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Why choose a research degree?

A research degree gives you the opportunity to become an expert in your chosen field through in-depth study and original research. As well as providing a route to an academic career, a research degree can increase your opportunities for employment in commercial research and development, consultancy and many other areas of both the public and private sectors.

Is it right for you?

Research students at Kingston University come from a wide range of backgrounds and have diverse motivations for undertaking a research degree.

Choosing to start a research degree is an important decision and one that should be thought through carefully. You should consider:

  • your personal motivation for undertaking the degree;
  • how the time commitment will affect your lifestyle (particularly for part time students); and
  • what you hope to get out of it when you have finished.
  • Vitae, a national organisation funded by the Research Councils, has some very useful advice which we recommend you read before making your decision.

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