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University of Greenwich

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95.7% Recommended
  • Tuition: £ 9,000
  • Students: 22,000
  • Male to Female (%): 48 : 52
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University Summary

The history of the university dates back to 1890, when Woolwich Polytechnic was founded as the second-oldest polytechnic of the United Kingdom. In 1970, Woolwich Polytechnic merged with various other higher education institutions to form Thames Polytechnic. In the following years, Dartford College (1976), Avery Hill College (1985),Garnett College (1987) and parts of Goldsmiths College and the City of London College (1988) were incorporated, extending considerably the range of subjects taught.

In 1992, the century-old Thames Polytechnic was granted university status by the Major government (together with various other polytechnics) and renamed University of Greenwich. Traditionally, the institution has focused on engineering, mathematics, computing and natural science. In recent decades, its business school has become a particular strength.

Since the 19th century, the university has expanded from a technical institution to teach a range of subjects across engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and business. Its research focus is applied science with strong links to the scientific community.

From 2004 – 2011, operations of the University were overseen by Vice Chancellor Tessa Blackstone. Blackstone, a Labour life peer, who was previously Master of Birkbeck College. She served as Minister for Education (1997–2001) and Minister for Arts (2001–2003) of the United Kingdom under the Labour government. She took her Ph.D at the London School of Economics before becoming the Professor of Educational Administration at University of London Institute of Education. Under her leadership, several world-class professors had been recruited by the University of Greenwich. As of October 1 2011 the position of Vice Chancellor is held by Professor David Maguire, who was formally responsible for research and enterprise at Birmingham City University, and holds a doctorate from the University of Bristol.

Among its prominent alumni are Nobel Laureate Charles Kao, former British Minister for Transport Richard Marsh, former British Minister of State Gareth Thomas, and business leader George Rose, among numerous others.

The university is ranked 88 out of 120 institutions according to the Guardian University Guide 2013 University League Table.

The Complete University Guide rank Greenwich 102 out of 116 in their league table 2013.

At the Business School we offer a range of subject areas to specialise your chosen career in, including accounting, banking, business management, economics, events, finance, international business, marketing, PR, transport logistics and tourism.

A cosmopolitan place to study

Each year, students from hundreds of countries join the University of Greenwich. They bring fresh perspectives, and many form friendships that span continents and last lifetimes.

We have been named as one of the “most international” universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

Inspiring settings

Greenwich Campus is based on a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames. As part of the Old Royal Naval College, it was described by The Independent newspaper as “more breathtaking than the Versailles of Louis XIV”.

Only 20 minutes away from Central London with excellent national rail and DLR services.

Student Research/Funding Info

Our research is principally focused on practical applications.

We have a growing reputation at national and international levels and have been awarded major contracts from the Economic and Social Research Council, European Social Fund, Department of Health, and international trades unions.

The Business School has specialist research groups that cover a broad range of important business areas.

These groups include:

  • Centre for Business Network Analysis
  • Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre
  • Centre for Governance, Risk & Accountability
  • Centre for Innovation, Imagination & Inspiration
  • Public Services International Research Unit
  • Supply Chain Management Research Group
  • Tourism Research Centre
  • Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
  • Work & Employment Research Unit.

As a student, you will benefit from being taught by our leading researchers, who will share their knowledge and experience through their teaching.

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Notable Alumni


JME graduated from the University of Greenwich with first class honours in 3D Digital Design, he is the brother of fellow musician Skepta.

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The Business School has a dedicated Employability Office to assist students in securing a placement during their sandwich year. Working with over 200 companies they also offer a range of internships, mentoring schemes and networking opportunities.

The team provide you with CV support and will invite you to employment fairs to network with employers and recruiters from industries. The team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.

Working with employers

Some of the internationally recognised businesses we work with on these initiatives include:

  • IBM – technology and consulting
  • National Health Service – health care
  • ComputaCenter – IT infrastructure
  • Sony Europe – technology
  • P. Morgan – banking and financial services
  • Xerox – business services and printing
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers – professional services company
  • Microsoft – software, electronics and computers
  • Northern Trust – financial services
  • Sandals Resorts International – all-inclusive resorts
  • Enterprise Rent-A=Car – car rental
  • The Walt Disney Company – mass media and entertainment
  • DHL – logistics.

Job prospects

We are actively improving job prospects for graduates through the support we provide. According to survey findings, 93 per cent of 2014/15 Greenwich graduates looking for work were already in jobs or further study by January 2016.

The Business School has that extra special something – the stunning location of our Greenwich Campus. Everyone who studies and works here gets a real lift from the inspiring surroundings.

University Address:

University of Greenwich
University of Greenwich, Greenwich, SE10 9LS