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A degree from the University of London

A degree from the University of London is a mark of excellence, respected by employers and universities worldwide. This is because the University of London is one of the world’s leading universities, internationally recognised for its high academic standards. This reputation is based on the outstanding teaching and research of its 18 world-class Colleges and 10 specialist institutes.University of London are one of the largest, most diverse universities in the UK with over 120,000 students in London, and a further 50,000 studying across 190 countries for a University of London degree.

A short history of the University of London

The University of London was established by Royal Charter in 1836 for the public benefit and is recognised globally. The University has offered access to a wide range of academic opportunities. As a world leader in higher education, the University has pioneered change in the sector. University of London were the first university to admit students regardless of their gender, race or religion, the first to admit women to degree programmes and, in 1865, the first to give students the opportunity to study wherever they are, providing access to higher education across the globe. For almost 200 years, University of London have improved the lives of millions of people around the world through our unique approach to education, prompting Charles Dickens to term the 'People's University'.Since 1858, University of London degrees have been accessible to students all over the world through the University of London International Programmes. Alumni of the University of London International Programmes have gone on to shape our world. These include seven Nobel Prize winners, leaders of Commonwealth countries, government ministers, renowned authors, academics, judges and business leaders.

Academic direction

Academic direction for all of the programmes offered through the University of London International Programmes is provided by Colleges of the University. Academics at these Colleges develop the syllabuses, prepare the study materials, and are responsible for the assessment of students. This means that students benefit from the academic rigour and leading-edge research undertaken by the Colleges. It also helps to ensure that University of London qualifications are of the same high academic standard, however they are achieved. In the case of the Undergraduate Laws Programme, academic direction is provided by six University of London Colleges with Law Schools or Departments, collectively known as the Laws Consortium. The six Colleges are: Birkbeck, King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Queen Mary, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and UCL (University College London). On successful completion of your studies you will be awarded a University of London degree or Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law. The certificate you receive will state that you were registered with the University of London and that examinations were conducted by the University of London Law Schools.

Join the World Class

After graduation, you become part of University of London global network of influential alumni, including distinguished barristers, solicitors, leaders in industry and Nobel prize winners.


Enhance your employability by developing skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and self-discipline, all of which are valued by top law firms and employers worldwide.

Online Library

All registered students have access to the Online Library from the Student Portal or it can be accessed directly at: Among the many excellent resources, it provides free access to:
• the professional legal databases – Lexis Library, Westlaw, Justis One
• cases and up-to-date statutes
• key academic law journals
• multidisciplinary databases in business and the social sciences.

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