How to apply for a research degree

Before you apply

Documents to submit with your research application

You will be asked to include the following documents with your application:

  • A draft research proposal or project outline
  • Your academic transcripts and or certificates
  • English language qualifications, if required
  • A photograph or scan of your passport
  • You may also wish to attach a CV or other relevant documents, for example a portfolio of art work

Our faculties have produced guidance for applicants on how to put together a research proposal. Please see the application support section under each faculty area on this page for more information.

Make your application

Select the faculty that you wish to apply for a research degree in. Please make sure you choose the right faculty to avoid a delay in considering your application. If you are uncertain, contact the Faculty Research Student Coordinator to check.

Choose a faculty

Please note: We encourage you to start  your research degree in March or October to receive maximum benefit from our induction and development programmes and you should select the nearest date listed below when you apply. In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to start your research degree outside October or March.

Research degrees in Kingston School of Art 

To apply, please ensure you select the exact qualification, start date and mode of attendance:

MA by Research

MPhil

MPhil/PhD

PhD by prior publication/portfolio

Faculty: Kingston School of Art

Start date: March 2021

Please note: Special arrangements are in place for applications for this route. Please refer to the guidelines and application process and contact the faculty using the contact details above to discuss your proposal.

Application support and Faculty contact

Faculty: Kingston School of Art

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

For enquiries please contact the research student coordinator:

Research degrees in the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences 

To apply, please ensure you select the exact qualification, start date and mode of attendance:

MSc by Research

MPhil

Faculty: Business and Social Sciences

Start date: October 2020

Start date: March 2021

MPhil/PhD Law and Social and Behavioural Sciences

Business PhD

Faculty: Business and Social Sciences

Start date: October 2021

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Faculty: Business and Social Sciences

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme is not currently available.

PhD by prior publication/portfolio

Application support and Faculty contact

Faculty: Business and Social Sciences

Visit the Faculty's research webpage for more information.

For enquiries please contact the research student coordinator:

Research degrees in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

To apply, please ensure you select the exact qualification, start date and mode of attendance:

MSc by Research

MPhil

MPhil/PhD

PhD by prior publication/portfolio

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Application support and Faculty contact

Faculty: Health, Social Care and Education

Please visit the Faculty's research degree webpage for more information.

For enquiries please contact the research student coordinator:

Research degrees in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing

To apply, please ensure you select the exact qualification, start date and mode of attendance:

MSc by Research

MPhil

MPhil/PhD

PhD by prior publication/portfolio

Faculty: Science, Engineering and Computing

Start date: October 2020

Start date: March 2021

Special arrangements are in place for applications for this route. Please refer to the guidelines and application process and contact the faculty using the contact details above to discuss your proposal.

Application support and Faculty contact

Faculty: Science, Engineering and Computing

Please see the Faculty's research degree webpage for more information.

For enquiries please contact the research student coordinator:

After you have applied

Your application, 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 or by Skype, if appropriate.

We will assign a first supervisor 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).