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Kings College London

King's College London

A global university in the heart of London

A world-leading research institution

King's College London is home to over 12,800 postgraduate students and attracts some of the best academic minds in the world. We are recognised for the global influence of our research and innovation and we are in the top seven UK universities for research earnings. 84 per cent of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF2014), creating the perfect environment for you to share and develop your passion. Our PhD completion rates at King’s are among the highest in the country and, with our Centre for Doctoral Studies, you can be sure to receive the best support to ensure success.

Connected with the world

Our students benefit from King's connections with employers, universities and organisations throughout London and across the globe – from government, business and industry to charities, sport and culture. We host guest speakers, opportunities for internships and provide active recruitment for our students. 94 per cent of master’s graduates are in full time work within six months of graduation (DHLE, 2014) and we are ranked 4th in the UK for graduate employability.

In service to society

Since our founding in 1829, King’s has been at the forefront of shaping modern life, with 12 Nobel Prize winners amongst our alumni and former staff. We are also the largest provider of professional healthcare training in Europe and home to five Medical Research Council centres. King’s is part of a global collaboration between of the world’s leading research led universities and three of London’s most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. We are particularly distinguished in wide range of health areas including psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry.

At the heart of London

We are situated at the heart of one of the most exciting cities in the world, a hub for culture, finance, food and history. You can delve into the heart of what London has to offer through our connections with BP, KPMG, The Science Museum, the British Museum, The National Gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern and more. London is dynamic and multicultural, with great transport links allowing you to easily access any of King’s nine Schools of Study across four Thames-side campuses.

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Visit our postgraduate funding pages and search our funding database to find funding to study at King's in 2021. Attending our Postgraduate Virtual Open Week means you can explore many more options beyond your own discipline; perhaps you’ll be surprised by subjects you haven’t considered before. With over 300 postgraduate courses taught across nine faculties, our online prospectus will help find the one for you:


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The Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s is one of the most prestigious of its kind, ranked 6th in Europe according to the QS World University Rankings 2017. King’s is one of the world’s leading centres of research in arts and humanities, with strengths across all disciplines, including new fields such as culture, media and creative industries, and digital humanities. 99 per cent of the research conducted in the faculty has been judged as having an outstanding or very significant impact in the wider world (Research Excellence Framework 2014). Home to one of the largest populations of postgraduate research students in the country, this diverse faculty gives students a rich and stimulating environment for study and research, engaging with questions of fundamental importance to understanding the past, present and future.

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King’s College London’s Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences is ranked 1st in the UK and 2nd globally for dentistry (QS World University Rankings 2019). We are one of the world’s centres of excellence for dental education, oral and craniofacial scientific research, and oral healthcare provision. In collaboration with our London teaching hospital partners – Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ – we train dental professionals at all levels, and undertake and actively promote world-class basic, clinical and translational research focused around three key areas:
• Development, Regeneration, Repair & Tissue Engineering
• Immunity, Infection and Host-Microbe Interactions
• Clinical, Translational and Population Health

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The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine is one of the largest and most successful centres of bioscience and medicine research and education in the UK. We bring together academics and clinicians who are committed to ensuring faster translation and adoption of research innovation into clinical practice as well as training the next generation of health professionals and research scientists. We are ranked 16th in the world for Medicine by the QS World University Rankings 2017 and 91.8 per cent of the faculty’s REF 2014 submission was rated 4 star or 3 star.

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6 Nobel Prize winners have worked and studied in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences – including Professors Maurice Wilkins, Peter Higgs and Michael Levitt. This innovative, vibrant faculty has a long tradition of world-leading research and teaching in physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering. Studying at King’s enables students to work with, and learn from, world-leading academics who are tackling global challenges and answering fundamental questions about the universe. The faculty’s ambition is to inspire, educate and innovate, fostering the next generation of scientists and future leaders, and it is committed to supporting women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Ranked 29th in the world for social science Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018, The Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy is committed to advancing social science scholarship to help tackle some of the most important social, political and ethical issues of our time. World societies and economies are transforming. The faculty seeks to understand that change, and make a positive contribution to human welfare, security and sustainability. King’s position at the heart of one of the world’s truly global cities, combined with the faculty’s interdisciplinary approach, provides a unique perspective on issues like the changing nature of war, climate change, ageing, the ethics of biomedical innovation and social cohesion.

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The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care provides world-class teaching, clinical practice and research. We teach our students to care for people in the most effective way possible. Whether they’re taking their first steps in healthcare or improving their existing skills, we prepare graduates for success anywhere in the world. Our research tackles the big questions that impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and populations. Along with three of the UK’s leading NHS trusts, we are part of King’s Health Partners, a UK Academic Health Sciences Centre. Together, we work to ensure our research breakthroughs lead to direct benefits for patients. Our courses take place in the heart of London. But they’re known around the world. In the latest QS World University Rankings, we were number 1 in the UK and number 3 in the world for nursing.

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Ranked 2nd in the world for psychology and psychiatry by US News Best Global Universities, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is Europe’s largest centre for research and education in these subject areas. Whether through conducting groundbreaking research, enhancing patient care, influencing policy change or raising awareness of conditions affecting the brain, the principal aim is to understand how the mind and brain work and how to help prevent and treat mental and neurological disorders. Students benefit from working alongside world-leading scientists and clinicians and have unrivalled access to outstanding placement, career and networking opportunities.

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King’s is a top 10 university for business and management studies, as rated by The Complete University Guide 2018. King’s Business School continues to shape an innovative model of business education, developing leaders equipped to tackle the business and societal challenges of the future. Located in the iconic Bush House building, the School is a hub for engagement with business, the city, government and NGOs. With London’s Square Mile – a global centre for commerce and finance – on their doorstep, students will find networking and employment opportunities plentiful. With students from over 80 countries, the School’s international student population brings diverse ideas and perspectives to an exciting learning environment.

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King’s has a long history of welcoming international students, and King's Foundations is proud to play an important part in this tradition. Entering a new study environment can be challenging, not only in terms of language but also in terms of adjusting to a new academic culture. King's Foundations prepares and supports international students in both these areas through Foundation courses and intensive Pre-sessional courses. Students at King's Foundations have access to all of King’s world-class facilities: accommodation, libraries, clubs, societies and entertainment.

The British Council regularly inspect and re-accredit King's Foundations. The British Council are responsible for the regulation and inspection of all schools, colleges and universities which offer English language training and assess their overall standards.

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The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London is rated as one of the top 20 law schools in the world by QS World University Rankings 2017 and is the first in the UK for research (REF 2014). Established in 1831, The Dickson Poon School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in England and is recognised as one of the best law schools in the world. With a dedicated team of legal academics and professionals with diverse backgrounds, and many international partnerships, King’s brings a global perspective to law. Located in the heart of legal London and surrounded by major law firms, the School offers a suite of innovative courses and exciting opportunities to establish links with peers and researchers, and build a wider network of professional colleagues.

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