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PhD research

We offer supervision for MPhil/PhD research degrees relating to Brazil, as well as academic expertise from a range of disciplinary departments across King's.

Supervision may be provided from within the Institute or jointly with other staff at King's. There is also an option of a joint PhD with another university.  

Duration Expected to be MPhil two years FT, three years PT. PhD three years FT, four-six years PT. Normal start date September but students may commence at other times by arrangement.

MPhil PhD Brazilian Studies Research from the Brazil Institute at King's College London.

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Duration Expected to be MPhil two years FT, three years PT. PhD three years FT, four-six years PT.

Study PhD International Relations in the Brazil Institute at King's College London and the University of São Paulo.

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Apply to study PhD research with us

Before submitting your application, read through our staff profiles to determine who is most suited to your research interests, and include this information in your application. We encourage you to email us with your draft proposal and CV, along with any questions you may have.

You will need to submit an online application via the application portal 'King's Apply'. Applying online makes the process easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.

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Application process

The heart of your application is your research proposal. The ability to identify and propose a viable research project is a major indicator of your potential for doctoral study.

Email your research proposal (4-5 pages) and personal statement to our Admissions Tutor. Your research proposal should explain precisely the field of study that you wish to contribute to, as well as any current research gaps, what you want to do, and how you propose to do it. Meanwhile, your personal statement should outline your reasons for pursuing further research.

If our Admissions Tutor encourages you to apply, you will need to submit an online application via the application portal  King's Apply.

Applying online makes the process easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.

Preparing a research proposal

A good research proposal typically includes the following components:

  • A clear statement of the proposed research question.
  • An explanation of the importance and originality of the proposed topic. This may include a section on the lack or shortcomings of existing academic work in your proposed area.
  • A section describing not only your proposed methodology but also an explanation of why this methodology is the most appropriate for the proposed topic.
  • A prospective chapter outline of the proposed thesis.
  • A timetable showing a realistic plan, including critical milestones, for the completion of your research and writing within three years.
  • A concluding section showing why this research should be conducted specifically here, within the Brazil Institute, rather than anywhere else.

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