University Profile - King's College London

King’s College is the third oldest university in England and is one of the elite universities to study in, especially if you are interested in medical research. Hosting six medical research council centres, it is world-renowned for having one of the largest medical teaching and biomedical research centres in Europe. Moreover, it has more research centres than any other British university. This is why they receive over £164 million per year in research grants and contracts.


Courses to study at Kings College include cancer studies, transplantation studies as well as loads of other health based courses. These aren’t the only courses on offer however, as the university has a very good reputation in other courses including science, Humanities, Law and History.


The university's roots date back as far as 1829 and the university is one of few to have received royal charter after it was founded by King George IV. It’s always ranked high on leadership tables and currently sits 6th in the UK university table and 8th in the European university league table.


There are multiple campuses to choose from, but most are situated at different points along the Thames. Their central location brings with it excellent cultural and social opportunities with landmarks such as The Houses of Parliament nearby. Each campus is course specific and with a total of 9 academic schools split over four campuses’ you could find yourself in multiple London locations including Waterloo, the Strand, and Denmark Hill.

Student life

If you’re considering Kings College you will be pleased to hear all about the student union. With over 200 societies, you are bound to find something that you will enjoy. The societies are not all medical based either! Some of the most popular include the Harry Potter society or the sports clubs, with over 50 different sporting teams across multiple levels.

In addition to this the students union is very active throughout the year. The union has a charitable focus, raising over £10,000 during their recent rag week.

Living in London

Living in London is always one of the best things to do whilst you study here, and Kings College has a large variety of halls available for students to choose from. Whether you’re after catered or self-catered, studios or intercollegiate halls, Kings College can offer this to you. Prices vary with the cheapest starting from around £110 per week and the contracts match this with a choice of 40 weeks or 51 weeks. This easily allows you to decide whether you want to just spend term time or all year in London.

Career prospects

One important aspect to consider when selecting a university are potential career prospects upon leaving. Kings College sees an enormous 97% of its students in full time work or additional studies within a year of them leaving the university. Of these graduates that gain full time employment, the average salary sits at around £20,000 per year.

Overall, although the university does offer other subjects to a high standard, it is worth paying this extra attention if you are considering studying a medically based subject. The equipment is outstanding, the research centres are excellent and most importantly you are highly likely to leave with some form of employment.

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