Collection K/EX - EXAMINATIONS: King's College London question papers

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EXAMINATIONS: King's College London question papers


  • 1933-1999 (ongoing) (Creation)

Level of description



1002 files and bound volumes

Scope and content

Examination question papers of King's College London, 1933-1998, mainly comprising papers for undergraduates sitting finals, postgraduates sitting Masters' degree examinations, as well as a number of undergraduate yearly and mid-sessional examinations and copies of examination papers set by the University of London. The papers comprise a series of individual files containing assorted examination papers from all or most faculties for the period 1933-1961. Thereafter papers are held for individual departments of the Faculty of Arts, including English, 1975-1994; Geography, 1980-1992; German, 1975-1997; History, 1975-1992; Italian, 1975-1995; Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, 1975-1997; Spanish, 1975-1996; French, 1985-1997; Linguistics and Humanities Applied Computing, 1989-1994; Classics, 1965-1998; Modern Greek, 1988-1998; Philosophy, 1985-1998; Japanese, 1992-1995; Russian, 1994-1995; War Studies, 1989-1992; Faculty of Laws, 1964-1974; Faculty of Medical Science, 1963-1993; Faculty of Education, 1977-1990; Faculty of Physical Sciences, including Chemistry, 1948-1993; Computing, 1982-1993; Mathematics, 1963-1993; Management Studies, 1986-1992; Physics, 1947-1993); Faculty of Engineering, 1927-1992, including Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Westfield College, 1983. Faculty of Natural Science, including Botany and Zoology, 1962-1985; Chemistry, 1952-1984; Geography, 1978-1984; Geology, 1978-1984; Human Environmental Science, 1978-1985; Pharmacology, 1978-1984; Biochemistry, 1978-1985; Physiology, 1978-1986; Anatomy, 1980-1983; Faculty of Life Sciences, including Anatomy and Human Biology; Biochemistry, Biophysics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Gerontology, Food Science, Nursing Studies, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Pharmacy, 1985-1994; Faculty of Music, 1968-1997; Faculty of Theology, 1933-1999, including examinations for Associates of King's College, 1969-1995, and with Masters' dissertations and extended essays of students, 1994; Nightingale Institute and Department of Nursing Studies, 1986-1996.

Between the foundation of King's College London in 1829 and the incorporation of all faculties of the College (with the exception of Theology) into the University of London in 1908, students were assessed under examinations set by the College, as well as the examinations of professional and learned societies, and were also able to attend classes for matriculation from the University of London. Thereafter students of the College took examinations set by departments of the College and in the case of final undergraduate and postgraduate examinations, papers approved by the University.


Departments make periodic deposits of previous examination papers.

System of arrangement

The papers are held in annual files or bound volumes, arranged chronologically in series by individual departments under its respective faculty, and usually separated for Bachelors' and Masters' degrees.

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Biographical history

Custodial history

Academic Faculties and Departments have made periodic deposits to the College Archives.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Finding aids

Detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the reading room of the College Archives.

Existence and location of originals

The University of London Library holds original examination question papers for degrees awarded by the University of London.

Existence and location of copies

The series of King's College London Calendars published between 1836-1916 contain copies of examination question papers produced by the various departments.

Related materials

The College Archives also hold the private papers of Edna Florence Ball, which include examination papers for the BSc (General), 1927-1929 (K/PP10); the papers of Professor George Randall Wilkinson (1927-1989) containing examination papers in Physics for King's College London and the University of London, 1949-1966 (K/PP33); the papers of Kenneth Dudley Outteridge (1923-1989) containing examination papers in Physics and Electronics for King's College London, 1969-1982 (K/PP34).

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Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


Archivist's note

Sources: King's College London Calendars. Description compiled by Robert Baxter.

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