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04 March 2020

Dentistry at King's ranked 1st in the world

Dentistry at King’s College London has been ranked first in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by subject, released today.

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Overall King’s is named as one of the world’s top universities for the study of 33 subjects, according to the latest edition of the world’s most consulted university ranking. The 2020 edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject names the world’s best universities for the study of 48 academic disciplines.

Dentistry, taught by King's Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, has consistently been placed first in the UK since 2017, with the 2020 ranking marking a significant new high for the faculty, and a first for any King’s faculty.

The latest result illustrates the exceptional quality of the research and education performed in the faculty. Shaped by a diverse student and staff population which adds strength to the faculty standing, the ranking confirms their position as a world-class institution.

Over half of King’s subjects have improved their positions in the rankings compared to last year, and over a third have remained at the same level. Other highlights across the university include Nursing at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, which was placed second in the world.

King's subjects exploring Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies and Psychology increased in their placements and entered into the top 20, whilst subjects in the Communication & Media disciplines ranked in the top 30.

This achievement recognises the major contribution of the faculty to the research base of dentistry, and the high quality of education and career preparation provided to our students, under the skilled leadership of Professor Mike Curtis. Congratulations to all.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Provost/Senior Vice-President (Health)

Professor Mike Curtis, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences said: “The faculty is obviously delighted to receive this accolade. I would personally like to thank all members of staff and all our students whose dedication and abilities are responsible for this notable achievement.”

The rankings, compiled by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, provide authoritative comparative analysis on the performance of 13,138 individual university programs, taken by students at 1,368 universities which can be found in 83 locations across the world, across 48 academic disciplines and five broad Faculty Areas. The QS World University Rankings by Subject has been published annually since 2011.

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