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At a glance


King’s is:

  • one of the top 20 universities in the world (2013-4 QS international world rankings)
  • the Sunday Times ‘Best University for Graduate Employment 2012-3’
  • the fourth oldest university in England
  • research-led and based in the heart of London.

King’s has over 26,000 students (including more than 10,600 postgraduates) from 140 countries and over 7,000 employees.

King’s provides world-class teaching and cutting-edge research:

  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 23 departments ranked in the top 25 per cent of British universities.
  • Over half of our academic staff work in departments that are in the top 10 per cent in the UK.
  • The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings with an overall annual income of nearly £587 million.

King’s has a distinguished reputation in:

  • the humanities
  • law
  • the sciences, including health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry
  • social sciences, including international affairs.

King's is in The Complete University Guide's Top Ten for:

  • Anatomy & Physiology - 6th
  • Biological Sciences - 9th
  • Classics & Ancient History - 9th
  • Dentistry - 2nd
  • Drama, Dance & Cinematics - 6th
  • Education - 2nd
  • Food Science - 1st
  • French - 8th
  • Geography & Environmental Science - 10th
  • History - 9th
  • Law - 8th
  • Music - 7th
  • Nursing - 10th
  • Philosophy - 6th
  • Physiotherapy - 5th.

King’s has influenced many of the advances that shape modern life, such as:

  • the discovery of the structure of DNA
  • research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar
  • being the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe.

King’s Health Partners

King’s, Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King’s Health Partners. King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration. For more information, visit the King's Health Partners' website.

World Questions | King's Answers

The university launched a £500 million fundraising campaign – World questions|King’s answers – in 2010. The campaign was created to address some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity as quickly as feasible, focusing on five priority areas: neuroscience and mental health, leadership and society, cancer, global power and children's health. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, friends, staff and students, we reached our £500 million target in 2014, a year and a half ahead of schedule.

Because of the overwhelming support we've had so far, we’ve been able to help millions of people and change their lives for the better. But we've still got lots of work to do. That’s why we want to raise another £100 million.

More information about the campaign is available from the World Questions | King's Answers website.

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