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New PhD studentships

Kingston University has established an international reputation for high quality, innovative research – a reputation confirmed by the recent REF 2014 results which show that the University has world-leading research across all its five faculties.

Kingston is again seeking to make substantial investment in new PhD studentships for awards beginning in October 2017. 

The competition for these prestigious research studentships will be open to students who wish to study for a full-time PhD at Kingston University. Funding is at home/EU level only.

We are looking for students with expertise that matches our areas of research excellence studentships will be available across the five faculties.

Find out more information on our research:

Find out more about Kingston University's research and our centres of excellence.

Studentship details

Expected start date: October 2017

Fee level of sponsorship: UK/EU fee only for three years. Confirmed at £4,195 for 2017/18.
International candidates selected for interview would need to demonstrate that they can fund the difference in fees for each year of registration currently £9,179 for academic year 2016/17. It should be noted that tuition fees increase slightly each year.

Stipend: The doctoral stipend for 2017/18 has been confirmed as £16,553 (three years full time).


Applicants must:

  • have a postgraduate masters degree or a first/upper-second class honours degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to the proposed research project;
  • be intending to research in an area that is covered by Kingston University research expertise; and
  • be intending to study full time.
  • If you are not from an English speaking country or have not studied at a UK university before you will need to provide proof of internet-based IELTS at a minimum overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent qualification), however there are variances in faculties please contact the relevant faculty for further details. See our English language requirements information for details of alternative qualifications we accept.

Please note that:

  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Existing Kingston University research degree students cannot apply (including masters by research and MPhil candidates).
  • These studentships are for full-time students only, and cannot be held on a part time basis.
  • Tuition fees will be paid at home/EU level only for three years. International students may apply but, if shortlisted, will be required to provide evidence as to how the remaining part of their fees will be paid.

How to apply

Applicants must email the following documentation by GMT midnight on Friday 3 March 2017.

Applicants can discuss their research proposal with potential supervisors before submitting please visit our research interests directory where you can find information on the University's staff and their research interests.

How to submit an application

The application must be emailed to Please ensure that all required documents are submitted together (preferably in one single PDF file), as incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please put your name and ‘Studentship' in the subject line.


References are not required with the application, but will be required for shortlisted applicants and must be provided by the applicant before their interview. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that these are submitted to the relevant faculty. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Friday 7 April and must ensure references are submitted to the relevant faculty by midnight Sunday 23 April. Referees should be asked to complete the Reference Form (Word).

Closing date

Complete applications must be received by GMT midnight on Friday 3 March 2017.


Interviews are scheduled for the week beginning Monday 24 April 2017. Applicants invited for interview will be informed as soon as possible after the closing date.

You should assume that your application has been unsuccessful if you have not heard from the University by four weeks after the closing date.

More information 

Please read our frequently asked questions (Word).

For more information visit the research degree programmes at Kingston University.

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