King’s College London (informally King’s or KCL) is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom, and a founding constituent college of the federal University of London. King’s was established in 1829 by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington and received its royal charter in the same year. In 1836, King’s became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London. In the late 20th century, it grew through a series of mergers, including with Queen Elizabeth College and Chelsea College of Science and Technology (in 1985), the Institute of Psychiatry (in 1997), the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery (in 1998). King’s is regarded as one of the top multidisciplinary research universities in the world, ranked 21st in the world by the 2016/17 QS World University Rankings, and 36th in the world by the 2016/17 THE World Rankings. It is usually considered part of the “golden triangle” along with the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London, and the London School of Economics. It is a member of academic organisations such as the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association, and the Russell Group. King’s has five campuses: its historic main campus on the Strand in central London, three other Thames-side campuses (Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Waterloo) and one in Denmark Hill in south London. King’s College London, so named to indicate the patronage of King George IV, was founded in 1829 in response to the theological controversy surrounding the founding of “London University” (which later became University College London) in 1826. The need for such an institution was a result of the religious and social nature of the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, which then educated solely the sons of wealthy Anglicans. During World War I the medical school was opened to women for the first time. The end of the war saw an influx of students, which strained existing facilities to the point where some classes were held in the Principal’s house. One of the most famous pieces of scientific research performed at King’s were the crucial contributions to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953 by Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin, together with Raymond Gosling, Alex Stokes, Herbert Wilson and other colleagues at the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics at King’s. In July 2006, King’s College London was granted degree-awarding powers in its own right, as opposed to through the University of London, by the Privy Council. This power remained unexercised until 2007, when King’s announced that all students starting courses from September 2007 onwards would be awarded degrees conferred by King’s itself, rather than by the University of London.
In the 19th century, King’s College London had five departments:
- General Literature and Science
- Applied Sciences
The Theological Department provided studies in ecclesiastical history, pastoral theology and Exegesis of testaments. Languages and literature, history, law and jurisprudence, political economy, commerce, fencing, mathematics, zoology and natural history were taught within the Department of General Literature and Science, and natural philosophy, geology, mineralogy and arts-related subjects were taught within the Department of Applied Sciences. Currently, King’s is made up of eight academic faculties, which are subdivided into departments, centres and research divisions. In 2017, these will be joined by a ninth with the opening of King’s Business School in Bush House.
King’s welcomes students with a range of qualifications from all over the world. Where a student has excellent high school results but their qualification is not suitable for direct entry to an undergraduate degree, King’s offers two international foundation programmes. The minimum A level undergraduate entry requirement is A*AA–AAB for the majority of courses, with some of their nutrition and midwifery courses requiring ABB–BBB. Many courses will require specific subjects to have been studied to a high grade before entry. Students taking A levels, AS levels and GCSEs can find further guidance on their policies as curriculum undergoes reform in the UK on their website.
Teaching and research drawing on a lively interdisciplinary climate and collaboration with many partner institutions, organisations and industrial commercial enterprises. Students will work with academics who are often national or international leaders in their field. Their students benefit from their connections in London and can learn at the leading professional, political, legal and cultural institutions in the city. With over 150 partner institutions, King’s also connects the student to the world. Studying abroad for a semester, a year or a summer is a unique opportunity to expand the student`s personal and academic horizons; preparing it for the global stage, and boosting his employability.
Excellent teaching staff, active in research, bringing their cutting-edge thinking into the classroom. Strong commitment and investment in educational technology. A rigorous and challenging academic environment, supported by a tradition of caring reaching back 180 years.
King’s graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and some of the highest starting salaries in the UK. Their Careers and Employability Service provides support both during the student time with them and when the student graduate, organising events, workshops and professional skills development programmes, as well as offering one-to-one advice.