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As one of the largest and most successful centres for research and education in the UK, we benefit from extensive international and local partnerships that encourage innovative and progressive collaboration.

Educate to inspire and improve

Our thriving student community consists of more than 5,000 students who are supported by over 500 leading scientists and educators. We deliver courses for talented aspiring clinicians and health professionals in partnership with our NHS partners, including the world-renowned Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals. 

Research to inform and innovate

Research is core to what we do and how we educate. We are strategically aligned to King's Health Partners, bringing together academics and clinicians who are committed to ensuring efficient translation and adoption of research innovation into clinical practice.

The Faculty’s mission is to deliver world leading education and research in the biomedical and health sciences. Our international reputation is well established: King’s is positioned 12th globally in the ‘Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health’ disciplinary table by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022. The QS World University Rankings 2022 by Faculty position us 16th for Life Sciences and Medicine.


The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the current framework exercise, developed by the UK higher education funding bodies, to provide accountability for public investment in research and to inform the selective allocation of these funds.

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine’s REF2021 return included 482 members of staff (98 more staff than our REF2014 submission) against 6 Unit of Assessments (UoAs).

Overall 4*/3* percentages:













In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) submission:

  • 93 per cent of our research overall was deemed either ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)
  • 98 per cent of our research environment was deemed either 4* or 3*
  • 94 per cent of our research impact was deemed either 4* or 3*
  • 92 per cent of our research outputs were deemed either 4* or 3 *

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