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King’s College London is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, and can claim its part in many of the pioneering advances that shape modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of mobile phones and radar. The University’s five campuses are located in the heart of the capital and provide valuable links with key London institutions, from cultural hubs such as the British Museum to NHS establishments such as Guy’s Hospital.

Key Facts


  • #18 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • #21 in the Complete University Guide 2022
  • #23 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2022

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • over 18,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 12,000

Year founded

  • 1829

  • Twelve King’s alumni or academics have won Nobel prizes, including Florence Nightingale. Other notable alumni include the poet John Keats and the novelist Thomas Hardy. 
  • King's College London was founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington (then Prime Minister) in 1829 as a university college.
  • The University’s newest development - the addition of Bush House, the former headquarters of the BBC World Service – is home to the the new King’s Business School.
  • The academic community at King’s is very diverse, with 41% of faculty coming from outside of the UK.
Areas of recognition

The Times Higher Education World subject rankings 2022 place King’s College London in the Top 100 universities globally for Arts and Humanities, Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Education, Psychology and Computer Science.

Within the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, King’s is currently ranked in the UK Top 10 for Food science (#3), Management and Marketing (#5), Sports Science (#5), German (#6), Philosophy (#6), Psychology (#6), Sociology (#6), Law ((#7), Linguistics ((#8), Communications & Media (#9), Geography and environmental science (#9), and Politics (#10),

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