Shaped by London

The UK's largest and most diverse health community

Over eight million people live in London, and nearly half a million people study or work in London's higher education institutions. This includes people from over 200 countries in higher education alone, meaning no city is like London for its scale and diversity.

London's HEIs not only train over 60,000 future health professionals each year, but they are also responsible for supporting the health needs - including mental health - of their students and staff. The statistics below serve to highlight how the complexity and scale of London shapes this responsibility, but also presents enormous opportunity.

London's Student Population

London's student population is larger than the entire population of Brighton, and includes about one in every four future health professionals.

420,000 students

at higher educational institutions (HEIs) in London

1 in 6

students in the UK are in London

57,885 students

study courses allied to medicine in London

18,700 students

study medicine and dentistry in London

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited (HESA), 2019/20 data.

London's Higher Education Infrastructure

London's higher education institutions include 4 of the top 50 universities in the world, as well as two of the world's top ten nursing and medical programmes. 


40+ HEIs in London

including the 18 members of the University of London


The year that England’s first purpose-built medical school opened in London

7 HEIs

offer medicine and dentistry in London

20 HEIs

in London offer allied health, nursing or midwifery degrees

Source: Students in Higher Education, 2019/20. Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited (HESA)

Research in London

With institutions like the Wellcome Trust and the Frances Crick Institute headquartered in London, it's no surprise that the Capital's HEIs attract more research funding than any other region in the UK. 

£561 million

in recurrent grants awarded by Research England to HEIs in London last year

£131 million

awarded last year by the Medical Research Council to research organisations in London

3 of 8

of England’s Academic Health Science Centres are in London

Source: Research England – Recurrent grants for academic year 2019-20; accessed 14 December 2020.

London's Health Workforce

London employs more doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals than any other place in the UK, meaning that in some instances, employment after graduation is guaranteed.


NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups in London


Doctors in the NHS in London



Nurses and midwives in London



allied health professionals in the NHS in London

Source: NHS Workforce Statistics, August 2020

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