1992 - ?

The university's history can be traced to 1878 when its founding institute, St Katharine's College, was established in Tottenham as a teacher training college for women. It was joined by Hornsey College of Art, founded in 1882, Ponders End Technical Institute, founded in 1901, and Hendon Technical Institute, opened in 1939. Having merged with several other institutes, the university was consolidated in its current form in 1992 and is one of the post-1992 universities.

Some member colleges and schools.
1878 St Katherine's College, Tottenham founded
1882 Hornsey College of Art founded
1939 Hendon Technical Institute opens
1947 Trent Park Training College opens
1973 Middlesex Polytechnic formed
1974 Trent Park College of Education and New College of Speech and Drama join Middlesex Polytechnic
1992 Middlesex University formed
1994 The London College of Dance becomes part of the university
1995 North London College of Health becomes part of the university; Regional offices open in Europe
2005 Tottenham campus closes with most programmes transferred to Trent Park campus
2008 Enfield campus closes in summer programmes, students and staff relocate to Hendon
2012 Trent Park campus closed and programmes relocated to flagship campus in Hendon.