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Engineering MPhil/PhD

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Current number of academic staff: Currently Engineering has approximately 25 academic staff. However Engineering is a rapidly growing department, growing in both staff numbers and research areas and we anticipate reaching 50 staff within a few years.

Current number of research staff and students: 20 research associates/fellows, approximately 100 MPhil/PhD students across all of our research areas and numerous internationally recognised visiting academics.

Recent publications: All academics in the Department publish regularly in high quality journals, for example IEEE Transactions and ASME Transactions.

Partner organisations: We have strong links with industry, government and other academic institutions. 

Recent events: We host workshops and conferences and other regular research meetings. Please check our website for forthcoming events.

Key information

Duration Full time: 3-4 years, Part time: 4-6 years

Study mode Full-time, Part-time



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The Department of Engineering has an international reputation and critical mass in the fields of robotics and telecommunications with increasing strengths in systems engineering, control, material science and thermofluids. We have a strong grant portfolio in all our major areas of activity.

Staff are reputed nationally and internationally and collaborate closely with the KCL Health Schools (including St Thomas’ and Guy’s Hospitals) and numerous industrial partners. The Department is strongly interested in multidisciplinary research at the interfaces between Engineering, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Computer Science and Medicine.

Course study environment

We are a department with many internationally recognised researchers and visiting academics, large groups of PhD students, research assistants, national and international projects, collaborations with other departments as well as links with industry. We offer an exciting environment and excellent opportunities for research.

Our PhD students have access to good library facilities, designated PhD offices within the Department where PhD students can dock an assigned laptop for use throughout their studies. Regular group seminars are organised providing PhD students with the chance to showcase their research and receive feedback from academic staff and peers. PhD students also have access to college-based training in transferable and research skills.

The Department is located on the Strand Campus, in the heart of central London, close to the cultural activities of the West End and the South Bank, to the major departments of state at Whitehall, the leading financial institutions of the City and within easy reach of major transport links. Our facilities are close to the British Computer Society and the Institute of Engineering & Technology (and the IET Library), with access to a formidable collection of scientific journals and other technical material.

Our staff and students come from all over the world, which provides a rich environment for teaching and research. Diversity is positively encouraged.

Postgraduate training

Faculty and College induction courses are scheduled at the beginning of your degree to prepare you for life as a PhD student. All students are required to complete 10 days of training each year. There is a centrally provided programme of related and transferable skills training coordinated by the Centre for Doctoral Studies.

Research students are also encouraged to submit papers to conferences, and we try to provide financial support for them to travel to present their papers.
Our research students are also encouraged to teach alongside their studies to help prepare them for a potential future career in academia.

Head of group/division

Head of Department: Professor Barbara Shollock


Each MPhil/PhD student has a supervisory team consisting of a main supervisor and a second researcher.


The Department has many partners both industrial and academic, and any individual PhD project may be associated to a partnership.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements


Engineering Research Entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements  
  • Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree in an Engineering discipline or a closely related subject such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Computer Science and a good background in the area of intended research.

  • A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters degree with Merit or above 

International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements  
  • Band D 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is also important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King's.

The final application deadlines are detailed below; on these dates, the programme will close at 23:59 (UK time) and we will open for the corresponding intake in 2023 soon after the same intake has passed in 2022.

  • February 2022 entry – 12 November 2021 for Overseas fee status and 6 December 2021 for Home fee status

  • June 2022 entry – 1 April 2022 for Overseas fee status and 11 April 2022 for Home fee status

  • October 2022 entry – 29 July 2022 for Overseas fee status and 26 August 2022 for Home fee status

  • February 2023 entry – 21 October 2022 for Overseas fee status and 22 November 2022 for Home fee status

  • June 2023 entry – 3 April 2023 for Overseas fee status and 17 April 2023 for Home fee status

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier than the application deadlines listed above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

International Foundation

Fees and funding

UK Tuition Fees 2021/2022

Full time tuition fees: £5,820 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,910 per year

International Tuition Fees 2021/2022

Full time tuition fees: £25,800 per year

Part time tuition fees: £12,900 per year

UK Tuition Fees 2022/2023

Full time tuition fees: £6,120 per year

Part time tuition fees: £3,060 per year

International Tuition Fees 2022/2023

Full time tuition fees: £26,640 per year

Part time tuition fees: £13,320 per year

EU Students starting their programme in the academic year 2021/22 will pay international tuition fees.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions.

The English Language Requirement is Band D - for more information visit the English Language Requirements page.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our postgraduates can be found in diverse jobs in academia and industry, often leading on major research and development activities.


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