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Why study at university?

At university you will learn career-shaping skills, collaborate with our industry partners and discover different career paths, opportunities and employers. However big your ambitions, we will help you achieve them. Find out how we prepare our students for future careers.

Never not your future

Discover Your Career

At university you can pursue your passions and interests. You can discover different opportunities and career paths and benefit from our career zone service connects students to our wide network of employers. Find out more about careers and employability here.

Careers and employability

Essential Skills

University gives you the skills needed to remain adaptable in a rapidly changing world including problem solving, communication, leadership, and digital proficiency.

In the Money

Having a degree makes you more attractive to employers in the increasingly competitive job market. As a graduate you will have a greater choice of jobs and earn more throughout your lifetime. According to research the average graduate salary is 30% higher than for non-graduates between the ages of 25-30.

Internationally Recognised Qualification

A higher education qualification from a UK university is recognised and well-respected by employers and academics throughout the world.

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Choosing your university

Find out what UEL is really like

The first step to choosing a university is to visit for yourself.

At University of East London we run a series of open days throughout the year where you can get a feel for the institution, meet our academics, and experience a taste of what life at uni is like. 

Not able to make it person? You can take a virtual wander with our Virtual Tour Platform


The University of East London is a global leader in equality and diversity and in 2020 we were awarded as the top-ranking university in UK (2nd in the world) for tackling inequality.


We recently launched a major partnership with AWS to give all out students free access to cloud-computing skills and ranked second in the Amazon Web Services Web Challenge.


We're ranked in the world's top 200 young universities (Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2018).

Choosing your course

    A bachelor's degree is the umbrella term for an undergraduate degree. At the University of East London, you have a wide choice of what and how to study.

    Honours degrees

    BA (Hons) - Bachelor of Arts (Honours). This degree is awarded in arts and humanities subjects such as history, sociology and fashion design.

    BSc (Hons) - Bachelor of Science (Honours). This degree is awarded for science or technology based subjects such as psychology, architecture and physiotherapy.

    LLB (Hons) - Bachelor of Law (Honours). This degree is award for law-based subjects.

    BEng (Hons) - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). This degree is awarded for subjects in the field of engineering.

    MEng (Hons)/MSoc (Hons) - In a limited number of subjects, UEL offers four-year integrated master's degrees. It means you can study right through to master's level without having to apply for additional master's degree funding after three years. 

    BA/BSc with QTS - Bachelor of Arts/Science (Honours) with Qualified Teacher Status. This degree qualifies you to teach in a maintained school or non-maintained special school in England.

    Foundation degree

    A foundation degree is a higher education qualification that combines academic and work-based learning.

    Full-time study

    Bachelor's degrees are normally three-year courses when you study full time. Degrees with a placement year take four years to complete because you'll spend your third year undertaking a work placement to gain relevant industry experience.

    If you don't meet the entry requirements for a bachelor's degree, you can study some courses as an extended four-year programme. You'll begin with a foundation year that will prepare you for a successful transition to the bachelor's degree.

    To gain a bachelor's degree you need to complete 360 credits. You do this typically by completing 12 30-credit modules, though some degrees feature 15, 45 or 60-credit (i.e. double) modules.

    You'll be expected to work an average 35 hours per week. Typically, there'll be around 12-18 hours per week of teaching. The rest of the time you'll be expected to study independently.

    Part-time study

    You can study most of our bachelor's courses part time. Most part-time students study 60 credits per year. The maximum time you have to complete your degree is eight years. 

    Distance/Online learning

    Some courses can be studied without ever setting foot on campus. Degrees with a distance-learning or online option mean you'll be able study through online lectures and tutorials via our virtual learning environment, giving you maximum flexibility to fit your study around work or family commitments.

    Blended learning This combines classroom and online or distance learning education.

    Before choosing what course you'd like to study, you should take time to check the entry requirements.

    All of our courses have entry requirements that you need to meet to before we can offer you a place. In most cases you'll need to have achieved a minimum number of UCAS tariff points by the time the course starts. Your tariff score is based on your performances in Level 3 qualifications such as A-levels, BTECs and CACHE diplomas.

    You'll also need to have at least a grade C in GCSE English and mathematics (or equivalent Level 2 qualification such as Key Skills Level 2 in Application of Number and Communication) and three other GCSEs at grades A-C.

    Some courses also require specific A-levels or GCSEs, while some may invite you to attend an interview or audition, take a test or submit a portfolio of work. You can find detailed entry requirements on our course pages.

    If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BA or BSc, many of our courses have the option of a foundation year that will prepare you for a successful transition to the bachelor's degree. If you take this option, you'll be studying for four years in total rather than three.

    Entry requirements are intended only as a guide for applicants. They're not a guarantee of an offer, nor of the conditions that may apply. When making a decision on your academic suitability, we'll make an assessment of you as an individual and will use information other than qualifications to make our decision.

    Your information may include predicted grades, performance at Level 2 or other completed studies, personal statement, interview or portfolio performance and academic references. 

    Mature students

    As an inclusive university, we are proud to welcome students from all backgrounds and all ages. Mature students make up just under half of the overall student population on our campuses.
    We recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from anyone who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and has relevant life or work experience that equips them to succeed on their chosen course.

    We will assess this from the information provided in your application, particularly your personal statement, and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

    If you would like to talk to an advisor about the opportunities available to you, including entry requirements and part-time options, don't hesitate to contact our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) team on +44 (0)20 8223 4354 or email advisors@uel.ac.uk

    EU and International students

    Applicants from outside the UK and students whose first language isn't English must have a good standard of English, as evidenced by internationally recognised qualifications such as IELTS. These requirements vary by course so you'll need to check the course pages for further information.

    We accept a wide range of qualifications from across the world - from individual countries as well as internationally recognised qualifications like the International Baccalaureate. When applying, don't try to convert your qualifications to a UK equivalent. Just give us the full award title, subject and grades/scores as they appear on your certificate(s).

    If your qualification is from an EU country, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team by phone on +44 (0)20 8223 3333 or emailing study@uel.ac.uk to find out whether it meets our requirements.

    If your qualification is from outside the EU, check out the information on our country pages about entry requirements and acceptable qualifications.

    Students from the UK and EU

    Choosing to study at university is an investment in your future, the rewards of which will last a lifetime. All UK universities charge tuition fees, though most students are eligible for a tuition fee loan so they can 'study now and pay later'. It means you won't have to pay any fees up front and you don't have to start paying the fees back until you're earning a reasonable income.

    UK students are also entitled to a Maintenance Loan to help with the day-to-day costs of student life. 
    We're committed to offering students as much support as possible, and we offer a package of undergraduate incentives, scholarships and bursaries worth more than £2 million a year. More information about UEL's tuition fees and the loans.

    International scholarships

    If you're an undergraduate from outside the European Union, you could be eligible for a scholarship. More information about fees and funding for international students.

    You may already have a clear idea about what subject you want to study. Or you may be undecided about your choice. With so many different subjects available at universities, compared to schools, choosing a degree can offer so much choice.

    If you're unsure about what to study, it's important to do your research to make sure a course matches your interests, ability and goals.

    Ask yourself certain key questions:

    • Am I genuinely interested in the subject? 
    • Will the style of teaching and learning be right for me? 
    • Am I prepared for the time commitment? 
    • Do I want to study a subject that's directly related to my career ambitions? 
    • What options will I have to continue my studies or enter the world of work when I've finished my degree?

    Thinking ahead is very important. For example, if you want to go into a career such as engineering, architecture or law straight after university, you'll need an undergraduate degree directly related to that career path.

    You should also check out the content of the course by looking at the modules you'll be studying and review the entry requirements. You might want a course that offers you work experience before you graduate. Our close industry connections offer plenty of 'learning by doing' options, including placements, internships and mentoring.

    Some courses give you the chance to go on a placement year. You'll gain real industry experience, and study over four years instead of three.

    You'll find everything you need to know about our undergraduate courses on our course pages. 

    If you need some help making your choice, just get in touch with a member of our Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) team. 

    Happy hunting.

    Why University of East London?

    University of East London is a careers-first university driven by a commitment to ensure our creative graduates are first choice for employers. 

    Our courses are underpinned by research and industry partnerships ensuring that what you learn during your studies is directly reflected in the working environment. Our academics are world leaders in their field. You could be taught by a Turner Prize-winning sculptor, an Olympic gold medallist, a former business leader or a terrorism advisor to national governments.

    We will support you throughout your educational journey from application to graduation and beyond. Our focus is on your personal and professional development and we have different teams that know exactly how to help with specific issues including academic, financial, and personal.

    Watch videos of our amazing projects in action


      of our research is 'internationally recognised' or higher (REF 2014).


      in the UK for the impact of our Psychology research, beating Oxford and Cambridge (REF 2014).

      Hands-on Learning

      'Learning by doing' is central to the way we teach. Whatever subject you choose to study, our courses are designed to apply your developing expertise to real-life projects - so you'll be prepared for the world of work.

        At UEL, assessments reflect the real world of work. Your grades will often be based on reports and presentations, not essays and exams.

        Our course modules are designed around debate, exploration, research, critical thinking and practical work.

        When it comes to learning, we don't believe education should be about cramming hundreds of students into a lecture theatre. That's why we're moving towards smaller class sizes and more individual ways of teaching.

        In addition to your degree, you'll complete our unique Professional Development Certificate, choosing from modules such as global citizenship, volunteering, mentoring, and social media and communications.

        96% student satisfaction for practice placements – above the 88% sector average (NSS 2016).

        Be The Change

        Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

        Be The Change


          Money provided each year to nearly two dozen Civic Engagement projects involving UEL students


          people received pro bono advice from students at our Legal Advice Centre over the past two years.

          Study Abroad

          We offer exciting opportunities for you to take your learning overseas – whether it's examining the music industry in India, learning about the Great Depression in New York or studying business management in Seoul.

          Our students have made study trips to over 30 countries, travelling as far afield as Ghana, Vietnam, Iran, Jamaica and India. Students have coached underprivileged children in Malaysia, trained in martial arts in China and provided sports therapy to runners in the Berlin Marathon.

          Find out more about studying abroad.

           It was a truly fantastic trip and I would love to do it again. The experience really helped to enhance what I’d learned in class.

          - Tannaz Arang, BSc (Hons) Health Services Management, went on a 'Going Global' trip to Buffalo, New York, to examine drugs policy in the US.


           Visiting China enriched my education and university experience. I really enjoyed learning about Chinese cities and the challenges they face.

          - Jaroslav Vohradsky, BA (Hons) International Development, took part in a summer exchange programme with a university in China.

          The Erasmus+ programme is the reason I wanted to come to UEL. It meant I could study in the UK and Germany – one of the best places for engineering and product design.

          - Sam Hughes, BSc (Hons) Product Design, studied in Germany for three months as part of the Erasmus+ programme.

          Unsure what course is right for you?

          Contact our information advice and guidance team to discuss your options

          Contact Us

          UEL has given me the chance to expand and grow academically and mentally and it's changed my life in a big way. The lecturers are all great. They've all been very supportive and they're very attentive to the students.

          Anthony Pierre

          BA (Hons) Sociology, graduate

          Frequently Asked Questions

          Unsure about the procedure applying to study at UEL? Here are some answers to common questions students ask about the application process.

          Q: How do I apply for a full-time undergraduate degree at UEL?

          A: You can apply by going to the UCAS website and clicking on Apply. Once you begin your application there are help sections to support you as you complete the form. If you're applying directly from school or college, you may want to ask a member of staff to help guide you through the process.

          Q: What are the UCAS deadlines for applying?

          A: Completed applications, including a reference, should be sent to UCAS by 15 January in the year of entry. The final deadline is 30 June but you should note that some of our courses may have closed by that time, so please check with us first. Applications received by UCAS after 30 June will automatically go into Clearing.

          Q: Can I change my course choice at UEL once I've submitted the UCAS form?

          A: To request a change of course, contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333 or via email at study@uel.ac.uk.  If we agree the change, we'll inform UCAS and you will see the updated course choice on UCAS Track.

          Q: Can I apply using an old UCAS application (from a previous year)?

          A: If you applied in a previous year and want to re-apply in the current cycle, you'll need to start a new UCAS application. It's not possible to transfer your old application across to a new cycle.

          Q: I'm not taking A-Levels. Do you accept other qualifications?

          A: Yes, we accept a range of Level 3 qualifications including BTEC National Diplomas, International Baccalaureate, Access to Higher Educational Diplomas and a range of international qualifications for most of our degree courses. Please visit our course pages to check specific entry requirements for each course.

          Q: I’m a mature student. Do I still need to apply through UCAS?

          A: All applications for full-time undergraduate study must be made through UCAS if you're a UK or EU applicant.

          Q: Do you accept applications from transfer students?

          A: We'll consider transfer applications for most courses. Applications must be made through UCAS for full-time study. Make sure you state the year you wish to transfer into when you fill out your application. We'll ask you to send us a copy of your academic transcripts after you've applied.

          Q: How do I apply to take a gap year?

          A: If you want to take a year out between college and an undergraduate course at university, you need to apply through UCAS for a deferred place while you're still at college. For example, UCAS allows you to select either September 2022 or September 2023 as a start date at the time of filling out your application form online. 

          It's also possible to defer for a year after you've applied and received an unconditional offer. You'll need to contact our Applicant Enquiries team by phone on +44 (0)20 8223 3333 or by email at study@uel.ac.uk.

          Q: Who can write a reference for me?

          A: A reference is a letter of recommendation. We would generally expect your reference to be written by an academic tutor who can vouch for your suitability for study and your enthusiasm for your chosen subject.

          If you're not currently in education, an employer can also write a reference or letter of recommendation for you.