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St Mary’s University, London is a modern, friendly institution with a caring atmosphere, a strong academic record and high student satisfaction rates. St Mary’s mission is to provide a high quality academic and professional education, inspired by a Catholic ethos and values as London’s only Catholic University.
Students of St Mary's benefit from over 165 years of tradition and expertise in teaching at a historic and scenic campus based in Twickenham. With a campus also based in Greater London, St Mary’s is both local and global. St Mary’s has nearly 6,000 students across four academic Schools offering 34 undergraduate degree programmes, 24 postgraduate programmes, available to study on a full-time and part-time basis, as well as study abroad and Erasmus programmes.
Undergraduate students also have the option of undertaking practical part-time work placements organised by the Centre for Workplace Learning which links academic learning to personal and professional development, aiding future career prospects. The University is ranked 8th in the UK for graduate employment, with 94.2%* of graduates employed or in postgraduate education six months after graduation (HESA), and ranked first in London for both course satisfaction and teaching satisfaction (Guardian University Guide 2020).
St Mary’s University, London active Students’ Union (SU) and location means the University offers an exciting social life both on and off campus. The SU organises all kinds of entertainment, from weekly events through to annual major occasions like Freshers' Week, SIMMStock (above) and the Summer Ball. There are currently 48 clubs and societies at St Mary’s.
Generous scholarships are offered to international students who demonstrate strong academic potential.
94.2% per cent of St Mary’s graduates are in employment or postgraduate education within six months of leaving the University, while Which? University group described St Mary’s as being one of the top universities for athletics and sport science.
Following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the work submitted in English and Communications was rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in 61% and 60% of their respective output submissions. Other successes include Sport and History in which 50% of the output submissions were either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Postgraduate research has been described as “world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour” by the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.
All international undergraduate students are guaranteed university accommodation, providing you confirm your place by the May deadline. On-campus accommodation is available and very affordable for London starting from £5,162 per academic year. The prices include a meal package (term time only) that includes breakfast Monday to Friday, brunch on Saturday and Sunday and a meal every evening. All meals are taken in the campus refectory, which has an extensive menu to suit a variety of needs.
Postgraduate students have a wide range of options open to them from local halls of residence, shared student housing and private homestay accommodation. Students can also have peace of mind in knowing that the University is in the safest borough in London.
St Mary’s University, London is located in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, a beautiful residential area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Teddington and Twickenham are within walking distance and offer a good range of shops, restaurants and pubs. Several famous sights can be found close by including the River Thames, Hampton Court Palace and The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. For fresh air, nearby Richmond and Bushy Parks have hundreds of acres of beautiful, secluded woodland for get-away-from-it-all walks and bike rides alongside roaming deer.
The campus is only five minute walk from Strawberry Hill Rail Station, where regular trains will take you to central London in under 30 minutes so you can enjoy all of London’s best attractions. The city has an abundance of museums, historical landmarks, art galleries, world-recognised shops and lively venues for you to explore.
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