The University of London was founded by Royal Charter on 28 November 1836 and is the third oldest university in England.The two founding Colleges of the University, UCL (founded 1826) and King’s College London (founded 1829), both predate the University, as do many other of the University’s constituent institutions. For example, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School (now part of Queen Mary) and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School (now part of King’s College London) both have twelfth-century origins.The University of London was initially established to act as an examining body for its Colleges and other ‘approved institutions’. It acted solely in this capacity until 1858.
The University awarded its first degrees back in 1839 to 29 students. Today more than 22,000 students studying at its 19 prestigious Colleges and through its distance learning programme in 180 countries receive University of London degrees each year.The University of London is unlike many other universities. It consists of 19 self governing Colleges and 10 other smaller specialist research Institutes. In many ways the Colleges are considered universities in their own right: they set their own entrance criteria for their courses and they offer their own services to students. Some now also have their own degree awarding powers. All students from all the Colleges and Institutes are also University of London students, making them part of a community of over 120,000 students and giving them access to many services in London.
Did you know that when making your application through UCAS you can apply to up to five University of London Colleges? They are all considered separate institutions when it comes to applying. Postgraduate students apply directly to the College or Colleges they wish to study with.
Many levels of study are covered at the University of London including Foundation degrees, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas and research degrees. The Colleges also have a wide range of short courses and summer programmes. Pre-university school students are also able to sample University of London courses and life through the Taster Course programme.
In fact it is not even essential to be in London to study for a University of London degree. We currently have over 50,000 students studying in 180 different countries with the University of London International Programmes.
As well as offering a world class education the University has a range of other services on offer including a careers service, data archiving and networking, library services, conference facilities and you can even use University buildings for location filming.