Kings College London

About Kings College London

About Kings College London

King's College London (KCL) is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom, and King's College London is England's third oldest university founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington in 1829

King's is generally regarded as part of the "golden triangle" of elite universities located in Oxford, Cambridge and London, England.

It is the 12th largest university in the United Kingdom with a total enrolment of more than 31,000 students from some 150 countries around the world and some 8,500 staff.

Its academic activities are organized into nine faculties, which are divided into several departments, centers and research divisions.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the fields of humanities, law, science and social sciences, including international affairs.

It also includes the world's first nursing school, the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The King's alumni and staff are made up of 12 Nobel laureates.

King's has played a major role in many of the advances that shape modern life, such as the discovery of the DNA structure and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's has five campuses: 

The Strand Campus is the King's founding campus and is located on the Westminster City shore. The Strand Campus is home to the King's Arts and Science Faculties, including the Faculties of Arts & Humanities, Law, Business, Social Science & Public Policy and Natural & Mathematical Sciences.

Guy's Campus is located near London Bridge and is home to the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Dental Institute.

The Waterloo Campus is situated across the Waterloo Bridge from the Strand Campus. Waterloo campus is home to the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and other faculties.

St Thomas Campus is located near the Waterloo Campus and home to continuing medical and dental education, as well as the Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' is just a five minute walk from the Waterloo Campus along the river.

All of these campuses are located on the Thames River Denmark Hill Campus is the only non-Thames Campus.

Denmark Hill Campus is located in South London, near the border of the London Borough of Lambeth and the London Borough of Southwark in Camberwell.

Location Specialities 

King's is the most central university in London with four of its five campuses based within a single square mile beside the Thames between Westminster and London Bridge.


  • King's College London has nearly 5,000 beds across catered residence halls, intercollegiate halls, studio apartments and shared apartments.
  • Accommodation is guaranteed for all first-year undergraduates as long as they meet the application criteria and the deadline for applications.
  • Most of the accommodation options are located in central London, close to King's teaching campuses and London Travel Zones 1 and 2.
  • A wide range of private accommodation is also available.


King's College London ranks seventh in the UK, according to The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

Globally, it was ranked 33rd in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and 36th in the 2020 World University Rankings, 25th in the 2020 Complete University Guide and 63rd in the 2020 Guardian University Guide.

Teaching Quality

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and advanced research. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King's ranked 6th nationally in the 'power' ranking, taking into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th in the quality ranking according to the Times Higher Education ranking. 84 per cent of King's research was considered 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent.'

Silver has also been awarded for their teaching in the  Teaching Excellence Framework.

Student Teacher Ratio ( Number of students per staff)

Academic Divisions

  • Arts & Humanities 
  • Business 
  • Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences 
  • Law 
  • Life Sciences & Medicine 
  • Natural & Mathematical Sciences 
  • Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care 
  • Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience 
  • Social Science & Public Policy
  • Study Options

Why Kings College London

  • King’s College London is ranked seventh in the UK according to The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.
  • 84 per cent of our research is ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
  • King’s is ranked fourth in the UK and 31st in the world for graduate employability (Times Higher Education's Global Employability University Ranking 2019). 
  • King’s most of the campuses are in London which is voted as the world’s best student city by QS Best Student Cities 2019

How to Reach? Or Travel

  • King's is located in central London, with convenient transport links.
  • London has fantastic public transport networks across the city. 

Famous Aluminis

  • Dina Asher-Smith – athlete, currently Britain's fastest woman. 2016 European Champion at 200 metres and Olympic bronze-medallist from Rio 2016.
  • Rosalind Franklin − chemist and X-ray crystallographer contributing to knowledge on DNA, RNA, viruses, coal and graphite.
  • Professor Peter Higgs − theoretical physicist, emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh and Nobel Prize laureate.
  • Michael Morpurgo OBE − author, poet, playwright, and former Children's Laureate.
  • Dame Katherine Grainger – rower and Britain's most decorated female athlete, achieving five Olympic medals.
  • Dame Cicely Saunders − nurse, social worker, physician, and writer known for her role in the hospice movement.
  • The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu − South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop.
  • Sir Charles Wheatstone − scientist and inventor.
  • Professor Maurice Wilkins − physicist and molecular biologist, and Nobel laureate best known for his work on DNA.
  • Virginia Woolf − writer, one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.

English Language Requirement:

  • IELTS – Academic minimum score of overall 6.5 band with No band less than 6.0.
  • TOEFL – 85-90 with no section less than 20.
  • PTE – A minimum overall score of 58 is required with no score less than 56.

The Requirements may Defer for some Programs.

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