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Key information

Award:
MPhil
PhD
Study mode:
Full time
Part time
Campus:
Strand Campus
Duration:
Expected to be MPhil two years FT, three years PT. PhD three years FT, four-six years PT. Normal start date September but students may commence at other times by arrangement.

Overview

The Lau welcomes high quality research proposal from interests applicants. We are interested in particular in political economy, political science of contemporary China, Chinese international relations, and China and its natural environment.

Interested applicants should first of all familiarise themselves with the research interests and areas of the current academic staff at the Lau China Institute and see which best fits their proposed research. Applicants should then send a TWO PAGE maximum outline with the following information to the PhD admissions tutor:

  • Research title
  • The key research questions that the thesis will address
  • The proposed treatment of the research - in terms of methodology, theory and any other relevant information
  • An idea of the kind of evidence base that the research will rely on - whether documents, case studies, etc.

Applicants need in particular to think about the literature that their research is intended to speak to, the viability of any field research involved (in terms of practicality, funding, ethical clearance, etc) and ways in which it will make a contribution to existing scholarship.

The Lau China Institute currently consists of the following:

  • Academic staff: 5 (plus affiliates in a number of other departments across the College).

  • Research students: 23.

  • Partner organisations: The Institute is closely involved in the College’s key partnerships with Hong Kong University and the National University of Singapore, with both of which a joint degree may be taken, and also with Renmin University of China, which will allow possible research exchanges for postgraduate students.

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Course Details

We offer a 2 year full-time or 3 year part-time MPhil, and a 3 year full-time or 4-6 year part-time PhD, with some students registering first for the MPhil and transferring to the PhD programme after their first year. This is a prolonged research programme culminating in the presentation of a thesis, followed by an oral examination (viva voce). The thesis must form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and afford evidence of originality, shown either by the discovery of new facts or by the exercise of independent critical power.

Staff Research Interests
Our staff research interests, and areas of PhD supervision, include China's international relations and foreign policy, Chinese politics and development, the Chinese economy, and the social anthropology of China. [Further details]

Joint PhD programme
Exciting opportunities are available to undertake a joint PhD programme either with Hong Kong University (through the Faculty of Arts) or with the National University of Singapore (through the Department of Political Science).

Information is current, but staff members can change.

Head of group/division

Dr Sun Xin

Global Institutes Lead

Professor Christophe Jaffrelot

UK Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

£6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies with University of Hong Kong)

£6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD, Political Science and Chinese Studies with National University of Singapore)

Part time tuition fees: £3,060 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

International Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£22,980 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

£22,980 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies with University of Hong Kong)

£22,980 per year (MPhil/PhD, Political Science and Chinese Studies with National University of Singapore)

Part time tuition fees: £11,490 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

UK Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£6,540 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

£6,540 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies with University of Hong Kong)

£6,540 per year (MPhil/PhD, Political Science and Chinese Studies with National University of Singapore)

Part time tuition fees: £3,270 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

International Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies with University of Hong Kong)

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Political Science and Chinese Studies with National University of Singapore)

Part time tuition fees: £12,180 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

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

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Study Environment

The King's China Institute offers a unique and exciting environment for the in-depth study of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. The Institute is able to draw on academic expertise in a range of disciplinary departments across the College, and supervision may be provided from within the Institute or jointly with other staff of the College.

The College libraries, the British Library and a diversity of China-focussed institutions and organisations in London make the city a resource centre for Chinese Studies which is unparalleled in Europe. Students taking the joint degree in Hong Kong or Singapore benefit from study in a Chinese-speaking environment and from excellent academic and archival resources.

Our PhD students have formed a China Study Group, which meets regularly at King's and includes research students from other universities in London.

Postgraduate training

We offer a series of dedicated seminars on PhD study at the start of each academic year focussing on issues such as planning your research and conducting fieldwork. Students can also participate in the induction and training programmes offered by the College. The China Institute hosts frequent research seminars with speakers from around the world. Where relevant, research students can also audit MSc-level lectures in the China Institute and in other departments.

Joint PhDs - Benefits of collaboration

Research in both London and either Singapore or Hong Kong allows contact with a wider range of perspectives, scholarly methods and research resources.

Joint PhDs - Subjects/specialisms available for joint study

  • Chinese History and Literature (University of Hong Kong)

  • Political Science (National University of Singapore)

Student Destinations

While many graduates may go on to a university-based academic career, others may pursue careers in both the public and private sectors.

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UK Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

£6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies with University of Hong Kong)

£6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD, Political Science and Chinese Studies with National University of Singapore)

Part time tuition fees: £3,060 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

International Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£22,980 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

£22,980 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies with University of Hong Kong)

£22,980 per year (MPhil/PhD, Political Science and Chinese Studies with National University of Singapore)

Part time tuition fees: £11,490 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

UK Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£6,540 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

£6,540 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies with University of Hong Kong)

£6,540 per year (MPhil/PhD, Political Science and Chinese Studies with National University of Singapore)

Part time tuition fees: £3,270 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

International Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies with University of Hong Kong)

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Political Science and Chinese Studies with National University of Singapore)

Part time tuition fees: £12,180 per year (MPhil/PhD, Chinese Studies)

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

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Study Environment

The King's China Institute offers a unique and exciting environment for the in-depth study of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. The Institute is able to draw on academic expertise in a range of disciplinary departments across the College, and supervision may be provided from within the Institute or jointly with other staff of the College.

The College libraries, the British Library and a diversity of China-focussed institutions and organisations in London make the city a resource centre for Chinese Studies which is unparalleled in Europe. Students taking the joint degree in Hong Kong or Singapore benefit from study in a Chinese-speaking environment and from excellent academic and archival resources.

Our PhD students have formed a China Study Group, which meets regularly at King's and includes research students from other universities in London.

Postgraduate training

We offer a series of dedicated seminars on PhD study at the start of each academic year focussing on issues such as planning your research and conducting fieldwork. Students can also participate in the induction and training programmes offered by the College. The China Institute hosts frequent research seminars with speakers from around the world. Where relevant, research students can also audit MSc-level lectures in the China Institute and in other departments.

Joint PhDs - Benefits of collaboration

Research in both London and either Singapore or Hong Kong allows contact with a wider range of perspectives, scholarly methods and research resources.

Joint PhDs - Subjects/specialisms available for joint study

  • Chinese History and Literature (University of Hong Kong)

  • Political Science (National University of Singapore)

Student Destinations

While many graduates may go on to a university-based academic career, others may pursue careers in both the public and private sectors.

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Urbanisation
Urbanisation, Rural Development and Social Transformations Research Group

A research group examining urban-rural development and its effect on the developing world.

GACS Research Group Picture
Global (Anti)Corruption Studies Research Group

A research group examining corruption and anticorruption in the Global South.

Mozambique Indian Ocean
Cities, Climate, and Capital in the Greater Indian Ocean World

A research group examining cities, climate, and capital in the Greater Indian Ocean world.

Bolsonaro Yellow Background
Authoritarianism and populism research group

Examining the rise and effects of authoritarianism and populism.

Indo-pacific reefs
Indo-Pacific research group

We research the geo-strategy of the Indo-Pacific and its relationship with other states.

Key information

Award:
MPhil
PhD
Study mode:
Full time
Part time
Campus:
Strand Campus
Duration:
Expected to be MPhil two years FT, three years PT. PhD three years FT, four-six years PT. Normal start date September but students may commence at other times by arrangement.

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