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Our research crosses the life span from health maintenance and disease prevention through to end of life care, reaching out to local and global communities with the objectives of improving health and well-being through efficient, effective and safe delivery of care. We undertake cutting edge research of the highest rigour to develop, evaluate and implement significant interventions and treatments, and build knowledge to transform and lead policy and practice.


We work in partnership with our King's Health Partners (KHP) one of only 5 Academic Health Sciences Centres. KHP facilitates the collaboration between researchers and clinicians to ensure the research is translated efficiently and effectively into clinical practice. Collaboration is also promoted at a local level through our involvement with the South London Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). Nationally and Internationally there are strategic partnerships with which the School works to develop high quality research and increase the sharing of findings to maximise the impact of our research.

Programmes of Research

The School has 3 programmes of research activity which inform and improve healthcare and service delivery locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Patient and carer experience
  • Healthcare workforce, organisation and service delivery
  • Health and well-being

All our work is underpinned by 3 cross cutting principles:

  • Engagement with patient and user perspectives
  • Commitment to conceptual and methodological innovation
  • Attention to the policy relevance and practical application of our findings


Our researchers come from a wide range of professional backgrounds including nursing, midwifery, psychology, allied health professions, social science and anthropology. Equality of opportunity and recognition and promotion of diversity are integral to KCL's values, consequently we have a diversity of skills, talents and experience within the School which is reflected in our academic strengths.

Post Graduate Research

Research students will become our future academic and clinical leaders so we support a career structure from undergraduate to postgraduate to early career researcher and onwards. Our MRes programme is designed specifically to develop and support preparation for PhD fellowships and studentships.  Early career researchers are supported to apply for fellowships and projects grants to develop them towards becoming independent researchers. 

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