King’s College London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom, and a founding constituent college of the federal University of London. It was established in 1829 by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington. It is one of the oldest universities in England and is organised into five campuses – its main and historic one located in the Strand in central London, three Thames-side campuses and one more in Denmark Hill in south London.Show more
It is ranked among the top 25 universities in the world and boasts an outstanding reputation. The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings. King’s College London is a founding member of the King’s Health Partners academic health sciences centre, Francis Crick Institute, and MedCity.
King’s College has played a very important part in many of the advances of modern life like the discovery of the structure of DNA, Hepatitis C and the Higgs boson; they are pioneers of in-vitro fertilization, stem cell/mammal cloning and the modern hospice movement; and the research that led to the development of radio, radar, television, and mobile phones.
King’s College London alumni and staff include 12 Nobel laureates from 1917 to 2013, mostly in Physics and Psychology or Medicine. Alumni also include recipients of Grammys, Emmys, and Oscars, as well as numerous members of the House of Lords, and House of Commons.
King’s currently operates two museums: Gordon Museum of Pathology and Museum of Life Sciences, as well as nine libraries including full access to Senate House Library. Also, the university has over 50 sports clubs, many of which compete in the University of London and British Universities & Colleges (BUCS) leagues across the South East of England.
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Having moved into London 12 days ago and just started university at King’s College London, I can proudly say that I am so grateful for the choice I’ve made to come here and the road that is awaiting me ahead. Settling in has been so easy, I have been approached by different members of staff, students, cooking staff, security guards etc. around the university and have been asked if I need help on a daily basis. For a week of lecture, I have found out that professors seem into their job, prepared to teach and willing to help; the facilities of King’s College are great with numerous events going on every single day so that one does not get bored, especially important for first year students. Obviously, living in London is quite expensive and this is the only reason to rate value 4/5, simply because I don’t yet know what lays ahead after graduating in 2021.
Thank you to everyone at KCL for making these 12 days the best introduction days I could ask for!
King’s is a globally renowned university, situated in the heart of London. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience so far as it has offered me many opportunities. My course, international management, has been extremely interested and allowed me to explore different areas of business before specialising. The fact that I get to study abroad as part of my course is a huge benefit and the choice available is great. However, as I am in first cohort of international management, the organisation behind certain elements of the course has been questionable but overall, it has been very enjoyable so far.
A great majority of lecturers are passionate about their teaching specialisms and are willing to share their enthusiasm with students. The law school has a very strong mooting programme compared to other colleges within the University of London (e.g., strong student performance at Jessup, chambers-sponsored mooting opportunities at the UK Supreme Court, etc.) Staff at King’s show genuine concern for students with disabilities and are willing to make special arrangements such as 1:1 meetings with specialists and personalised teaching/examination provisions. The Maughan Library is perhaps the most student-friendly library within the University of London; I would rank my experiences there above those at the LSE, UCL, and Senate House. Finally, King’s is a reputable institution (albeit academic strength/ranking between the faculties may be variable).
University administration is a common complaint amongst students. Some students (outside the law school) have found arranging contact hours with lectures and dissertation advisers difficult. However, these experiences vary amongst the faculties. While the school claims to have five campuses, some students may find that the school lacks a “campus feel”. Running across Waterloo Bridge between classes is a common occurrence and this may be physically straining. Accommodation price/distance/quality will vary substantially. Finally, London is an expensive city and university life at King’s may not be affordable to all students.
My experience with King’s has been excellent overall.
From its amazing location in London, offering great facilities to the availibility of staff, everything allows you to live an unforgettable uni life.
The lecturers and seminar leaders are for the vast majority engaged and passionated with their subjects, which they are eager to share with the students. They are easy to access for feedback and guidance, which is so important at this time of life.
KCL is very aware of the importance of a healthy student enviroment to thrive in education. Student life, campuses and student services are really tailored for us. The curriculum is always eveolving, sometimes too slowly, but the change will be there at some point. Amazing level of teachers and materials.
When I joined KCL now a few years ago, the prospect of studying in the city of London, in what is one of the biggest universities, seemed daunting. However, with now a bit more perspective and stories to share it has been and continues to be enthralling, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable in all its facets.
All courses have lots of content, from a wide range of subjects, and the university gives lots of freedom to their students to tailor their career as they so please, with the possibility of taking modules out of their own faculty and departments. Lecturers are experts in their field and tend to be very international. Seminars are more of a gamble and it all depends not only on your group and if its active, interested, participates, but also on who is leading said seminar and how they take that job on. The libraries are often crowded and sometimes all the core books you need are taken out, but there is a lot of alternative spaces. All libraries are 24/7.
Regarding, student life, the student union is brilliant, with groups and societies from all interests. They hold weekly events, socials and get-togethers that ensure you can socialise all while discovering new passions and fulfilling older ones. On top of that, the university is in wonderful London….. which just about says it all.
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