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Postgraduate Research programmes

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 confirmed that King's and SSPP's academic status is of world-leading and internationally-excellent standard. King's is also among the top seven UK universities for research earnings which, according to the latest confirmed figures, amounted to ca £155 million in 2011-2012.

Due to the wide choice of disciplines at SSPP, highlighting the many aspects of social science research, our faculty offers a modern education rooted in King's long-standing research tradition as a one of the oldest universities in the UK.

Anchored in the heart of London, and drawing upon our international links, we continuously attract academics and students from across the world which makes for a cosmopolitan, diverse and international hub of expertise from which our students can gain a global perspective on their area of research.

Our students can also benefit from a range of worldwide opportunities open to them following on King's and SSPP's many strategic partnerships with leading universities worldwide.

SSPP currently offers 14 Postgraduate Research (PGR) programmes; please see full list of programmes in the dropdown list below. For detailed information about degree programmes, strategic partnerships and academics that supervise PhD students, please visit the relevant department pages: Defence Studies, Education & Professional Studies, Geography, School of Management & Business, Political Economy, Social Science Health & Medicine (SSHM), War Studies, the Institute of British Contemporary British History (ICBH) and the School of Global Affairs.

A vibrant learning environment for PGR students

In addition to the PGR degree programmes offered at SSPP, we also organise a range of events and short courses to help students develop their skills even further, preparing them for a career within academia or with in the public or private sector; 

  • Each year, our research students have the possibility to take part in the annual SSPP Research Conference, where academics and students come together and present their research work to each other and their peers. The students can take part either as conference organisers or as speakers, which has proved an excellent opportunity to practice conference presentations and audience feedback alongside senior academics.
  • We now also also provide specially designed public engagement training that prepares students to meet audiences from seasoned academics to policy makers and other stakeholder groups in the private and public sector, and not least the general public.
  • SSPP provides a Small Bursary [Intranet] fund to help fund a field trips for our PGR students to carry out original research, or for visiting research conferences in either UK or abroad to talk about their research. 
    On this link, you can read short interviews with students who have received the award recently.
List of Postgraduate Research (PGR) programmes available at SSPP
PROGRAMME TITLE QUALIFICATION STUDY MODE
Brazilian Studies Research MPhil/PhD Part Time, Full Time
Chinese Studies Research (option of joint PhD with HKU or NUS) MPhil/PhD Part Time, Full Time
Contemporary History MPhil/PhD Part Time, Full Time
Contemporary India Research (option of joint PhD with NUS) MPhil/PhD Part Time, Full Time
Defence Studies Research MPhil/PhD Part Time, Full Time, Distance Learning
Development Studies with reference to Emerging Economies PhD Part Time, Full TIme
Education & Professional Studies Research MPhil/PhD, EdD/DrPS, DThMin Part Time, Full Time
Geography MPhil/PhD, or option of joint PhD with HKU/Humboldt/NUS Part Time, Full Time
Gerontology Research MPhil/PhD Part Time, Full Time
Interdisciplinary Policy Studies MPhil/PhD Part Time, Full Time
International Relations (Joint PhD with the Institute of International Relations at the University of Sao Paulo) PhD Full Time
Language, Discourse & Communication (option of joint PhD with HKU or NUS) MPhil/PhD joint PhD with HKU/NUS Part Time, Full Time
Leadership Studies with reference to Security & Development PhD Part Time, Full Time
Management Research MPhil/PhD Part Time, Full Time
Middle Eastern Studies Research MPhil/PhD Part Time, Full Time
Political Economy Research MPhil/PhD, option of joint PhD with NUS Part Time, Full Time
Politics Research MPhil/PhD Part Time, Full Time
Public Policy Research MPhil/PhD Part Time, Full Time
Russian & Eurasian Studies PhD Full Time, Part Time
Social Science, Health & Medicine Research MPhil/PhD Part Time, Full Time
Theology & Ministry MPhil/PhD Part Time, Full Time
War Studies Research MPhil/PhD, option of joint PhD with HKU/NUS Part Time, Full Time, Distance Learning

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