King’s College London was founded in 1828 and given a royal charter in 1829. It was established to provide a Church of England alternative to the institution that became University College London (UCL). Alongside UCL, King’s College was a founding college of the University of London, when it was created in 1836.
King’s has five faculties, two institutes and one school that cover more than 50 academic departments:
- Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery
- Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
- Faculty of Arts & Humanities
- Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
- Faculty of Social Science
- Dental Institute
- Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience
- The Dickson Poon School of Law
Part of the Russell Group, King’s is also a member of King’s Health Partners, an Academic Health Science Centre that brings together research with education and clinical practice. With a strong reputation in this field, King’s was ranked 7th in the UK by the Research Excellence Framework for the quality of its research, and 4th among other multi-faculty institutions for its impact.
Over the past two decades, King’s has been undergoing a £1 billion redevelopment programme, replacing or refurbishing more than half of the university’s buildings across its five campuses. The university has 28,000 students, with more than a third coming to study from abroad.