There are various and many reasons why you might want to transfer course. You might be considering transferring to a new course within King’s or to a different institution altogether. If you try to transfer beyond year 1 you might find that there are serious implications for the funding available to you.
There are various services at King’s that will support you throughout the process and help you to consider any funding or visa implications before changing programme. Read the relevant heading below for further guidance:
I am currently in the first year of my programme at King's
If you are currently in the first year of your programme and wish to transfer to the first year of another programme at King’s, you’ll need to apply via UCAS.
Before submitting an application:
- Check any entry requirements for your new course, and if your new programme of study is still accepting applications.
- Understand what this may mean for you: We strongly believe that it is better for you to do the course that is right for you and your decision shouldn’t be guided by funding considerations. However, it is advisable that you contact the Advice & Guidance team at the earliest opportunity, so that you are aware of the impact any changes may have on future funding should you wish to change programme. The team can advise you on the current rules and any future implications.
- If you're an international student on a visa, we strongly advise that you also speak with an International & Visa Adviser who will be able to advise if there may be any implications to your visa/ student status should you wish to change programme.
- Speak to your department/faculty and inform them of your intention to change programme.
Important to know:
- There is no guarantee that your UCAS application will be approved.
- Visit our Study at King's webpages for further guidance on submitting your application, and what to expect once you've applied.
- If you've forgotten your King's Apply password, or have any issues getting into your account, please contact King's Admissions in the first instance.
I have completed the first year of my programme at King's
Steps to take:
- Check if you can move: Check with the new department/institution whether or not you are able to do a direct entry into the equivalent course level to the one that you would be leaving or if they require you to repeat some study. You'll also need to check that you are able to transfer before you approach your current department.
- Consider your career: We recommend that you contact Careers & Employability for support with your career ideas and to consider any impact that transferring your course may have on these.
- Understand what this may mean for you: We strongly believe that it is better for you to do the course that is right for you and your decision shouldn’t be guided by funding considerations. However, it is advisable that you contact the Advice & Guidance team at the earliest opportunity, so that you are aware of the impact any changes may have on your funding. The team can advise you on the current rules and how they may affect your future plans.
Important to know: If you are an international student, we strongly advise that you also speak with an International & Visa Adviser since moving institutions/ transferring will have implications on your visa/ immigration status.
Ready to transfer?
Once you’re ready and have found a course to transfer to within King’s, you should speak to your current department administrator who will initiate the online transfer form for you. You can find more information on the process within the relevant intranet section:
- Undergraduate changes to registration
- Postgraduate Taught changes to registration
- Postgraduate Research changes to registration
Important to know:
- There is no guarantee that your request to change programme will be approved
- Although King's may retain your current fee status, you cannot assume that access to funding will remain the same, and as such we strongly advise you to check with your funder that your eligibility for funding will remain the same if you change your mode or course of study.
- If you're an EU/EEA/Swiss student/applicant and you've started your studies after the 20/21 academic year and are unsure of your fee status, please contact the International & Visa Advice team for further guidance.
- If you started your studies during or before the 20/21 academic year, please refer to our article I am an EU/EEA/Swiss student/applicant, what is my fee status? for future guidance.
I have completed the first year of my programme & want to transfer to another University
If you have decided to change to a course at a different university, this may in effect mean a withdrawal from King’s. You can find further guidance on our intranet pages: Transfer to another Institution.
In addition to the above, we also recommend you read the guidance in our articles: