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Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Penrhyn Road

The Penrhyn Road campus is the main university campus. Just a 5 minute walk from the town centre, it is the home to all of our science courses, computing and maths courses and civil engineering courses.

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  • Civil Engineering and Construction

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    Our dedicated concrete laboratory enables students to learn about the science of concrete design, manufacture and testing, such as the constituent materials of concrete, including the latest sustainability issues regarding the use of recycled aggregate, crushed recycled glass sand, recycled tyres as reinforcement, and lightweight materials. There are curing facilities with controlled humidity and temperature, where hardened concrete is stored prior to testing by destructive and non-destructive means.

    Our extensive structures equipment laboratory for concrete, masonry, steel, timber and composites is where structures made by students are tested to destruction to appraise their design and to prevent and control the overloading and collapse of structural elements.

    The materials laboratory enables the testing of a comprehensive range of engineering materials.

    Our geotechnical laboratory houses equipment for testing many different types of sand, soil and rock to establish its bearing capacity for foundation design. Much of this equipment was designed at Kingston and is now in general use in industry.

    The hydraulics testing facility is home to three river flumes for hydraulic modelling of dams, weirs and other structures and equipment. The wave generator is used to test sea wall construction and renewable wave energy devices. There are also facilities to examine the effects of river scour on bridge piers.

    An extensive range of surveying equipment, including the latest digital levels and total stations that are used on modern construction projects, is available for use. We have also invested in Global Navigation Satellite Systems equipment that can pinpoint position with great accuracy using the satellites of both the American GPS and Russian GLONASS systems. This is the same equipment used on the London 2012 Olympic site, and we use it on our field courses.

    We have dedicated computing facilities for civil engineering and construction students enable access to computer-aided design software that includes AutoCAD and SolidWorks.

  • Computing and Information Systems

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    Depending on the course you choose, you'll use specialist facilities such as multimedia equipment, games consoles, cameras and robotic units, and work in labs equipped with the latest networking hardware, PCs and Apple Macs. Plus, you will learn programming languages such as C++, HTML, Java, PHP, SQL and Visual Basic.

    Our computing laboratories are fully equipped with fold-flat LCD screens, data-projection systems and high-spec processors.

    We have the latest development software and tools such as:

    • Linux, Microsoft.net, Dreamweaver, Flash, Eclipse, Java 2 Standard and Mobile Editions, tools for developing mobile apps, UML and CASE tools and NXP Processor Development Kits.
    • Plus Digital Signal Processors (PNX 1005) and set top box development kits;
    • National Instruments hardware kits and LabView
    • extensive Cisco networking equipment and development tools
    • a mix of wireless LAN technologies.

    We have a dedicated digital forensics laboratory equipped with Forensic ToolKit (FTK 3.0) for computer forensics, XRY for mobile forensics, Hex Workshop, and biometrics equipment including an iris scanner, fingerprint sensors and SDK used for fingerprint, face and iris recognition.

    Our comprehensive games laboratory has everything you'll need for studying games development, including workstations equipped with SONY PSPTM development kits, XboxTM consoles and PS3TM development kits - which can be programmed using the PCs on every desk. Plus various makes of mobile phone and the associated development software. You may also use the 'inKUbator' as part of your studies, where students from media and games courses work in teams of artists and programmers to create original games with commercial potential. Here you can develop and prototype original game concepts with the help of industry experts. The inKUbator also invites industry guests to come along to pitch their projects for you to test - or even work on them.

  • Geography, Geology & the Environment

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    We have a dedicated 25 workstation Geographical Information Systems (GIS) laboratory and geomatics laboratory for student project work, plus mobile GIS equipment and a 3D terrestrial laser scanner. You'll learn the principles behind a range of GIS software packages, and how to use them in areas such as 3D visualisation, mobile mapping, topographic analysis and remote sensing. You'll also have access to specialist data sources (eg digital aerial photography and digital mapping), together with electronic and printed journals.

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    The study of the absorption of light by materials is carried out in the Spectroscopy laboratory. It is particularly useful in environmental analysis, where it is used to measure trace metal elements in samples of soil, rocks, water and plants, helping scientists to monitor pollution levels.

    You can use our specialist research laboratories for your final-year project work, including the detailed analysis of flora in our Pollen and Paleoecology laboratory, microscopy and geochemical analysis.

      Our fluid inclusion and microscopy laboratory features the latest equipment, including:
    • · transmitted and reflected light microscopes;
    • · image analysis cameras and software;
    • · linkam microthermometric stage for fluid inclusion analyses from -190oC to 500oC;
    • · linkam microthermometric stage for analyses up to 1,500oC;
    • · cathodoluminescence equipment; and
    • · a UV fluorescence microscope.

    Palaeontology is the study of fossils to understand ecosystems of the past. We have two palaeontology laboratories: one equipped for sample preparation, the other for microscope analysis. These facilities enable us to carry out field sampling from a range of geological, archaeological and wetland environments.

    Our Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) unit contains all the high-spec equipment required to operate the SEM, and analyse the images it produces. Scanning electron microscopes (SEM) have a much higher magnification power than ordinary microscopes, so are able to produce incredibly detailed images for researchers to analyse, as well as provide information about an object's composition.

    You can use the cartographic office to produce bespoke maps and view comprehensive map collections for projects and fieldwork.

  • Life Science

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    • Sport and Exercise Science Facilities

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      consultancy facilities

    • The facilities at Kingston University are equipped to the highest standards ensuring quality research and to provide consultancy services to sport clubs and individual athletes.

      This Human Performance Laboratory is separated into five designated rooms. The two larger laboratory spaces are equipped with; Monark cycle ergometers, a treadmill with incline-decline gradient, rowing and kayaking ergometers, a Lode Excalibur Sport air braked cycle ergometer, electromagnetically controlled cycle ergometers, Douglas bag apparatus and breath by breath analysers which allow us to perform both lab and field based assessments as well as a fully functional altitude chamber capable of mimicking approximately 3500m.

      The remaining three laboratories house a body composition area which includes a Bod Pod, Tanita segmental analyser and Tanita abdominal fat analyser and numerous other anthropometric assessment tools. We have a designated room equipped to measure blood biochemistry from capillary and venous sampling and the final room is designed for preparation of sport nutrition supplementation.

      • Physiology tests include

      • · VO2 Max Performance Tests
      • · Lactate Threshold
      • · Lung Function Tests
      • · Wingate Anaerobic Power Tests
      • · Body Composition Tests (%Fat)
      • · Glucose & Cholesterol Testing

    • Our Environmental Lab facilities include a purpose built heat chamber allowing us to provide heat acclimation strategies and pre-cooling manoeuvres to help athletes with their preparation for and competition in hot, humid conditions.


    • Tolworth Sports Ground provide excellent facilities for outdoor sports. You will have access to:
      • · 14 football pitches
      • · 2 rugby pitches
      • · 2 cricket squares (summer only)
      • · 1 artificial cricket wicket (summer only)
      • · mini-soccer pitches
      • · floodlit training areas
      • · 2 netball courts
      • · 3 tennis courts
      • · 6 seven a-side hardcourt football pitches.

      The Biomechanics Suite is separated into four designated rooms. The largest is equipped with a state of the art six-camera 3D motion capture system and 2 embedded force platforms. An isokinetic dynamometer is housed in its own area to isolate muscle torque and velocity relations and measure muscle activations through electromyography. The final area is the Anatomy room where students have the opportunity to further their understanding of the skeletal and muscular systems with the numerous real models and interactive programmes via integrated smartboard technology.

      • · 3D Motion Analysis (Walking/Running/Cycling/Kayaking/Golf)
      • · 2D Gait Analysis and Cycle Optimisation
      • · Integrated Force Plate Data
      • · Postural Assessments
      • · Range of Motion Tests

    • School Visits
    • We are able to accommodate secondary school, college and sixth form students in our physiology/biomechanics and anatomy laboratories to come and experience a first hand on approach to sport and exercise science.

      All sessions are run in a safe laboratory environment under the supervision from senior academic and technical staff

  • Pharmacy and Chemistry

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    of our facilities
    • Three teaching laboratories with an associated service area
    • Two laboratories for chemical and pharmaceutical science research. Each laboratory has additional space for research student offices. There are a total of 41 fume cupboards in the two laboratories
    • A spectroscopy laboratory housing ultraviolet/visible spectrophotometers, fluorimeters, infrared spectrometers, a teaching mass spectrometer and a JEOL 60 MHz NMR spectrometer
    • An analytical instrument laboratory housing GC-MS spectrometers, HPLC instruments, gas-chromatographs, capillary electrophoresis and other analytical equipment
    • An NMR suite to house the School's 400 and 600 MHz Bruker spectrometers
    • A laboratory for LC-MS, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, AAS and thermal analysis instruments
    • A service room accommodating technical support for the analytical/spectroscopic facilities
    • A laboratory for pharmacy practice. View some images from the lab
    • A laboratory for pharmaceutical technology/physical chemistry work
    • A general teaching laboratory View some images from the lab
    • An aseptic laboratory
    • A nuclear science laboratory
    • Four service rooms accommodating technical support for the above laboratories
    • An electron microscopy suite (Faculty facility)
    • Laboratories for pharmaceutics and pharmacology research
    • A semi-detached house and garden used as a Crime Scene House for Forensic Science courses, located in Fasset Road