Goldsmiths College, University of London offers innovative study opportunities with undergraduate and postgraduate programmes through to teacher-training and part-time and professional training.
The College has a distinguished history of contributing to arts and social sciences. Its Department of Art is widely recognised as one of Britain's most prestigious, producing the YBA's art collective and over 20 Turner Prize nominees. Goldsmiths is also famous for design, psychology, drama, sociology, music, media and cultural studies, languages and literature, visual cultures, anthropology and educational studies.
Nearly 20% of students come from countries outside the UK, and 52% of all undergraduates are mature students (aged 21 or over at the start of their studies). Around a third of students at Goldsmiths are postgraduate students.
Kings College London was founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington in 1829, making it the third oldest University in England. In 1836, alongside UCL, Kings became one of the two founding Colleges of the University of London. King's is based in the centre of London and organised into nine academic schools, spread across four Thames-side campuses in central London and another in Denmark Hill in south London. Kings is a large institution, with approximately 25,000 students and over 6,000 staff.
King's is a world-leading university, currently ranked 19th in the world (6th in the UK and 8th in Europe) in the 2013 QS World University Rankings, and 38th in the world (6th in the UK and 9th in Europe) in the 2013 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. There are currently 12 Nobel Prize laureates amongst King's alumni and current and former faculty.
King's is the largest centre for healthcare education in Europe. King's College London School of Medicine has over 2,000 undergraduate students, over 1,400 teachers, four main teaching hospitals – Guy's Hospital, King's College Hospital, St Thomas' Hospital and University Hospital Lewisham – and 17 associated district general hospitals.
The School of Oriental and African Studies, or SOAS as it is more commonly known, is located in Bloomsbury in Central London and is the 'world's leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East'. SOAS is consistently ranked among the top Universities in the UK and offers around 350 undergraduate Bachelor's degree combinations, and over 100 one-year intensively taught Master's degrees. MPhil and PhD research degrees are also available in every academic department.
SOAS has more than 5,000 students from 133 countries on campus, and just over 50% per cent of them are from outside the UK. In addition, about 3,600 students around the world are taking one our distance learning programmes. There is a roughly equal split between undergraduates (55%) and postgraduates (45%). Alumni include heads of state, royalty, writers and academics; notable names include Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Member of the Burmese Parliament and James Harding, journalist and former editor of The Times newspaper.
Established in 1916, the School's founding mission was to advance British scholarship, science and commerce in Africa and Asia and provide the University of London with a rival to the famous Oriental schools of Berlin, Petrograd and Paris. The school is made up of nineteen departments across three faculties: Arts and Humanities, Languages and Cultures, and Law and Social Sciences. The School is also highly regarded for its focus on small group teaching with a student-staff ratio of only 11:1 and some departments 6:1.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Founded in 1899 by Sir Patrick Manson, the School is now part of the University of London and has expanded in recent years at its two main sites on Keppel Street and Tavistock Place, both in the Bloomsbury area.
The School was named the world’s leading research-focused graduate school in the Times Higher Education World Rankings (October 2013), and is now among the world’s top 100 universities by reputation (March 2014). LSHTM now have more than 1,000 London-based Master’s and Research students, 3,000 studying Master’s by distance learning and over 1,000 on short courses and continuous professional development. LSHTM staff, students and alumni work in more than 180 countries in government, academia, international agencies and health services.
The LSHTM won the 2009 Gates Award for Global Health established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and received $1 million in prize money. The award recognises organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to improving global health. More recently, a team of researchers led by Professor Richard Hayes at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, have been awarded $37 million to test an innovative combination of strategies to prevent HIV in African countries.
The Royal Academy of Music is a conservatoire and a constituent college of the University of London. It was founded by Lord Burghersh in 1822 and is Britain's oldest degree-granting music school, receiving a Royal Charter in 1830. The Academy is located on Marylebone Road, adjacent to Regent's Park.
The Academy has approximately 700 students from over 50 countries, with roughly 300 undergraduates and 400 postgraduates. Most Academy students are classical performers: strings, piano, vocal studies including opera, brass, woodwind, conducting and choral conducting, composition, percussion, harp, organ, accordion, guitar. There are also departments for musical theatre performance and jazz.
The Academy’s mission is to provide pre-professional, undergraduate and postgraduate musical training of the highest national and international standards. It aims to enrich musical culture through the training and education of the most talented students to the highest standards. Notable alumni include Arthur Sullivan, Elton John, Annie Lennox and John Barbirolli.