How to Apply for a KCL Masters

King’s College London (KCL) is one of the best universities in the UK and a popular destination for both UK and international students to study Masters degrees. The KCL Masters application process is relatively simple, however there are many things you should take into account before making your application, such as which course is a best fit for you, your chances of success, and how you can make your application stand out.

This guide covers everything you’ll need to apply for a KCL Masters degree course and maximise your chances of receiving an offer. Our postgraduate admissions team has helped many students get into Masters courses at KCL and have a more than 90% success rate of helping students receive offers from their first or second choice universities.

How hard is it to get into KCL Masters?

KCL Masters programmes are very competitive. Across all of its postgraduate courses, KCL has an offer rate of approximately 41%, meaning around just 2 in 5 applicants receive an offer. The most competitive Masters courses at KCL include: MSc International Management, MClinDent Periodontology, and MSc Data Science, all of which have offer rates below 14%.

Due to the competitiveness of its courses, KCL Masters are very hard to get into. They require excellent performance in previous degree level studies (a minimum 2:2, usually 2:1 class degree) as well as a broad and in-depth knowledge of, and commitment to, your subject area.

Although KCL Masters are hard to get into, they are certainly not impossible to receive offers for. If you have consistently high academic achievement, a true passion for your subject, and a strong application, there is every chance that you could receive an offer. The Profs can provide expert guidance on developing a strong academic profile and writing a stand-out application for your chosen KCL Masters course; get in touch with our team to find out more.

6-step King’s College Masters application process

Step 1. Research available courses

There is lots of variety in the types of Masters courses King’s offers, so it’s important to do your research ahead of time. Here are four things you should always research before beginning an application:

1. Entry requirements

Each KCL Masters course sets its own entry requirements. The minimum entry requirement is usually a second class (2:2) undergraduate degree from a UK institution, or an international equivalent (e.g. US GPA of 3.0/4.0). However, many courses require at least a 2:1 and may also specify specific subject requirements. For example, MSc Mathematics applicants are usually required to have a 2:1 UK honours degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics or a heavily Maths-based subject, including prerequisites in Pure Mathematics and Theoretical Physics of at least 180 credits (or equivalent).

Make sure that you check the specific entry requirements for your chosen course before applying, and reach out for any support necessary to meet the entry requirements.

2. Course content

Not all courses are created equal, so researching exactly what different KCL courses will entail before you apply is vital. Make sure you look at the title of the course/s, the type of Master’s it is (i.e. a taught Master’s, which is most similar to undergraduate study, or a research-based Master’s, which can help prepare you for studying a PhD), and the specific modules you may be covering. The better you know the ins and outs of your chosen KCL course, the easier it will be to write a stand-out personal statement and perform well in any potential interviews.

3. Deadlines

Deadlines for KCL’s graduate courses vary and are often split into several stages. For example, the first deadline may be the 6th March, however applications will remain open, so long as spaces do not get filled up, until the 24th July for international applicants and the 24th August for UK applicants. Despite applications often staying open past the initial deadline, we advise that you apply before the deadline for the best chance of receiving an offer, as King’s courses can be very competitive and you’ll want to ensure that your application is prioritised.

Some courses specify deadlines for applicants applying from certain countries. For example, the final application deadline for King’s MSc Data Science applicants who are currently residing in mainland China is the 7th January, rather than 6th March for all other applicants. 
If you’re relying on funding to study your Master’s, there may also be a separate deadline you need to meet in order to apply for this. For example, if you are applying for the Continue at King’s Bursary, you will need to apply by 25th March. Always check funding information before applying for your chosen course to ensure that you have enough time to apply and are able to begin your course smoothly if you are offered a place.

4. Admissions tests

There are a few Masters courses at KCL that require or recommend that you take an admissions test as part of the application process. If you are applying for the King’s Graduate Entry Medicine Programme (MBBS), you will need to take the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test). While there is no UCAT score cut-off, the average score of applicants who received an offer in 2021 was 3122, so you should aim for this in your preparation.

The GRE/GMAT is not a requirement for any KCL Masters course, however it is recommended for some competitive courses to help your application stand out. For example, we recommend that applicants to KCL’s MSc International Management course take the GMAT or GRE, as a score of 670+ in the GMAT or 324 with 70-75% in verbal reasoning in the GRE can help to significantly strengthen your application. It is advised that you take the GMAT/GRE around 6 months prior to submitting your application, as you will need to leave time to prepare thoroughly for the test and ensure that you are submitting the best possible score. You can retake the GMAT/GRE up to five times in a one-year period, so if you don’t do as well as you need for your chosen university, you can retake it in 16-21 days.

Always check whether an admissions test is required and, if so, what score you should be aiming for, on your chosen course page.

Step 2. Choose your course(s) and begin the application process

Once you’ve done your research, you can decide which course you’d most like to apply for and begin the application process. Unlike undergraduate applications, you will not be required to apply via UCAS for a KCL Master’s course. Instead, you will apply directly to KCL via its online application portal.

Each course will specify its own application requirements, including any specific additional entry requirements and supporting documents. Most KCL Master’s courses require applicants to submit the following documents:

  • Your official transcript/s. This details the degree you studied, including specific modules, and your performance throughout your previous course.
  • A KCL-recognised English language proficiency, if required. KCL accepts a wide range of English language tests, including the IELTS, TOEFL, and Cambridge English. Its undergraduate and Masters courses are labelled with a band from A-E which expresses the level of English required for that particular programme. Read more about KCL’s English requirements on its graduate language requirements page.
  • A personal statement (some courses). This is a piece of writing explaining what makes you a unique candidate and why you would be well-suited to your chosen course. Read our guide to writing a Master’s personal statement for more tips.
  • Any additional documents. Some courses may require, for example, written pieces of work. Full details of any necessary documents can be found on individual course pages.

After you have submitted your application, KCL may ask you to attend a postgraduate interview (see step 6) before making an offer. Make sure you always find out which stages you’ll have to go through as part of the application process so that you can prepare and successfully complete each one. Mapping out an application calendar can help you stay on track and reach out for help when you need it. The Profs’ consultancy team can help with this process as part of our admissions packages – get in touch to find out more.

Step 3. Academic references

KCL Master’s courses typically require two references. You will be asked to enter the details of your referee/s in the references section of your application form. You should use your referee’s academic or professional address rather than their personal address. When you submit your application, your referee/s will be contacted and asked to write your reference.

You will need to provide at least one academic reference from someone who has taught you at degree level. Your second reference will ideally be academic, but may also be professional if appropriate.

You should contact your nominated referee/s before starting your application to check that they are happy and able to provide a reference for you. You should also contact them after you have submitted your application to let them know to expect contact from King’s.

In most cases, the best person to provide a reference for your Master’s application would be an academic advisor or tutor who has taught or worked with you during your undergraduate level studies. This is because academic staff are the best placed to be able to comment on your subject-specific abilities and potential to succeed at postgraduate level.

Step 4. Submit your application

Once you have completed all of the stages of KCL’s application process, it’s important to have a friend, family member, or ideally an admissions expert review it. This not only helps to ensure your application is free of grammatical or spelling errors – which can detract from your fantastic skills and experience if left unchecked – but also allows you to make any changes that will maximise your chances of success.

Once your application has been completed and checked, you can submit it with confidence and await contact from King’s.

Step 5. Prepare for your interview

Some King’s Masters courses interview applicants as part of the admissions process. Whether you have previous interview experience or not, the structure of a postgraduate interview is unique and will probably be unfamiliar to you. It’s therefore important to know which type of interview you will be facing and how you can best prepare for it.

There are three main types of postgraduate interviews: online video interviews (such as Kira Prep), interviews with admissions staff, and interviews with university alumni. Make sure you check on your chosen course page (or with KCL directly) for details on a potential interview.
Our helpful guide to preparing for a postgraduate interview gives more information on each as well as offering top tips on how to prepare. You can read the guide via the button below:

How to Prepare for a Postgraduate Interview

Step 6. Accept your offer and begin your course

Once you have completed all stages of the King’s Masters application process, it is time to find out if you have received an offer. You will usually receive a decision within 4-8 weeks of submitting your application. If you do receive an offer, you should accept that offer as soon as possible and begin planning for the start of your course.

If you are applying from abroad and require a UK visa to study at KCL, this is the time when you should receive your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number and can apply for a student visa.

We also recommend that all students do wider reading before their course starts to ensure that you are as prepared as possible. Some courses and departments publish recommended reading lists (such as the Department of War Studies) which you should work through in the weeks leading up to your course start date. If there is no specific reading list, look through the modules or research areas you will be studying and explore readings related to those.


How long does King’s College London (KCL) take to give Masters offers?

King’s aims to make decisions on Masters applications within 4-8 weeks, however some courses operate a ‘gathered field’ process and may therefore take longer. Around deadline periods and some other busier times of the year, it may also take longer to process applications. You should make sure that your online application form is as complete as possible at the time of submission to avoid unnecessary delays, including making sure that your referees are ready to submit their references promptly to KCL.

What is the deadline for accepting a King’s Masters offer?

The deadline for accepting an offer from King’s will depend on which Masters course you applied for. You can find details about your offer and the deadline by which you need to accept your offer via your King’s Apply account on the ‘Your offer’ tab.

Is King’s College London good for Science Masters?

King’s College London is regarded as one of the top universities in the UK for postgraduate Science degrees. According to the Complete University Guide, King’s is ranked as the 10th best university for Biological Sciences, the 24th best for Chemistry, and the top 40 for Physics and Astronomy. Several of its most competitive postgraduate courses are Science-based, including PgDip Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies, MClinDent Periodontology, MSc Data Science, and MClinDent Endodontology.

Does King’s College do interviews for Masters?

Some King’s Masters courses interview applicants as part of the admissions process. For postgraduate taught programmes where there is a regulatory requirement for an interview to be held, invitations will be sent via King’s Apply. For taught Masters programmes where tutors wish to conduct interviews to assess suitability for the programme, you may be contacted directly to arrange an appropriate interview date and time. King’s College aims to inform applicants of an interview no later than one week before the interview date.

How do I accept a KCL Masters offer?

If you receive an offer to study a Masters programme at King’s College London, you can accept the offer via your King’s Apply account on the ‘Your offer’ tab. This tab will show your offer letter and the deadline by which you need to accept this offer.