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Postgraduate research

Join the School of Education, Communication and Society for your PhD studies. We are renowned for our teaching and research expertise in science and mathematics education; language, culture and communication; and public policy. Our three research centres focus on areas ranging from equality and social justice; learning in formal and informal contexts, to language and mind, and social media and digital text.

You can study your PhD in a maximum of four years full-time and maximum of seven years part-time. Our PhD students have access to dedicated study space within the School as well as the facilities of the rest of the university.

We welcome high quality applications in all relevant areas of research and knowledge exchange. If you are interested in doing an MPhil/PhD with us, take a look at the information on this page. You can see what each of our research centres do and the research interests of the academic staff affiliated with them. This will help you find out who works in the area you’re interested in.

Duration 2-4 years FT, 4-6 years PT. Students can start the programme in September (mid-end of)/October (beginning of). The official start date would be 1 October or, students can start the programme in February (beginning of). The official start date would be 1 February. The compulsory induction is usually held earlier than the official start date. Please contact the PGR Programme Officer for more information (doctoral-students-ecs@kcl.ac.uk)

MPhil/PhD Education Research at King's College, London

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Duration 2-4 years FT, 4-6 years PT. Students can start the programme in September (mid-end of)/October (beginning of). The official start date would be 1 October or, students can start the programme in February (beginning of). The official start date would be 1 February. The compulsory induction is usually held earlier than the official start date. Please contact the PGR Programme Officer for more information (doctoral-students-ecs@kcl.ac.uk)

MPhil/PhD Interdisciplinary Policy Research Studies at King's College, London.

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Duration 2-4 years FT, 4-6 years PT. Students can start the programme in September (mid-end of)/October (beginning of). The official start date would be 1 October or, students can start the programme in February (beginning of). The official start date would be 1 February. The compulsory induction is usually held earlier than the official start date. Please contact the PGR Programme Officer for more information (doctoral-students-ecs@kcl.ac.uk)

MPhil/PhD Linguistics Research at King's College London, joint PhD with Hong Kong University or National University of Singapore

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Choosing a supervisor

If you already know which academic staff member you'd like as your MPhil/PhD supervisor, you can contact them before applying. If they confirm that they can supervise you, please note this down when you fill in the application form. 

Don't worry if you’re not clear which member of staff you might want as a supervisor, just fill in the form but leave the name of the supervisor blank. A decision will be made on potential matches when your submitted form is reviewed by the director of your chosen research centre.

Training

The university recommends that all postgraduate research students should undertake the equivalent of 10 days (FTE) of personal, professional and career training and development activities per year of their studies.

All students are required to undertake the compulsory foundation training offered by the School. The training programme draws on the broad span of research expertise based in the School and provides the foundations that you need to become an effective researcher. At the same time, it provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to navigate the interdisciplinary nature of research, and to comprehend and thrive in the pressures that shape it. Training includes classes on argumentation, reflexivity and after the PhD: publications, posts and postdocs. 

Full-time students are required to undertake this training in their first year, and part-time students are required to undertake this training over two years. There are 21 classes across the academic year and are usually held on Monday or Wednesday evenings.

Our three research centres facilitate collaboration between leading academics in each field. Your research training should include a range of subject-specific and cross-cutting seminars run by each of the research centres from the outset of your studies. There are also specific seminars for research students. All research centres are particularly interested in promoting and supporting research by, and in collaboration with, our students. Students have the opportunity to present their research as part of the seminar series or lead doctoral labs.

The university’s Centre for Doctoral Studies offers training for postgraduate research students, including transferable and generic skills and some subject-specific training for students studying social sciences. This training is free and is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The training includes a focus on starting out, towards the upgrade from MPhil to PhD, growing as an independent researcher and writing up.

Specific social science expertise is offered and promoted by The London Inter-disciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP). Most training is free and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced training includes short courses, workshops, seminars and reading groups, spanning areas such as social theory & epistemology, quantitative and qualitative methods, digital methods & archival research and knowledge transfer & co-generation methodologies.

The Centre for Doctoral Studies and LISS DTP training takes place termly and you can attend classes during any year of study. These classes are usually held during the daytime.

Funding and financial support

The School attracts PhD studentships from a variety of sources, including the ESRC and AHRC. We are also able to offer department-funded Ros Driver and Bernard Dawson studentships to exceptional candidates researching topics in science education.

A list of funding opportunities for applicants is below:

School Scholarships

International Scholarships

International funding

Home/EU studentships and loans

Alternative Funding for all students

The School has funds available to help support students pay fees for joining an academic association or attending a conference (including those online). The Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy also has some rounds of small bursary grants for postgraduate research students to apply for each year. The Centre of Doctoral Studies offers a few ways of supporting all King’s PGR students financially. These include conference attendance support, Global Research Grants, Public Engagement Small Grants and the Three Minute Thesis competition.

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