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Current number of academic staff: 5 (plus affiliates in a number of other departments across the College).
Current number of research students: 30.
Partner organisations: The Institute is closely involved in the College’s key partnerships with Hong Kong University and the National University of Singapore, with both of which a joint degree may be taken, and also with Renmin University of China, which will allow possible research exchanges for postgraduate students.
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Duration Expected to be MPhil two years FT, three years PT. PhD three years FT, four-six years PT. Normal start date September but students may commence at other times by arrangement.
Study mode Full-time,Part-time
Awarding institution King's College London/King's and HKU or NUS for joint programme
Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department Lau China Institute
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
General entry advice
Master's degree (or overseas equivalent) or, in exceptional circumstances only, a Bachelor's degree with 1st class or high 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent).
Before applying, please visit the pages Further Information for Research Applicants and read carefully the information about our research interests, making sure that your research topic falls within one of these areas. You are welcome to contact a potential supervisor directly to discuss your research topic, and we also encourage you to contact the China Institute PhD admissions tutor with a draft research proposal before submitting a complete application through the online system. The Admissions Tutor will advise whether your research can, in principle, be carried out with us.
Our Further Information for Research Applicants pages also include details of our requirements for your final complete research proposal.
Admission for intending PhD students will initially be for the MPhil but students are expected to transfer to the PhD proper by the end of the first year, and no later than the end of the second year, on the recommendation of the departmental graduate upgrading panel.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to start their degree at beginning of the academic year in September, when the College offers a full induction programme.
For information on the Research Proposal and CV that need to be submitted, see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/aboutkings/worldwide/global/chinainstitute/study/phd/index.aspx
Applicants for the Joint PhD programme must contact the relevant departments at both universities before submitting an application in order to discuss the suitability of their topic for the joint programme and to locate potential supervisors. Applications should initially be submitted to the proposed home institution only, ie where the student will start and finish their programme. Students should note that acceptance onto the programme may take slightly longer than for single-institution PhDs because of the additional steps involved. Further details, including FAQs, can be found on the King’s Worldwide web pages.
Applicants who choose King’s as their home institution should apply through the online system, selecting the appropriate Joint PhD option from the drop-down list. In addition to the standard supporting documentation, applicants should submit a Travel Plan form indicating how they intend to divide their time between the two partner institutions. Students must spend a specified amount of time in each institution, details of which can be found in the ‘Notes’ section of the Travel Plan form.
It is recommended that students submit applications for the Joint PhD programme by the end of March to begin the following September.
The deadlines for applications are detailed below for 2017/18 entry. Prior to these dates all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After these dates applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.
We offer a 2 year full-time or 3 year part-time MPhil, and a 3 year full-time or 4-6 year part-time PhD, with some students registering first for the MPhil and transferring to the PhD programme after their first year. This is a prolonged research programme culminating in the presentation of a thesis, followed by an oral examination (viva voce). The thesis must form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and afford evidence of originality, shown either by the discovery of new facts or by the exercise of independent critical power.
Staff Research InterestsOur staff research interests, and areas of PhD supervision, include China's international relations and foreign policy, Chinese politics and development, the Chinese economy, and the social anthropology of China. [Further details]
Joint PhD programmeExciting opportunities are available to undertake a joint PhD programme either with Hong Kong University (through the Faculty of Arts) or with the National University of Singapore (through the Department of Political Science).
The King's China Institute offers a unique and exciting environment for the in-depth study of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. The Institute is able to draw on academic expertise in a range of disciplinary departments across the College, and supervision may be provided from within the Institute or jointly with other staff of the College.
The College libraries, the British Library and a divesity of China-focussed institutions and organisations in London make the city a resource centre for Chinese Studies which is unparalleled in Europe. Students taking the joint degree in Hong Kong or Singapore benefit from study in a Chinese-speaking environment and from excellent academic and archival resources.
Our PhD students have formed a China Study Group (chinastudygrouplondon.wordpress.com) which meets regularly at King's and includes research students from other universities in London.
Research in both London and either Singapore or Hong Kong allows contact with a wider range of perspectives, scholarly methods and research resources.
Chinese History and Literature (HKU)
Political Science (NUS)
“I progressed to the PhD programme at the Lau China Institute after taking the MSc in China and Globalisation at the same Institute. As both a Master’s and a PhD student, I have found the academic environment here very desirable. The high academic standards of King’s have provided me with the best opportunity to enter the research community in a strong position, and the academic exchanges between King’s and other institutions within and outside of the UK have further inspired me to become a part of the exciting academic world.”
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UK/EU Tuition Fees 2017/18
Fees for UK/EU research students are linked to rates set by the Research Councils UK and for 2016/17 were on average £4,600 for full time fees and £2,300 for part time fees. The rates for students starting their research programmes in the 17/18 academic year will be set by the end of January 2017.
Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
International Tuition Fees 2017/18
Full time tuition fees:
£17,850 p.a. (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)
£17,850 p.a. (MPhil/PhD, Political Science and Chinese Studies)
Part time tuition fees:
£8,925 p.a. (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)
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