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Why should I study the AKC?

Why should I study the AKC?

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. The AKC Programme offers two series of academic lectures each year, on every campus. It is normally a three-year programme, designed to run alongside students’ main programme of study.

Professor Clare Carlisle, Programme Director of the Associate of King's College (AKC) and Geography student, Kimberley Mackenzie, discuss the unique AKC programme demonstrating how taking it is a great way to develop your employability.



AKC Student Experience: Elsa

Studying the AKC: hear from our students about their experiences on the course. Elsa explains what inspired her to take the AKC course alongside her Law degree at King's, and elaborates on how she has found the experience overall.


AKC Student Experience: Emma

Studying the AKC: hear from our students about their experiences on the course. Theology and Religious Studies PhD student Emma talks about her experience of completing the AKC course alongside her studies at King's.


AKC Student Experience: Isabelle

Studying the AKC: hear from our students about their experiences on the course. History and AKC student Isabelle shares her experience of taking the AKC programme alongside her BA degree.

Read student feedback below for insight to the AKC


I have thoroughly enjoyed the AKC. It has been a wonderful way to meet new people and has provided me with a broad range of knowledge and understanding beyond the confines of my degree

Simon Doyle, American Studies student, and winner of the AKC Leathes Prize

The AKC is exciting and refreshing - it provided the opportunity to explore topics I'd never even considered and brought with it the opportunity for thinking and reflecting beyond any of my science courses

Katie Williams, Molecular Biology and Biophysics student, and winner of the AKC Leathes prize

The AKC is a very interesting programme that has opened my eyes to different ways of thinking. It has left me with a deeper understanding of life and a willingness to consider broader ideas. I am glad that I took the opportunity for the broadening of my education in a way that will go with me long after my formal studies have finished

Rosemary Greaves, Psychological Medicine student

I very much enjoyed the AKC lectures; they inspired interesting debates between me and my friends that otherwise we would not have considered. The AKC programme required a different way of thinking from my Neuroscience course and broadened my world view significantly.

Tamara Buijs, Neuroscience student

The AKC course was amazing. I would leave there feeling challenged in a way my degree course was not able to engage me and yet was able to apply the concepts learnt to my course and to everyday life. Doing the original qualification of King’s College London also made me feel closer to the College’s history and I am proud to be one of many King’s students privileged enough to have taken the AKC course.

Michaela Bygrave, Development Geography student
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…



Explore AKC lecture videos and podcasts from previous years.



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



Information on enrolment for staff, students and alumni.

Graduation & Election

Graduation & election

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