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King’s College London

• Founded in 1829, King’s is the fourth oldest university in England.
• One of the top 25 universities in the world (2016-17 QS international world ranking).
• Over 29,600 students from some 150 countries (including over 11,750 postgraduate students) and over 8,000 employees. 18% of the whole student body are international students.
• Five London campuses: Strand Campus, Waterloo Campus, St Thomas’ Campus, Guy’s Campus and Denmark Hill Campus.
• King’s provides world-class teaching and cutting-edge research: 84% of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* or 4*).
• Ranked 6th in the UK for the quality and quantity of its research activity in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
• Member of the Russell Group (UK’s top 20 research universities)
• Rated 7th for research quality and 11th in the world for its international performance and outlook according to Times Higher Education rankings.
• In the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall income of just over £738 million including research income of £193 million (2015-16).
• 12 Nobel Prize winners in history including Professor Charles Barkla (X-rays) and Professor Maurice Wilkins (DNA).
• A distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including health areas) and social sciences (including international affairs).
• King’s is in The Complete University Guide’s Top Ten for: Business & Management Studies, Food Science, French, History, Law, Philosophy and Physiotherapy.
• The Global Engagement team manages the links with King’s partner universities and institutions who want to work with King’s through research, training, student exchange and dual and joint degrees.

Main Campus:


Student Population:


• Faculty of Arts & Humanities
• Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
• Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
• Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
• Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care
• Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
• King’s Business School
• The Dickson Poon School of Law
• Dental Institute


Founded under the royal charter of King George IV in 1829, King’s College London is England’s fourth-oldest university institution, whose 200 years of academic distinction have helped to build today’s world-leading university.

Located in the heart of London, King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. It is rated one of the world’s 20 most international and outward looking universities and one of the top 25 universities in the world.

King’s five 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. The university can truly claim to be the most central of London’s university institutions.

King’s offer foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes across nine faculties. The university has more than 300 partnership agreements with leading higher education institutions across the globe, providing opportunities for research and teaching collaboration. It has joint and dual degree partnerships and joint research programmes with more than 20 universities including Columbia University, National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong, Humboldt University, Sciences Po, UNC Chapel Hill, Peking University Health Science Centre and University of São Paulo.

King’s College London and its alumni have achieved very high reputation in a variety of areas. The university’s faculty of nursing was founded by Florence Nightingale in 1860 at St Thomas’ Hospital, as the world’s first professional school of nursing. Creative writers nurtured at King’s institutions include John Keats, WS Gilbert, Virginia Woolf and Derek Jarman. In the 20th and 21st centuries King’s has played a major role in advances that have shaped modern life, such as crucial contributions to the discovery of the structure of DNA by Professor Maurice Wilkins and Dr Rosalind Franklin. Great names from King’s continue to change the world. Among its current notable alumni are Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; 2013 Nobel Physics Laureate Professor Peter Higgs; Dame Katherine Grainger, five-times Olympic gold medallist, and many members of the House of Commons, House of Lords and the Judiciary.

KCL not only boasts high employment rates for graduates (85.7% according to the Telegraph’s news report on 11 May 2016), but also high average starting salaries.

Student Support

King’s Student Advice Service team is made up of Specialist Advisers who can advise students on a range of financial, practical and legal issues. International students can also benefit from the university’s services regarding immigration and visas as well as living in the UK.

Tuition Fees

International Student Fees 2018/19:
Undergraduate (full-time): 17,900 – 23,900 depending on subject taken
Postgraduate Taught (full-time): £15,600 – £23,900 depending on subject taken
Postgraduate Research (full-time MPhil/PhD): 22,050 depending on subject taken

International Student Fees 2017/18:
Undergraduate (full-time): N/A
Postgraduate taught (full-time): N/A
Postgraduate Research (full time MPhil/PhD): £21,000 depending on subject taken


King’s has set aside funds to assist international and EU students in financial difficulty, such as International Hardship Fund. Students are asked to clarify their financial need and provide supporting documentation to evidence their change in circumstances. Awards will therefore vary in size.

Other Scholarships for international students include Desmond Tutu Scholarship which offers £1,000 each and Dr Margaret Bond Medical Hardship Fund whose awards range from £100 to £3,500. There are also special scholarships and bursaries for international students, for example, Singapore Scholarship Fund and Josh Amesbury Bursary.

Living Expenses

As a broad estimate of the funds needed to live in London, it is currently estimated that students should allow approximately £1,000-£1,200 per month for living costs, in addition to tuition fees.

This following information about living costs is a guideline only. Living costs will vary according to personal circumstances and lifestyles. These figures are based on a single student living with other students and not paying Council Tax.
Rent £ 550.00
Bills (gas, electrcity, water, internet & £25 phone contract) £ 75.00
Food £ 150.00
Travel (zones 1-2 Travelcard) £ 80.00
Social expenses £ 150.00
Additional expenses (birthdays etc.) £ 50.00
Total £ 1,055.00

Employability and Careers

King’s Careers and Employability services include one-to-one careers discussions, practice interviews, an online vacancy board, full events calendar and bespoke internship programmes, alongside a host of information and exclusive resources.

King’s graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK (ranked 3rd for graduate-level jobs and 5th for highest starting salaries in the 2012 Sunday Times University Guide). The university was awarded a WhatUni Student Award 2011, voted 2nd for Job Prospects. In the US, a recent report commissioned by the British Council USA ranked King’s in the top 5 for most recognised universities amongst US employers.

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