King's College London

public research university in London, United Kingdom

King's College London (King's or KCL) is a large university in London, and a college of the federal University of London.

King's College London
MottoSancte et Sapienter
Motto in English
"With Holiness and Wisdom"
TypePublic research university
Established1829 (earliest recorded teaching in medical school 1561[1])
Endowment£233.5 million (as of 31 July 2018)[2]
Budget£841.1 million (2017–18)[2]
ChancellorAnne, Princess Royal (as Chancellor of the University of London)
PrincipalEd Byrne
DeanRichard Burridge
Chairman of the CouncilLord Geidt
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students30,565 (2016/17)[4]
Undergraduates18,255 (2016/17)[4]
Postgraduates12,315 (2016/17)[4]
United Kingdom

51°30′43.00″N 0°06′58.00″W / 51.5119444°N 0.1161111°W / 51.5119444; -0.1161111
VisitorArchbishop of Canterbury ex officio
ColoursBlue & King's Red[5]
Francis Crick Institute
Golden Triangle
Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities
King's Health Partners
PLuS Alliance
Russell Group
Thomas Young Centre
University of London
Universities UK
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University College London (1826) was founded before it. However, King's (1829) was the third oldest university in England to get its royal charter.[6][7]

In 1836 King's became, with University College, one of the two founding colleges of the University of London.[8][9]

King's is arranged into nine Schools of Study, spread across four Thames-side campuses in central London and one in Denmark Hill, South London.[10]

King's is one of the largest centres for graduate and post-graduate medical teaching and biomedical research in Europe. It is home to six Medical Research Council centres, the most of any British university.[11]

King's has around 18,600 full-time students and 5,030 staff and had a total income of £508 million in 2009/10, of which £144 million was from research grants and contracts.

There are 12 Nobel Prize winners amongst King's alumni and former faculty.[12] King's is ranked 5th nationally and 19th in the world in the 2015 QS World University Rankings,[13] 7th nationally and 27th in the world in the 2015 The Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 7th nationally and 55th in the world in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities.[14][15] In September 2010, The Sunday Times selected King's as its "University of the Year".[16] King's is a member of the European University Association and the Russell Group. It forms part of the 'Golden Triangle' of British universities.[17]


  1. "Our history". King's College London Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine. Archived from the original on 18 October 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Financial Statements for the year to 31 July 2018" (PDF). King's College London. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 December 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "2014/15 Staff by HE provider". Higher Education Statistics Agency. Archived from the original (XLSX) on 18 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "2016/17 Students by HE provider, level, mode and domicile" (CSV). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  5. "Branding Essentials" (PDF). Branding Essentials November 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2019.[permanent dead link]
  6. "Profile: Durham University". The Sunday Times. London. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
  7. "Reference to UCL as third oldest univeersity in England". Archived from the original on 2020-07-03. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
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  9. "Royal Charter of King's College London=King's College London" (PDF). 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-01-16.
  10. "King's College London: Campuses=King's College London". 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2008-01-16.
  11. "Medical Research Council centres". 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  12. "Tenth Nobel Prize Winner". King's College London. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  13. "QS World University Rankings Results 2010". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  14. "Top 100". Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2010. Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  15. "Top 200". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  16. "University Guide | the Sunday Times". The Sunday Times. London. Archived from the original on 19 July 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  17. "Golden opportunities". Nature. 6 July 2005. Retrieved 19 October 2010.