King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) King’s was ranked 6th in the UK, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
King’s College London was founded in 1829 and became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London in 1836. King’s has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. 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.