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University of Westminster

University of Westminster

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

Westminster is one of the most international universities in the UK. In the 2021 THE World University rankings Westminster ranked 4th in the UK and 32nd globally for its international outlook.

Fast Facts


  • London, England

Number of students

  • 19,000 of which 49% international
  • 165 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.

modern University to win The Queen's Award For Enterprise
most International Universities in the World

Guardian League Tables, 2016

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.

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Programmes in 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.

Scholarships and Funding

The University of Westminster has various funding and scholarship arrangements in place for international students. Scholarships may be offered by the university itself, some by the British Government, whilst others are country-specific scholarships or study loans, part of an agreement with funding bodies across Latin America. Below is an overview of opportunities available to Latin American students interested in studying at  the University of Westminster.

For further information please do some research directly with these funding bodies, or contact the Inova Education team and we can assist you identifying opportunities available in your country. Note that in most cases you cannot apply for scholarships or study loans until after you have secured a university offer.

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