Kingston University has established an international reputation for high quality, innovative research. Our research degree students are a core part of this.
The Faculty of Business and Social Sciences (FBSS) is again seeking to make substantial investment in a variety of new PhD studentships for awards beginning in late September 2021.
We are looking for students with expertise that matches our areas of research excellence. Application for these highly competitive research studentships is now open.
General information on research degrees at our Faculty is available here. Studentships are available this year in all research areas of the Faculty, except in the disciplines of Politics and International Relations.
The deadline for application is midnight (GMT) Friday 25 June 2021.
Research within KBS is organised around five "research hubs" (communities of practice) on the following topics:
Information can also be found listed by discipline in:
In addition, we host two University Research Centres – the Centre for Research in Communities, Identities and Difference (CResCID) and the Small Business Research Centre (SBRC).
Up to four studentship awards are available – two for Kingston Business School and two for the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences (except for Politics and International Relations).
The studentships include both an annual stipend and the coverage of annual fees for a duration of three years full time (six years part-time):
The doctoral stipend for 2021/22 is £17,609 pa (three years full-time) or £8804 pa (six years part-time). Levels are likely to rise slightly for the following years but have not yet been confirmed.
Note: For more information on fee eligibility, including EU settled status, please see our research degrees fees webpage.
To apply you must:
Please note that:
Deadline: midnight (GMT) on Friday 25 June 2021
2. Complete an online application including:
Guidance on writing project proposals is available on the faculty webpage listed above.
Applicants are recommended to discuss their research proposal with potential supervisors before submitting an application – please visit our staff pages where you can find information on the University's members of staff and their research interests.
If you have already applied to Kingston and wish to be considered for a studentship please email the appropriate faculty listed below with your application reference number and attach your Studentship statement of application. Please also complete the Equal Opportunities form.
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.
Shortlisted applicants will be notified and must ensure references are submitted by midnight Wednesday 7 July 2021.
Referees should be asked to complete the Reference Form. Note that references should be from professional or academic contacts and cannot be from family members or friends. At least one reference should be from someone who knows you from your most recent academic qualification.
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.
Please read our Frequently Asked Questions.
For more information about research degree programmes at Kingston University.
For faculty-specific enquiries please use the contacts listed below.