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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 20 new PhD studentships enrolling in late September 2024. 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), Wednesday 6 March 2024.
More information on the research areas can be found by following the faculty links below:
Learn more about:
There are three different levels of funding available for new students: fully funded, partially funded, and fees only, all at the home fee rate.
Note that if you were shortlisted for the Techne 2024 funding competition but were unsuccessful you will automatically be considered for these awards.
Up to 15 awards are available.
Fees: Home tuition fees only for 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time. For 2023/24 this is £4,712 full-time or £2,356 part-time.
Stipend: 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time.
The full-time doctoral stipend for 2023/24 is £20,622 per year; levels are likely to rise slightly for the following years but have not yet been confirmed.
Applications for part-time study are welcomed and will receive pro-rata funding for both tuition fees and stipend.
We encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and have set aside a number of the studentships listed above for applicants who identify as having these ethnic backgrounds. In addition to the funding, there will be a programme of support and mentoring available to you.
Successful applicants will be offered a place on our RISE Research Leadership Academy, which is designed to develop candidates' leadership skills within academia.
Note that these awards are open to Home fee-paying students only. Read more about who is eligible for home fee status.
To apply, please follow the process listed below and state ‘Race Equality Studentship' at the top of your Studentship Application Statement.
Once we have confirmed the availability of a potential supervisory team, we will offer application and interview support through a faculty mentor who will be a member of academic staff. To access support in advance of submitting your application please email the relevant Research Student Coordinator (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 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an informal online meeting or phone call.
Note that a representative from the Kingston University People of Colour 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.
Watch a video from one of our current award holders, Salema Foot, whose research focuses on the academic lived experiences of Black postgraduate students in the UK.
Read more about Kingston's approach to reducing the degree awarding gap.
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 Studentship Application Statement.
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.
Up to 5 awards are available.
Fees: UK Home tuition fees only for 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time.
Awards will cover UK Home tuition fees for three years of full-time study or the part-time equivalent. For 2023/24 this is £4,712 full-time or £2,356 part-time.
If you would like to apply for a Studentship at Kingston University, please follow the steps below.
Academic and administrative staff will be happy to help with queries but please note that they are available during working hours only and some staff work part time, so please give yourself plenty of time to complete the application.
Apply by: Wednesday 6 March 2024 (GMT midnight). Applications received after this time will not be considered.
To apply you must:
Please note that:
You will need to write a research proposal to support your Studentship application. For guidance on how to put together a research proposal, please visit the faculty pages:
You may want to discuss your research proposal with potential supervisors before you submit your application.
Please explore our staff profiles to find information on University staff and their research interests.
If you are applying to an advertised project in the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and the Environment or the Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education, when you submit your online application please include the advertised project title and name of supervisor using the project proposal link. For the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and the Environment, a project proposal is not required with your application.
You must write a Studentship Application Statement and submit it with your online application. The statement should cover the points listed below. Maximum 500 words. Note that you do not also need to include a personal statement, unless you wish to.
Please save your statement as 'KU Studentship Application Statement YOUR NAME' and attach it to your online application.
If you would like to apply for a Race Equality Studentship, or a KU Alumni Studentship, please note this clearly at the top of your statement.
In your Studentship Application Statement, please cover these points:
Signing up for a PhD is a big undertaking. We need to know that you understand the commitment required for research and have a passion for your subject.
What makes you keen to study with us at Kingston?
What is it about the area you have chosen that inspires you?
The impact of your research is how it will bring change to the wider society beyond academia (e.g. 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?
How will your skills and expertise help you successfully complete your research project?
For example: resilience and tenacity.
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?
You should submit your application, research proposal and Studentship Application Statement online.
Please note, there are different application links for each faculty, so please make sure you use the correct apply link.
Include with your application:
If you have already applied to Kingston University for October 2024 and wish to be considered for a studentship, please email the appropriate faculty listed below with your application reference number and attach your Studentship Application Statement. Please also complete the Equal Opportunities Form.
Kingston University is committed to ensuring that students are selected on the basis of merit. Completion of the equal opportunities form will help us to ensure that our policies and procedures are effective in avoiding discrimination and promoting equal opportunities in awarding studentships.
Your answers will not affect your application in any way. The information will not be seen by your potential supervisors, your referees, or the reviewers assessing your application.
References are not required with the application but will be required for shortlisted applicants and must be provided by the applicant before their interview.
Shortlisted applicants will be notified and must ensure references are submitted to the relevant Faculty by 19 April 2024. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that references are submitted to the relevant Faculty.
Referees should be asked to complete the Reference Form.
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.
You may be invited to attend an interview as part of your Studentship application.
Applicants invited for interview will be informed as soon as possible after the closing date. If you have not heard from us by 6 April, your application has been unsuccessful.
Please read our Frequently Asked Questions – KU Doctoral Studentships 2024 (Doc).
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.