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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 26,500 students (including nearly 10,400 postgraduates) from almost 150 countries and some 7,000 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 £600 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 - 8
  • Dentistry - 9
  • Food Science - 2
  • French - 9
  • German - 6
  • Law - 8
  • Music - 8
  • Nursing - 9
  • Philosophy - 5
  • Physiotherapy - 8

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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