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PhD research

We have one of the largest Graduate Schools of Geography in the UK. Currently, there are approximately 120 students registered in our PhD programmes. Our students are supported by 40 academic staff and by collaborative supervision with external individuals and organisations in the UK and worldwide, including a series of joint PhD programmes with international partners.

MPhil/PhD awards

Qualification(s): MPhil  PhD 
Duration: Expected duration: full-time MPhil (two years); part-time (three-four years); full-time PhD (three years); part-time PhD (five years)

MPhil/PhD Research from the Department of Geography at King's College London, option of joint PhD with Hong Kong University/Humboldt/National University of Singapore.

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You will also be supported through your affiliation with one (or more) of our research groups, which sponsor seminars and other opportunities for learning and interaction with leading researchers.

Membership of these groups is non-exclusive, and there is considerable collaboration and cross-research group activity. This is particularly the case for research on urban environment, land degradation, natural hazards, and climate and water.

Apply to study PhD research in Geography

We are delighted that you are considering studying for a PhD with us. We are a varied and diverse community, and we have several PhD programmes to reflect this. We also have part-time and joint degree opportunities.

Search our people directory to find a potential supervisor, whom you will need to contact with a CV and an outline of your research proposal (not more than four pages), including your intended research and methodology.

You are also welcome to contact our admissions tutors for further advice and guidance.

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Why study with us?

Recently released data from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) shows that King’s is equal top in England (with Queen Mary, University of London) for its PhD completion rates. This means 86.8 percent of our full-time PhD starters qualify with a research degree within seven years, against a national average in England of 72.9 percent.

For best results, we suggest you explore our research expertise to ensure your intended project finds an appropriate supervisor.

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