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Society faces an increasing need for nursing, midwifery, and palliative care across the world. We believe our education and research can help improve healthcare for people globally by delivering and developing the leaders and professionals of the future and through research which contributes substantially to the evidence base of their professional practice.

The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care (NMPC) is a world-leading centre for research, education and training. Our vision is to become the leading centre in the world for the education of nurses, midwives, and palliative care professionals and for high quality, impactful applied clinical and health research.  


Research that transforms and innovates

Our research transforms health, quality of life and care across nursing, midwifery, palliative and end of life care, rehabilitation and related clinical, health and social sciences. Our teams develop, understand, implement, and evaluate interventions, therapies, and care across our fields. We build knowledge, lead policy and practice and improve outcomes for patients and those important to them. We address complex, multi- and interdisciplinary health and social challenges locally, nationally and internationally. Our flourishing Nightingale-Saunders Complex Clinical Trials and Epidemiology Unit (NSU), supports high quality complex clinical trials and related studies in nursing, midwifery, palliative care, rehabilitation and relevant heath care and clinical studies.

We work with local services and our partner NHS Trusts, lead national studies supported by NIHR, UKRI, EU and NIH and globally, and major research programmes in Africa and Asia. At King’s College London we work closely with Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts, and together we make up King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. Our global studies are in collaboration with King’s Global Health Institute, which provides a focal point for King’s large academic community of Global Health researchers and students.

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Education that inspires and improves

Our pre-registration courses are designed to prepare students for their career, and we offer qualified nurses, midwives, and other healthcare professionals the chance to continue their learning through professional development. Through our deep relationships with NHS Trusts across London and the South East, our pre-registration students have the chance to immerse themselves in practice and work alongside professionals with wide ranging clinical expertise.

Our Faculty has a growing intake of international students. We also have international education collaborations with Nanjing Health School in China and Ngee Ann Academy in Singapore. Our programme in Singapore is the first King’s degree taught fully outside of the UK and is designed to equip qualified nurses with critical skills that will transform the way they approach challenges in their career.

Key figures about the Faculty

#1 in the UK and #2 in the World for Nursing (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021)

90% of research rated 3* or 4* in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF)

2 Athena SWAN Silver Awards held by the Faculty and the Cicely Saunders Institute

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Our mission

Our mission

The Faculty was pioneered by Florence Nightingale and Cicely Saunders, and continues to build on…



Research at NMPC seeks to improve the healthcare experience and outcomes for patients and those…



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Student numbers

1,978 undergraduate students

792 postgraduate taught students

92 postgraduate research students

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Post-qualification education


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

People and history

c.250 teaching, research and professional services staff

Directly descended from the world's first school of nursing, the Nightingale Training School (est.1860)

Home to the Cicely Sanders Institute, the world's first purpose-built institute for palliative care (est.2010)

Our people and our heritage



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Job opportunities

Job opportunities

This is an exciting time to join the Faculty. Find out more about our current job opportunities.



The Faculty draws on over 150 years of history and expertise to continue the work of its founders…