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The King's India Institute offers supervision for PhD research degrees relating to contemporary India and draws on academic expertise in a range of disciplinary departments across the College. Supervision may be provided from within the Institute or jointly with other staff of the College. There is also an option of a joint PhD with the National University of Singapore. 

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 Contemporary India Research from the India Institute at King's College London.

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Find a supervisor

To start the application process, you should first read our staff profiles to determine who is most suited to your research interests, and discuss your proposal with them.

We prefer that you approach a faculty member first with a research proposal, rather than send a general inquiry
you will also save your time by approaching the respective faculty member directly.

Once you are satisfied that you have found a suitable academic who is willing to supervise your work, you should then submit your application with a formal research proposal via the online applications portal.

Supervision is also available jointly with our Associates, and you may find it useful to read their profiles as well.

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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. This proposal should be a document of no more than four to five pages in which you explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it.

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 India Institute at King’s College London, rather than anywhere else.

In addition to the research proposal, applicants should submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for pursuing further research.


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