KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

Course types and study options

King's College London students in the Safra Lecture Theatre at the Strand Campus

What subject do you want to study?

Browse our online prospectus to see a full list of programmes offered at King's College London. Most programmes enable you to take optional modules in addition to compulsory core modules. Therefore, where your programme provides flexibility in module selection, as a student at King's you will be able to tailor your degree to match your interests.

King’s awards three types of undergraduate degrees:

  • Single honours - Modules taken in one subject area

  • Joint honours - Modules taken in two subjects of approximate equal weighting

  • Major/minor honours - At least half of the modules are in the major subject and a quarter in the supporting subject

Levels of study

King's offers programmes at different levels: the application method may be dependent on which one you choose. If you cannot find the type of study you are looking for here, you may be interested in short coursessummer programmes or postgraduate programmes which are also offered by King's.

Pre-sessional English programmes

See our academic preparation courses pages for more details of our 16, 11 or 6 weeks full-time, intensive programmes open to non-native English speaking students who are either holding offers to study at King's or offers to study at other UK universities.

King's International Foundation (up to 1 year)

We offer eight international foundation courses at King's.

They are full-time, one year courses for international students who have completed 12 years of schooling with excellent grades.

The courses provide preparation for undergraduate degrees at King's and other top UK universities, offering guaranteed conditional offers for many undergraduate programmes. It aims to develop your essential knowledge in your chosen degree subject area and improve your academic English.

Successful completion of these programmes leads to the award of a Diploma.

Note: These programmes are only available to study full-time

Bachelor degree (BA, BSc, BMus, BEng, LLB) (3 years)

Three years of undergraduate study leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Laws, depending on your chosen subject.

Tip: Once you join the three year course, there is usually still the opportunity to consider spending some time studying abroad, if permitted by your course. For further details see our Study Abroad pages.

Note: The majority of these courses are only available to study full-time, from a September start.

Bachelor degree with a year abroad or in industry (4 years)

Some of our Bachelors are available as four year degrees and are structured to include three years of study as well as a year abroad or in industry. Typically these are 'sandwiched' between years 2 and 3 of study.

This brings the total time at university to four years, but means that you graduate not only with an a prestigious academic degree, but also some fantastic experience of life in another country or working in business (either of which will be highly valued by future employers). See the courses in our online prospectus for details of year abroad/year in industry placements.

Note: These courses are only available to study full-time from a September start.

International Dual / Joint Bachelor degree (4 years)

Dual and joint degrees are unique opportunities for students to study at two institutions, with time typically split evenly between campuses. Students benefit from world-renowned experience and expertise in two outstanding institutions while gaining an insight into life in two cities.

UG Dual Joint degree

ProgrammeQualificationsPartner Institution

English Law & American Law

LLB & Juris Doctor

Columbia University, New York OR Georgetown University, Washington D.C

English Law & French Law

LLB & Maitrise en droit

Université Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas)

English Law & German Law

LLB & MLLP or Certificate in Rechtswissenschaften

Humboldt University of Berlin

English Law & Hong Kong Law

LLB & Juris Doctor

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

English Law & Spanish Law

LLB & Grado en Derecho

Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona

MSci/MEng undergraduate degree (4 years)

A fantastic opportunity to study for a higher level of qualification than a Bachelors degree. Many of our degrees in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine are available as both three year Bachelors or as four year MSci or MEng courses. If you choose the four year option, you will study full time for four years, and attain a higher level of qualification after pursuing a research project in your fourth year.

Note: These courses are only available to study full-time from a September start.

MPharm, MBBS, BDS (4-5 years)

King's offers degrees in Medicine (MBBS - up to 5 years) Dentistry (BDS - up to 5 years) and Pharmacy (MPharm - 4 years) which lead to professional registration. These are intensive degrees with a mixture of academic, clinical and professional study. Read the details in our online prospectus carefully to see how each of these courses is structured, and for details about the professional accreditation.

Note: These courses are only available to study full-time from a September start, and may not have the same holiday times as typical undergraduate degrees.

Full-time, part-time or distance learning?

Most of our undergraduate degree programmes at King's are full-time. This means that most of your scheduled teaching and assessment will take place during the day time on weekdays. We do not currently offer any undergraduate programme via distance learning.

Many students choose to still undertake some part-time work around their studies, but it's important to ensure that you still leave enough time for your self-directed learning, reading, and assignments. Read more on maintaining a good study/work/life balance.

Note: If you are not a UK national and are thinking of working part-time during your studies, please read our Student Services guidance on the type of work and number of hours which you can undertake.

Teaching and assessment

Depending on your chosen course, you'll learn, study and be assessed in different ways.


Teaching is tailored to the programme you are studying but could include:

  • Formal lectures

  • Seminars

  • Tutorials 

  • Private study

Students on science-based courses may also find themselves doing:

  • Laboratory work

  • Practical classes

  • Field work

For more details, see our guide to the King's Study Experience or check programme pages on our online prospectus.


Assessment techniques vary but are usually a mix of coursework assessment and formal examinations. Examples include:

  • Presentations

  • Writing essays or dissertations

  • Industrial and clinical placements

  • Studying abroad

  • Computer-aided learning

  • Research projects within a group or individually

For more details, see our guide to the King's Study Experience or check programme pages on our online prospectus.

First time studying in the UK? 

You might find our International Students pages useful.

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

Upcoming events

Full list of student events

View our undergraduate prospectus

Learn more about undergraduate degree programmes at King's. Download or view our prospectus in PDF format.

Download prospectus

View online