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Duration Expected to be two years FT; three-four years PT for MPhil; three years FT; five years PT for PhD.
Study mode Full-time,Part-time
Awarding institution King's College London/King's and HKU/Humboldt/NUS for joint programme
Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department Department of Geography
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Bachelor’s degree with 1st class or 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) and/or a good Master's degree. Those applying for one of the joint degree programs are encouraged to contact an academic at King's to develop research links with the partner institution.
Completed applications will be accepted at any time prior to the start of the degree programme. However, early applications are encouraged particularly as deadlines for outside funding can fall several months before entry.
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.
Joint PhD programme Exciting opportunities are now available to undertake a joint PhD programme with Hong Kong University or, for topics specifically relating to comparative urbanism, Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany) or the National University of Singapore, bringing together expertise in urban (social and/or economic) geography, physical geography, political geography, political ecology, risks and hazards.
We believe that individualised tuition from a committee of supervisors who are themselves experts in your chosen research area is the foundation for PhD programme of study. Accordingly you will meet regularly with a primary and secondary supervisor. In the first year you will have at least three formal meetings and a minimum of two each year thereafter to discuss the biannual student training and research progress reports. In addition you will usually have more informal meetings with your primary supervisor, fortnightly in the first year, and as often as necessary thereafter to discuss work.
Contact with part-time students is generally less frequent, depending on individual circumstances, although regular progress meetings are required.
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
"My research focuses on modelling the probability of landslides landing on road networks and understanding the implications for communities in landslide-prone areas. In my first year, being a student at King’s has presented me with many opportunities, including: attending and presenting at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, attending KCL graduate school courses and a NERC course in environmental statistics. I have also had experience of academic publishing through collaborating with staff to work towards a publication. I have enjoyed being involved in undergraduate teaching and will be supervising on a field trip to Morocco later this year."
"My current PhD at King’s mixes this practical element with theory, data analysis and modelling, with the aim of improving the understanding of heat and moisture transfer within the urban environment. I really enjoy the diversity of my day-to-day studies and am privileged to work within a very supportive group and amongst world-leading academics."
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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.
Part time tuition fees: £8,925 p.a.
Geography (Arts) Research with National University of Singapore
Full time tuition fees: £21,000 p.a.
Part time tuition fees: £10,500 p.a.
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