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Universities in South West London The University of London [map] is one of the oldest and largest universities in the UK drawing people from across the globe who flock here to take advantage of this huge seat of learning.

The university is a federation of 19 distinct, separate and, in many cases, multi-faculty colleges, together with numerous smaller specialist Institutes and the External Programme. The University of London has an outstanding international reputation founded on the quality of its teaching and research.

Almost every subject covered in any university curriculum can be studied at the University of London through its Colleges and Institutes. These subjects can be studied at various levels and lead to the award of foundation, undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research degrees, or diplomas or certificates. Most courses are offered on a full-time basis, but there are also many opportunities to study part-time for a degree, diploma or certificate, or study at home by distance learning.

Colleges located in the South West of London are listed below:

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine [map] is an independent constituent part of the University of London.
Imperial College was established in 1907 in London’s scientific and cultural heartland in South Kensington, as a merger of the Royal College of Science, the City and Guilds College and the Royal School of Mines.

St Mary’s Hospital Medical School and the National Heart and Lung Institute merged with the College in 1988 and 1995 respectively.
Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School merged with the College on 1 August 1997 to form, with the existing departments on the St Mary’s and Royal Brompton campuses, the Imperial College School of Medicine (ICSM).
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine is located at Royal Brompton.

The Institute of Cancer Research [map] was established in 1909 to investigate the causes of cancer and develop new strategies for its prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

The Institute is now a centre of excellence employing some of the world’s leading scientists working on cutting edge research.

Significant achievements of The Institute of Cancer Research include:
  • The discovery that the basic cause of many cancers is DNA malfunction
  • The identification of the suspected link between smoking and lung cancer
  • The isolation of the breast cancer gene, BRCA2, enabling families with a history of the disease to be tested to eliminate the need for treatment for those not at risk
  • The characterisation of the melanoma gene, BRAF, in 2002
  • The isolation of more cancer-related genes than any other organisation in the world
  • Being ranked third in the world for institutions publishing research papers in molecular biology and genetics research with the biggest impact on science between 1990 and 1998
The Institute of Cancer Research is located on Old Brompton Road, SW3.

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