The Royal Charter founded the University of London on 28th of November 1836. This makes it the third oldest university in all of England. The two founding Colleges of the University, UCL (founded 1826) and King’s College London (founded 1829), both predate the University. This also applies to many other constituent institutions of the University itself.
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. This University 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 study at its 19 prestigious Colleges. In addition students can also receive University of London degrees each year through the university’s distance learning program in 180 countries. This University is unlike many other universities around the globe. It consists of 19 self governing Colleges and 10 other smaller specialist research Institutes, all working under one name.
In many ways the Colleges are considered universities in their own right; they set their own entrance criteria for their courses and offer their own separate services to aspiring students. additionally Some colleges now also have their own degree awarding powers. All students from all the constituent Colleges and Institutes are also considered as University of London students, which in turn makes them part of a community of over 120,000 students which grants them access to many exclusive services available in the City of 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 the application process. Postgraduate students can apply directly to the College or Colleges they wish to study with.
Many levels of higher education are covered at this university including Foundation degrees, undergraduate, postgraduate and Doctoral degrees and diplomas and research degrees. The Colleges also offer a wide range of short-term courses and summer programs. Pre-university students are also able to sample this University’s courses and lifestyle through the Taster Course program.
In fact it is not even essential to be in London to study for This University degree. We currently have over 50,000 students studying in 180 different countries with the University’s International programs.
In addition offering a world class education the University also has a range of other services on offer including a careers service, data archiving and networking, library services, conference facilities. You can even use University buildings for location filming.