King's College London

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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    462
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    11.7
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.23
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    1,499
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    3.91
  • Facilities Spend 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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    597
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    85.7
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    94.0
  • Good Honours 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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    83.4

History

  • King's is one of the oldest and largest members 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

  • King's is located in 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 Requirements

  • 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 courses, with some of our nutrition and midwifery courses requiring ABB–BBB. Many courses will require specific subjects to have been studied to a high grade before entry.
  • Students taking A levels, AS levels and GCSEs can find further guidance on our policies as curriculum undergoes reform in the UK on our website.
  • Please check the website for the most up-to-date and complete entry requirements on a course by course basis.

Student Mix

The 28,730 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 61%
  • Postgraduate 39%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 72%
  • Part Time 28%

Domicile

  • UK 71%
  • EU 11%
  • Other 18%

Student gender

  • Male 37%
  • Female 63%

Course Flexibility

  • King's offers additional study options such as study abroad, language courses, work experience, internships, continued professional development (CPD) short-courses, summer school and the unique Associate of King's College London (AKC) qualification.
  • Interdisciplinary courses allow greater flexibility, with the opportunity to incorporate foreign language modules with science-based courses.
  • 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.

Undergraduate Courses

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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, databases and other online resources, as well as archives and 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 our website.

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.
  • The students’ union supports clubs and societies, with over 60 sports clubs and teams and over 200 cultural, performance, religious, vocational, political, campaigning and volunteering societies and activity groups.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • King's Careers Service advertises vacancies through its electronic Job Online 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 and 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.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Our redevelopment projects taking place around Guy’s Campus and the newly acquired Bush House at our Strand Campus will provide our students with enhanced and accessible facilities.
  • The university is leasing four iconic and recently refurbished buildings in the Aldwych Quarter, next to our historic Strand Campus.
  • King’s will occupy Bush House, former headquarters of the BBC World Service, Strand House and King House on a phased basis from September 2016, and adjacent building Melbourne House from 2025.

Notable Alumni

When you graduate from King’s you become part of a distinguished network of alumni dating back to the foundations of the university. 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

Further Details

Address Denmark Hill, Weston Education Centre, 10 Cutcombe Road, London SE5 9R Guy’s, New Hunts House, London SE1 1UL Strand, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS Waterloo, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH
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