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Research degrees by blended distance learning

War Studies also offers a distance learning War Studies MPhil/PhD programme. This pathway is intended for well qualified students whose professional commitments prevent their fulfilling the normal residency requirement of the MPhil/PhD programme at King’s (please see ‘eligibility’ below for further details).

About the programme

Supervision will normally be at a distance, and students will be expected to participate in the six-monthly formal progress reviews which manage study on the programme. More information about MPhil/PhD assessment can be found here.

The programme will be supported by the online learning resources of the Researcher Development Programme. If it is necessary to support a student's progress he/she may also audit modules from the War Studies Online MA programmes.


It is expected that most students will study the distance learning programme on a part-time basis. Minimum attendance requirements on this pathway require the student to attend in London at three key points:

  1. Enrolment and Induction (late September or mid-January, depending on start date). All students must enrol (register) in person at the start of their course, and attend the programme induction. This is a good opportunity to meet other students on your course and to arrange a meeting with your supervisor. 
  2. Formal upgrade from MPhil to PhD status (after around two years part-time registration or one year of full-time). As with other PhD programmes within in the department, the upgrade to a PhD degree from an MPhil is not automatic in the Department: students who wish to be considered for the PhD go through a formal upgrade. This is to ensure that all students have an appropriate research subject which can be completed within the allotted timescale. 
  3. Final Examination for the degree (at the end of your course). Students are also encouraged and expected to participate in the academic activity of the department as their other commitments allow, although there is no formal period of residency required to gain the degree.

Most facilities on campus for postgraduate research students remain at the disposal of distance-learning students visiting London, and beyond the formal attendance requirements of the programme set out above students are welcome to visit King's and engage personally with supervisors and other research students as often as their schedule permits  (international students should note the student visa information below for requirements of their visits to London). 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the same academic entry requirements as for the standard MPhil/PhD programme in War Studies. Further to those requirements, please note that  the Blended Distance Learning option is intended for mid-career professionals whose work commitments prevent them from fulfilling the normal residency requirement of the MPhil/PhD programme at King’s.  Students will usually be working in an area relevant to this area of study, and be based outside of the UK. 

All applications are considered on a case by case basis – if  we would like to offer you a place on the programme but do not feel that the distance learning route would be most appropriate, we will automatically consider you for the standard (residential) MPhil/PhD War Studies programme.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply directly to the MPhil/PhD in War Studies (Blended Distance Learning). Full instructions on how to apply can be found here.

Applicants should explain their interest in applying for this pathway and their reasons for doing so in their personal statement – they may also wish to include a CV.

Please note that application deadlines, academic entry requirements, and tuition fees remain the same as for the standard MPhil/PhD War Studies programme. 


Important note: Student Visas

International students must ensure that when visiting the campus for enrolment (and any subsequent visits to the campus), they obtain the correct visa/entry stamp which permits them to undertake study in the UK. The immigration rules forbid any form of study for those in the UK as ‘Visitors’. As this is a distance learning programme requiring only short visits to the UK, many of our students need to enter the UK as a ‘Student Visitor’. If unsure, our Student Advice team can provide further details on their website for further information. CASA will provide specific student visitor letters to all successful students that require them at the point of offer. 

Important note: Funding 

Distance learning programmes such as this may not be eligible for some types of funding, loans and benefits. If you are intending to apply for funding please contact to confirm which opportunities are available for you. For our own Centre for Doctoral Studies funding opportunities please contact

Please note that tuition fees for this course do not cover the cost of any accommodation or travel for the periods in London. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions about applying for this programme  please contact the Admissions Office in the first instance using the contact form or telephone +44 (0) 20 7848 2979. 

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