Based in London, the University of Westminster is a public research university. Initially, it was founded as the Royal Polytechnic Institution. It was the first polytechnic to open in London; later, it became the University of Westminster in 1992. The main campus of the university is at Regent Street in central London. Its additional campuses are in Fitzrovia, Marylebone, and Harrow. The University of Westminster is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Association of MBAs, EFMD, EQUIS, and the European University Association. Westminster's alumni include a Nobel laureate in Medicine, heads of state, politicians and mayors, Olympians, scientists, BAFTA, and Oscar-winning filmmakers, Grammy Award-winning musicians, journalists, and poets.
- Courses Offered
- Eligibility & Documents Required
- Application & Tuition Fees
- Scholarships & Financial Aid
- Admission Process
- Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
- Part Time Work While Studying
- Campuses & Accommodation
- University Contact Information
What all courses are available to international students?
The University of Westminster offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral degrees as well as certificates and diplomas at both bachelor’s and master’s levels. Given the quality of education and the high standards of relevance to the professions, the programmes at the University of Westminster are recognised by the appropriate professional bodies such as the BCS, BPS, CIOB, CABE, ICE, RICS, and HPC. The university was on multiple occasions recognised for its research excellence and global contribution in areas like Media and Communications, Art and Design, and Architecture.
Eligibility & Documents Required
What are the eligibility requirements?
Students interested in pursuing undergraduate degree at the University of Westminster, are requested to check the entry requirements of the university. The general entry requirements for Indian students are mentioned below, however these are mere guidelines. Some courses may also have specific subject or grade requirements, which will be listed on individual course pages, thus it is imperative to check the university website for further information.
For entry into first year of the undergraduate degrees (Level 4), students need to have one of the following:
For entry into second year of the undergraduate degrees (Level 5), students need to have one of the following:
Note: Student’s studying at one of Westminster partners in India can request for an agreement allowing entry into the second or third year.
Students interested in applying for a master's degree or research degree (such as MPhil or PhD) at the University of Westminster, are requested to check the entry requirements of the university. The general entry requirements for Indian students are mentioned below, however these are mere guidelines. Some courses may also have specific subject or grade requirements, which will be listed on individual course pages, thus it is imperative to check the university website for further information.
Note: For students, whose qualifications are not listed above, you may still be able to apply for entry to the university’s course by getting in touch with the enquiries team. Also, students whose qualifications do not meet the university’s entry requirements, must consider applying for one of the university’s preparation courses offered by its partner college.
University preparation courses
The University of Westminster’s partner college, Kaplan International College London, offers a Pre-Master's course leading to entry to a number of the university’s master's degrees. To learn more about the preparational course, visit the Kaplan International College London website.
English language requirements for all programmes
The English language requirements for all the courses at the University of Westminster are provided on individual course pages as minimum IELTS scores. Additionally, the university also accepts high Grade X and XII scores in English from CBSE, ICSE and Maharashtra boards. The general English requirements for Indian students are mentioned below, however for specific requirements kindly visit the university website.
Additional English Requirement Information
- Some research areas may have a higher English language requirement
- Students applying to English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in any of the individual elements)
- Students applying to the Westminster Law School must have passed their LLM or MA with merit or distinction with 65% or above in their dissertation and to achieve a minimum IELTS score of 7.0
What all documents are needed for application?
Before proceeding with the application all students must get the relevant documents ready. The exact documents will depend on the course, but generally, students should have the following:
- Copies of qualifications (certificates or transcripts meeting the entry requirements)
- Proof of English language level
- International students who need a Tier 4 visa to attend the university will need a copy of their passports
- A personal statement
- Details of referees (refer to the entry requirements on the course page for specific requirements)
Application & Tuition Fees
Is there any application fees?
Yes. However, the application fee varies according to UCAS policies. Normally it is £20 if you are applying to just one course, or £26 for multiple courses.
All the overseas applicants must pay a minimum deposit of £4000 before the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) can be issued. The quickest way to pay the deposit is by credit or debit card through the applicant portal. After receiving the full deposit, the University will register the applicant with UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI). The student will then receive a unique CAS reference number, which will used during visa application.
What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?
Students interested in applying for higher studies at the University of Westminster, are requested to check the tuition fee details at the university website. The tentative fee structures for different programmes at the University of Westminster are provided in the graph below:
*Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?
There are multiple scholarships offered to the international students by the University of Westminster. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of three criteria: academic excellence, development potential, and financial need. The specific scholarship information is provided on the university website, but generic information is as follows:
Each year, the scholarships office funds 300 Excellence Awards to reward and encourage undergraduates to progress in their studies. These awards are offered to top Level 4 and Level 5 undergraduate students in each course area. The award to students’ ratio is approximately 1:30, so larger courses will acquire more awards per course than smaller course areas.
Students who qualify for an Excellence Award at the end of their first or second year, will be contacted by their respective college at the end of summer. Each college has an Excellence Award ceremony where the awardees receive a certificate and a cash award. Only students with an offer for any course at the university can apply for scholarships.
When do the admissions start?
If you are aspiring to pursue your undergraduate, postgraduate or doctorate programmes from University of Westminster, you must start with the application a few months prior to the application dates. For September-start postgraduate courses, you must apply by 1 August. Also, if you want to apply for study visa in the UK, you should aim to apply by 1 July. Additionally, for January-start courses, you must apply by 1 January and if you are looking for a visa to study in the UK, you should aim to apply by 1 December.
How to apply to UG courses?
For application, you should start by registering at www.ucas.com/apply, add your personal details, get a username, create a password, and set your security questions. Next, add the buzzword that your school, college, or centre gave you. If you are applying independently, you will not have a buzzword, so you will have to answer some more questions.
Note: You can only apply once in a cycle.
Once you have registered, here are the sections you will need to complete in Apply:
Step 1: Sign in to fill in the rest of your details
- You will need to add in your funding and sponsorship options, residential status, any special needs or disabilities, and any criminal convictions
- Add your email address
Step 2: Additional information (UK applicants only)
- Equality, ethnic origin, national identity, any summer schools / taster courses you attended, care and parental education, and occupational background all must be added in this section
Step 3: Course choices
- You can choose up to five courses. There is no preference order and your chosen universities / colleges will not see be able to see where else you have applied
- If you are applying to Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, or Veterinary Science, you can only apply to a maximum of four courses in any one of these subjects
Step 4: Full education history
- You must enter all your qualifications – whether you have the result or if you are still awaiting examinations and results
- If any of your pending qualifications are not listed on ucas.com, you still need to add them to your application
- International students – qualifications are listed by name and country, but do not worry if yours is not there – just add it to the ‘Other’ box. You may have to send proof of your results to the university or college yourself
- If you cannot find your school examination certificates, contact the school and local authority
Step: 5 Your employment history
If you have had any paid jobs – full-time or part-time – you will have to enter details for up to five of them, include company names, addresses, job descriptions, and start/finish dates.
Step: 6 Write a personal statement
In this section you will have to write a personal essay where you include all your academic, professional, and extracurricular experiences.
Step: 7 Reference and Payment
- You will have to submit a written recommendation from a teacher, adviser, or professional who knows you academically or professionally
- The application fee is £20 if you are applying to just one course, or £26 for multiple courses
- If you are applying through a school, college, or centre, they will guide you when to pay. Alternatively, you can also pay directly by using credit / debit card
Step: 8 Review
- Take a final look at your application, see if you need to make any edits, then mark it as complete and save it
- Once you have marked all previous sections as complete, you will be able to read and agree to the declaration – this allows UCAS to process your information and send it to your chosen universities/colleges
How to apply to PG courses?
Almost all postgraduate courses at Westminster can be applied through UCAS Postgraduate using the ‘Apply’ links at the university course pages. The link will route you to the UCAS Postgraduate website to make your application.
Begin the application by registering with your Email Id, Name and finally by creating a password.
In this step click Apply to proced with application.
In this step you will have to select each section and provide complete information.
- Provider’s Question: Here you will have to answer the questions entered by University of Westminster, London. All the answers must be supported with proper documents like transcripts, resume, proposal and so on
- Personal Statement: You will have to type your personal statement into the box provided or you will have to copy and paste it from a word-processing document
- Reference: In this section, you will have to provide the referee details. After you click 'Send reference request' – an automatic email request will be sent to your referee
- Your Agent’s Details: This is only applicable if you are applying with the help of agents then you must provide the agent details
- Finance and Funding: Here you will have to mention your financial source through which you will be funding your course in the university
- Personal Details: In this section you need to provide information like Title, Name, Date of Birth, and Gender as it appreas in documents, such as your passport, birth certificate, or driving licence
- Contact Details: Here you need to provide your contact details like Email Id, Address, and Telephone Number
- Work Experience: In this section you need to provide details of any paid or unpaid work or volunteering experiences you have had
- Education: Here you will have to mention information about all schools, colleges, or educational institutions you have attended
- Residency and Nationality: Here you have to provide details of your nationality listed in your passport
- English Language Skills: In this section you need to answer a few questions outlining your English language skills and IELTS score
- Suporting Information: Here you will have to answer a few additional questions that will help you during your study with financial support, or extra equipment
Once you have provided all the information you can submit the application.
For a number courses, the University of Westminster uses means like essays, portfolios, selection workshops, interviews, or auditions to identify the strongest applicants.
Applicants who are selected for the interview/audition are generally invited at least seven days before the date of the event. Usually an interview/audition are held either in groups or with more than one representative of the university’s staff on the panel. Alternatively, if an invited applicant fails to attend an interview in person, the interview is then arranged over telephone or Skype.
When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?
The communication of the decisions is done by the Admissions Officer within fifteen working days through email. However, at busy times the communication may take longer.
Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
What are the chances to get into this university?
According to data published by UCAS on January 30, 2020, the current acceptance rate at the university is 17.24%. While this is general acceptance rate, some courses have an even lower rate of acceptance. Therefore, to be accepted at the University of Westminster is a challenge and a matter of great pride.
How many international students are studying at the university?
Students from over 160 nations join university every year to complete their undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral studies. University has over 900 alumni based in India and worldwide. It has even launched the Westminster India Alumni Network, to connect graduating students from the university with alumni back in India for placement, internship, and mentoring opportunities.
Part Time Work While Studying
Can I work while studying here?
Yes, a student while pursuing a course at the University of Westminster can work part-time during to avail much-needed extra income, while gaining valuable work experience and skills development.
Students who are in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa and are attending a degree level course, are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during course vacations. This includes both paid and unpaid work. Students who have a Tier 4 visa issued to attend a pre-sessional course only, are not allowed to work more than 10 hours per week in paid or unpaid work. The Tier 4 visa specifies basic work details including the maximum number of working hours allowed. Students should check the work condition on a visa to gain more clarity.
Note: Students with short-term study visas are not allowed to do any work at all, paid or unpaid.
Campuses & Accommodation
How many colleges and campuses does the university have?
The University of Westminster has three colleges and twelve schools, within which there are more than 65 departments and research centres.
The University of Westminster is spread across four London campuses – three in central London, and one in Harrow.
The Cavendish Campus is in central London within only a five-minute walk from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road. Subjects taught at the campus include Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Computer Science and Engineering, and Psychology.
The Harrow Campus is based in north-west London, which is 30 minutes away from central London by tube. Subjects taught at this campus include Art and Design, Fashion, and Film and Television.
The Marylebone Campus is in central London, within easy walking distance from both Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street. Moreover, the subjects taught here include Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, and Construction Management and Urban Planning.
The Regent Campus comprises three sites in central London, all within a few minutes' walk from Oxford Street. The first site is at 309 Regent Street and courses like English and Creative Writing, Languages, and History are taught here. The second site is located at Little Titchfield Street where Law courses are taught. Finally, the third site is located at Wells Street where courses like Criminology and Sociology, and Politics and International Relations are taught.
Is on-campus housing available?
Yes, for students who join the University of Westminster, the Student Accommodation Team offers its help in finding a suitable place to live.
The following are different accommodation options available to the students at the University of Westminster:
*Cost varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the university’s website for the latest costs.
Application and Payment:
Applicants aspiring to apply for halls must log in to the Housing Portal. Only after creating an account and setting up the password students can have full access to the Housing Portal. After setting up the password, the applicant can then apply for a place in the halls and monitor the progress of the application. Only applicants aspiring to study as a full-time student can apply for accommodation.
Note: Halls are not available to part-time students, but the university offers guidance to such students on finding private accommodation.
Applicants are required to formally accept the room offer and that too within the deadline mentioned during application. In situations where the applicants miss the deadline, the room will be given to another student.
For applicants being offered a place at Alexander Fleming Hall, Harrow Hall, or Marylebone Hall, will be notified through an email. For applicants with an offer at IQ Raffles House will be contacted by the IQ Raffles House administration team. The guidelines and instructions on how to accept the offer will be included in the correspondence link.
Initially, applicants will be instructed to pay the refundable deposit of £250, which acts as a damage deposit for the room. This deposit will be repaid to the applicants in six to eight weeks after the end of the contract, minus any necessary deductions. Furthermore, the refund will be made in the same way the payment was received.
University Contact Information
Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?
Students aspiring to pursue their higher studies at the University of Westminster can contact the university through the following modes:
Undergraduate admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Postgraduate admissions: email@example.com
T: +44 (0)20 7911 5000; Code: 65817 or 66127
First floor, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW