King's College London

Motto: Sancte et Sapienter (Latin) - With Holiness and Wisdom (English)

London, United Kingdom

No. Students: 25,187
Funding type: Public
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Academic Excellence

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. It 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. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and no university has more Medical Research Council Centres.

Research & Teaching Quality

A research-led university King's has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. The College is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 23 departments were ranked in the top quartile of British universities; over half of our academic staff work in departments that are in the top 10 per cent in the UK in their field and can thus be classed as world leading.


King's College London is the fourth oldest in England has nearly 23,000 students (of whom more than 8,600 are graduate students) from nearly 140 countries, and some 5,500 employees.


Situated in the heart of London, partaking in a course at King's you will become part of a vibrant and intellectually stimulating community. You will be inspired by researchers, discoverers and inventors who are pushing the boundaries of knowledge and will mingle with other delegates from across the world.


King's is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate.


King´s College London is one of England´s oldest and most prestigious university institutions: a multi-faculty research-led university college based in the heart of London with over 19,700 students, of whom more than 6,200 are postgraduates. It is ranked as one of the world´s top 25 universities.

The College offers an intellectually rigorous environment supported by welcoming and caring traditions. 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 it is now the largest centre for the education of doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals in Europe and home to five Medical Research Council centres.

King´s location in the heart of London and its strength in law, humanities and the social sciences make it a major player in forging links between the arts, culture and universities, and in the development of public policy at national level. Its very broad range of subjects, including also physical sciences and engineering, are increasingly inter-related, notably in fields such as bioinformatics, health policy and medical humanities.

King´s nine Schools of Study are Biomedical & Health Sciences; the Dental Institute; Humanities; Law; Medicine; the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery; Physical Sciences & Engineering; the Institute of Psychiatry, and Social Science & Public Policy.



Denmark Hill Campus

The Campus provides facilities for the School of Medicine, the Dental Institute, and is home of the Institute of Psychiatry.

Because of the size of the Campus, the map below is split in to two sections: one showing the West side of the Campus, based around the Institute of Psychiatry, and another showing the East side and featuring King's College Hospital.

The Denmark Hill Campus in south London is close to the Dulwich Picture Gallery (the oldest purpose-built public art gallery in England), the Horniman Museum and Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, an international venue for major athletics meetings.

Guy's Campus

The Guy's Campus is home to the School of Biomedical Sciences (also at the Waterloo Campus), the Dental Institute, and the School of Medicine.

Close to London Bridge (one minute walk from London Bridge station/tube), on the South Bank of the Thames, next to Guy's Hospital, this is an increasingly fashionable area, with many bars, restaurants, markets and creative businesses. Nearby are two halls of residence (Great Dover Street Apartments and Wolfson House), Hay's Galleria and Borough Market (one of the oldest wholesale fruit and vegetable markets), as well as Southwark Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe theatre and Tate Modern.

Strand Campus
The Strand Campus provides a home to the School of Arts and Humanities, School of Law, the School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences and the School of Social Science & Public Policy (also at the Waterloo Campus).

Most buildings at the Strand Campus overlook the Thames, midway between the Houses of Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, next door to Somerset House and the Courtauld Institute of Art, almost opposite the Royal Courts of Justice. Within five minutes' walk of the Strand are Covent Garden, many West End theatres, and Trafalgar Square, home to the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.

St Thomas' Campus
The St Thomas' Campus is located in central London, overlooking the Thames next to Westminster Bridge and opposite the Houses of Parliament. On this site is a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale, founder of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery now at King's. St Thomas' is just five minutes walk along the river from the Waterloo Campus. The campus is the site of continuing medical and dental teaching.

Waterloo Campus
The Waterloo Campus is the home of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, the School of Biomedical Sciences (also at the Guy's Campus), parts of the School of Social Science & Public Policy (also at the Strand Campus) and LonDEC (London Dental Education Centre), part of the Dental Institute (also at Guy's and Denmark Hill).

The campus is next to London's South Bank arts and cultural quarter which includes the National Film Theatre and BFI Southbank, the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery and the National Theatre. Three minutes walk away is Waterloo Station. Just down the road the Young Vic and Old Vic theatres add to the choice of theatre venues in this part of London.

The campus has three main buildings across the road from each other. The Franklin-Wilkins Building is one of London's largest university buildings and was completely refurbished and opened in 2000. Over the road are Stamford Street Apartments, with en suite accommodation for over 500 students, while the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Principal and College administration are based in the nearby James Clerk Maxwell Building.

Student life

Students' Union


As a student at Kings, you are automatically a member of Kings College Students Union (KCLSU). Your membership to the Union is free and brings with it a number of opportunities for you to get the most out of your time at Kings and in London.

Services and support

Our award-winning students union, Kings College London Students Union or KCLSU for short, supports students all through their time at Kings. KCLUS 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.

University of London

As a student at Kings you are also able to use the facilities of the University of London Union (ULU).

Discount card

And as a student attending university in the UK, you are eligible to apply for an NUS card, which offers discounts in a number of retailers. The National Union of Students (NUS) represents all students in the UK

Food Outlets, Bars & Shops

Each of the College's campuses has catering services, offering a range of main meals, sandwiches, snacks and desserts. Vegetarian food is widely available, and where possible Halal, Kosher and vegan diets are catered for.

In addition to this, King's College London Students' Union (KCLSU) runs a wide range of services to make your life at Kings as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Clubs & Societies

Whether youve been doing it for years or you just feel like trying something new, there are an enormous variety of sports clubs, societies, volunteering opportunities, student media and campaigning groups where you can get involved, make new friends, have some fun and be part of the student community.

King's College London Students' Union (KCLSU) provides both financial and logistical support to help these activities run smoothly, but it is up to you how these activities are organised. Youre spoilt for choice, but if theres something you feel is missing, KCLSU can also help you get your own student activity group up and running.

Sports teams

The majority of sports teams take part in nationally-recognised British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) fixtures, offering you the chance to shine in your chosen sport at all levels. Theres a club to suit most tastes, but if there isnt well help you to get one started up. KCLSU has access to all College-owned facilities and has strong links within the University of London to help maximise the competition and participation.

Interest societies

There are over 100 societies you could join, varying from politics and debate, to comedy, musical theatre, and everything in between. The Greenwood Theatre is just one of the facilities available for society use, and the various events each society organises are highlights in the social calendar. The Kings Diwali Show is now in its 17th year and is the biggest student event in the UK.

Get involved

Alongside this there are also opportunities to get involved with student media at Kings, currently students produce a monthly newspaper, Roar, as well as other independent publications, and there is also a podcasting society who regularly produce audio content aimed at King's students. There is more information on the KCLSU website.


There are also a number of student volunteering opportunities allowing you to get involved with a number of local community groups as well as bigger organisations, the KCLSU website has more information.


KCLSU works closely with groups of all kinds to campaign for and achieve their goals with the aid of resources that are available to all.

Sport & Fitness

Kings is keen to promote healthy lifestyles for all its staff and students.


The College operates three outdoor sports facilities for student and staff use. Student teams use these grounds to represent the College at rugby, football, netball, lacrosse, hockey and cricket.

Master's Programmes at King's College London

Taught programmes

School of Social Science & Public Policy

School of Law

India Institute

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