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About the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care 

We improve and transform health and care so that people can live better from the start to the end of their lives. We do this through our world-leading research and by educating future leaders across the health and care spectrum. This includes nursing, midwifery, palliative care, rehabilitation, applied, allied and multidisciplinary health and care.

We engage and partner with local, national, international and global communities. This ensures our research, education, and interdisciplinary innovations, serve society and have an impact on people's lives.

In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), our research came top in the country, with 95% of our research ranked as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. For the past five years, we have been ranked 2nd in the world for nursing and midwifery in the QS World University Rankings.

Our world-leading Cicely Saunders Institute produces highly cited palliative care research and integrated clinical services.

We offer cutting edge postgraduate research, postgraduate taught and undergraduate education programmes. Our pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes include placements in world-leading health care services. Our postgraduate and interdisciplinary programmes are informed by our excellent research. On our programmes, students are taught and inspired by the leaders of today and tomorrow.

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Our values


We embed equality, diversity and inclusion into everything we do. We celebrate individuality and champion positive action. We also track our progress, including through the Athena Swan Silver Awards.


We collaborate and co-design to shape and improve our research, education, and global partnerships. We do this with students, staff, recipients of health and care, patients and those important to them, clinical teams and other communities.


We are ambitious in pursing new ideas and innovative thinking to improve evidence-based care and to influence policy, practice and public understanding.

We inspire and foster future leaders through our diverse, innovative and research-informed education programmes . Our graduates work across clinical nursing, midwifery, palliative, rehabilitation and interdisciplinary care. They are also researchers, clinical academics, health and care managers and scholars.


We strive to achieve the highest standards in student and staff experience, academic rigour and service to society.

We produce more highly cited outputs (top 1% citations) in palliative care than any other centre (SciVal 2021). Our Faculty is the second in the world for nursing and midwifery on the same metric. We have ranked 2nd in the world in the QS rankings for nursing for the past five years. 

#1 in the world for highly cited research outputs in palliative care and #2 for nursing and midwifery (SciVal)

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Research & Impact

Research and impact

Our research seeks to improve the healthcare experience and outcomes for patients and those…

Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Research

Undertake postgraduate research in the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King's…

Pre-registration education


Our pre-registration undergraduate and postgraduate courses prepare you for a rewarding career in…

Post-qualification education


Our postgraduate courses support you to balance your career and education, and further your…

A pioneering legacy

Our Faculty is directly descended from the Nightingale Training School for Nurses which was established at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1860 as part of Florence’s Nightingale's campaign to transform nursing and health care. The Nightingale Training School was the first non-religious institution to provide professional nurse training.

In 1940, Dame Cicely Saunders started her career at the Nightingale Training School, before founding the worlds-first modern hospice and pioneering palliative medicine. Our Cicely Saunders Institute was also the first purpose-built institute for palliative care. It was established by King's College London and Cicely Saunders International in 2010. 

Florence and Cicely continue to inspire us and we are proud to carry on their legacies.

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