King’s College London in Fighting The Coronavirus

A large number of King’s researchers, academics, clinicians and students are collaborating between departments and with other institutions to get the best minds together to lead the UK’s response to this global challenge.

Scientists from the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine have been working to screen drugs that could have the potential to target the COVID-19 virus. Led by Professor Mauro Giacca, the team has been using robotic technology in King’s School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences to study the functionality of drugs.

When the pandemic started to strike, we reconverted our activity to search whether, among the already approved and available drugs, there are any that can block viral replication and can thus be rapidly re-purposed against COVID-19.

Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine


As one of the largest and most successful centres for research and education in the UK, we benefit from extensive international and local partnerships that encourage innovative and progressive collaboration.

Research is core to what we do and how we educate. We are strategically aligned to King’s Health Partners, bringing together academics and clinicians who are committed to ensuring efficient translation and adoption of research innovation into clinical practice.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), over 91.8 percent of our research was rated 4 star or 3 star. The Faculty is ranked:

  • 14th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2019)
  • 16th in the world for Anatomy & Physiology (QS World University Rankings 2019)
  • 17th in the world for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019)

Subject Areas



Anatomy at King’s College has an international reputation for scholarship and teaching, The Guy’s campus is home to the world-famous Gordon Museum of Pathology and has long been linked to the production of Gray’s Anatomy. Wide range of modules at all levels across the Bioscience Education programmes.



Biochemistry is at the heart of the rapid and exciting advances in biomedical science that have been one of mankind’s major achievements of the past 60 years – from understanding enzyme function to deciphering the structure of DNA to modern stem cell biology and genomics.


Common Year One

Common Year One’ is the name given to our first year curriculum of our bioscience courses. The hallmark of our Common Year One programmes is flexibility: all students complete the same Common Year One curriculum, covering the core biomedical science disciplines – see the list on the right of this page. After this, you can make an informed decision on which degree you wish to pursue and modules become increasingly specialised according to your choice.



Genetics is a fast moving moving and expanding field that is transforming medicine, agriculture, biotechnology, and biomedical research, with huge impacts on our daily lives.



Blending biomedical sciences, population sciences and clinical practice, it provides early authentic clinical experiences to truly bring medicine to life. King’s medical graduates will be distinguishable as critical scientific thinkers, champions for mental health and leaders in service quality improvement – equipped to address healthcare challenges on a local and global scale.



The Teaching Centre of Immunology is a hub for high-quality immunology teaching and training on programmes for medical and non-medical undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students, as well as clinical trainees and post-doctoral fellows.



King’s Department of Nutritional Sciences is a leader in the training of students, in research, and in consultancy to governments, international agencies, industry and the media.


Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Pharmacology is the science concerned with the study of drugs and how they work to combat disease, as well as the search for new, improved drugs. It brings together several biomedical sciences including physiology, biochemistry and toxicology. There are also close links with medicine and pharmacy.


Pharmacy at King’s

The role of the pharmacist is evolving faster than ever before. By being a frontline source of expert advice on health and medicines, they’re helping healthcare teams optimise medicines use, avoid medication errors and alleviate the strain on A&E departments.



As the largest allied health professional group, physiotherapists work with people with a variety of disabilities and their families/carers and use physical means to promote health, optimal rehabilitation and, where possible, recovery. The wide scope of physiotherapy is one of its assets, making it an exciting and varied career.


Sport & Medicine Exercise Sciences

At King’s, you’ll divide your time between practical work in the lab and understanding underlying theory in several key areas: physiology, psychology, biomechanics, cell biology, nutrition, and clinical science. Because of the broad nature of the subject, this degree is a great starting point for a range of rewarding careers.


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