King's by numbers
4th Oldest university in England
Founded in 1829
King's College London was founded in 1829 by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington, who fought a duel in defence of his role in the establishment of the College. In 1836 King's became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London.
5 recent mergers
- 1983 - King's College School of Medicine & Dentistry
- 1985 - Chelsea and Queen Elizabeth Colleges
- 1997 - Institute of Psychiatry
- 1998 - United Medical & Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals
180 years of historic pioneers
- Sir Charles Lyell, founded modern geology
- Sir Charles Wheatstone, developed electric telegraph
- James Clerk Maxwell, Einstein's predecessor in electromagnetism
- Florence Nightingale, pioneered nursing training
- Lord Lister, 'father of modern medicine'
5 London campuses
- Strand Campus
- Waterloo Campus
- St Thomas' Campus
- Guy's Campus
- Denmark Hill Campus
12 Nobel Prize winners
- Professor Edward Appleton (exploration of the ionosphere)
- Professor Charles Barkla (X-rays)
- Professor Sir James Black (beta blockers and anti-ulcer drugs)
- Professor Maurice Wilkins (DNA)
100s of distinguished alumni
- Desmond Tutu, Archbishop, Nobel Peace Laureate
- Katherine Grainger, four-times Olympic medalist (Gold 2012)
- Hanif Kureishi, Michael Morpurgo and Susan Hill, writers
- Sir Robin Auld, former Lord Justice of Appeal
- Rory Bremner, political satirist
One of the top 10 UK universities in the world
QS World University Rankings 2020.
- More than 31,300 students from some 150 countries
- Over 12,800 postgraduate students
- 8,500 employees.
Annual income £841 million, including:
- Research income - £224 million (2017–18)
£1 billion redevelopment
A £1 billion redevelopment programme is transforming King's estate. Since 1999 over half the university's activities have been relocated to new and refurbished buildings.
One of the top 7 in UK
- One of the top seven UK universities for research earnings (QS World University Rankings 2017-18)
- Member of the Russell Group (UK's top 24 research universities)
4 MRC centres
- Has four Medical Research Council (MRC) centres
- Member of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre
- 84 per cent of research is world-leading or internationally excellent (2014 Research Excellence Framework).