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The Lau China Institute offers a welcoming, supportive and inspiring environment for postgraduate study.

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 Chinese Studies Research at King's College London, option of joint PhD with Hong Kong University or National University of Singapore

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Why I study the MSc China & Globalisation at King's

When Jiaboa started her postgraduate degree at the Lau China Institute, she never imagined that it would lead her to a career in academia. After her degree, she pursued a PhD where her research led her to northern China.

Why choose the Lau China Institute for your PhD?

The Lau China Institute has well-trained academics who are enthusiastic, well-connected and passionate about their own cutting-edge research. Our research expertise is very wide - we can supervise students working on most aspects of contemporary China.

In your first year, you will meet with your first supervisor every two weeks. These frequent meetings will help you make rapid progress towards the upgrade. Thereafter, you and your supervisor will agree on the frequency of meetings, which will be anywhere between once every two to four weeks, depending on the research phase you are in. You will therefore be in close contact with your supervisor throughout your entire degree.

Our four research clusters (society and politics, history and literature, governance, economics) run regular staff-PhD student reading groups which enable students to broaden their knowledge and expertise. Here you will have a chance to discuss key themes of your discipline with fellow PhD students and widen your knowledge of the field beyond the narrow confines of your thesis research.

The Lau China Institute runs weekly research seminars. All students participate in these seminars and there are opportunities to socialise afterwards. You will be given the opportunity to present a paper in the seminar series as your research progresses. As a new PhD student, the seminars offer a chance to meet your peers, hear about new research, and participate in debates.

In the first year you can audit any taught modules at King's (subject to the course convener's approval) which will allow you to expand your knowledge. This is an excellent way to learn about new areas you have previously not studied. It will also enable you to observe how lecturers teach and thus prepare to teach yourself one day.

The Lau China Institute offers funding to PhD students giving papers at academic conferences or conducting fieldwork. In addition, we have set up a list of other funding sources and your supervisor will support you in your applications for external funding.

King's provides in-depth research methods training. King’s Interdisciplinary Social Sciences – Doctoral Training Centre offers a wide range of different disciplinary training courses, including qualitative and quantitative methods as well as personal and career development.

At the English Language Centre you can take specialist language courses aimed to help you improve and refine your academic English. Our Modern Language Centre also provides tailor-made classes to help you develop your foreign language skills, in Chinese or any other foreign language.


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