King's College London
Ranked in the top 30 universities worldwide (QS World Rankings 2011), King's College London is one of the world's leading institutions, with over 180 years of excellence. As London's most central university, the College is a place to be inspired and educated by leading experts and experience outstanding cultural, research and career opportunities in the very heart of London.
Established in 1829, King's College London is one of the oldest and, indeed, largest colleges of the University of London. It has over 9,000 postgraduate students studying across our nine schools: Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Arts & Humanities, Law, Social Science & Public Policy, Dental Institute, Nursing & Midwifery, Natural & Mathematical Sciences and the Institute of Psychiatry.
It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe; no university has more Medical Research Council Centres.
For a list of our postgraduate taught programmes and research degrees please visit www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus
The College is one of the UK's foremost multi-faculty, research-led institutions, and is internationally respected for the quality of its research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 23 departments were ranked in the top quartile of British universities; over half of our academic staff work in departments that are in the top 10 per cent in the UK in their field and can thus be classed as world leading. As a member of the prestigious Russell Group and home to a number of leading research centres, King's is in the top group of universities for research earnings with an overall annual income in 2011 of nearly £525 million.
Whether you pursue taught postgraduate programmes or research, you will work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. King's is a key player on the international stage; our pioneering research has led to worldwide acclaim and our partnerships with major institutions and industry across the globe provide outstanding benefits and opportunities for our graduate students.
There are many excellent opportunities to help fund your postgraduate studies at King's. The Graduate School, who support all postgraduate students during their time at King's, offers a generous package of 250-plus postgraduate studentships and bursaries across all academic disciplines, and the College's online postgraduate funding database is regularly updated with new opportunities. Funding may be one-off studentships at either master's or research level, internationally specific, or may be tied to a project or programme funded by a Research Council or other major funding body.
Access the King's postgraduate funding database here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate/funding/database/
King's holds a number of postgraduate open days throughout the year to give you the opportunity to meet with academics and current students from relevant departments. For more information please visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/openday
If you can't make it to the campus in person, you can instead visit the postgraduate virtual open day on our website, which is designed to give you a multimedia-based snapshot of some of the key issues about study at King's, from the perspective of our staff and students. http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/vod/pgr
You can also take 360 degree virtual tours of many parts of our campuses here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/tour
Your study experience
Your study environment and the resources we can offer you are vitally important, and as our commitment to this, King's is in the second phase of a £1 billion investment programme to transform our estates and facilities.
As a postgraduate student at King's you will have access to postgraduate-only spaces and facilities tailored with your needs in mind, where you can socialise or study. These include: a Graduate Lounge at all campuses; postgraduate workspaces at Guy's, Waterloo and Strand campuses; a library service holding over 2 million titles, 280,000 ebooks and 24,500 journal titles; over 1,200 student PC's across all sites; 5 million archival items and 300,000 special collection books; and core scientific research facilities providing access to essential technology and equipment to facilitate and enhance your research.
In addition to these facilities, there are many ways in which King's can further enhance your study and research. This can include: the Researcher Development Programme offered by the Graduate School, with over 200 opportunities for personal development; free tuition in over 25 languages from the Modern Language Centre; funds to support your travel to research conferences; and additional travel grants for research students to spend time at one of our key worldwide partners which include UCSF and UNC Chapel Hill in the USA, Renmin in China, Hong Kong University, National University of Singapore, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Jawaharlal Nehru University in India.
This extensive researcher development programme is designed to equip you with vital skills to help you lead in you chosen career or pathway. The excellent reputation of our graduates within industry has not only led to King's being ranked amongst the best for employability for UK universities but also ensures King's graduates are highly sought after by some of the world's most prestigious employers.
Four of King's five campuses are in the heart of London. This central position brings major advantages and as a student at King's you will enjoy the excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities of the capital.
A tradition of excellence
King's has produced some of the greatest innovators of their time, including Sir Charles Wheatstone, pioneer of current electricity and wireless telegraphy; John Frederic Daniell, inventor of the constant cell battery; Thomas Hodgkin, Thomas Addison and Richard Bright: distinguished doctors who identified the diseases which are named after them; Florence Nightingale, pioneer of professional nursing; physicist James Clerk Maxwell, Einstein's predecessor in electromagnetism, and Lord Lister, who established antiseptic surgery. Eight members of staff have been awarded the Nobel Prize: most recently, Sir James Black OM, inventor of beta blockers and anti-ulcer drugs, and Professor Maurice Wilkins who, with Rosalind Franklin and other King's colleagues, played a major part in the discovery of the structure of DNA.
The College's alumni include Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu, former Archbishop of Cape Town, and Dr George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury; writers John Keats and Thomas Hardy; impressionist Rory Bremner; several members of the House of Commons, House of Lords and of the Judiciary, including Lord Justice (Robin) Auld and leading business gurus including Sir Deryck Maughan and Eric Nicoli.
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