About the School of Education, Communication & Society

The School of Education, Communication & Society  is a leading global centre for interdisciplinary social science research. Our mission in the School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS) is to work for the public good through research and teaching focused on the social, cultural, linguistic, political, and pedagogic dimensions of education, professional practice and social change.
ECS is home to approximately 70 academic and 15 professional services staff and has recently experienced significant growth due to strong recruitment on UG and PGT programmes. Its income is approximately £13.5m per year, with £11m from tuition fees.

The School registers approx. 750 students annually across UG,
PGT and PGR programmes in the areas of Education, (Applied) Linguistics and Social Sciences. The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is offered in eight curriculum subjects and has been repeatedly rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
School of Education, Communication & Society event
Research in the School draws upon a wide range of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives, addressing questions about culture, communication and cognition, as well as about social justice and ethics. Specifically, ECS is renowned for its expertise in applied philosophy, sociology and public policy; linguistics, discourse studies and language learning; and mathematics, science and computing education. 

ECS has a global reputation for impactful contributions to national and international policy debates and professional communities of practice. Its programmes of study lead students to the cutting edge of knowledge and help them critically analyse, research and effectively respond to changes in thinking and policy in their fields. ECS is a warm and friendly School in which students and staff are supported to become active participants in a dynamic community of learners.


About the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

​​​​​​​The Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy (SSPP) is home to one of the largest, most diverse and international communities for social research and education in the UK and Europe. SSPP has world-leading expertise across social science disciplines, with recognised strengths in security studies, political economy, global health, social risk and resilience, and education and social justice. We have a global perspective with deep expertise about important and dynamic regions of the world, including the European Union, China, India, Latin America, Russia, and the Middle East. In the 2020 THE subject rankings for Social Science, King’s stands at 38th in the world and 6th in the UK, while in the 2020 QS rankings King’s is 15th in the world for Politics & International Relations, 4th in the UK. Our objective is to be in the world top 20 across all our major fields.
SSPP currently has around 7,400 undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research students and about 700 academic and research staff, supported by 130 professional services staff.  Our staff come from over 130 countries, with around half coming from outside the UK, while nearly 60% of our students are from the EU and the rest of the world.

We believe our education and research can influence change by focusing on real-world problems, by combining perspectives, insights and methods from different bodies of knowledge, and by working with our partners in society.
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We have deep relationships with government, business, civil society and international organisations, using our position in central London to convene and influence understanding, innovation and practice in the UK and internationally. We share a commitment to engaged curiosity and action in an open, collaborative and inclusive culture.

We are proud of the tradition of excellence within the Faculty.  We are home to the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe, GCRF Hub on Resilient Cities, Leverhulme Centre on Wildfires, ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health and NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit.

King’s has made significant investments in the Faculty in recent years.  For instance, the International School for Government and Global Institute for Women’s Leadership were both launched within the last three years.

The Faculty is organised as follows: 

About King’s College London

King’s College London offers an intellectually stimulating environment in which to work, where staff are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and learning in the service of society. We are a multi-Faculty institution, providing high-quality education, research and innovation across the sciences, humanities, medicine, law, dentistry, and social sciences. As a member of the Russell Group, an association of leading UK research-intensive universities, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards in research and education. King's is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and is home to five Medical Research Council Centres spread across its three teaching hospitals.
King’s is one of the top 10 UK universities, ranked 31st in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2021) and the fourth oldest university in England, based in the heart of London. King's has over 31,000 students from some 150 countries, and over 8,500 employees. King’s is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of about £1BN (2020/21).

King’s Strategic Vision looks forward to our 200th anniversary in 2029. It shows how King’s will make the world a better place by focusing on five key strategic priorities: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; an international community that serves the world.