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The AKC (Associateship of King’s College) is the original award of King's, dating back to its foundation in 1829 and reflecting its first motto: sancte et sapienter, "holiness and wisdom". 

The AKC remains faithful to this commitment to taking religion seriously, and aims to promote intelligent, open-minded reflection on ethical and philosophical questions. The 21st-century AKC offers an inclusive, research-led programme of lectures that give King’s students the opportunity to explore diverse religious and cultural perspectives, alongside their main programme of study. 

AKC lectures enrich and broaden the academic curriculum at King’s in a unique way. More than 3000 members of the King’s community - undergraduates, postgraduates and staff, across all faculties and campuses as well as online - follow the AKC every year. In recent years, AKC lecture series have focused on mental health, leadership, migration, London's culture and history, and ethics in a cultural context.

The AKC is at the heart of the College’s commitment to an international, interdisciplinary, and innovative curriculum: it seeks to foster an understanding of different beliefs and cultures that can be taken into wider society. The programme is unique to King's College London, and is the only course open to all King’s students, as well as to staff and alumni. 

We run two series of AKC lectures during each academic year. It is normally a three-year programme, designed to run alongside students’ main programme of study. 

Discover the AKC Programme



Information on enrolment for staff, students and alumni.



You are entitled to follow the Associate of King's College course at the same time as you study for…

Assessment and Regulations


The AKC programme is assessed by lecture attendance. Lecture attendance is demonstrated by…

Graduation & Election

Graduation & election

Once you have passed all the relevant exams you are entitled to have your AKC read out at your…

Contact the AKC Team

Contact the AKC Team

Contact details for the AKC Team. Get in touch with the AKC with any questions you have about the…

AKC Conversations

Produced alongside the AKC lectures, our AKC Conversations series invites lecturers and guest speakers to reflect on the key themes of the lecture series' and to expand on the topic through a wide range of theoretical perspectives and via the lens of multiple disciplines.

AKC Podcast

The AKC podcast is a free resource for all King’s staff and students, bringing together researchers from the College and beyond to consider theological, philosophical and ethical questions from a diverse range of perspectives. You can find the AKC podcast on SoundCloud or on iTunes/Apple Podcasts.