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Your first steps

Setting out on your journey to higher education can be a confusing and daunting experience. At the University of East London, we pride ourselves in the level of support we offer new students to help you make the right choices.

Why study at university?

  • just the job

    Among the working-age population, 91 per cent of graduates and postgraduates are in employment (DLHE 2017) compared with 70 per cent of non-graduates (Department for Business and Innovation).

  • in the money

    According to latest UK statistics, a woman with a degree will earn an average of £272,000 more than female non-graduate over a lifetime, while men earn £163,000 more.

  • Global Family

    You’ll be connected to an international community of students and former students from more than 120 countries.


    Studying for a degree will stretch your mind and challenge you to maximise your potential. It will your build self-confidence, independence and responsibility.

  • LEARN And grow

    University gives you the skills to meet life’s challenges. Our Centre for Student Success provides careers and employability support to all our students during study and after graduation.
  • get involved

    You can pursue your personal interests, make lifelong friends and enjoy the excitement of university life. At UEL we currently have approximately 20 societies and 18 different sports clubs.

Choosing your university

The best way to find out about a university is to visit it yourself. We have a series of open days so you can meet us and see what life is like at UEL. 

Find out what UEL is really like

You can find out a lot about a university by reading about it, but there’s no substitute for experiencing it for yourself. To get a feel for what it’s really like at the University of East London, we strongly recommend you to pay us a visit.

We run a series of open events at our Stratford and Docklands campuses, where you’ll have the chance to talk to staff and students about the hundreds of degree courses we offer and about life in general at the University. And you’ll be able to take a tour of impressive facilities, including our waterside Student Village with its modern, en-suite bedrooms.

Should you apply and be given an offer, you’ll also be invited to our Offer Holder Days, which provide a more personalised experience of your chosen subject and School.

  • Rising star

    We're a 'rising star of Higher Education', and first among modern universities in London for academic experience, student welfare, accommodation and facilities. (Times Higher Education 2018)


    We're ranked 2nd for 'overall satisfaction' of all modern universities in London (National Student Survey 2018)

  • Top 200 in the world

    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 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 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

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 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 UEL?

At the University of East London, we stand for academic excellence, inspirational teaching, and cutting-edge projects in the real world.

We’re one of the leading modern universities in the UK for research. Our academics bring this research into the classroom, ensuring that what you learn represents the very latest thinking in your subject.

Many of our teaching staff are world leaders in their field, with rich professional experience. 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. Whoever you are taught by, you can be sure that you will receive a huge amount
of personal support during your studies.


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.

  • Professional approach

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

  • Interactive rather than passive learning

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

  • Smaller class sizes

    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.

  • Professional Development Certificate

    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.

  • Student satisfaction

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

Make a difference

All over the world, University of East London students are making a real difference to people’s lives. By helping others you’ll gain the skills, values and experience that will help you to become a confident, stand-out individual – and highly attractive to employers.

UEL is London’s leading university for civic engagement. As a student, this means giving you the opportunity for personal development by working on real-life projects that benefit communities locally and around the world. Find out more about the civic engagement opportunities we offer students. 

Examples of our civic engagement projects include University for All: Teaching in the Jungle, a course delivered to residents of the 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais, and Speech Bubbles which seeks to help children communicate through drama workshops with the support of education and performing arts students.

Watch videos of our amazing projects in action


Money provided each year to nearly two dozen Civic Engagement projects involving UEL students – ranging from lung cancer awareness to promoting financial literacy.


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.

Speak to one of our advisors

If you have any questions about your options, whether starting university or what course is best for you, help is at hand. 
Our advisors can help you make the right choice about what to study and answer your questions about entry requirements, as well as fees and funding. They can also tell you what your options are if you’ve been out of education for some time or don't have formal qualifications.
If you’d prefer to speak to an advisor face to face, you can make an appointment or come to our drop-in sessions.

Unsure what course is right for you?

Contact our information advice and guidance team to discuss your options


Anthony Pierre

BA (Hons) Sociology, graduate

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.

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.

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.
A: Completed applications, including a reference, should be sent to UCAS by 15th January in the year of entry. The final deadline is 30th 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 30th June will automatically go into Clearing.
A: To request a change of course, contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333 or via email at  If we agree the change, we’ll inform UCAS and you will see the updated course choice on UCAS Track.
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.

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.
A: All applications for full-time undergraduate study must be made through UCAS if you’re a UK or EU applicant.
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.
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 2015 or September 2016 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 Admissions team or speak to our Applicant Enquiries team by phone on +44 (0)20 8223 3333 or by email at

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.            

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