You can apply for supervision in all fields of interest of our staff members. Your application is considered and processed by the relevant admissions officers. We aim to reply within six weeks. To suitably qualified applicants, we offer opportunities to meet with prospective supervisors. Each November we hold an open day which provides information about our research activities and an opportunity to meet with relevant members of the department.
View our list of PhD projects to identify whether there is already a project proposed by a prospective supervisor in the area of research you are interested in. These projects indicate broad areas of potential research and there may still be a suitable supervisor available for your proposed area of research even if there are not any relevant projects here.
October, February, and June start dates are available. Applicants are strongly encouraged to start their degree at the beginning of the academic year in October, when the College offers a full induction programme.
Although there can be variations the selection process typically runs as follows:
Starting in February students are selected for interview. The interviews are held in March and a first round of offers is made. If an offer is declined then the groups make second round offers until the positions are filled. Research groups tend to fill their funded PhD positions first as these are the most competitive. Unfunded positions are rare as most supervisors will have taken on a funded student.
If you have any further questions please contact the Admissions Tutors or the Postgraduate Admissions Team.
You can also read our step-by-step guide on how to apply.
Joint PhDs - Application advice
Applicants for the Joint PhD programme must contact the relevant departments at both universities before applying in order to discuss the suitability of their topic for the joint programme and to locate potential supervisors.
Applications should initially be submitted to the proposed home institution only, i.e., where the student will start and finish their programme. Students should note that acceptance onto the programme may take slightly longer than for single-institution PhDs because of the additional steps involved. Further details, including guidance for applicants can be found on the King’s PhD funding pages.
Applicants who choose King’s as their home institution should apply through the online system, selecting the appropriate Joint PhD option from the drop-down list. In addition to the standard supporting documentation, applicants should submit a Travel Plan form indicating how they intend to divide their time between the two partner institutions. Students must spend a specified amount of time in each institution, details of which can be found in the ‘Notes’ section of the Travel plan form.
It is recommended that students submit applications for the Joint PhD programme by the end of March to begin the following September.
||An ATAS certificate is required for successful applicants applying for this course whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate can be found on our International Student Advice pages.
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.
- 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.
It is recommended that students submit applications for the Joint PhD programme with The University of Hong Kong or Humboldt University by the end of March to begin the following September.