Rankings of King's College London

King’s College London (KCL) was established in 1892 and is located in the very centre of London. International students can start by taking KCL’s International Foundation, a one-year course intended to improve your knowledge on a particular subject while bringing your English to a level where you’re comfortable studying and communicating. The famous city of London offers innumerable advantages to young students, including myriad work opportunities, reliable and extensive public transport, and abundant entertainment options.

Latest ranking updates for King's College London
  • March 2024: Scimago Institutions announced latest results of Scimago Institutions Rankings with King's College London in position 64.
  • January 2024: King's College London ranks 12 in the latest THE World’s Most International Universities from THE Times Higher Education, UK.
  • December 2023: King's College London ranks 52 in the latest URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance from Urap .
  • December 2023: Publication of QS World University Rankings: Sustainability. Ranking position #44.

University rankings

    • #21 
    • #27 
    The Times Good University Guide
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #18 
    • #23 
    The Guardian League Table
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #22 
    • #24 
    CUG The Complete University Guide
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #38 
    THE World University Rankings
    [Published 27 September, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #40 
    QS World University Rankings
    [Published 27 June, 2023]
    • #10 
    • #68 
    QS Employability Rankings
    [Published 23 September, 2021]
    • #6 
    • #64 
    THE Global Employability University Ranking
    [Published 23 November, 2022]
    • #6 
    • #99 
    Reuters Most Innovative Universities
    [Published 23 October, 2019]
    • #6 
    • #46 
    THE World Reputation Rankings
    [Published 27 July, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #33 
    US News: Best Global Universities
    [Published 24 October, 2022]
    • #6 
    • #59 
    ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 15 August, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #12 
    THE World’s Most International Universities
    [Published 25 January, 2024]
    • #6 
    • #102 
    CWTS Leiden Ranking
    [Published 22 June, 2022]
    • #5 
    • #64 
    Scimago Institutions Rankings
    [Published 06 March, 2024]
    • #5 
    • #40 
    CWUR Center for World University Rankings
    [Published 25 April, 2022]
    • #7 
    • #124 
    Nature Index - Academic
    [Published 15 June, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #36 
    NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #52 
    URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
    [Published 19 December, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #42 
    RUR World University Rankings
    [Published 25 May, 2023]
    • #8 
    • #62 
    RUR Reputation Ranking
    [Published 25 May, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #53 
    RUR Academic Rankings
    [Published 25 May, 2023]
    • #20 
    • #115 
    StuDocu World University Ranking - EMEA - Europe, the Middle East and Africa
    [Published 06 September, 2021]
    • #11 
    • #147 
    UniRank 4icu: Top 200 Universities in the World
    [Published 11 August, 2022]
    • #6 
    • #21 
    Reuters Most Innovative Universities Europe
    [Published 30 April, 2019]
    • #11 
    • #120 
    UniRank 4icu: Top 200 English-Speaking Universities
    [Published 11 August, 2022]
    • #13 
    • #44 
    QS World University Rankings: Sustainability
    [Published 05 December, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #65 
    Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
    [Published 31 July, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #60 
    THE Top Universities for a Digital Education
    [Published 10 May, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #22 
    THE China Subject Ratings Overall
    [Published 11 May, 2022]

Historic rankings in TOP global university rankings

Subject rankings

Agriculture

    • #24 
    • #383 
    Agriculture
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #9 
    • #9 
    Music
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #10 
    • #10 
    Music
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #22 
    • #26 
    Music
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]

Business

    • #27 
    • #135 
    Business
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #51 
    Public Administration
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 27 October, 2023]

Computer Science

    • #12 
    • #14 
    Computer Science
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #13 
    • #17 
    Computer Science
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #96 
    Computer Science
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 19 October, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #135 
    Computer Science
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

Education

    • #4 
    • #22 
    Education
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #35 
    Education
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 19 October, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #62 
    Education
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #101 
    Education
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 27 October, 2023]

Engineering

    • #9 
    • #201 
    Biotechnology
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 27 October, 2023]
    • #25 
    • #689 
    Chemical Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #20 
    • #319 
    Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #23 
    • #377 
    Environmental Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #21 
    • #401 
    Materials Science
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #18 
    • #201 
    Mechanical Engineering
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 27 October, 2023]
    • #26 
    • #676 
    Mechanical Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

Journalism & Media Studies

    • #3 
    • #68 
    Journalism
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

Languages & Literature

    • #16 
    • #19 
    English
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #15 
    • #19 
    English
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #16 
    • #22 
    English
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #18 
    • #22 
    French
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #19 
    • #23 
    French
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #13 
    • #15 
    German
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #15 
    • #18 
    German
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #11 
    • #14 
    Linguistics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #13 
    • #16 
    Linguistics
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #11 
    • #101 
    Linguistics
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]

Law

    • #4 
    • #4 
    Law
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #5 
    Law
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #5 
    Law
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #15 
    Law
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #27 
    Law
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 19 October, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #76 
    Law
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 27 October, 2023]

Mathematics

    • #21 
    • #28 
    Mathematics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #22 
    • #33 
    Mathematics
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #49 
    • #61 
    Mathematics
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #7 
    • #71 
    Mathematics
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #101 
    Mathematics
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 27 October, 2023]
    • #16 
    • #451 
    Mathematics
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

Medicine & Health

    • #1 
    • #7 
    Dentistry
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #8 
    Dentistry
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #9 
    Dentistry
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #8 
    • #12 
    Dentistry
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #10 
    • #14 
    Dentistry
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #7 
    • #12 
    Medicine
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #13 
    Medicine
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #10 
    • #18 
    Medicine
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #19 
    • #27 
    Medicine
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]

Natural Sciences

    • #16 
    • #19 
    Biology
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #24 
    • #30 
    Chemistry
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #27 
    • #34 
    Chemistry
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #40 
    • #49 
    Chemistry
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #7 
    • #83 
    Chemistry
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #14 
    • #301 
    Chemistry
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 27 October, 2023]
    • #35 
    • #46 
    Physics
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #9 
    • #101 
    Physics
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 27 October, 2023]
    • #9 
    • #142 
    Physics
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #4 
    • #4 
    Anthropology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #8 
    • #9 
    Economics
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #9 
    • #10 
    Economics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #26 
    • #35 
    Economics
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #13 
    • #101 
    Economics
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 27 October, 2023]
    • #22 
    • #124 
    Economics
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #8 
    • #10 
    Geography
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 27 October, 2023]
    • #7 
    • #23 
    Geography
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #30 
    • #36 
    Geography
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #5 
    History
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #7 
    • #8 
    History
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #9 
    • #11 
    History
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #17 
    • #19 
    History
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #21 
    History
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    Psychology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #8 
    Psychology
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #7 
    • #9 
    Psychology
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #8 
    • #11 
    Psychology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #13 
    Psychology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #15 
    Psychology
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 19 October, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #21 
    Psychology
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 27 October, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #33 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 19 October, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #33 
    Social Sciences
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #16 
    Sociology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #15 
    • #17 
    Sociology
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #43 
    Sociology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #51 
    Sociology
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 27 October, 2023]
    • #10 
    • #13 
    Theology & Religious Studies
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

Sports Science

    • #4 
    • #4 
    Sports Science
    The Times Good University Guide by Subject
    [Published 15 September, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #6 
    Sports Science
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #9 
    • #11 
    Sports Science
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

Highest subject rankings for King's College London

Psychology URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#2 
Social Studies & Humanities
Law The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#4 
Law
Sports Science The Times Good University Guide by Subject
#4 
Sports Science
Dentistry URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#7 
Medicine & Health
Music The Times Good University Guide by Subject
#9 
Arts Visual & Performing
Linguistics CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#14 
Languages & Literature
Computer Science CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#14 
Computer Science
Biology The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#19 
Natural Sciences
Education QS World University Rankings By Subject
#22 
Education
Mathematics CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#28 
Mathematics

Student Ratings for King's College London

Student satisfaction:
4.1 (based on 744 student ratings)
Google ratings:
4.1 (based on 744 student ratings)

“Great overall experience, lovely campus location and recommendable for anyone. I would suggest that future students join some sports clubs or societies, as they’ve been an instrumental part of my social life on campus.”

“My Film Studies course was engaging and well-resourced, with teaching who are passionate about film analysis and cinema in general. Timetables are well done as they give you a lot of free time, and this lets you organise your study time and your social life how you like it. Just make sure you don’t get comfortable!”

About King's College London

PROS

  • The Students’ Union is highly popular, and the clubs and societies on offer provide social opportunities. Students can also improve their skills and refine their resumes in these clubs.
  • The prestigious reputation helps to find employment after graduation, according to students. This is not always the case, but some employers give great importance to being a graduate from King’s College London.
  • A recurring comment from students is that the timetable is convenient and gives you time to study by yourself. This is because many classes are given on the same day, which leaves free days for individual study.

CONS

  • Due to its reputation, students say that the workload can become excessive. These people feel that the university is eager to maintain its high position.
  • Non -native English speakers are recommended to prepare well, as students are expected to follow all materials in English, with minimal assistance for those with some difficulties.

Key facts

Foundation year:
1829
Telephone:
+44 (0) 2078 365 454
Address:
London Strand
WC2R 2LS, London
England UK
Website:
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/
Social:
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NSS Aggregate Student reviews

Below you see the results of King's College London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK universities.

Overall student satisfaction
71 /100
2535 total respondents

THE Student Experience Survey by Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education has surveyed 20251 undergraduate students in the UK about their study experience. 260 students of King's College London participated in the survey.

Below you'll find the results for each of the survey questions for King's College London in comparison to the average for all UK universities.

Overall score: 76.0

Student composition of King's College London

Medicine (Non-Specific):
6760
Politics:
4290
Business and Management:
4105
Computing:
2470
Nursing and Midwifery:
2345
Law:
1935
Dentistry:
1225
Biosciences:
1220
Mathematical Sciences:
1175
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy:
1015
Education and Teaching:
880
History:
815
English Studies:
815
Electrical And Electronic Engineering:
735
Languages and Area Studies :
725
Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology:
705
Geography, Earth and Environmental Studies:
700
Physics and Astronomy:
565
Psychology:
560
Performing Arts:
460
Philosophy:
440
Chemistry:
350
Theology and Religious Studies:
320
Classics:
280
Sociology:
210
Economics:
185
China:
5060
India:
605
United States:
530
Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China):
495
Malaysia:
340
Singapore:
335
Switzerland:
245
United Arab Emirates:
230
Saudi Arabia:
210
Korea (South):
195
Canada:
185
Taiwan:
185
Turkey:
185
Russia:
145
Pakistan:
135
Thailand:
135
Japan:
115
Norway:
100
Indonesia:
100
Lebanon:
75
Kuwait:
75
Brazil:
70
Nigeria:
55
Egypt:
50
Australia:
50
Bangladesh:
50
Jordan:
40
Qatar:
40
Mexico:
40
South Africa:
40
Vietnam:
35
Ukraine:
35
Philippines:
35
Kazakhstan:
35
Iran:
30
Bahrain:
30
Chile:
30
Macao (Special Administrative Region of China):
30
Azerbaijan:
30
Morocco:
25
New Zealand:
20
Kenya:
20
Peru:
20
Sri Lanka:
20
Oman:
20
Israel:
15
Tunisia:
15
Colombia:
15
Monaco:
15
Serbia:
15
Mauritius:
15
North Macedonia:
10
Occupied Palestinian Territories {formerly West Ba:
10
Uganda:
10
Cayman Islands:
10
Iraq:
10
Cambodia:
10
Ecuador:
10
Uzbekistan:
10
Ghana:
10
Albania:
10
Algeria:
10
Bermuda:
10
Myanmar (Burma):
10
Argentina:
5
Bolivia:
5
Trinidad and Tobago:
5
Jamaica:
5
Venezuela:
5
Panama:
5
Laos:
5
Mali:
5
Armenia:
5
Belarus:
5
Georgia:
5
Iceland:
5
Kosovo:
5
Botswana:
5
Ivory Coast:
5
Madagascar:
5
Nepal:
5
Rwanda:
5
Sudan:
5
Tanzania:
5
Zimbabwe:
5
Afghanistan:
5
Brunei:
5
Maldives:
5
Mongolia:
5

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