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How to apply for a research degree

We recommend that you discuss your research ideas with staff in the relevant faculty before formally applying. 

Before you apply

Please contact the Faculty Research Office for your area of study, giving a brief description of the subject you wish to research and identifying any staff you particularly wish to work with. Further details and contacts for each faculty are as follows:

Faculty Contact
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture Please email the research administrator or telephone +44 (0)20 8417 4016.

Visit the Faculty's research webpage for more information.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences You should first submit your research proposal and CV to the research administrator. If your proposal is accepted you will be asked to complete an application form.

Visit the Faculty's research webpage for guidance notes for each subject on preparing a proposal for submission.

Faculty of Business and Law
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education Please contact the relevant academic directly from the Faculty's research degree webpage.

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing Please email the research administrator or visit the Faculty's research degree webpage for more information.

Application deadlines

There are no set application dates for these programmes. However, students are encouraged to start in October or March to coincide with planned induction and development events.

Making your application

Research degrees may start all year round, except for the Faculty of Business and Law which is restricted to an October start. 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.

To formally apply for a research degree at Kingston University, you can apply in the following ways:

Apply online

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

Apply by post or email

Please download our Postgraduate Application Form (Word or PDF).

Please note: you will need to have the correct version of Adobe Acrobat (Professional 7 or later) if you wish to complete the PDF version of the postgraduate application form.

If you are unsure, please complete the Word version of the postgraduate application form and save it to your desktop.  You may then attach your completed application form and email it to pgaps@kingston.ac.uk.

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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 2016
March 2017
October 2017
MPhil
October 2016
March 2017

October 2017

MPhil/PhD
October 2016
March 2017
October 2017
PhD by prior publication/portfolio – before applying, please refer to the guidelines and application process
October 2016
March 2017
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 2016
March 2017
October 2017
MPhil
October 2016
March 2017
October 2017
MPhil/PhD
October 2016
March 2017
October 2017
PhD by prior publication/portfolio – before applying, please refer to the guidelines and application process
October 2016
March 2017
October 2017

Faculty of Business and Law

Please note that October is the single entry point for these Faculty of Business and Law research courses:

Course Start date Online application
PhD by prior publication/portfolio – before applying, please refer to the guidelines and application process
October 2016
March 2017
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 2016
March 2016
October 2017
MPhil
October 2016
March 2017
October 2017
MPhil/PhD
October 2016
March 2017
October 2017
PhD by prior publication/portfolio – before applying, please refer to the guidelines and application process
October 2016
March 2017
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 2016
March 2017
October 2017
MPhil
October 2016
March 2017
October 2017
MPhil/PhD
October 2016
March 2017
October 2017
PhD by prior publication/portfolio – before applying, please refer to the guidelines and application process
October 2016
March 2017
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 if appropriate.

We will assign a director of studies 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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