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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

CDS Leadership
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
 King's Clinical Academic Training Office Manager Nora Park
 Doctoral Student Engagement Coordinator Jo Stephenson
 E-learning Development Adviser doctoraltraining@kcl.ac.uk
 Health Sciences DTC Coordinator  hs-dtc@kcl.ac.uk
 Doctoral Studies Training Manager doctoraltraining@kcl.ac.uk
 LISS DTP Manager Paula Sawyer
 LISS DTP Coordinator Ryan Kelley
 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 Lisa Rabanal


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 Dr Jill Hohenstein
Dickson Poon School of Law

Mr Perry Keller

Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences Dr Rivka Isaacson
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine Dr Claire Wells
Faculty of Arts & Humanities  

Dr Áine McMurtry

King's Business School Dr Sotiris Vandorors


Contact us

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


Centre for Doctoral Studies Contacts

Contact the Centre for Doctoral Studies
Centre for Doctoral Studies General queries - please note we cannot provide assistance with Admissions queries (e.g. the status of your offer, documents required, isses with the online portal etc) - please contact the King's Admissions Team via the Student Services Online portal. doctoralstudies@kcl.ac.uk
Doctoral Training Training courses, researcher development   doctoraltraining@kcl.ac.uk
UKRI Studentships Studentship queries for UKRI Research Council-funded students ukri-studentships@kcl.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.


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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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