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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 them to excel in the academy, in public service, and in industry. 

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 



Who are we? 

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 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 Angela Hartley
 Doctoral Student Engagement Coordinator  Jo Stephenson
 Joint Degree Provision & Quality Assurance Manager Kelly Power
 Finance Manager - PGR Studentships Clare Best









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 Sarah Byford 
 Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care Dr Wladzia Czuber-Dochan 
Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences Prof Agi Grigoriadis
 Faculty of Social Sciences & Public Policy Dr Jill Hohenstein
 Dickson Poon School of Law Mr Perry Keller
 Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences Dr Jean Alexandre 
 Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine Dr Claire Wells
 Faculty of Arts & Humanities   Dr Áine McMurtry
 King's Business School Prof Jonathan Hindmarsh


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.

Centre for Doctoral Studies Contacts

Contact the Centre for Doctoral Studies
Centre for Doctoral Studies General queries doctoralstudies@kcl.ac.uk
Doctoral Training Training courses, researcher development   doctoraltraining@kcl.ac.uk
Centre for Doctoral Studies News  Website queries, newsletter, submissions, communications doctoralnews@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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