King's College London

2015 League Table Ranking 28
2015 Overall Score 773
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Entry Standards 466 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 11.4 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 2.69 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,462 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.91 Help
Student Satisfaction
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Facilities Spend 505 Help
Facilities Spend
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Graduate Prospects 81.8 Help
Graduate Prospects
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Degree Completion 92.5 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 81.1 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 31.5 Help
Green Score
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  • King's is one of the oldest and largest colleges of the University of London.
  • King's is a member of the Russell Group, a coalition of the UK's major research-based universities.
  • In the last 180 years King's has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.
  • King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs.

Location and Transport

  • London's most central university, with four riverside campuses in a single square mile in the heart of London.
  • King's has connections with people and organisations all over London from government, business and industry to charities, sport and culture. 
  • As a student it costs you less to enjoy London; discounts are plentiful at shops, cinemas, restaurants, bars, clubs, cinemas, theatres and for travel; plus subsidised on-campus facilities including shops, cafes, bars, gyms, pools, clubs and societies.

Entry Standards

  • King's welcomes students with a range of qualifications from all over the world.
  • The minimum undergraduate entry requirement is A*AA–AAB for the majority of programmes, with a few specialist health programmes requiring BBB.

Student Mix

The 27645 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Part Time
Student Gender

Course Flexibility

  • King's offers additional study options such as study abroad, language programmes, work experience, internships, continued professional development (CPD) short-courses, summer school and the unique Associate of King's College London (AKC) qualification.
  • Interdisciplinary programmes allow greater flexibility, with the opportunity to incorporate foreign language modules with science based programmes.
  • Within certain schools it may be possible to complete an undergraduate degree on a part-time basis over six years.

Teaching Standards

  • Excellent teaching staff, active in research, bringing their cutting-edge thinking into the classroom.
  • Strong commitment and investment in educational technology.
  • A rigorous and challenging academic environment, supported by a tradition of caring reaching back 180 years.

Research Standards

  • One of the UK's top universities for research earnings, with income from grants and contract of around £154 million each year.
  • King's has five Medical Research Council centres.
  • 60% of research activity at King's has been deemed 4* and 3*, meaning that this is regarded as world-leading or internationally excellent. In total 91% of research activity entered is internationally recognised.

Academic Strengths

  • Teaching and research drawing on a lively interdisciplinary climate and collaboration with many partner institutions, organisations and industrial commercial enterprises.
  • Students will work with academics who are often national or international leaders in their field.

Student Facilities

  • Library Services and IT Services are two departments at King’s that work together to provide students with the information resources, software applications and the support they need to work effectively throughout their academic career.
  • Libraries and IT resources are available at each campus.
  • Access to huge multi-disciplinary information resource base, including over a million books and thousands of journals.
  • A multi-million-pound investment has been made to achieve a state-of-the-art 'virtual campus' that supports mobility and enables reliable 24/7 access.

Disability Services

  • King's Disability Advisory Service provides information, advice and guidance to applicants and students on the various forms of support and the disability funding available for home and international students.
  • All enquiries are dealt with sensitively and in confidence. For more information call the main office on +44 (0)20 7848 3398 or visit

Students' Union

  • The union supports clubs and societies, with over 50 sports teams and over 200 cultural, performance, religious, vocational, political, campaigning and volunteering activity groups.
  • Skills development programme gives you the opportunity to acquire the experience you need to succeed when your studies come to an end.
  • Runs the Waterfront Bar & Kicthen and Guy's Bar offering you food, drink, club nights and live gigs at affordable student prices.


  • Sports grounds close to central London provide facilities for hockey, rugby, football, cricket, tennis, netball and croquet.
  • There are rifle ranges at the Strand, the KCLSU Kinetic gym at Waterloo, and a swimming pool and gym at Guy's campus.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In association with the modernisation of Denmark Hill Campus, King's College Hall is being redeveloped to deliver new self-catered accommodation. This will comprise study areas, bedrooms, associated kitchen/dining facilities, student computing and printing services, high speed wireless connectivity and café and bar facilities. Opening September 2014.
  • Iris Brook and Orchard Lisle Houses – Collegiate AC refurbishment will comprise single study bedrooms arranged in flats of three to five, with shared kitchen and bathroom, as well as some studio-style accommodation and one-bedroom flats for couples. Opening September 2014.
  • The expansion of King’s Strand Campus into the East Wing of Somerset House early in 2012 was an historic moment in the College’s history. The College’s Dickson Poon School of Law (named in recognition of a £20-million donation) gains premises appropriate to its standing as one of Europe’s premier law schools and reflecting its 175-year-old tradition of excellence.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • King's Careers Service advertises vacancies through its electronic JobOnline system for part-time, temporary, voluntary and vacation work.
  • A Student Ambassador Scheme provides many paid working opportunities for example one-to-one mentoring, student talks and campus tours.
  • A wide range of paid work is available via the Students' Union.

Notable Alumni

  • Sir Charles Lyell
  • Sir Charles Wheatstone
  • William S Gilbert
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Florence Nightingale
  • James Clerk Maxwell
  • Somerset Maugham
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Sir William Kelsey Fry
  • Charles Barkla
  • Sir Owen Richardson
  • Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins
  • Sir Charles Scott-Sherrington
  • Sir Edward Appleton
  • Sir Arthur C Clarke CBE
  • Dr Max Theiler
  • Professor Peter Higgs
  • Dame Cicely Saunders
  • Professor Maurice Wilkins CBE
  • Michael Morpurgo OBE
  • Hanif Kureishi
  • The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu
  • Professor Sir James Black
  • Katherine Grainger CBE

For further information

  • +44 (0)20 7836 5454
  • King's College London
    WC2R 2LS
UCAS Code K60

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