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King's Partnership Pathway

King's College London and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill have a long-standing relationship which spans over a decade.  In recognition of this strategic partnership, the King's Partnership Pathway (KPP) offers a further collaborative opportunity for UNC students. 

Our faculty have seen first-hand the academic quality of UNC students studying at King’s and believe the academic standing and excellence of UNC provides the perfect platform for postgraduate study at King’s. By applying to King’s through the KPP, UNC students receive a guaranteed conditional offer (upon meeting programme entry requirements) to study in select postgraduate taught programmes. 

Why earn a master's degree at King's?

  • Academic prestige - King's is a multi-faculty research-led university ranked as one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University rankings, 2020)
  • History - Founded in 1829, King’s is one of the oldest universities in England
  • Location - Based in the heart of London with access to world-renowned organizations and global employers
  • International network - King's attracts students from over 150 countries
  • Shorter completion time - Graduate in one year with most master's degree
  • No standardised exam - Master’s programs do not require the GRE or GMAT
  • Cost savings - King's offers lower tuition costs when compared to similar out-of-state US institutions 
  • Access to FAFSA – King’s is approved to receive US Federal Loans (school code G09085)
  • One of the top destinations for US students – King’s welcomes over 1,000 students from the US every year and has over 8,000 alumni in the US
  • In-Country Support - Local office in Washington, DC metro provides local support and guidance

What degrees are available through the KPP?

There are a range of degrees on offer in several faculties through the King's Partnership Pathway. Please review the complete list of programmes

If you are interested in applying to a postgraduate programme at King's which is not listed as part of the KPP, you may still apply as a regular applicant through King's Apply

What are the benefits of applying through the KPP?

By applying to King’s through the KPP, UNC students receive a guaranteed conditional offer (upon meeting programme entry requirements) to study in select postgraduate taught programmes. KPP applicants must still demonstrate the same academic rigour and qualifications as expected of all applicants, however, the programme will prioritise KPP applicants and guarantee a conditional offer.

How do I apply to a degree through the KPP?

To apply for a KPP programme please refer to the programme list. To gather further information about the programme and entry requirements, you may search for the desired programme in the Postgraduate Taught course listing.  Entry requirements vary by programme, so please ensure you meet or are expected to meet the programme entry requirements. When you are ready to apply, please follow the steps provided in the KPP application guide

Note: Upon starting your online application, it is extremely important that you enter
KCL USA in the agent box as this will designate you as a KPP student.

When is the deadline to apply?

Postgraduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and therefore, it is always best to apply as early as possible. KPP applicants for the 2018/19 academic year will have until the 1 June, 2018 to submit their application. The regular deadline for all programmes is the 31 March. While we are able to accept KPP applications beyond that timeline, please know that programmes will close once full and there is no guarantee that your desired KPP programme will still be available beyond the 31 March deadline. Therefore, it is best to confirm that the progamme is still available by viewing the programme's prospectus page.  

Are there any scholarships for KPP students?

King’s is pleased to be able to offer the Friends of the King's College London Associate Scholarship, which is a $2,000 (USD) award to students from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill who are applying to study via the King’s Partnership Pathway on a full-time postgraduate master’s programme at King’s College London in 2018/19.

Contact us

For further information please contact:

Rory Robinson
Senior International Officer (Americas)
+44 (0)20 7848 8350

Student Experience

In 2016 Imogen Schofield graduated from UNC – Chapel Hill with a BA in Asian Studies and then joined King's to study for her masters. Read about Imogen’s experience at King's below. 

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Why did you choose King's?

I chose King’s first and foremost for its Big Data in Culture and Society MA. I couldn’t find a course like it anywhere else. Since it teaches data analytics from a humanities perspective it follows on really nicely from my liberal arts degree but gives me the opportunity to develop some practical skills before entering the job market.

What are the differences between studying at UNC and King’s?

I have really enjoyed my master’s so far. It’s challenging as well as extremely engaging. It has been an adjustment from UNC for a number of reasons. The starkest difference is the number of hours we spend in class. At UNC an average semester was 15 hours per week in class and now I only have 6 hours contact time. In addition to this, the style of assessment is very different (at King’s one end of term paper determines your grade). 

What’s it like being a student in London?

Very different from Chapel Hill! I grew up in England so I have enjoyed reconnecting with people from school who are now in London. Not surprisingly, London is much more expensive than UNC but I am living in student housing in central London which has made it more affordable. It also means that I can walk to class to cut down on transport costs. Although a large city makes some things more difficult, it definitely has things that Chapel Hill can’t offer.

 Since I have less contact hours I have the flexibility to find part time work. I have a paid internship with a social software company two days a week which has added a whole other layer to my education and experience in London. I have also been making the most of the long list of events in London (both relevant and not relevant to my field). The galleries, theatres, cinemas and events all have student prices which helps (the Barbican’s young members scheme is amazing!). 

Why would you encourage other UNC students to come to King’s?

I had a wonderful time studying at UNC. I loved the liberal arts education system and all UNC had to offer, particularly at a time in my education when I was unsure of what I wanted to study. But for my postgraduate degree, I am really pleased that I decided to study at King’s. The course is just as interdisciplinary as at UNC, but its narrower focus and the British style of teaching and assessment has given me the space to explore what I want as well as the flexibility to define my own learning outcomes and goals. This shift in approach has been very valuable for my postgraduate degree.

Explore King’s

Accommodation Take a look at our comfortable, safe residences to suit your budget, located close to King's teaching campuses. 
Student life Art, food, music, shopping – you'll never find yourself with nothing to do in the world's most vibrant city.
Extra-curricular Discover the huge variety of extra-curricular opportunities at King’s, from MOOCs to language courses.
London living With four campuses by the River Thames and one in south London, King's is right in the heart of the capital.

Next steps

View a prospectus

Learn more about the degree programmes on offer at King's. Download or view a prospectus in PDF format.

Undergraduate prospectus

Postgraduate guide