University of Westminster



The University of Westminster is a public research university based in London, United Kingdom.

The University began in 1838, when Sir George Cayley opened the Polytechnic Institution at 309 Regent Street in London. In 1881, philanthropist Quintin Hogg bought the Royal Polytechnic Institution building and moved his Young Men’s Christian Institute into 309 Regent Street, which soon became the publicly funded Regent Street Polytechnic.

Since then, this education institution has secured a reputation as a place for firsts. These include:

  • the first polytechnic in London and one of the first in the UK (1838)
  • the opening of the first public photographic portrait studio in Europe (1841)
  • the venue for the first public moving picture show in the UK, organised by the Lumière brothers (1896)
  • organising the first marathon race (at the London Olympics) over the now traditional distance of 26 miles, 385 yards (1908)
  • offering the first degree courses in Photographic Science, Photography, and Media Studies (1960s and 1970s)
  • the first modern university to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade

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Why study here

✓The University of Westminster offers a wide range of scholarships to help you pay for your studies.
✓Studying at Westminster means that your classroom goes well beyond the walls of the university and everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep
✓Majority of courses have professional accreditations and programmes are taught by leading practitioners
✓With students from 169 nations, Westminster has the most diverse student community in the UK

Featured programmes

Data Science and Analytics , Fashion Design , Law , Software Engineering , Tourism and Events Management

English language requirements

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