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Associateship of King's College (AKC)

The AKC (Associateship of King’s College) is available to alumni as a Distance Learning Programme. The AKC remains unique to King’s, and therefore this opportunity is exclusive to our students and alumni. The fee is just £500 per year (£1,500 for the whole course), which is to cover administration costs and other expenses. We frequently receive requests from alumni to take the AKC, and especially from those who graduated from other Colleges which later merged with King’s. 

Please see below for details of how to apply. Places are limited to 50 participants a year, so early application is strongly encouraged.

The AKC is a three-year course which students take alongside their undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study, which the Distance Learning AKC will follow. 

Each year consists of two units. Units are a series of lectures focusing on a particular subject area - for example, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Biblical Studies, or Art and the Sacred. The first unit is taken in the Autumn term, and the second in the Spring term. Each unit is then assessed by one essay, both of which must be completed by the Easter of that academic year.

This marks an exciting development of the College’s distinctive tradition. The AKC is the original award of the College, and has been taught continuously since King’s was founded in 1829. Students who successfully complete the AKC programme are eligible for election by the Academic Board, on behalf of the College Council, as Associates of King’s College. Under the leadership of the current Dean of King’s, Revd Canon Professor Richard Burridge, the AKC has seen enormous growth in popularity within the College, and the lectures are now followed by over 1,500 King’s students and staff each year.

Applications for the Distance Learning AKC are now open. You may apply via a simple online process (details below).

If you would like to contact the AKC office, please email the AKC administrator at

How to apply for the AKC

  • Visit the Application Portal 
  • Register for an account (the link is at bottom of the page)
  • Create a new application
  • Search in taught programmes for ‘Associate’ or ‘Associateship of King’s College’

Full information about eligibility, the application process, fees and enrolment can be found on the myApplication portal pages, following the process above.

For further details on the structure of the course, including the lecture timetable and assessment, visit AKC Online.

For more information about the history, purpose and ethos of the AKC, please visit our pages about Starting the AKC.


Library membership

Alumni are invited to sign up for an alumni library card, now with lifetime membership!

Your alumni library card will now give you swipe access to all five of the College libraries - including the magnificent Maughan Library on Chancery Lane.

Reference only membership is completely free and borrowing privileges are available for an annual charge of £60 which entitles you to take out up to five 4-week loans.

For further details and to apply for library membership please log in or register. Alternatively, please contact the Alumni Office or call +44(0)20 7848 3053.


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