At a glance
- one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2020)
- the fourth oldest university in England
- research-led and based in the heart of London.
King’s has over 31,000 students (including more than 12,800 postgraduates) from some 150 countries and over 8,500 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 just over £778 million.
King’s has a distinguished reputation in:
- the humanities
- 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 (2018/19) for:
- Biological Sciences
- Business & Management Studies
- Food Science
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
- medicine and healthcare, including antiseptic surgery and palliative care. It is 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.
Francis Crick Institute
King’s is a founder member of the Francis Crick Institute, a biomedical discovery institute bringing together six of the UK’s most successful scientific and academic organisations to understand the fundamental biology underlying health and disease and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat major illnesses.
King's Strategic Vision 2029
King’s Strategic Vision looks forward to our 200th anniversary in 2029. It shows how King’s will make the world a better place by focusing on five key strategic priorities: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; an international community that serves the world.
The Vision demonstrates how King’s will continue to inspire future generations, through a rounded education, to be the critical thinkers, problem solvers and change-makers the world needs. Through the highest quality disciplinary research and interdisciplinary collaborations, King’s staff and students will contribute insights into and solutions for the world’s many diverse challenges. As a community of staff, students, partners and collaborators, King’s will serve the needs and aspirations of society both locally and across the globe.