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New PhD Studentships for 2019

Kingston University has established an international reputation for high quality, innovative research.  Our research degree students are central to this.

We are again seeking to make substantial investment in a variety of new PhD studentships for awards beginning in late September 2019. These include targeted awards for Black and Minority Ethnic students and for Kingston alumni.

We are looking for students with expertise that matches our areas of research excellence. Application for these highly competitive research studentships is now open.

Deadline: midnight Sunday 19 May 2019.

More information on the research areas can be found by following the faculty links below:

Learn more details about the University's research.

Funding available

See below for the three different levels of funding available for new students. Some of these awards have been set aside for KU alumni and BME applicants.

Applications for part time study will also be considered.

Expected start date for all studentships: Late September 2019

Fully funded studentships

Up to 10 awards are available.

Fees: UK/EU tuition fees only for 3 years full time.

For 2019/20 this is £4,327.

For overseas fee paying candidates: if you are selected for interview you will need to demonstrate that you can fund the difference in fees for each year of your registration. This is currently £10,173 for the academic year 2019/20 and it should be noted that tuition fees increase slightly each year.

Stipend: 3 years full time.

The doctoral stipend for 2019/20 is £17,009 pa (three years full-time); levels are likely to rise slightly for the following years but have not yet been confirmed

Partial studentships

Up to 12 awards are available, providing £7,000 per year for 3 years full time students.

A contribution will be made towards tuition fees and/or stipends.

Applications for part time study will also be considered.

Tuition Fees only studentships

Up to 10 awards are available.

Awards will cover Home/EU tuition fees for three years of full time study. Applications for part time study will also be considered. 

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Studentships

We encourage applications from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students and have set aside a number of the studentships listed above for BME applicants.  In addition to the funding, support and mentoring will also be available for you throughout your degree programme.  If you would like to apply for a BME studentships please note this when you email the faculty with your application reference number.

More information on Kingston's approach to reducing the BME attainment gap is available on our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion  webpage.

Kingston alumni studentship

At least one of the fully funded PhD studentships listed above will be awarded to a Kingston undergraduate or masters student.  Please note if you are a Kingston alumni when you email the faculty with your application reference number.


To apply you must:

  • have a postgraduate Master's 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.
  • if you are not from an English speaking country or have not studied at a UK university before, you must provide proof of Internet-based IELTS at a minimum overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent qualification). The requirement varies by subject so please contact the relevant faculty for further details. See our international pages for details of alternative English language qualifications.

Please note that:

  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Current doctoral students are not eligible to apply.
  • Tuition fees will be paid at Home/EU level only for 3-years. Overseas fee paying students may apply but, if short-listed, will be required to provide evidence as to how the remaining part of their fees will be paid.

How to apply

Deadline: midnight Sunday 19 May 2019, midnight. 

Complete the following steps:

1. See your faculty webpage for guidance

Kingston School of Art

Business and Social Sciences

Health, Social Care and Education

Science, Engineering and Computing

2. Complete an online application including:

  • A project proposal

Guidance on writing project proposals is available on the faculty webpages listed above.

If you are applying to a particular project that has been advertised please include the advertised project description, title, and name of supervisor.  Note that the SEC faculty only accept applications to advertised projects.

  • Copies of your transcripts and/or degree certificates, or partial transcripts if you have not yet completed the degree (you will be required to provide the originals for verification at a later date)
  • English language qualification, if applicable (see above)
  • CV, including publications (if relevant)

3. Email the relevant Faculty Research Student Coordinator with your application reference number to confirm that you have applied.

Kingston School of Art
Faculty of Business and Social Sciences
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education 
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing

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


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 31 May 2019 and must ensure references are submitted to the relevant Faculty by midnight Friday 14 June 2019.  Referees should be asked to complete the Reference Form.

Closing date

Complete applications must be received by GMT midnight Sunday 19 May 2019.  


Interviews are scheduled for 3-14 June 2019.  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 4 weeks after the closing date.

Need more information?

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Read about our past and current research students and their research projects

For more information about research degree programmes at Kingston University.

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