King's College London is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning and understanding in the service of society.
King's College London was founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington (then Prime Minister) in 1829 as a university college in the tradition of the Church of England. It now welcomes staff and students of all faiths and beliefs.
King's professors played a major part in nineteenth-century science and in extending higher education to women and working men through evening classes.
The university has grown and developed through mergers with several institutions each with their own distinguished histories. These include: United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, Chelsea College, Queen Elizabeth College, Institute of Psychiatry.
King’s is one of the top 20 universities in the world (2013-4 QS international world rankings), the Sunday Times ‘Best University for Graduate Employment 2012-3’, the fourth oldest university in England, research-led and based in the heart of London.
King’s has over 26,000 students (including more than 10,600 postgraduates) from 140 countries and over 7,000 employees.
King’s provides world-class teaching and cutting-edge research:
- In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 23 departments ranked in the top 25 per cent of British universities.
- Over half of our academic staff work in departments that are in the top 10 per cent in the UK.
- The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings with an overall annual income of nearly £587 million.
King’s has a distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences, including health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry, social sciences, including international affairs.
King’s has influenced many of the advances that shape modern life, such as:
- the discovery of the structure of DNA
- research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar
- being the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe.