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Research degrees


Our postgraduate research degrees provide access to many internationally recognised researchers and visiting academics, research assistants, national and international projects, collaborations with other departments as well as links with industry. We offer an exciting environment and excellent opportunities for research where PhD students are actively encouraged to participate in our research group activities.


Duration PhD three years FT, six years PT.

MPhil/PhD Bioinformatics Research at King's College London

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Duration PhD three years FT, six years PT.

MPhil/PhD Computer Science Research at King's College London.

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Research environment

Since its establishment, the Department of Informatics has gained an enviable reputation in academia and industry for the quality of its research and the high calibre of its graduates.

As a PhD student you will have access to library facilities, a personal work area including a high-specification computer with access to state-of-the-art networking facilities and new PhD laboratories.

You will also have access to specialist courses, departmental and research seminars, and training on research, computing, careers and other related skills.

We will encourage you to submit papers to conferences, and we try to provide financial support for you to travel to present your papers.

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Postgraduate study info

Postgraduate study info

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Funding in the Department of Informatics

The Department of Informatics invites applications for several 3.5-year studentships to start in September/October 2019.

It is expected that PhD students will want to contribute to the department's teaching, for which payment will be made separately. The opportunity to contribute as a teaching assistant during the PhD programme can be an interesting and rewarding experience, which will help students develop skills relevant for their future roles. Training and mentoring in teaching and learning in higher education will be provided, and the successful applicants will be expected to attend the Faculty’s Preparing to Teach course should they undertake additional teaching duties.

The Studentships are funded for 3.5 years and include a stipend at the standard research council rate, which is presently £17,009 per annum including London Allowance, and the cover of the full cost of Home/EU tuition fees. Income tax is not payable on the stipend. Please see the eligibility criteria below for more information.

The deadline for applications for 2019/2020 is 27 June 2019.

Applicants are normally expected to have a first-class undergraduate degree or a distinction at MSc level (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics or Physics. In exceptional cases other qualifications may be considered and all applications will be assessed on their merit as appropriate to the individual case.

There are two types of studentships, with eligibility rules set by the funder. To be eligible for a full studentship of type 1 (stipend plus fees), applicants must be a UK resident for a period of three years immediately prior to the date of application for an award (but not wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education). Residents of other member states of the European Union are eligible for fees-only awards. However, they are eligible for a full studentship of this type, if they have spent three previous years prior to the application for study in the UK.

To be eligible for a full studentship of type 2 (stipend plus fees), applicants must be Home or EU nationals.

Applicants from outside the European Union are not normally eligible for these studentships. The department however may consider converting one of these studentships to overseas studentships (which do not require the UK/EU residency or EU nationality) for outstanding candidates from outside EU.

The applicants do not need to specify which type of studentship they are applying for. The applicants will be considered for the studentships for which they are eligible.

The deadline for applications for 2019/2020 is 27 June 2019.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Offers may be made to exceptional candidates before the deadline and late applications may be considered until all studentships are allocated.

Applicants for these studentships must first apply for entry to one of the PhD programmes within the Department of Informatics.

After applying for entry to a PhD programme, the applicants who wish to be considered for these studentships should send a studentship application statement to the Department PGR Administrators ( This statement should include the applicant's name, the King's admissions number, the potential supervisor(s) and a research statement outlining the proposed research project. The studentship application statement should also indicate how the applicant’s skills, past achievements, qualifications, experience and personal qualities make them suited for the studentship.

There is no form for the studentship application statements. A 3 – 4 page outline of the project you would like to undertake, which will be evaluated as part of the application process, should incorporate:
your initial ideas on the particular challenges you would be interested in addressing and its relation to one of the hubs,
a brief review of the relevant state of the art, identifying any limitations or open questions, and
your initial ideas on what research you might carry out towards addressing these challenges, referring to existing research literature where appropriate.
If you are interested in one of the listed project proposals, then you should elaborate in your research statement on how you would approach this project.

The applicants should not repeat in their studentship application statements the details of their background which have been already included in their PhD entry applications. Likewise, the applicants should not attach to their studentship application statements any certificates or transcripts, as these should be included in their PhD entry applications. Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their research statement with a potential supervisor.

The deadline for providing the studentship application statements is 27 June 2019.

Following the review of the applicants' statements and their PhD entry application, shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview for an assessment of their research potential and the contributions they can make to the activities of the departmental research hubs and to teaching activities within the department.

Queries related to these studentships should be sent to

The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence has funding available for up to 15 studentships a year (depending on support available); please see the CDT webpages for information on how to apply for these studentships.







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