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About us

Thank you for your interest in postgraduate research at King’s and the part that the Centre for Doctoral Studies plays in this.

King’s is a research-intensive university with a global reputation for academic discovery and teaching. We recognise the importance of nurturing postgraduate research students and equipping you to excel, whatever career sector you choose – academia, research, public service, industry or elsewhere.

What do we do? 

The Centre for Doctoral Studies is a university-wide professional services centre with responsibility for the postgraduate research student experience.

Our mission: equipping research students to excel.

We do this by setting and enhancing standards, providing support and training, and improving provision for postgraduate students across King's. Our focus is on four key areas: 

Support – improving support services & providing timely and useful information

Funding – attracting and resourcing research students

Training – offering high quality personal, professional, academic, & career development opportunities

Community – nurturing a collaborative & welcoming environment for all research students


Contact list: Centre for Doctoral Studies & Faculty Associate Deans for Doctoral Studies

Leadership Team

Dean for Doctoral Studies

Prof Rebecca Oakey

Deputy Dean for Doctoral Studies

Prof Peter Heather

Director of Research Talent

Dr Nigel Eady

Associate Director Postgraduate Policy & Operations

Dafina Ward

Head of Doctoral Student Development

Dr Amy Moore

Head of Doctoral Partnerships Development & Delivery

Dr Oksana Kasyutich


Centre for Doctoral Studies support staff 

The primary focus of the postgraduate and Centre for Doctoral Studies support team is to manage, administer and provide support for strategic developments in areas including: support for the postgraduate student experience, postgraduate funding, new postgraduate research initiatives and regulatory matters for postgraduate research degrees.

 PGR Scholarships Manager

Anita Machnicka

 CDS Scholarships & Funding Agreements Coordinator

Chan Sum

 UKRI Scholarships Manager

Joanne O'Neill

 Joint Degree Provision & Quality Assurance Manager

Kelly Power

 Finance Manager - PGR Studentships

Clare Best

Finance Coordinator - PGR Scholarships

 Andreea-Adriana Podoleanu

 King's Clinical Academic Training Office Manager

Nora Park

Doctoral Student Communications and Engagement Manager

Tasmin Head

 Doctoral Student Engagement Coordinator

Dr Edward Mushett Cole

Innovation Scholars Programme Manager

Emily Robinson

Doctoral Student Development Manager

Dr Alex Pavey

 Doctoral Student Development Officer

Dr Ben Webster

Digital Training Coordinator

Dr Shijia Yu

 Doctoral Student Development Co-ordinator 

Dr Gursimran Oberoi

 LISS DTP Manager

Paula Sawyer

 LISS DTP Officer

Yi Xiang

 LISS DTP Doctoral Studies Liaison Officer

Cairn Macfarland

 LISS DTP Administrator

Sarah Kiernan

 Smart Medical Imaging CDT Manager

Valeria De Marco

 MRC DTP Manager

Elena Allen

 Wellcome Trust PhD Programmes Manager

Fay Minty

 Safe and Trusted AI CDT Manager

Catherine Robinson


Associate Deans for Doctoral Studies

The Centre for Doctoral Studies works closely with staff from academic faculties and central departments. The Faculty Associate Deans for Doctoral Studies are responsible for postgraduate research students at individual faculty level.

Vice Deans Doctoral Studies

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Prof Gareth Barker

Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

Dr Mary Leamy

Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

Dr Cynthia Andoniado

Faculty of Social Sciences & Public Policy

Prof Jelke Boesten

Dickson Poon School of Law

Dr Nicola Palmer

Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences

Dr Rivka Isaacson

Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Dr Claire Wells

Faculty of Arts & Humanities  

Dr Christina Scharff

King's Business School

Dr Sotiris Vandorors



General Enquiries

If you are interested in applying for a postgraduate research programme (MPhil, PhD, doctorate) at King's, please consult the "How to Apply" page in the postgraduate prospectus and use the search tool to find your course. 

For any other general enquiries, please call the King’s central enquiries number: +44(0)20 7836 5454 to find the relevant department or contact.

Funding Enquiries

We advise all prospective students to search the King's Postgraduate Funding Database for funding opportunities. We also suggest that you contact the department in which you intend to register to see if there are any faculty/department schoalrships available. 

If there are no suitable funding opportunities advertised on King's sites, we advise that applicants browse external sites such as FindaPhD.com, postgraduatestudentships.co.uk, or jobs.ac.uk


The Centre for Doctoral Studies offices and resources are based within the Waterloo Bridge Wing, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus.

Address: Floor 5, Waterloo Bridge Wing, Franklin Wilkins Building, 150 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH.

Social Media

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Further information

To find out more about the Centre for Doctoral Studies and the services it provides for postgraduate researchers at King's, explore our webpages.

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