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PhD research in HSPR

PhD research in HSPR


  • A PhD is an individual programme of original research, developed and carried out under the guidance of two supervisors.
  • PhD’s can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. However, they must be completed within an agreed period of time (usually three to four years for a full-time student).

  •  If you want to undertake a PhD, you must first have a research idea. You then need to identify two supervisors (a first and second) and to secure funding.



  • Minimum of a 2(i) degree from a UK university or an overseas equivalent qualification.

  • Many PhD students choose to complete a Masters degree to develop their research skills, however this is not always necessary.

To discuss entry requirements please contact Sian Oram.



There are many world-renowned researchers in HSPR. Visit our PhD supervisors page to explore whether your research interests match their area of expertise.



Please click the following links to find out more about fees and funding.



Every student initially registers to do an MPhil degree and then upgrades to a PhD, usually within nine months of registration (18 months for part-time students).

  • For more information on the application procedure please visit the IoPPN research section.
  • Occasionally HSPR advertises funded PhD posts, where the research question may already be formulated and supervisors decided. These posts may be advertised in the IoPPN research section or on King’s Jobs.




Personal tutors

Every PhD student is allocated a personal tutor. Tutors are senior members of staff within HSPR who are separate from the student’s research and help in the following ways;

  • Can offer confidential advice and help if any personal issues arise.
  • May be particularly helpful for overseas students coming to this country for the first time. Tutors can offer advice about accommodation and finance, for example, and put students in touch with various services and organisations that can offer support.

PhD Supervisors

PhD supervisors support students in the following ways;

  • Helping students hone their research question, developing a detailed study design and obtaining necessary approvals to start work.
  • Setting targets for completing various phases of the work to help keep students on track.
  • A supervisor can offer guidance and advice about theoretical issues, critical analysis, research methodology and practical project management.

A supervisor will also make sure a student has access to training in transferrable skills, to help them complete their PhD and aid their future careers. The Researcher Development Unit in King's College London's Centre for Doctoral Studies has responsibility for providing and co-ordinating relevant training.




page updated 10/02/19

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