We expect PGR students normally to be based in London for their research degrees, as per King’s academic regulations. However, we recognise that there are currently significant challenges for some PGR students, in terms of getting to the UK.
However, students are still able to travel to the UK (provided, if applicable, that any necessary visas have been arranged). Nonetheless, such travel does likely incur significant financial cost, in terms of tests and quarantine, above and beyond the normal costs of visas and travel. In such situations, PGR students, whether new or continuing, might want to consider the potential to study remotely.
Studying remotely is not necessarily a simple decision:
- The nature of many courses means that there is a considerable component of study & research that can only be undertaken in person. Therefore, any consideration of studying remotely should start with a discussion between the student and the supervisory team, to assess whether remote study is feasible.
- As well as this practical consideration, there may be other factors, for example the terms and conditions of the funding of the PhD which may also influence this decision.
- In some cases, students are starting a more structured programme of training in their first year as part of a cohort of students. It may not be possible to undertake this training remotely and/or the student might feel it is a major disadvantage not joining the programme in person (when most other students are physically present). This could make it much harder to settle in and build key working relationships.
However, assuming none of these issues are a significant impediment, the student can study remotely.
In all cases, if the student requires a visa to enter the UK, advice should be sought from the Visa advice team to check any specific individual circumstances. Students who have visas, and who have started studying remotely outside of the UK, will need to be studying in the UK in person by the UK Visas and Immigration deadline of 6 April 2022 (or by the next deadline set by their supervisory team, whichever is earlier).
Students should indicate on the Study location form their location (this should be completed as part of enrolment or re-enrolment). Students do not need to complete the Off-campus study form if the remote study is COVID related.
Another option which might be considered is delaying the start of the degree until the next entry point, in June 2022. However, again, the same factors will need to be considered, as described above. Continuing students should consider interruption of study if remote study is not feasible
Are current recruitment and scholarship application processes still going ahead?
Yes. Recruitment is not impacted. Find out about the latest scholarships.
I am an international student and have accepted a place for a research degree but haven’t enrolled yet. What do I need to know?
Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. As long as you apply for your visa within 6 months of being issued your CAS, it will be valid for use, although you might need to update it with your intended arrival date in the UK. To find out more on CAS updates visit our article How can I change information in my CAS?
I am a student from an EU country. What do I need to know?
As you may be aware the UK exited the European Union on the 1 January 2020.
You can find information on the Advice & Guidance pages:
Students with Pre-settled or Settled Status
Students in the UK with no status
Students outside the UK
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Team for specific advice