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How to apply: Research courses

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Commitment to research excellence

As a research student you experience connections with world-leading researchers and research projects to stimulate your academic development.

In the last Government assessment of research excellence in British universities: 

  • 23 departments ranked in the top 25 per cent of all UK universities.

  • Over half our academic staff work in departments that are in the top 10 per cent in the UK in their fields and are classed as world-leading.

  • King’s is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings, with an overall annual research income of £135 million.

Academics at King's are continually researching new ideas and publishing their findings. In the Web of Science since 2005 alone, King's academics have published 14,634 journal articles, 1,831 reviews and 1,364 conference papers.

King's hosts five Medical Research Council (MRC) centres in the UK.

Steps to applying:

1. Choosing your course

The three main routes of entry to a research degree are listed below. Please ensure you read this in conjunction with any specific guidance provided via the relevant webpage for your course, which you can find using our postgraduate course finder.

  1. In the Sciences and Health Sciences supervisors usually devise projects, attract funding and advertise them. View some of the currently available studentships related to health. If you require further information or wish to discuss the project in more detail, you should contact the named individual advertising the project, copying your correspondence to the relevant admissions office.

  2. In the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Global Institutes you are often expected to devise your own research project. This is best done in conjunction with a potential supervisor so you should ensure that staff at King’s are undertaking research in the field that interests you. You can identify potential supervisors with interests in common with your own via the ‘staff and groups’ section on the relevant webpage for your course, which you can find using our postgraduate course finder. If you are sure they are the right person to supervise you, contact them directly, copying your correspondence to the relevant admissions office.

  3. If you need help in devising a research project but are unsure who might be the best person to supervise it, the King's research portal can give you a more detailed understanding of the range of expertise of specific academics and research activity at King's.

2. Review entry requirements

After you have chosen a course, read the entry requirements on the webpage relating to your course (which you can find using our postgraduate course finder) to find out if you fulfil or are expected to fulfil the minimum entry requirements, including English language requirements if relevant. The page also contains information on any specific application procedures for your course.

3. Check tuition fees and available funding

It is important that you consider the availability of finances to cover both the tuition fees and living expenses. Details are shown under the ‘applying, fees and funding’ tab of the web page for your course.

If you are unsure as to your fee status please see the international pages. Check the funding details on the relevant webpage for your course, which you can find using our postgraduate course finder

Additional funding opportunities at King’s and advice on other sources of funding can also be found on our postgraduate funding pages : don't forget to check deadlines carefully!

4. Submit your application

To submit a formal application please register on our online application system (King's Apply) and then complete our postgraduate online application form. If you are unable to access the online postgraduate application form, please contact the admissions office at King’s for advice.

Please ensure that you send in all relevant documentation with your online application, as otherwise delays will occur in processing your application. Usually this includes:

  • A personal statement

  • A research proposal and/or project approval form

  • transcripts of your previous qualifications (with official English translations if not originally in English)

  • two academic references

  • any English language qualifications that you have (if your first language is not English).

Some courses require specific additional documents to be submitted with the application, such as a sample of previous academic writing. Please check the ‘Applying, fees & funding’ in the course's entry on the online prospectus for further details.

 Please note that some research degrees will offer up to four entry points (September, January, April and July): check our online prospectus for details.

You can find more details about steps to take before applying in our FAQs.

5. Track your application

Using King's Apply you can:

  • track the status of your application

  • see if you've been invited to interview

  • view your offer details

  • apply for accommodation

  • upload supporting documents, such as English language test results

  • see information relating to the UK 'points-based' visa system (international applicants)

  • contact us about your application.

How long does it take? 

The application process can take up to 4-8 weeks depending on the time of year. Please do ensure that your application form is as complete as possible to speed up the process.  

Writing a winning application

For helpful tips on preparing your application, watch this video featuring the Head of the Graduate School advising on writing a winning proposal. 


Questions?

See our Postgraduate Admissions FAQs.


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