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  • International Fees From

    £18,900 UG

  • World Ranking

    36th in Times HE
    56th in Shanghai

  • Students

    14,810 UG
    10,190 PG

  • International


  • Employability


  • Accommodation

    from £147.00 p/w

Strand, London WC2R 2LS, United Kingdom

Kings College London is located in on the north bank of the Thames, off the Strand in central London. It is a constituent college of the University of London. London is the capital city of Great Britain, and has a population of 8.3 million (or over 13 million in the wider metropolitan region). The major international airports London Heathrow and London Gatwick are an hour’s tube ride(Heathrow) or an hour’s rail journey (Gatwick) away. London is well served by underground and bus system and its major rail and coach stations offer connections to the rest of the UK as well as to France and Brussels via the Eurostar train from London St Pancras station. The average lowest temperature in London is 3 degrees in January. The average highest temperature is 22.5 degrees in July.

  • History

    Kings College London was founded in 1829 by Royal Charter from King George IV. Its establishment came about as a result of the Industrial Revolution and the resulting social changes. Kings was originally a theologically based institution teaching Literature, Science and Christianity according to the doctrines of the Church of England. In 1840 the now famous Kings College Hospital opened, as focus on medicine became one of the College’s priorities. In 1953 the College achieved world renown when scientists at Kings identified the structure of DNA for the first time. In 2003, Kings College London was granted degree-awarding powers in its own right as a separate entity from the Federal University. In addition to science, medicine and nursing, Kings has become known in latter years for the social sciences.


    Kings College consists of nine academic schools spread across four Thames side campuses all located within a one square mile radius in central London. The only other campus is in Denmark Hill nearly Camberwell in south London. This site is home to Kings College Hospital, Maudsley Hospital and the Institute of Psychiatry. The founding campus is on the Strand and it is here that the Schools of Arts & Humanities, Law, Social Science and Natural & Mathematical Sciences are situated. Guy’s Campus, close to London Bridge, is the home of the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science. Waterloo Campus, across the river from the Strand, houses other buildings of the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry as well as the Florence Nightingale School of Midwifery. Finally, facing the Houses of Parliament in Lambeth, is the St Thomas campus which is where St Thomas’ Hospital is situated. The main halls of residence are located on the Strand campus. A free shuttle bus service operates between Waterloo campus and the hospital sites, otherwise travelling around campuses is easy as London is well served by buses and tube running until the early hours of the morning.


    Kings College is ranked 36th in the Times Higher Education Rankings. Kings is ranked 56th in the Shanghai Jaio Tong rankings and is a member of the Russell Group of universities.
    Kings College is ranked 125th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.


    There are approximately 7000 students from 150 countries currently studying at Kings College London, representing 28% of all students.


    Latest figures indicate a total student population of 25,000, of which 14810 are undergraduates and 10,190 are postgraduates.


    94.2% of Kings College graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source:HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.


    The main campus in on the Strand in the heart of London’s West end. Underneath the building there is a Roman bath and also the Aldwych underground station, which is disused, but now houses the College’s rifle range. The Strand campus is the site of two bars, a shop, gym and café.

    St Thomas’ campus in Lambeth is home to the Florence Nightingale Museum of Nursing and the College also owns the Maughan Library – a grade II listed 19th century former public records office in Chancery Lane. In fact, Kings College London owns seven other major libraries on its sites, housing many renowned collections. King’s’ student union is one of the oldest in England and supports 200 different societies and 50 sports clubs. The student union also produces a tabloid newspaper Roar! News.

    King’s central location means that access is easy to all of London’s famous landmarks, museums, theatres, galleries, shopping, restaurants, clubs, bars and nightlife.


    King’s College London owns a number of halls of residence on its main campus and others and it can also offer accommodation in intercollegiate halls managed in partnership with constituent colleges of the University of London. All halls of residence are situated within the central London Travel Zones 1& 2. Accommodation is guaranteed for all new first years and for all international postgraduate students. Contracts are for 40 weeks in residences owned by Kings College London, and for up to 51 weeks for the Intercollegiate Halls. The Kings Halls of residence are self catered whilst the Intercollegiate Halls offer catered accommodation. Cost examples are as follows:

    The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £147.00 per week.
    An example price for catered accommodation is £245.11 at Intercollegiate Halls.


    International students
    International undergraduate tuition fee examples – BA or BSc:
    Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £18,900 for Arts & Humanities subjects, rising to £24,900 for most Business based courses & £25,500 for Science & Engineering courses.

    Subject Areas

    REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.

    • Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
    • Biological Sciences
    • Business and Management Studies
    • Classics
    • Clinical Medicine
    • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
    • Computer Science and Informatics
    • Education
    • English Language and Literature
    • General Engineering
    • Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology
    • History
    • Law
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Modern Languages and Linguistics
    • Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Politics and International Studies
    • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
    • Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care
    • Sociology
    • Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
    • Theology, Religious Studies

    Online Courses

    Kings College London currently offers postgraduate online/distance learning courses in a limited number of subjects eg: MSc in Advanced Dental Practice, MA in Air Power in the Modern World, MPhil in Defence Studies, MA in Economics for Competition Law, MA in European Law and MSc in Maxillofacial Prosthetic Rehabilitation.

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