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How to apply for a research degree

Before you apply

  • Consider whether a research degree is right for you
  • Investigate the research happening now across Kingston:
    • check if we have expertise in your research area, and;
    • consider who you would like to work with as your supervisor.
  • Work on your research proposal and application. You will be asked to include the following documents with your application.
    • A draft research proposal or project outline
    • Your academic transcripts and or certificates
    • English language qualifications, if required
    • A photograph or scan of your passport
    • You may also wish to attach a CV or other relevant documents, for example a portfolio of art work

Our faculties have produced guidance for applicants on how to put together a research proposal:

Faculty Contact
Kingston School of Art
(the new name from September 2017)

Visit Kingston School of Art's research webpage for more information.

For enquiries please email the research student co-ordinator or call +44 (0)20 8417 4016.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Visit the Faculty's research webpage for more information.

For enquiries please email the research student co-ordinator or call +44(0)20 8417 2304.

Kingston Business School

Visit the Business School research degree webpage for more information.

For enquiries, email the research student co-ordinator or telephone +44 (0)20 8417 5226.

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Please visit the Faculty's research degree webpage for more information.

For enquiries please email the research student co-ordinator or call +44 (0)20 8725 3024.

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing

Please see the Faculty's research degree webpage for more information.

For enquiries please email the research student co-ordinator or call +44 (0)20 8417 2044.

Application deadlines and course start dates

We encourage you to start in October or March to receive maximum benefit from our induction and development programmes and you should select the nearest date listed below to apply. In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to start your research degree outside October or March.

Apply online

Select the faculty that you wish to apply for a research degree in:

Kingston School of Art

Please ensure you select the exact qualification, start date and mode of attendance that you wish to apply for below:

Course Start date Online application
MA by Research
October 2017
MPhil

October 2017

MPhil/PhD
October 2017
PhD by prior publication/portfolio – before applying, please refer to the guidelines and application process
October 2017

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Please ensure you select the exact qualification, start date and mode of attendance that you wish to apply for below:

Course Start date Online application
MA by Research
October 2017
MPhil
October 2017
MPhil/PhD
October 2017
Law PhD
October 2017
PhD by prior publication/portfolio – before applying, please refer to the guidelines and application process
October 2017

Kingston Business School

Please note that October is the single entry point for these Business research courses:

Course Start date Online application
PhD by prior publication/portfolio – before applying, please refer to the guidelines and application process
October 2017

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Please ensure you select the exact qualification, start date and mode of attendance that you wish to apply for below:

Course Start date Online application
MSc by Research
October 2017
MPhil
October 2017
MPhil/PhD
October 2017
PhD by prior publication/portfolio – before applying, please refer to the guidelines and application process
October 2017

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing

Please ensure you select the exact qualification, start date and mode of attendance that you wish to apply for below:

Course Start date Online application
MSc by Research
October 2017
MPhil
October 2017
MPhil/PhD
October 2017
PhD by prior publication/portfolio – before applying, please refer to the guidelines and application process
October 2017

After you have applied

After you have applied, your qualifications and proposed project will be assessed by the Faculty. If suitable, you will be invited to an interview to discuss your application and project. Interviews may take place over the telephone or by Skype, if appropriate.

We will assign a first supervisor to help you develop your proposed research into a practical project and to agree a programme of research training.

For more information you can download Information for research degree applicants and offer holders (PDF).

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