University of Westminster

The University of Westminster dates back to 1838, when it was founded as the Royal Polytechnic Institution —the first polytechnic in the UK— and became the University of Westminster in 1992.

Fast facts


  • London, England

Number of students

  • Over 5,000


  • Over 150 nationalities


  • Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Westminster Business School
  • Westminster Law School
  • Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

Notable Alumni

  • Ezra Pound, Poet
  • Vivienne Westwood, Designer
  • Roger Waters, Musician
  • Neal Purvis - Writer
  • Seamus McGarvey - Cinematographer


Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Fashion & Textiles (5th in the UK)
  •  Journalism, Publishing & Public Relations (7th in the UK)
  • Hospitality, Event Management & Tourism (13th in the UK)
  • Communication & Media Studies (18th in the UK)
  • Media and Film Studies, (20th in the UK)
  • Film Production and Photography (Top 35 in the UK)
  • Sociology (Top 50 in the UK)
  • Economics (Top 50 in the UK)
    Guardian University Guide 2016 & Complete University Guide 2016

The University of Westminster offers many practice-based courses that are rated as excellent, many with international recognition.


With over 175 years of history, the University leads in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences.

The University of Westminster is ranked top 5 in the UK for Journalism and Communication.


1st modern University

to win The Queen's Award For Enterprise

Amongst Top 100

most International Universities in the World

Guardian League Tables, 2016

100% student satisfaction

in The BA (Hons) Fashion Design course

National Student Survey, 2016


The University of Westminster is located in the heart of London, city ranked No.1 Academic City in the World.

Three of the university’s four campuses are located in Central London: Cavendish Campus, Marylebone Campus and Regent Campus. The fourth campus, Harrow Campus, is located in Harrow, north-west London. Its position in the city of London, allows the university to continue to build close connections with leading figures and organisations in the areas of business, information technology, politics and law.


Other information

Programmes on the Spotlight

  • Digital and Interactive Storytelling LAB MA

Digital and Interactive Storytelling LAB MA is a new and innovative course, designed for digital storytellers and shaped like a media LAB. The course delivers industry-level professional expertise in visual communication from photography to cinema journalism, interactive narratives and apps for change.

The course incorporates an agency media LAB approach to learning through knowledge sharing and project completion which is pragmatic.  The goal is the production of digital stories and, or interactive factual narrative. The method is through iteration and collaboration.

Did you know?

  • Seamus McGarvey studied at the Westminster Film school and has been an Academy Award nominee for Atonement and Ana Karenina, with actress Keira Knightly starring in both films.
  • The University of Westminster has a world class reputation for producing highly creative fashion professionals. Amongst their alumni, you can find the CEO and Creative Director of Burberry, Christopher Bailey.


The University of Westminster has various scholarships available for international students. Each country may offer different scholarships and/or student loans. For further information, please contact the Inova Education team, we are experts in this field and will help you to identify the best option for you.

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