Department of Engineering

The Department of Engineering at King’s builds on almost 200 years of advances in understanding how we shape our world. King’s alumni have helped influence modern life with contributors driving the discovery of DNA’s structure, Hepatitis C and the Higgs Boson, as well as advancing research in radar, radio, television and mobile phones. We were one of the first universities with an engineering department in England and earlier generations of students studied with eminent scientists such as James Clerk Maxwell, Charles Wheatstone, and Sir William Siemens. This inquisitive and bold spirit continues as we seek to solve present day problems through our research and education to make the world a better place.

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Now, possibly more than ever before, we are seeing the importance of engineering in our day to day lives. COVID-19 demonstrated the need for available and equitable vaccine manufacturing. Wildfires around the world show the need for environmentally friendly technologies. As we approach a global population of 8 billion people, we are increasingly pressed to provide answers to the question of how we can provide the basic need of food, clean water, shelter, and education for everyone around the world.

We are growing towards establishing ourselves as a top engineering school within the UK and the world, and we see that our approach to engineering is attracting talented students and researchers globally. We are developing a strong research profile with activities in mechatronics, sensors, signal and information processing, systems engineering, electronics, thermofluids, energy, materials, solid and contact mechanics, and telecommunications.

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This technical research excellence is complemented by the physical location of the department in the centre of London and at the heart of the university’s Strand Campus. This location enables the convening power of a multidisciplinary university, as students and researchers are exposed not only to engineering excellence, but also researchers from around the world who are involved in solving the legal, political, commercial, medical, and environmental problems of our time. Our London location places our students and researchers in the middle of a global city, allowing for access to government, health, industry, and international partnerships.

We have research links in our Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences, across the university, and beyond in academia and industry. King’s is part of the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) with shared research and facilities between King’s, UCL and Imperial. All of these foster an active, vibrant, and collaborative research environment.

A modern curriculum and approach will see a new era of engineering, as education is broadened out, informed by King’s expertise in other academic disciplines, such as business, politics, law, chemistry, geography, and the health sciences. It will give students first-hand experience of how science, technology, commercial and political drivers both influence, and can be influenced, by engineering. We will work with local, national, and international industry partners to provide students with unique, hands-on learning opportunities, in addition, we are sending our ambitious students to compete in national and international engineering competitions.

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate education, with a distinctive approach, combining traditional teaching methods with modern, project-based learning, catering for the needs of our students and the industries in which they will work.

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The Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences

Delivering sustainable academic excellence

We are a vibrant faculty based in the heart of London with a long tradition of world-leading research and teaching in physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering.

Our internationally renowned scientists are working across traditional subject boundaries, leading cutting-edge research, tackling global challenges and answering fundamental questions about our universe.

For students, we offer a wide-ranging portfolio of undergraduate, MSc and PhD programmes. Studying with us enables students to work with, and learn from, world-leading academics while benefiting from an open-door policy and a wealth of support.

With nearly 5,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and around 350 academic and research staff, our ambition is to inspire, educate and innovate – fostering the next generation of scientists and future leaders. We count Nobel Laureates among our distinguished former staff and students, and we are committed to promoting the careers of women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Our Departments

  1. Department of Chemistry

  2. Department of Engineering

  3. Department of Informatics

  4. Department of Mathematics

  5. Department of Physics

Our unrivalled central London location has enabled us to foster close ties with tech, business and science industries, and we are within easy reach of major research libraries and leading scientific societies such as the Royal Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the London Mathematical Society.

Our future

Supported by significant university investment, the faculty is embarking on a period of ambitious growth, which aims to build upon current strengths in natural and mathematical sciences and establish King’s as the outstanding global institution in science and technology.

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About King’s College London

King's College London is London's most central university with four campuses by the River Thames between Westminster and the City and one in South London

King’s College London is one of the top 10 UK universities, ranked 35th in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2022) 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.