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UNC and King’s College London Launch Accelerated Master’s Programs for Carolina Graduates

March 27, 2017
UNC Global Affairs

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and King’s College London have launched the King’s Partnership Pathway (KPP) program, offering UNC undergraduates the opportunity to pursue a one-year master’s degree at King’s upon graduation from UNC.

The new KPP program enables students to earn bachelor’s degrees from UNC and master’s degrees from King’s in five years total for most degree programs. KPP applicants must demonstrate the same qualifications expected of all applicants, but the program will prioritize KPP applicants. Eligible UNC undergraduates apply to King’s through the KPP and receive guaranteed conditional offers. Upon meeting the program entry requirements, students can study in one of dozens of postgraduate programs.

The KPP program is an important milestone in UNC and King’s decade-long partnership. The UNC-King’s Strategic Alliance, formalized in 2005, is one of the most robust and expansive partnerships between a U.S. and U.K. university. In celebration of the partnership, King’s is delighted to offer a Friends of King’s College London (USA) Associate scholarship for UNC students applying through the pathway.

“The collaborative opportunity is another milestone in our long standing partnership. We hope to continue to grow the strategic alliance that provides unparalleled academic resources for students from both sides,” said Ron Strauss, executive vice provost and chief international officer.

“UNC is one of the leading research universities in the U.S., and King’s is proud of the long standing relationship we have with them. We believe the academic standing and excellence of UNC make their students great candidates for the range of postgraduate programs offered at King’s, allowing our partnership to grow a new generation of researchers,” said Joanna Newman, vice president and vice principal international at King’s College London.

King’s College London is a research university located in the heart of London and is regularly ranked in the top 25 universities worldwide. KPP will afford UNC graduates looking to earn a master’s degree at a prestigious institution a number of advantages—in addition to the accelerated application process, students will be able to earn master’s degrees in just one year for most programs, receive support from the King’s stateside office in Washington, D.C. and forgo many standardized exams required by many U.S. universities, such as the GRE and GMAT, among other advantages.

“We believe that the KPP program will have a lot of appeal for a number of our graduates looking to earn a master’s degree. King’s provides high-value degree opportunities with all the benefits of living in a cosmopolitan city like London,” said Bob Miles, associate dean for study abroad and international exchanges in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC.

Initiated by the UNC College of Arts and Sciences and King’s School of Arts and Humanities and School of Social Science and Public Policy, the UNC-King’s Strategic Alliance continues to grow and bring benefits to both campuses. Currently, undergraduates at both campuses can study in a number of fields for a semester or a year at the partner institution. Doctoral students also enjoy the benefit of continuous academic interchange through short-term visits, workshops and joint thesis committees.

Applications are due June 1 for the 2017-18 academic year; the regular deadline is March 31. Learn more about the program and application process. Review the complete list of programs offered through the KPP.

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