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University of West London

United Kingdom


The University of West London (UWL) was named University of the Year for Student Experience in the Good University Guide 2021 (The Times and Sunday Times).

It's a top choice for international students as it provides:

  • Career-focused courses
  • Excellent teaching by industry experts
  • Two locations with high-quality learning facilities

UWL is located in Ealing and Brentford in west London. The locations give students easy access to vibrant local areas with parks, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Each site is close to train services that can reach the centre of London in 30 minutes.

Students choose UWL because:

  • Courses help them prepare for life after graduation
  • It's the top modern* university in London (The Guardian University Guide 2022)
  • There are many support services covering careers, immigration, study skills, health and much more
  • Scholarships and bursaries are available to help eligible learners
  • Over GBP 150m has been invested into transforming UWL's teaching, study and leisure facilities

* Modern universities are defined as higher education institutions that were granted university status in, and subsequent to, 1992.

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What's New

What's New

University rankings

UWL recently ranked well in the latest Guardian University League Tables in 2022. Its success includes:

  • #35 university in the UK
  • #1 modern* university in London
  • #1 London university for teaching satisfaction
  • #1 in England for assessment and feedback satisfaction
  • Some of the best courses in London

It was also named the top modern* university for overall score for:

  • Media and film studies
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Business, management and marketing
  • Civil engineering

Transformed support for international students from an international UWL graduate

An overseas graduate student of UWL, Andreea-Daniela Coroama, is the university's first International Student Experience Coordinator. She studied a degree in Business Studies and Marketing at UWL, now she's dedicated to helping international students have the best experience possible.

She said: ''I understand the challenges so many students face when they come to the UK...I learnt that the best way of enjoying my time at university was to get involved and take every opportunity to be part of this incredible community. This is the message I share with students as I want them to love their time here as much as I did.

''UWL has supported me throughout my journey, and I am so happy to be able to give that level of help back to others. This is what makes the university so special, and I am delighted to be a part of it and make a difference to our students.''

New international students to UWL can be sure someone is there to support them who understands what they're going through.

*A modern university is a university created after 1992

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

At the University of West London, students are taught by professors who are experts in their fields. Some of the university's achievements:

  • UWL's Vice-Chancellor is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his contribution to higher education
  • The university received an Outstanding Financial Performance Award from the 2019 Times Higher Education Awards
  • The university's leadership team was given an award of Outstanding Leadership and Management Team from Times Higher Education in 2017

As well as excellent teaching, courses are career-focused and practical. Some include in-built placements and internships where students gain valuable work experience. As the university has campuses in or near London, part-time work placement opportunities are available with some of the city's most exciting businesses.

Academic study support at UWL includes:

  • One-to-one support sessions
  • Study skills workshops
  • English and maths support
  • Peer mentors
  • Royal Literary Fellows writing support

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Department structure

Department structure

Students have lots of study choices from UWL's different schools and colleges:

  • London School of Film, Media and Design – professional and dynamic media courses
  • The Claude Littner Business School – Business School of the Year in 2019 THE awards
  • School of Computing and Engineering – industry-focused and accredited courses
  • London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism – courses with industry-standard facilities
  • School of Law – students benefit from on-site facilities and volunteering experiences
  • London College of Music – the UK's largest specialist performing arts and music institution
  • College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare – with strong links with NHS Trusts and other healthcare providers
  • School of Human and Social Sciences – career-focused courses with links to professional bodies
  • School of Biomedical Sciences – the university's newest academic school with new state-of-the-art laboratories
  • Drama Studio London – offering a specialist conservatoire setting

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

There are country-specific criteria for entry to UWL. If students have a qualification higher than A Level (or equivalent), they may enter directly to Year 2 or Year 3 of an undergraduate degree course.

Non-native English speakers and those whose previous studies weren't entirely in English must meet UWL's language requirements. Students usually need a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing. Tests have to be from an approved UKWI test centre.

Because of Covid-19, UWL accepts the following language tests from non-EU international students in 2022. They will need the relevant overall scores:

  • IELTS Indicator – foundation 5.5, undergraduate 6.0, postgraduate 6.5
  • Pearson Versant – foundation 60, undergraduate 64, postgraduate 69

International students who don't meet the language requirements can take a pre-sessional English language programme. This takes place at UWL before the start of the academic course.

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Top-notch facilities available to students at UWL include:

  • Industry-standard course facilities such as recording studios, a training restaurant and a flight simulator
  • Library full of books, journals, computer workstations, study spaces and other resources
  • Heathrow exhibition and archive, a permanent display of unique artefacts and history from the airport
  • Electronics labs, concrete testing lab, geotechnical lab, structural lab, biomedical sciences lab and a hydraulics lab
  • One of the largest music studio complexes in Europe
  • Mock courtroom, crime scene room and high-tech forensic tools

UWL has two sites in west London (Brentford and Ealing). Local facilities include cafes, parks, shopping centres, football pitches, cricket greens, restaurants, gyms, bars and purpose-built accommodation.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

UWL has a number of scholarships and bursaries available to EU and international students. These include department and course awards.

International ambassador scholarships

Up to 100 awards are on offer for eligible international students. They are worth up to GBP 5,000 and go towards the first year of tuition fees. Students must have an offer to study a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme.

Students with the award will be international ambassadors. They help international students looking to study at UWL through open days, interviews and other activities.

Alumni bursaries

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree at UWL may be eligible for a bursary when studying for a second degree at UWL. These are worth GBP 2,500.

Alumni scholarships

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree at UWL may be eligible for a scholarship for a second degree course. These are worth GBP 5,000.

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