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King's facts

At a glance

King’s is:

  • one of the top 20 universities in the world (2015-16 QS international world rankings)
  • the fourth oldest university in England
  • research-led and based in the heart of London.

King’s has over 27,600 students (including nearly 10,500 postgraduates) from some 150 countries and almost 6,800 employees.

  • King’s provides world-class teaching and cutting-edge research:
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings
  • Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*)
  • The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 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:

  • Business Management Studies
  • Classics & Ancient History
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Food Science
  • History
  • Law
  • Music

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

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise.

Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year.

More information about the campaign is available at www.kcl.ac.uk/kingsanswers.

 

 

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