Applying for a research degree
The Centre for LDC welcomes high quality MPhil/PhD applications in all its areas of research expertise, but at present (February 2017), there is extra supervision capacity in the following areas:
- pragmatics, politeness and intercultural communication – Dr Eva Ogiermann
- the history of school English pedagogy and practice, and the importance of teacher professionalism and collaboration in the development of effective classroom practice in the subject - Dr Simon Gibbons
Please click on the below links to find out more specific information on each of our MPhil/PhD programmes
• MPhil/PhD Language, Discourse & Communication
• MPhil/PhD Language, Discourse & Communication, joint PhD with Hong Kong University
• MPhil/PhD Language, Discourse & Communication, joint PhD with the National University of Sinapore (NUS)
• MPhil/PhD Education & Professional Studies Research
If you are interested in doing an MPhil/PhD with us, first of all have a good look at our Research areas, together with the details of the staff working in the area that you’re particularly interested in. To apply, you need to have a clear project proposal and a strong record of work at a level equivalent to a British 1st class BA Honours and/or a distinction at Masters. If your work has reached this level, and you’ve decided that you want to apply, you will need to find out exactly where you should send your application.
Staff affiliated to the Centre for LDC may be formally based in different Schools & Departments at King’s, and it is Schools & Departments that process the application forms. So:
• if you already know which member of staff you would like to be your MPhil/PhD supervisor, contact him or her and he or she will advise you on how to apply directly to the Department where they are formally based (you can find this out from his/her home page). You’ll see full details of exactly how to apply on the web-pages of the Department you’ve identified, and don’t forget to mention both the Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication (LDC) and the name of the academic you’d like to work with when you fill in the application form.
• if you’re not clear either which Department to apply to, or which members of staff would be able to supervise you, then email the Centre for LDC with a short account of your training and experience and a 250 word description of your research interests. We’ll then advise you on where to send the full application.