
Science, Engineering, Computing and Surveying* 6.5 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all elements

* Exceptions:

  • Graduate Diploma Creative Practice: 6.0 overall and 5.5 in all elements.
  • Applied Linguistics for TESOL MA: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in all other elements.
  • Behavioural Decision Science MSc: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other elements.
  • Business PhD/MRes/DBA and Law PhD: 7.0 overall and 6.5 in all elements.
  • Clinical Applications of Psychology MSc: 6.5 overall with 7.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all other elements.
  • Child Psychology MSc: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other elements.
  • Forensic Psychology MSc: 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other elements.
  • Healthcare Practice MSc: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing and 6.5 in all other elements.
  • Midwifery and Nursing courses: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other elements.
  • Occupational and Business Psychology MSc: 6.5 overall and 6.0 in all elements.
  • Radiography MSc courses: 6.5 overall; and 6.0 in all elements.
  • Physiotherapy MSc: 7.0 overall and 6.5 in all elements.
  • Pharmacy Practice (Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme): 7.0 overall and 7.0 in all elements.
  • Psychology MSc: 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other elements.
  • Publishing, Creative Writing and English Literature courses: 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other elements.
  • Journalism courses: 6.5 overall with 7.5 in writing and 5.5 in all other elements.
  • Music Education MA: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other elements.
  • Professional Education and Training MA: 7.0 overall and 7.0 in all elements.
  • PGCE courses (Early Years, Primary and Secondary): 6.5 overall and 6.0 in all elements.
  • Advanced Social Work MA and Master of Social Work MSW: 7.0 overall and 7.0 in all elements.
  • Science, Engineering and Computing – Postgraduate Research (PhD, MPhil, Masters by Research): minimum 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.0 in writing and minimum of 5.5 in each of the other elements.
  • Health, Social Care and Education – Postgraduate Research (PhD, MPhil, Masters by Research, Professional Doctorates): 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing.
  • Business School – Postgraduate Research (PhD, MPhil, Masters by Research, Professional Doctorates): 7.0 overall, with 7.0 in writing and 6.5 in all of the other elements.

The Requirements may Defer for few Programs.

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Kingston University Highlights

Type of university Public research university
Location Penrhyn Rd, Kingston, UK
Housing capacity 2,005 rooms
Financial aid Scholarships, bursaries, loans.
Mode of application Online
Courses offered UG, PG, short courses

Kingston University Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

The estimated cost of living in Kingston, England, is displayed in the table below. Under the British National Health Service, students who have been enrolled in a full-time programme for more than six months are eligible for free medical care.

Item Amount per month (GBP)
Tuition (per annum) 15,300-23,500
Accommodation 536-1,320
Laundry 20-30
Food 180-350
Books and supplies 40-50
Phone and internet 20-45
Miscellaneous 120-140
Total (excluding tuition) 916-1935
  • The duration of an undergraduate course in the UK is normally nine months. Based on the estimate above, the cost of living for the year would be between 8,244 - 17,415 GBP including tuition fee.
  • The duration of postgraduate courses in the UK is generally 12 months. Based on the estimate above, the cost of living for the year would be between 10,992 - 23,220 GBP including tuition fee.

Kingston University Cost of living

While tuition fees are the grounding rock, there are other survival needs to be considered as well before you apply to a program which has been mentioned as follows:

Type of Expenditure On-campus (8 months) Off-campus (8 months)
Accommodation 5,359 to 11,644 450 to 713 per month
Food Including in accommodation 1,266 to 1,620
Books & Supplies 825 to 2,681 825 to 2,681
Personal Computer 375 to 825 375 to 825
Health Insurance 468 468
Others 1,725 1, 725
Total 8,752 to 17,343 5,109 to 7,582

Know more about Studying in UK

Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average) MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK £850 to £1,050 a month
Entrance Exams in UK TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590
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Post Study Work Permit in UK 2 Year after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in UK £348
Student Visa in UK Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.
Intakes in UK There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.
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Economy in UK Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

Kingston University Average Tuition Fee Per Year

Undergraduate

£ 15,070

Postgraduate

£ 14,790

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 9,573

Campus accommodation

£ 7,135

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.

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