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PhD Studentships for October 2022 start

Information on our studentship competition for October 2023 starters will be available in November.

Please note that this competition has now closed and applications will no longer be accepted.

Kingston University has established an international reputation for high quality, innovative research. Our research degree students are a core part of this.

We are again seeking to make a substantial investment in up to 25 new PhD studentships enrolling in late September 2022. These include targeted awards for Black, Asian 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: Complete applications must be received by the end of day (GMT midnight), Sunday 6 March 2022. 

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

Learn more about:

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 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants.

  • Applications for part-time study are welcomed. Funding will be pro-rata at 50% of the full-time rate.

For overseas fee-paying candidates: these awards will cover Home fees only.  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 £10,900 for the academic year 2021/22 and it should be noted that tuition fees increase slightly each year.

Note that if you were shortlisted for the Techne 2022 funding competition but were unsuccessful you will automatically be considered for these awards.

Fully-funded studentships

Up to 15 awards are available.

  • Fees: UK tuition fees only for 3 years full time. For 2021/22 this is £4,500.
  • Stipend: 3 years full time.

The doctoral stipend for 2021/22 is £17,609 per year (three years full-time); levels are likely to rise slightly for the following years but have not yet been confirmed. Applications for part time study will also be considered and will receive pro-rata funding for both tuition fees and stipend.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Studentships Fully Funded (Home students only)

We encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and have set aside a number of the studentships listed above for applicants with these ethnic backgrounds. In addition to the funding there will be a programme of support and mentoring available to you. Note that these awards are open to Home fee paying students only. 

To apply, please follow the process listed below and state ‘Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Studentship' at the top of your statement of application. Once we have confirmed the availability of a potential supervisory team, we are pleased to offer application and interview support through a faculty mentor.  To access support in advance of submitting your application please email the relevant Research Student Co-ordinator (listed below) and ask to be put in touch with a mentor in your subject area.  We are also hoping to have current research students with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds available to discuss their experiences with you.  If you would like to take up this opportunity please email to arrange an informal online meeting or phone call.

Note that a representative from the Kingston University Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network will be part of the awarding panel.

Unsuccessful applicants who reach the interview stage will be offered a feedback meeting to assist with future applications. 

More information on Kingston's approach to reducing the awarding 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 Alumni who has completed an undergraduate and/or masters level degree course at Kingston University or its predecessor institutions. Please note 'KU Alumni application' on your statement of application.

Partial studentships

Up to 5 awards are available

  • Total contribution to fees and stipend: £11,000 per year for three years full-time or £5,500 per year for six years part-time. Payments will be made towards tuition fees and any remaining funds will be paid as a stipend.

Tuition Fees only studentships

Up to 5 awards are available.

  • Fees: Home tuition fees only for 3 years full-time. For 2021/22 this is £4,500.
  • Awards will cover Home tuition fees for three years of full-time study or the part-time equivalent. 


To apply you must:

  • have (or expect to have by 30 September 2022) a postgraduate masters degree or a first/upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent in a subject relevant to the proposed research project. Equivalent professional experience may also be accepted.
  • 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 7 (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 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.
  • You should allow plenty of time to apply. The deadline is at the weekend and staff will not be available to answer queries outside the working week; some staff also work part-time.

How to apply

Complete the following steps:

1. See your faculty webpage for guidance on how to put together a research proposal.

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

2. Complete an online application including:

  • A project proposal

Please follow the guidance on writing project proposals, 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 - you should upload a copy of the relevant project description from the webpage in place of a project proposal.

  • A KU Studentship statement of application. Please follow our template and guidance. If you do not include this statement we will not be aware that you are applying for a studentship.
  • 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).

If you have already applied to Kingston University for October 2022 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.

3. Complete our short Equal Opportunities Form (note: this will not be linked to your application form).

4. References

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 and must ensure references are submitted to the relevant Faculty by 10 April 2022.  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.

Closing date

Complete applications must be received by the end of day (GMT midnight) Sunday 6 March 2022.

Note that queries sent to staff over the weekend will not be answered, so please leave plenty of time to complete your application. Note that some staff are also part time.


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.

For faculty-specific enquiries please contact the relevant Research Student Coordinator listed below.

Kingston School of Art

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

For enquiries please email the research student coordinator 

Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

Visit the Faculty's research webpage for more information.

For enquiries please email the research student coordinator 

Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education Please visit the Faculty's research degree webpage for more information.

For enquiries please email the research student coordinator 

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing Please see the Faculty's research degree webpage for more information.

For enquiries please email the research student coordinator

Statement of application template

Please include a statement of application with your online application that covers the points listed below. Maximum 500 words.

If you would like to apply for a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Studentship, please note this clearly at the top of your statement.

Please save your personal statement as 'KU Studentship application YOUR NAME' and attach it to your online application.

Further advice and resources you may find useful:

KU Research Repository: Look up our previous research degree theses (search for item 'Thesis')

In your statement of application, please cover these points:

1. Why do you want to do a PhD?

Signing up for a PhD is a big undertaking. We need to know the you understand the commitment required for research and have a passion for your subject.

2. Why Kingston University?

What makes you keen to study with us at Kingston?

3. Why this subject area?

What is it about the area you have chosen that inspires you?

4. What will be the impact of your research and who will be reading it?

The impact of your research is how it will bring change to the wider society beyond academia (eg. economy, society, culture, public policy, health, the environment and quality of life - both within the UK and overseas). Who are the wider audiences for your research, perhaps in professional practice, policy-making, popular culture? Who do you want to reach with your research? How might you do so?

5. Your academic and/or professional background

How will your skills and expertise help you successfully complete your research project?

6. What personal qualities do you have that make you suited to PhD research?

For example: resilience and tenacity.

7. Assessment of personal development needs

A PhD is all about training to be a researcher. What knowledge and skills will you need to develop to conduct the proposed research? How can we support your personal development?



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