King's College London
Welcome to King's College London
King’s College London's history and reputation is known not just within the UK, but internationally. It was established in England in 1829 and has been offering academically renowned degrees for nearly 200 years, and counts 12 Nobel Prize winners amongst its alumni.
Today, this Russell Group institution is ranked 16th in the world in the QS World University Rankings for 2014-15 and has an impressive international reputation.
Named the Times Higher Education number one university for graduate employment in 2013, King’s focus on research excellence, prime location and world-renowned reputation attracts students from across the globe. The university’s central London location allows you to take advantage of all that the city has to offer, including 30% off travel with an Oyster Card, as well as accommodation to suit all budgets.
From Freshers' Week to graduation, there are plenty of opportunities for a busy social life at King’s. For starters, there are more than 300 societies, groups and sports clubs covering everything from entrepreneurship and investment, gospel music to legal outreach and baking, as well as a variety of sports such as football, netball and many different watersports. You might also want to get involved with the award-winning student newspaper, Roar! and book lovers will be blown away by the impressive Maughan Library.
Thanks to partnerships with 150 institutions all over the world and outstanding alumni connections, King’s College London has some of the best graduate employment rates in the country. There's over 140 undergraduate courses to pick from and if you choose to study at King’s you’ll be joining an illustrious roll call that includes the likes of Desmond Tutu, Archbishop and Nobel Peace Laureate; Katherine Granger, four-times Olympic medallist; the writers Virginia Woolf and Michael Morpurgo; physicist Peter Higgs and the satirist Rory Bremner.
Courses and fees
King’s is London’s most central university, with four campuses by the River Thames and one in south London. Depending on your programme, you’ll learn and be assessed in a variety of different ways, including formal lectures, seminars, tutorials, private study, as well as lab, field and practical work if you take a science-based course.
King's College London has eight academic schools: Arts & Humanities; Bio-medical Sciences; Dental Institute; Law: Medicine; Nursing & Midwifery; Natural & Mathematical Sciences; Social Science & Public Policy.
Entry requirements - For undergraduates
King’s offers more than 140 undergraduate programmes covering all sorts of subjects. The annual tuition fees for UK/EU students are £9,000. Entry requirements vary depending on what you want to study – some specify that you’ve studied certain subjects, so it’s important to check out the university’s online prospectus before applying. However, no matter what you’re applying for, you should know that King’s has a competitive application process for its programmes, so meeting the minimum entry requirements won’t guarantee you an offer. Generally speaking, you’ll need A*AA – AAB grades at A-level to be considered for most programmes at King’s.
Within certain schools you might be able to complete an undergraduate degree on a part-time basis over a period of several years. Degree programmes can also be tailored to your interests; most allow you to take optional modules in addition to your core compulsory ones. King’s awards three types of undergraduate degree: single honours (modules taken in one subject area); joint honours (modules taken in two subjects of approximate equal weighting); and major/minor honours (more than half the modules in the major subject).
For some courses – such as medicine, dentistry, nursing and midwifery – you’ll need to attend an interview in order to secure a place.
The university welcomes undergraduate applications from all over the world, with the following tuition fees:
- Classroom-based programmes: £15,200
- Laboratory-based (except MPharm) programmes: £19,570
- Overseas MPharm programmes: £16,480
- Clinically-based programmes: £36,050
- Foundation degree education studies: £7,210
King’s recognises numerous international qualifications. It welcomes students studying the IB Diploma; offers generally specify that you’ve attained certain marks in three subjects at higher level, in addition to an overall point score for the whole diploma.
The exact entry requirements for each course will vary depending on what you’re planning to study. You’ll also need to demonstrate you have a good command of the English language. For more information on what’s required on a course-by-course, country-by-country basis take a look here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/ug/admissions/language/InternationalEntry.aspx#Int
Entry requirements - For postgraduates
King’s offers 300 taught postgrad programmes and 60 research ones. Over 90% of King’s research is internationally recognised, and you’ll be taught by international experts in their respective fields. You’ll also benefit from the university’s close ties with London’s business, political, legal and arts communities. Tuition fees will vary depending on what you study and they can change on a yearly basis. Take a look at the university’s website for the full breakdown: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/fees.aspx
In general, you’ll need a 2:1 undergraduate degree or above to be considered for a place. You can find out more about the minimum entry requirements for individual courses, application procedures and required documents for your programme in the university’s online prospectus: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus
King’s has an excellent international reputation, and competition for postgraduate places is therefore very high. Specific entry requirements vary by programme, and some specify that you must have studied certain subjects or attained particular grades. You’ll also need to speak English fluently. To find out what’s required on a country-by-country basis, visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/admissions/requirements/InternationalEntry.aspx
Bursaries and scholarships
Those studying at King’s have the opportunity to benefit from a number of bursaries and scholarships. The King’s Scholar prizes recognise people who, as well as being academically excellent, have the potential to be leaders in their fields. These include the Desmond Tutu Scholarship, worth £24,000 or £39,000; six Biomedical Engineering Scholarships, worth £18,000 over three years of study; and 10 bursaries worth £3,000 that are available to female undergraduates studying maths, physics or computer science.
As part of its Performance Sport programme, King’s Sport offers a number of sporting scholarships through its King’s Sport Elites programme. If you’re a genius on the field or gifted on the track, you could qualify and receive both financial support and access to a range of specialist services, all of which should help you reach your full potential as an athlete.
For more details on all the scholarships and bursaries on offer at King’s, visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/ug/funding/stufund/2013-14/index.aspx or contact the Student Funding Office: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/ug/funding/contact-us.aspx
King’s offers a front row seat in the heart of London. With four campuses by the River Thames between Westminster and the City and one in south London. There are several libraries around campus, three sports grounds and an active Students’ Union: the award winning KCLSU, which organises sporting, cultural and social activities, as well as giving students a voice and providing support.
KCLSU help students get settled at the beginning of term by setting up a two-week programme of activities; and throughout term they run a heap of events from their own nightclub 'Tutus' which has a great view over the River Thames. Kings' four Thames-side campuses offer a location directly in the heart of London. Bonus: King’s students also have access to the facilities of the University of London.
Library and study facilities
The renowned Maughan Library is King’s largest library. It’s housed in a Grade II listed gothic building on Chancery Lane, near the Strand Campus. It houses the university’s special collections and rare books, and inside you’ll find a round reading room similar to the one in the British Library, and the Weston Room, which features stained glass windows and a mosaic floor.
King’s also has the Foyle Special Collections Library, which houses a collection of some 170,000 printed works, as well as maps, slides, sound recordings and manuscripts. Legal eagles will feel right at home in the Tony Arnold Library, which has more than 3,000 law books. And the Franklin-Wilkins Library, New Hunt’s House Library, Weston Education Centre Library, St Thomas’ House Library and Institute of Psychiatry Library are also at your disposal.
In total more than a million books and thousands of journals are available for students across all of the King’s libraries. Around 1,600 PC workstations are dotted around King’s campuses too – many of which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The library team are also on hand to help you find specialist books, journals or articles.
Welfare and financial aid
No matter whether you’re nervous about the cost of living in London, or just feeling a bit lonely, the King’s College London central student support hub, The Compass, will help get you back on track. As the name suggests, the staff will aim to point you in the right direction, answering any questions or supporting you through more complex personal, legal or financial issues. You can visit them on the Denmark Hill, Guys, Strand and Waterloo campuses, or use their online service.
King's College London students can apply for a Student Oyster Photocard that gives you 30% off travel in the capital.
The college has an advisory service that provides personal and technical support for anyone with disabilities, including help making any changes needed to allow them access to their course. Every student is allocated a personal tutor when they start their course, who you can talk to confidentially about any issues affecting your general welfare.
King’s focus on graduate employability is built around strong links with its industry and cultural partners. Before, during and after your course you’ll be eligible for support from the King’s Careers and Employability team. Their main office is located in the Macadam Building on the Strand Campus, with further offices at Guy’s and Denmark Hill.
The team can point out any media or society pursuits that might help improve your employability, work with you on your CV, and help you hone your interview technique. Depending on which course you are studying, they will try and support you in finding an internship, as well as other work experience opportunities and potential employers.
Due to links King’s has with The University of London, all students have access to countless jobs fairs, careers courses and other events where they can meet alumni and employers, as well as further digital resources through The Careers Group. Graduates are entitled to use King’s career’s services until their student ID card expires, or extend their access by joining the GradClub.
King’s NHS Health Centre provides quality health care for students and staff across all the campuses. The team includes doctors, nurses and other health workers, so no matter what your problem is, they should be able to help solve it.
The service is completely confidential, and the Health Centre aims to be as accessible for students as possible – including wheelchair users and patients with restricted mobility. It’s located in the Macadam Building of the Strand Campus, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it.
There’s also Minor Injuries Unit at Guy’s Hospital, near to the Strand Campus, which can deal with any cuts, sprains, infections, bites and stings. And there’s a free King’s Counselling Service available in case you need extra help coping with any personal and emotional problems.
King’s is a popular choice for international students, and there’s plenty of support available for them through the Student Advice and International Support team. They can help with any general queries leading up to your application, for instance, and advise you on visa and immigration issues – as well as working in the UK while you study.
If you end up heading to King’s, you’ll probably find yourself on their Welcome and Orientation Programme for new international students. It’s held every year at the start of autumn term, and offers lots of useful info on studying at King’s and living in London, as well as events that’ll help you make friends and settle into life as a UK student.
All King’s students benefit from free study skills and language support through the English Language Centre (ELC). For most courses, students are allocated a personal tutor when they start their course, who you can talk to confidentially about any issues affecting your general welfare.
King’s has nine halls of residence, most of which are mixed. The cleaning of any shared areas is included in the price and they all have TV rooms, a launderette area for doing your washing and 24/7 security. Some also offer quiet study areas, sports or game facilities, gardens and bike storage.
King’s receives over 7,000 applications for accommodation for around 5,000 beds, so requires an application to be made to try and match you to your preferred choices. You will be entered into a ballot system to ensure fairness.
Your application is considered if:
- King’s is your firm choice of university and you have accepted your academic offer
- You submit your accommodation application on time (deadline 8 June)
- Your permanent address is not one of the London postcodes
For full information, visit the King's College London website.
Residences are spread throughout London, but most are near to their teaching campuses.
Champion Hill Residence
The freshly minted Champion Hill Residence is located in Denmark Hill, Zone 2 – a mere 10-minute walk from the Denmark Hill Campus and Denmark Hill overground station. It’s home to 714 students, and houses both undergraduates and postgraduates. Kitchen facilities are shared, and wi-fi is available throughout the building.
Ewen Henderson Court
Ewen Henderson Court is over in New Cross Gate, and has good transport links into both central London and the university. New Cross Gate overground station is just a three-minute walk from the halls – ideal for getting to Guy’s campus. Rooms are en-suite and based around flat-style accommodation for between two and seven students. You’ll need to be an undergraduate to live here.
Great Dover Street Apartments
If you want to be close to Guy’s Campus and right in the middle of central London, Great Dover Street Apartments could fit the bill. A self-catered residence in Zone 1, this apartment-style residence is a 10-minute walk from Guy’s campus, and a six-minute walk from Borough station on the Northern Line. There are 769 bedrooms available in total, all en suite.
Iris Brook & Orchard Lisle
Offered in partnership with Collegiate AC, Iris Brook and Orchard Lisle were recently refurbished. Located on Guy's Campus in London Bridge, Zone 1, Iris Brook accommodates 77 students in flats of four to five people; while Orchard Lisle accommodates 210 students in flats of two to five. Both residences are only available to postgraduate students.
Julian Markham House
Julian Markham House, one of King’s UNITE Student residences, is a four-minute walk from Elephant and Castle underground and overground station, and easy to get to by bus as well. An average journey to all King’s College London Campuses takes around 20 minutes or less. The building is arranged as an apartment-style residence, with three to seven bedrooms of varying sizes per flat. Although both undergraduates and postgraduates can apply here for accommodation, studios are only available to postgraduates.
This UNITE Student Residence is located in Zone 1, so you’ll be close to all the action in central London. Guy’s campus is a minute’s walk away, and you’re no more than a five-minute walk from Southwark underground station on the Jubilee Line. There are 527 en suite rooms available, split between flats of four to 11 students and 147 studios – the latter only available to postgraduates.
Stamford Street Apartments
This self-catered residence houses around 550 students each year, and is divided into flats of between five and nine rooms. It’s literally on the doorstep of the Waterloo Campus, and the Strand and Guy’s are only a little further away. You’re also close to Waterloo station, which has links to most of the main tube lines, as well as national rail services. Sorry postgrads – this one is for undergraduates only.
Wolfson House is actually located on Guy’s Campus, so it’s a great choice if you’re the sort of person who struggles to get out of bed in the morning. It’s self-catered, and right next to London Bridge underground station on the Jubilee and Northern lines. There are 247 single bedrooms in the building, as well as 12 self-contained one-bed flats for couples.
Intercollegiate Halls allow King’s students to interact with students from other colleges around London, so if you’re a big-time networker you’ll love this option. King’s students are offered more than 700 places, most of which is catered accommodation in single-study bedrooms. However, there are a few en suite rooms, studios and couples options available.
Other housing options
If you don’t want to stay in halls, there are lots of private accommodation options available in London – though you may find some of it a bit beyond your budget. If you need some housing advice, The Compass team runs regular drop-in sessions at each campus, every week. If you’re just after general information about housing, or a bit of guidance in terms of where to look for private rented accommodation.
How to apply
For information on applying for accommodation at KCL, visit the How to apply area of their website.
You can also contact the university, who are open 8am - 8pm Monday to Friday, 10-6 Saturday and Sunday.
Tel: 0207 407 0083
Email: [email protected]
If you’re thinking of applying to study at King’s, attending an open day is the best way to get a feel for the campuses, teaching and just generally being a student in London. Most Pre-application Open Days are held in the summer months, between June and September. If you are offered a place here, there'll most likely be an invitation of a 'post-offer' event.
Transport-wise, all of King’s campuses are within the London transport network, and easily accessible by both Tube and bus. Take a look at the Transport for London website for more information: https://www.tfl.gov.uk or the university’s own directions page: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/campuses/overview.aspx
King’s is also within an hour’s reach of Heathrow airport, and close to all of central London’s national and international rail stations.
As Open Day dates are constantly being added or changed, it's a good idea to consult the uni's website directly for info.
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