The Parent’s Guide to King’s College Medical School

King’s College London is renowned for its top place in global medical school rankings, its teaching placements in London hospitals, and its location in the heart of the UK’s capital city. This article covers some key information on the school’s facilities, teaching quality, fees, and entry difficulty.


Career prospects:

According to QS University Rankings, King’s medical school is not only rated as the 15th best medical school globally: it also offers placement and teaching in top London hospitals during the student’s degree, including the campuses of King’s, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals.


Teaching Quality:

King’s College describes its course as integrated; in other words, the   teaching of medical theory is interspersed with practical experience in hospitals throughout the degree. It performs less well on national league tables which measure student satisfaction However, it is worth noting that due to the school’s reputation for research excellence, it attracts some of the top clinical practitioners and researchers from across the globe to teach its students.

Another positive feature of King’s  is that due to the University’s extensive Arts and Science programmes, students can choose to take an intercalated year to study another subject, as an addition to their medical degree.



King’s offers the prospect of learning anatomy through dissection, and has purpose-built teaching facilities for its medical students, with laboratories and equipment, located across its three campuses.


Course fees:

Course fees are currently £9250 per year for UK/EU students. International applicants must pay a £5000 deposit when accepting an offer, and international tuition fees for King’s College Medical school are £37,000 per year for 2019-2020.


Cost of living:

First-year applicants are guaranteed accommodation in halls owned by King’s (as long as they apply by the appropriate deadline). This accommodation varies in cost and quality, to suit every budget.  Typical costs living costs for a King’s College medical school student are £1139 according to a Which? University calculator: this calculation takes into account average student accommodation costs, travel expenditure, and money spent on food.

Entry difficulty:

King’s College medicine school applicants are required to sit the ukcat medical aptitude test. King’s College states that while it does not require a minimum ukcat score, it receives a high number of applications, relative to other UK medical schools. To select applicants, it ranks applicants based on UKCAT scores achieved: for 2018, the average score achieved by those accepted was 695.

Applicants must also attend Multiple Mini Interviews. See our article on this for more information on the Multiple Mini Interviews and how they work.

To prepare for your application to King’s College medical school,  we offer a comprehensive medicine entry programme, with expert coaching and applications advice, resources for acing the UKCAT and interview, and E-learning.

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