Visiting Research students should be current students at another institution either in the UK or internationally. They will have a viable programme of research for which study in London is necessary. They should identify a supervisor who is an academic member of staff at King’s and will personally support their application.
Please note that applications will only be accepted from students who have arranged a visit with a potential supervisor. Unfortunately any speculative applications will be withdrawn.
How to apply
Students should apply using King’s Apply application system. Please search for the Non-award Research programme in your subject and complete the following sections of the application form:
Students should allow 6 weeks for applications to be processed.
-For visits of up to 3 months, no fee would be charged;
-For visits of 3 to 6 months, a fee of £500 would be charged;
-For visits of between 6 and 9 months, a fee of £2,000 would be charged;
-For visits of 9 to 12 months, a fee of £4,500 would be charged.
-For visits of more than 12 months, normal Overseas tuition fees will apply.
It should be noted that the fee structure proposed will not apply to visiting research students who enter the College through a formal exchange agreement (i.e. within the Erasmus framework, or supported by an MOA).
English Language requirements
The level of English language you are required to demonstrate is dependent upon the length of your visit:
Visits for up to 6 months:
- Students, who will apply for a short term study visa or do not require a visa to study in the UK, should be able to communicate effectively in English and are able to do so in an academic environment. You should provide any certification of your competence in English as part of your application e.g. previous tests, previous study. Competency is assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you are required to demonstrate your level of English, you must meet a minimum of 5.5 overall, with 5.5. in each skill for IELTS prior to your visit.
- Students, who choose to apply for a tier 4 visa, must meet the minimum UKVI English language requirement prior to your visit. This is 5.5 overall, with 5.5. in each skill for IELTS.
Visits more than 6 months:
Any non-EU student visiting the College for more than six months requires a Tier 4 visa. By applying through the portal, all visiting research students would be subject to full checks on their visa status, and non-EU students could be assigned a CAS number for their visa application.
Non-EU research students visiting the College for less than six months would have the choice of applying for a Student Visitor visa or a Tier 4 visa.
It may be preferable for some students who visit for less than six months to apply for a Tier 4 visa. As this visa allows a student to undertake work (maximum 20 hours per week), it would avoid any ambiguity or misunderstanding from UKVI over what constitutes ‘work’ and what constitutes ‘research’. Furthermore, any student entering on a Student Visitor visa is not able to extend their period of leave beyond six months.
Visiting research students from outside the EU must not enter the UK on an Academic Visitor visa or a Business Visitor visa. Guidance will be provided to make clear that the Academic Visitor visa in particular is not appropriate (to qualify for this visa, a visitor must have obtained their doctorate).
We are required to monitor the continuing engagement of all Tier 4 students; given the short nature of the visit, options for this monitoring are being considered.
As a Visiting Researcher at King’s you will be provided with an email address, access to all appropriate facilities and support services including the Graduate School and KCLSU.