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King's College London

2016 League Table Ranking 23
2016 Overall Score 805
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Entry Standards 453 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 11.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.23 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,436 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 3.95 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 554 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 79.6 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 92.8 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 83.2 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 49.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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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.
  • Our four Thames-side campuses offer a vibrant and cosmopolitan environment in which to study, with superb access to the academic, cultural and social riches of London.

Location and Transport

King's is at the heart of London:

  • We are London's most central university, with four riverside campuses in a single square mile in the heart of London. Campuses are located near Westminster, the City and South London. Our campuses include: Strand campus, Waterloo campus, Guy's campus, and Denmark Hill campus.
  • King’s campuses are linked through the heart of London, which helps us build partnerships with key London institutions. We collaborate on research projects, share teaching resources and create internship opportunities to enhance student experience. Current partners include the British Library; British Museum; National Gallery; Shakespeare’s Globe; Southbank Centre; Tate Modern and more.
  • 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.
  • Where a student has excellent high school results but their qualification is not suitable for direct entry to an undergraduate degree, King’s offers two International Foundation programmes.
  • The minimum A-level undergraduate entry requirement is A*AA–AAB for the majority of programmes, with our BSc Nursing pre-registration programmes requiring BBB. Many programmes will require specific subjects to have been studied to a high grade before entry.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • Students taking A-Levels, AS-Levels and GCSE can find further guidance on our policies as curriculum undergoes reform in the UK on our website at

Student Mix

The 27,645 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

  • King’s is home to one of the most exciting and respected research communities in the world – the perfect environment for sharing your passion.
  • King's was recently confirmed as a world-leading research university in latest Research Excellence Framework assessment with 84% of research activity at King's being regarded as world-leading or internationally excellent.

In terms of comparison across the sector, King’s has had some outstanding successes notably:

  • Law is 1st in the country for quality of research and 7th for power
  • Education is 2nd for quality and 4th for power;
  • Clinical Medicine is 3rd for quality;
  • General Engineering (Imaging Sciences) is 5th for quality and submitted twice the number of staff compared with 2008;
  • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience is 2nd in the country for power and achieved 100 percent 4* ranking for research ‘environment’;
  • Politics and International Studies is 1st for power*;
  • History is 5th for quality and 7th for power;
  • Philosophy is 3rd for quality and 3rd for power;
  • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (Culture, Media and Creative Industries and Digital Humanities) are 1st for power and 8th for quality and scored 100% at 4* for research 'environment'.

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.
  • Our students benefit from our connections in London and can learn at the leading professional, political, legal and cultural institutions in the city. With over 150 partner institutions, King’s also connects you to the world. Studying abroad for a semester, a year or a summer is a unique opportunity to expand your personal and academic horizons; preparing you for the global stage, and boosting your employability.

Student Facilities

  • Libraries are located at all of King’s main campuses and provide information resources relevant to all the subjects taught locally.
  • This includes access to over 1.25 million books and ebooks, ejournals, databases and other online resources, as well as Archives & Special Collections.
  • Staff are on hand to assist you with your research and learning needs and any basic IT support you require.
  • 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

  • Our award-winning students’ union, King’s College London Students’ Union or KCLSU for short, supports students throughout their time at King’s.
  • KCLSU organise social, sporting and cultural activities, provide opportunities to develop skills, ensure students can voice their opinions as well as being there with advice and support when it is needed. Read more on our university website
  • The union supports clubs and societies, with over 50 sports teams and over 200 cultural, performance, religious, vocational, political, campaigning and volunteering activity groups.


  • KCLSU has over 50 sports clubs including athletics, basketball, cricket, football, kung fu, lacrosse, netball, rugby, table tennis, triathlon and ultimate frisbee.
  • So whether you are a keen athlete and want to play competitively in the university leagues or just want
    to try something new, you will find a club or activity that suits you.
  • As part of the King’s Sport partnership, we run the BeActive Programme. We put on over 30 activity sessions across all campuses, to encourage students to try out a new sport.
  • Plus, the King’s Sports & Fitness Centre on the Waterloo Campus offers great value and quality gym facilities.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • King’s College London is embarking on an exciting project to redevelop the Strand Campus Quadrangle and its associated buildings, with work anticipated to begin in 2016.
  • The project, subject to approval, will provide an additional 3,700 square metres of teaching space and student facilities, and will nurture King’s connections with the surrounding area.
  • Read more at:

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.

Careers Guidance

  • King's graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and some of the highest starting salaries in the UK.
  • Our Careers & Employability Service provides support both during your time with us and when you graduate, organising events, workshops and professional skills development programmes, as well as offering one-to-one advice.

Notable Alumni

When you graduate from King’s you become part of a distinguished network of alumni dating back to the foundations of the College. Our alumni, staff and students continue to make headlines today with discoveries, inventions and distinctions. Some of our notable alumni include:

  • 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

Find out more about the King's network of alumni here:

For further information

  • +44 (0)20 7836 5454
  • Our campuses are located at:
    Denmark Hill, Weston Education Centre, 10 Cutcombe Road, London SE5 9RJ
    Guy’s, New Hunts House, London SE1 1UL
    Strand, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
UCAS Code K60

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