I wrote this article to help prospective students understand what to expect during the Master of Science (MSc) in International Management at King’s College London, University of London.
This article includes information about the university, the programme, and the supporting infrastructure at King’s.
I hope that these shared insights will help you to make an informed study decision.
King’s College London, University of London
King’s College London was founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington in 1829 as a university college in the tradition of the Church of England.
In 1836, King’s College London and University College London became the two founding colleges of the University of London.
King’s is the fourth oldest university in England and has more than 30,000 students of whom more than 10,000 are postgraduate students.
King’s is generally considered part of the golden triangle of research-intensive English universities alongside the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London, and The London School of Economics.
Being accepted to this programme is an achievement in itself because in 2018 almost 2,000 applicants applied and only 98 were admitted, which resulted in an acceptance rate of just 5%.
Top university ranking
Methodologies of most university rankings are not very transparent but I believe that they can give a hint of the calibre of the professors and students.
The best want to be among the best.
King’s Master of Science (MSc) in International Management is not yet listed in the FT Masters in Management ranking but there is a good chance that it will be soon ranked in the top 30 or top 20.
Top rankings are also a reason why my fellow students and I received many job opportunities on LinkedIn with salaries up to £65,000 excluding bonuses.
If you can make it in London, you can make it anywhere.
I decided to build my own business, which is why I did not start a new job but some of my friends who studied with me started exciting new roles at Bloomberg, Deloitte, PwC, and Oracle.
King’s has five campuses: its historic Strand Campus in the centre of London, three other Thames side campuses at Guy’s, St Thomas, and Waterloo, and one in Denmark.
Bush House is the newest real-estate addition by King’s College London and the new facility mainly houses King’s Business School, which is located in the heart of London at the Strand Campus.
Most other top universities are located at the outer part of the first zone.
I have been to the London School of Economics and Law, to London Business School, to University College London, and to Imperial College London and my opinion is that King’s Bush House offers the newest facility.
Of course, you should rather focus on the content of the programmes and not on the facilities but it was always a joy to enter King’s Bush House, which enhanced the study experience.
As a University of London student, you will also have the possibility to receive library cards for all of its colleges.
Make full use of this and visit the libraries of University College London and of the Senate House at the University of London.
Near the Strand campus, you can find King’s iconic Maughaun Library.
At Guy’s campus, you can find the New Hunt’s Library and at the Waterloo Campus, there is another large library that you can access.
All libraries offer a selection of business books and silent rooms, which you will definitely need to cope with the massive reading list of academic articles.
To increase your productivity, leave your phone at home when going into the silent rooms.
If you have received the admission letter, then download the KCL Welcome app to book induction events, to check your induction calendar, to collect your King’s student identification card, to connect to King’s College London Student’s Union, to connect with your fellow students, and to do much more.
Book the events as soon as the registration opens as within an hour most places are gone.
As soon as you received the admission letter, create a Facebook and a WhatsApp group and add everyone from your programme.
Do the same when you arrive at your residence and share the administrative role with all group members, so that they can also add other residents.
This way, you can exchange knowledge, comment on assignments, exams, and modules, and stay up to date about programme events, jobs, and parties.
After your induction, download King’s Mobile app, which gives you access to your current timetable, to King’s E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS) portal, to library services, to integrated maps of all the campuses, to availability statuses of computers at King’s premises, and to many other useful services.
As soon as you will accept your offer, you are automatically subscribed to the King’s College London and to the King’s Business School newsletter.
If not, then request a subscription link as the provided information is highly important to stay up to date with your programme and university events.
Through these newsletters, I was able to learn about events where I encountered Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, and even the Queen of the United Kingdom.
Without the newsletters, I would also have missed the opportunity to apply at and participate in the St. Gallen Symposium by the University of St. Gallen.
Most master’s programmes in the United Kingdom only last one year, which is very refreshing for someone who studied three to four years for a bachelor’s degree.
However, the one-year master’s programmes are also very intense and basically offer no breaks.
You should only embark on this journey if you can handle this pressure and find joy in it.
King’s Business School wants to develop the leaders of the future and they will help you to develop everything you need to become a top manager, anywhere in the world.
During the Master of Science (MSc) in International Management, you will study eight modules.
I chose mine after researching the best ranked programmes on the FT Global MBA ranking.
Usually, top ranked MBA programmes, such as from LBS, always offer modules in accounting, strategy, marketing, and human resource management.
I also found that many MBA programmes include modules in governance and sustainability.
Therefore, my module selection included Comparative Management, International Accounting and Finance, International Business Strategy, International Marketing, Global Governance and Sustainability, International Entrepreneurship, International Human Resource Management, and Research Methods.
The gained insights and knowledge from the module Comparative Management alone was worth the tuition fee and it certainly will be of value for future business leaders.
There are easier modules that require essays instead of examinations but if you want to become a well-rounded manager, then select the modules above.
Download and read all the required academic articles and text materials.
Remember that you learn for yourself and not only to pass exams.
These eight modules count for two thirds of the master’s programme and give you a fantastic skill set to navigate the business world.
Unfortunately, there is no offered module in leadership, which would have been valuable in this master’s programme, especially if one thinks of the programme’s purpose.
But you can read articles and books, start your own organisation, take online programmes, and volunteer as a mentor or project leader to gain leadership skills.
For example, you can take FutureLearn’s online programme Leadership Theory: The Basics by Coventry University.
Most lectures will take place at King’s Bush House but occasionally, such as for Research Methods, you might end up at the historic King’s Building opposite King’s Dickson Poon School of Law at the Somerset House.
The dissertation counts for one third of the master’s programme and offers the opportunity to specialise in one specific academic field and create a novel academic contribution.
As I wanted to delve deeper into entrepreneurial leadership, this master’s programme offered an excellent opportunity through its required dissertation.
I wrote my dissertation under the supervision of Professor Ute Stephan, who is Professor of Entrepreneurship at King’s Business School, Honorary Professor at UCL’s Department of Psychology and at Aston Business School, a Visiting Fellow at KU Leuven (Belgium), a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology, an Editor at Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, a Consulting Editor at the Journal of International Business Studies, and the outgoing Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review.
There are not many educational institutions in this world where one receives supervision from such stellar academics.
During the dissertation, you will have four contact hours with your supervisor.
This is an excellent opportunity to test whether you have the required qualities for a PhD.
Personally, I found the learning curve extremely high and enjoyed the challenge.
As a result, I improved my academic research skills and learned how to write and judge academic articles.
You will learn the most important qualitative and quantitative research methods in the Research Methods module.
Remember, King’s is a research-led university and you are expected to conduct state-of-the-art research yourself.
If you do not want to embark on this tough but rewarding journey, you should skip the idea to attend a top 25 research-led university.
As already mentioned, I started my own company and the research findings of my dissertation greatly impacted my understanding of how to grow and lead entrepreneurial organisations.
I recommend to choose your academic field for the dissertation wisely because it can help you to get closer to your goals.
Do not write a dissertation just to pass the master’s programme, it would be a missed opportunity.
Once you know your academic field of interest, find a supervisor who engages as an academic researcher in this field.
Generally, supervisors welcome it when you are passionate about a specific field.
In April, as part of the programme, my fellow students and I took a business excursion to Berlin, where we explored the city, various businesses, and attended talks and workshops for the duration of a week.
In the future, there might be more distant trips, such as to America or China.
At £14,925 per year, King’s offers a relatively low tuition fee for its reputation and offered value.
King’s Modern Language Centre
If you study a master’s programme, you can take one free language module at King’s Modern Language Centre.
They offer every language you want to learn.
For example, I took Mandarin and found it very challenging but rewarding to study a language that is completely different from the six languages that I previously studied.
Once the registration opens, you need to act fast because within one hour all spots for the free language modules will be taken.
King’s Entrepreneurship Institute
King’s has been announced as the Outstanding Entrepreneurial University at this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Awards and many students at King’s are highly entrepreneurial.
If you are planning to become an entrepreneur, King’s should be your top choice.
It also runs the accelerator King’s20, which offers a year-long programme aimed at supporting the 20 brightest ventures from King’s.
I have used Eventbrite and Meetup for many years and have been to countless entrepreneurship and leadership related events and believe that King’s offers events and workshops at an even higher and more impacting level.
If you seek entrepreneurial experience, then King’s is definitely the right choice for you.
For example, you can participate in the Idea Factory pitch competition at King’s Entrepreneurship Institute.
In 2019, 220 entrepreneurial teams applied, 20 received an invitation to pitch, 10 were invited to the House of Lords, and 3 were announced as the winners of the £6,000 prize pot granted by Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE.
As another example, you can participate in the Venture Crawl, which is free for King’s students and contributes towards the King’s Enterprise Award.
The journey takes students to some of London’s top innovation hubs and workspaces, such as Accenture, to explore London’s startup ecosystem first hand and meet top entrepreneurial leaders.
During the Venture Crawl participants take part in behind the scenes tours, talks, and activities.
Every student at King’s is automatically a member of King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU).
KCLSU offers many other opportunities to volunteer or engage in extra-curricular activities.
Make sure to check out the Union Shop or the physical store at Bush House, which offers a much larger assortment of King’s merchandise than the online shop.
Once per year, during the KCLSU Welcome Fair, new and returning students can find out more from one of King’s 300 activity groups and societies, enjoy performances, meet student officers, and find out about how KCLSU can support you and make your student experience the best it can be.
KCLSU also offers Welcome Wristbands.
Discuss with your fellow students which one to buy and enjoy a great start into the academic year.
Do not buy any wristbands offered by third parties on Facebook and do not join their Facebook groups.
Their advertising might make you feel that you miss out on the possibility of making new friends but do not get tricked into it.
By default, you will meet and make new friends during your programme, which is why you should only buy the Welcome Wristbands offered by KCLSU.
Be proactive and suggest others in your programme to participate in the events.
Do not wait for others to organise activities, always take the lead if nobody else wants to take it.
Moreover, if you always wait for others to join you, then you will end up doing nothing and miss countless opportunities.
Whatever you want to do, do it yourself if you cannot find anyone else to join you.
Joining activity groups or societies is the best way to get involved in student life at university and meet new people in addition to your fellow students.
They will provide you with valuable training delivered by their many corporate partners.
Both fit very well with King’s vision to act in the service of society and the experiences will help you to develop skills in entrepreneurship and leadership.
King’s Sport delivers a range of opportunities for students to get involved in sport and physical activity, with an ambition to be the most active university in London.
Currently, King’s Sport engages over 15,000 people across its various programmes.
They run social sports sessions through their BeActive programme, all the way to supporting top performing athletes through the University Sports Scholarships.
They also operate a number of gyms located at the Strand, Waterloo, and London Bridge campuses and across selected Halls of Residence.
You can buy a yearly gym membership for just £170 here and have the benefit to meet other King’s students and expand your network.
If you like running, make sure to register for the Great King’s Run.
You will also have plenty of opportunities to participate in sports competitions such as Varsity, in which King’s and UCL compete against each other.
Whether you like fencing, rowing, or tennis, you will definitely find something you like.
Find out more about the many different sports clubs here.
Lastly, the Club Shop for KCLSU Sports Clubs, managed by Premier Sports, offers from a range of Nike clothing, which can be customised with your sports club name and personalised with your initials (my recommendation is to get the King’s Polo or King’s Tee and send Premier Sports an email to keep the back of the shirt blank).
King’s College NHS Health Centre
King’s College London NHS Health Centre was established in 2001 providing health care for students and staff of King’s College London.
The team includes doctors, nurses, and other health workers.
Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided.
The Health Centre is situated in Bush House of the Strand campus and they are what is known in the United Kingdom as a General Practice (GP).
King’s Residences provides King’s students with quality accommodation to suit all lifestyles and budgets across London.
Explore King’s Residences here.
I stayed at the King’s Residence Orchard Lisle House, which is 10 minutes from Tower Bridge, 5 minutes from Tesco, 5 minutes from King’s Sport London Bridge Gym, and less than 5 minutes from Borough Market, London Bridge Station, the Shard, Starbucks, Costa Coffee, and top bars and restaurants.
It takes a 30-minutes walk to King’s Bush House or shorter when driving with the tube from Monument Station to Temple Station.
At the Orchard Lisle House, you will even have a full-time reception.
Josh and Jenny were wonderful last year.
You can borrow screwdrivers from them, ask for printing, or simply have a chat about life in London.
They also collect and store all parcels until one picks them up from them, which is a great service, especially if you have a busy schedule.
King’s Experience Awards
King’s offers countless extra-curricular activities.
For example, King’s Experience Awards are co-curricular modules designed to connect your experiences in and outside your studies, helping you to identify your interests and abilities through self-reflection.
You can take the Global Award, London Award, Sanctuary Award, Cultural Experience Award, Principal’s Global Leadership Award, and the Enterprise Award.
You can also apply for the the Student Opportunity Fund (SOF), which supports King’s students in undertaking projects or attending conferences and events related to their areas of interest and future aspirations with grants of up to £500.
There are many more opportunities offered at King’s, simply find time to go through all the website and do not be surprised if it takes days.
Whenever you hear or find out about an opportunity and want to read more about it, then simply use Google Search to find the relevant page on King’s website.
Associateship of King’s College (AKC)
The Associateship of King’s College (AKC) is the original award of the university, dating back to its foundation in 1829 and reflecting its first motto: sancte et sapienter.
The AKC lectures enrich and broaden the academic curriculum at King’s in a unique way by giving King’s students the opportunity to explore diverse religious and cultural perspectives, alongside their main programme of study.
The AKC is normally three years in length but master’s students are able to complete it in just two years with the option to complete the second year of the AKC by distance learning.
After completing the full programme, students are entitled to be elected as an Associate of the College and have the letters AKC after their names.
On a similar note, make sure to attend the King’s College London Advent Carols at the College Chapel in December, when candle lights illuminate the chapel during the performance of the Choir of King’s College London.
The event is inclusive and open to students from all faiths or none.
King’s CareerConnect is the online careers portal enabling students, recent alumni, staff, and employers to engage with King’s services and make the most of what King’s offers.
Once set up, you can access the vacancy board, search for part time work, placements, internships, and graduate level opportunities from employers targeting King’s students and recent alumni.
You can also set alerts and reminders for new opportunities and events according to your personal preferences and career goals and book one-on-one career or application guidance appointments or practice interviews.
For example, King’s organises the Careers Options Fair where international brands such as Danone and Unilever attend.
There is also the Banking, Finance, and Consultancy Fair with attendees such as Accenture, American Express, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Bloomberg, Capgemini, Deloitte, EY, HSBC, IBM, Lloyds Bank, PwC, and many more.
Try to check King’s CareerConnect once every two to three weeks by setting yourself a reminder to find out about workshops, events, and consulting days organised by Bain & Company, BCG, McKinsey, and PwC.
You will also be able to book entrepreneurial events where entrepreneurs are invited to King’s to share about their experiences to inspire you.
I highly recommend booking a career guidance appointment with Danny Wilkey, who is a highly competent Senior Career Consultant with whom many of us had insightful discussions.
As a new member of King’s community, whether you are a student, researcher of a member of staff, you can count on the 24/7 support of a dedicated team of King’s IT professionals, also known as King’s Service Desk.
Whilst studying or working at King’s you can enjoy a free version of Microsoft Office 365 and up to five desktop licences of the core Office applications for your PC or Mac.
To access, simply log into Office 365 using your King’s e-mail address and password.
As a student at King’s there are a range of digital education tools which are available for use to support your studies.
For example, you can access the LinkedIn Learning, an online learning platform that enables individuals and organisations to achieve their objectives and aspirations, for free while being a student at King’s.
Music practice rooms for non-music students
If you play the piano, I have excellent news for you.
The Head of the Music Department has granted non-music students access to the music practice rooms.
You can play three hours per day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
This programme attracts mostly international students, so you will have the chance to meet people from all over the world.
It is up to you to make friends.
Just be open and approach your fellow students during the first day.
Be friendly and spend time to get to know them.
I met wonderful people who became good friends during my programme and so will you as well.
I am pretty sure that by now you assume that you will have zero time to go out and party but you can definitely go out once a week.
If you prepare healthy meals in advance, meditate, reduce your social media time, and do not watch too many movies or series, then you will definitely have enough energy and time to take advantage of the many opportunities offered at King’s.
At the beginning of the academic year, you will often end up at Guy’s Bar at the Guy’s campus or at the Vault, which is the newest student bar, restaurant, and night club located at Bush House.
King’s Business School Annual Ball
King’s Business School’s greatest event is King’s Business School Annual Ball at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms.
I highly recommend to join this event.
By joining all the aforementioned clubs and societies and participating in the many extra-curricular activities you will meet many new friends and it will be a fantastic experience to celebrate with all of them at the annual ball.
King’s College London offers a wholistic and transformative student experience and I highly recommend the Master of Science (MSc) in International Management.
It is up to you and your time management to take full advantage of the available offers.
I tried to list a few important opportunities but there is a lot more that King’s offers and it is impossible to list up everything.
As mentioned before, simply take your time to explore all of King’s website.
I hope this article gave you a broad overview of what you can expect when studying the Master of Science (MSc) at King’s College London, University of London.
On another note, please keep in mind that these are just my experiences and the experiences of people that I have studied with and it will not be the same for everyone.
Should you have any further questions, then feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn, I am always happy to help.
I wish you a splendid study time.