2014 2015Undergraduate Prospectus
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Our students have worked with Ralph Lauren, City Airport, Tate Modern, the Tower of London, Allen and Overy, Heals, Orange, Ligne Roset, CRED, Gaggenau Kitchens, Alexander McQueen, Monsoon, Illustrated People, the British Museum, the Bank of England and Beyond Retro
Our graduates work for the BBC, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Channel 4, Gap, Royal Bank of Scotland, British Airways, Sky, Conran Design Group, Brinkworth, Diageo, the Courtauld Institute, Body Shop, Ogilvy Group UK, Cancer Research, Panasonic, BSkyB, Sainsburys, The Royal Opera House, Virgin Atlantic, Moss Brothers, OH TV, Estee Lauder, TripAdvisor, Marks and Spencer and David Linley
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Jacopo Mistrello (MSc Food Science graduate): Winner of the Young Scientist Competition organised by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)
The placement is really hands-on and well get the chance to do sub-editing so well have an impact. Its going to be a fantastic experience.
BA Fashion Marketing and Journalism student Thomas Gibson talking about his placement at InStyle Magazine
2014 2015Undergraduate Prospectus
Welcome to the London Met undergraduate prospectus 2014 15
We hope that it gives you a good flavour of all that we have to offer including information on: living in the city, accommodation, fees and funding and our wide variety of degree courses.
Most of all, we hope that it inspires you to study with us, to build a brighter future for yourself, and to become part of our vibrant student community.
The London Met experience 4 5
Shaping your future 6 7
Getting involved 8 23
Local London 24 33
Accommodation 34 35
Building your career 40 55
Money matters 58 59
Our facilities 60 65
A helping hand 66 67
Our academic faculties 68 79
Courses (by subject area) 80 137
A step-by-step guide to applying 138 140
Visit us 143
Course index (A-Z) 144 148
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Six great reasons to join us at London Met
Urban location: Our hubs can be found in some of the most exciting areas of London.
Enjoy the leafy suburbs of Islington situated just a few minutes walk from our bustling Holloway hub, or soak up the lively and creative atmosphere of Brick Lane near our Aldgate buildings. Those based at Moorgate will be inspired by the stockbrokers, lawyers and bankers hard at work in the heart of the City, and can visit iconic buildings such as the Tate Modern.
Dynamic and vocational courses: Our undergraduate programmes are informed by current thinking and practice and many are designed by employers and professionals. To best meet your needs, we offer courses on both a full and part-time basis.
Focus on employability: All of our courses provide the practical skills you need for your future career. To get the most from your degree, take advantage of work experience and volunteering opportunities, free careers advice, and numerous networking events.
The London Met experience
Ranked number 1 for highest graduate starting salaries among modern universities Sunday Times University Guide 2013
First-rate teaching: You will be inspired by an international body of lecturers actively engaged with world-class research. In the last QAA assessment, we were awarded the highest accolade for our academic standards.
Vibrant and diverse: We are proud of our multi-ethnic and socially diverse community and encourage you to join us, regardless of age or background. We will ensure that you have the best possible university experience.
Investment in facilities: Were committed to providing you with the best facilities and will continue to invest in your future. Our 30 million science centre, new journalism room, TV and recording studios, mock courtroom, Bloomberg terminals and Metropolitan Works, our digital manufacturing centre, are just a few of the facilities that we offer.
Choosing to do an undergraduate degree at London Met will be one of the best decisions youll ever make.
All of our courses are designed to prepare students for their lives and future careers. In such a competitive job market, the employability skills that youll gain at London Met and the sound career advice that we provide will ensure that you stand out from the crowd.
Shaping your future
My time at London Met has been a life changing experience in which Ive enhanced my knowledge, matured, excelled academically and made lifelong friendships and contacts Its definitely helped me to build my career.
Oliver Ross, Business School graduate and flight services executive at Hunt & Palmer PLC
Whilst employability is at the heart of our curriculum, well also help you to develop your personal skills. We want you to leave university as a confident, independent thinker who will question and challenge the people around you. Our lecturers will motivate and inspire you to immerse yourself academically and to be passionate about your subject.
Our academic faculties work closely with industry, providing you with vital networking contacts. Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies, giving our qualifications extra weight. We want you to make the most of your degree and will help you to find placements, work experience and voluntary opportunities across a wide variety of organisations.
Recent research from the Parthenon Group found that London Met was ranked 15th in their survey of all UK universities for the best added value added value which helps our students to secure well-paid jobs after graduation.
If youd like to find out more about how London Met can help to shape your future, visit us at one of our open days.
Visit us at our undergraduate open days
Challenge the way you see yourself and the world around you.
There are loads of ways to get involved with university life at London Met; after all, its not all about studying and exams. Getting involved in a society, taking up a new sport, or joining a campaign is a great way to make new friends and will complement and challenge what you learn in the classroom.
Wherever your interests lie, taking part will also boost your career prospects by adding value to your graduate profile potential employers are always interested in hearing about the kinds of things you were involved with at university.
London Met is fantastic because (despite being such a big university) everybody can find little communities in it with people who share their interests and ambitions. Joe Konderla, BA Advertising and Marketing Communications student
Dance til late at Flirt!, make new friends at the Italian Society, shoot some pool at the Rocket, enjoy free popcorn at our movie nights, feel the burn at the gym, make a difference with Reach, go crazy at Zumba, laugh til you cry at our comedy nights
Rocket ComplexWe host a range of student events at our fantastic Rocket Complex on Holloway Road including club nights, fresher and student society activities, movie nights and charity events. With pool tables, plasma screens, a PS3, great sound-system and a courtyard garden, its also a great place to chill out when youre notin lectures.
Theres something for everyone with this night of commercial, chart, and student anthems. Drinks promos, special guests, competitions and more.
London Mets strictly urban club night dance to grime, RnB, afrobeat, soca, bashment and hip-hop on selected Friday nights throughout termtime.
Back Room Cinema
New movie screenings with free entry, free popcorn, comfy sofas and cheap drinks.
In previous years weve had special appearances from the likes of Tinie Tempah, Roll Deep, Jodie Connor and Hotsteppa.
Give it a GoThis fantastic programme run by the Students Union offers you the chance to take part in salsa classes, city walks and trips to Thorpe Park, Chinatown and Winter Wonderland. A great way to meet new people.
The socialising essentials
Our free discount card, MetCard, gives you cheap deals on drinks, entry to events and access to exclusive offers and competitions
Get your voice heard
Students Union A democratic organisation, London Met Students Union voices the views and concerns of our students on a range of issues relating to the University and the wider community. Each and every student has the opportunity to stand and be elected, so if youre keen to gain experience of working for a large and influential organisation, or would like to help make key decisions about the University, joining the Union is a great way to do so. The SU is also the place to go for student societies, social events and independent advice.
StARsOur Student Academic Representatives (StARs) help to make a difference to the lives of our students by raising issues around specific course-related areas such as tutor feedback or library resources. Each course is represented by its own StAR and each StAR is elected by their fellow students. Gathering the views of their classmates and presenting them to the course team and the University, our reps have the opportunity to work closely with staff, University management, the NUS and the Students Union.
Student magazine and radio stationVerve Magazine and Verve Radio form London Mets very own media hub. Tune in online to listen to the Sesay and Scherr show or pick up a copy of Verve Magazine to find out the latest news and reviews. Staffed by students, both teams are always on the lookout for new talent. Get involved by offering your services as a journalist, graphic designer, DJ, researcher or technical assistant.
Since being at London Met Ive been president of the LGBT Society. I have also been the student representative on the Universitys disability focus group; working to make the University more accessibleI dream of starting a charity supporting disabled 18-to 40- year-old people to open up their world beyond what society dictates is acceptable. The University has taught me that everyone deserves a chance. Susan Cook, president of the LGBT society, Reach volunteer, student representative for the Universitys disability focus group and BSc Community Development and Leadership student
Make friends, enjoy London, get stuck in with whats happening around you and dont waste opportunities.
Ellie de Rose, entertainment editor at Verve Magazine, BA Creative Writing and Journalism student, and peer mentor. What do you enjoy about working at Verve? Its an open platform for any student to write about what really interests them, and that kind of freedom is such a great opportunity...its student led and its made for students, so working on Verve creates a brilliant sense of community between everyone. Why did you want to work at the magazine? I was really up for getting involved and making the most of what was happening with the University. Plus it was a guaranteed way to get published, which is great for the CV and immediately gives you an advantage in a job application scenario. What kind of career path are you hoping to follow after graduation? I have a lot of ideas and I dont know which to chase first... I love journalism and I love writing fiction so my aim is to pursue both, perhaps on a freelance basis. Otherwise, in terms of full time work, Id want to be somewhere like the Press Association and work in features, or else approach literary agents and publishing companies. Top tips for new students? Time is going to fly while youre at university, so enjoy it... make friends, enjoy London, get stuck in with whats happening around you and dont waste opportunities. Youll get out of it as much as you put into it. Best bits about London Met? My teachers are amazing (and I dont mind if they find out by reading this) and theyve always encouraged me. Their passion is infectious and theyve helped fuel the fire for doing what I really love.
Explore your passions...
Student societiesJapan Society, LGBT, Politics Exposed, Psychology Society, Socialist Worker Society, Females in Finance, Fitness Society theres a whole range of societies on offer at London Met, but if none of these catch your eye, its always possible to set up your own.
CampaigningUniversity is one of the best places to rally together and fight for a cause you believe in, whether its an issue concerning welfare, health or tuition fees. If theres something you feel strongly about, the Students Union can act as a pressure group to campaign for awareness and change.
I got started with Verve Radio to get some experience since Im aiming to be working at Radio 1 within five years. Its great, because not only have I met fantastic people, I get to muck about with them live on air. Its a good laugh as well as useful experience for the future Iain Scherr, head producer at London Mets student radio station, Verve, and BA Mass Communications and Media Studies student
Its hard to find time to balance both studying and sport but at London Met they offer that balance.
Victor Ben Salem (BA Sports Therapy) and Nathan Hylton (BA Marketing and Sports Management), members of London Mets basketball team. What do you enjoy about playing basketball at London Met? Victor: The facilities are good; theres always space for athletes to practise. Nathan: I enjoy training for competitions because not only are you keeping fit but it provides you with a mind-set which helps when you study and in life in general. Whats good about doing sport at London Met? Nathan: Its not just about fun but other factors like a break from studyingIts hard to find time to balance both studying and sport but at London Met they offer that balance. Victor: Brings on more responsibilities, its also good fun. Best bits about London Met? Nathan: The different cultures at London Met make the study experience that much better because it represents what London is about.
Proud to be London Met
Student ambassadorsStudent ambassadors play an important role in helping to promote life at London Met.As well as helping at our open days and HE Fairs, as an ambassador you could be visiting local schools and colleges to raise the aspirations of students from under-represented backgrounds by talking about your university experience, or activelyassisting them through long-term interventions such asthePeer Mentoring project, partnership school activities and the Upward Bound Programme.Whats more, our ambassador positions are paid and look fantastic on your CV.
SportsJoining the rugby team or taking up Aikido isnt just about getting fit; its also a great way to have fun, make new friends and gain excellent teamwork skills....