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Enhancing your studies

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Master's students

Postgraduate taught students will have access to a range of opportunities that will help enhance their studies. These include:

King's Experience Awards

King’s Experience Awards are given for learning that you undertake outside the formal curriculum. They are based on your experience-based learning, which can include volunteering in local or global communities, or undertaking an internship, paid employment, or learning another language outside your formal studies.

The King’s Experience Awards are made up of four specific awards;

  •  Global Award
  •  London Award
  •  Leadership Award (in partnership with KCLSU and KCL Careers & Employability)
  •  Interdisciplinary Award 

For more information, please visit the King's Experience web pages.

Internship opportunities

Postgraduate taught (master's) students can apply to undertake an internship programme during their degree.  At King's we equip students to action their own meaningful work through a variety of online tools, networks and events, alongside our own curated co-curricular programmes, which are available to a range of students - from work shadowing to summer internships across a range of industries, and specific support for under-represented groups.

Some students also have the option to gain academic credit through the completion of an internship as part of an accredited internship module within their programme, this is supported by dedicated Internship Convenors in their department and our Accredited Internships Programme.

For more information, please visit the King's Internships web pages.

Study Abroad opportunities

All students at King's have access to the Study Abroad programme, which offers students the opportunity to spend set periods of time at a wide range of partner universities around the world.

Full details of what is on offer and how it can help enhance your studies and your employability beyond your degree can be found via the Study Abroad Office web pages.

Volunteering

The KCLSU Student volunteering provides opportunities to get involved with local community groups and bigger organisations.  

Student Representation

There are several ways postgraduate taught (master's) students can get involved at King’s besides your studies.

Some students choose Sports, some choose Societies and some choose to improve King’s College during their time here by becoming Student Representatives.  

The student voice has a presence far reaching into the upper echelons of the college.

 

Research students

As a postgraduate research student at King’s you will: 

  • be able apply for various types of funding to support your study and development; 
  • be given the chance to meet fellow students and colleagues at King’s and at our partner institutions;  
  • be able to attend social events or events that are relevant to your study.

Training

Modern Language Centre

The Graduate School and the Modern Language Centre offer the opportunity to learn a foreign language while studying for a PhD or master's. You can learn a language either by going to classes or using online learning resources. See the Modern Language Centre's web pages for more information.

King's Learning Institute

The King's Learning Institute offers two programmes for research students - the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, and a Postgraduate diploma. These are invaluable for those who want to become academics or wish to develop teaching skills. See the King's Learning Institute web pages for more information.

The Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

The Graduate School's RDP is designed to improve research skills, deliver a superior PhD and enhance employment prospects. Courses can also assist entry into an academic career. The programme offers more than 200 opportunities for personal development including courses, e-learning resources, and one-to-one advice sessions. Full details of the RPD can be found on the Graduate School web pages.

Conference funds

The Graduate School at King’s have some funds to support King's postgraduate research students who have been invited to deliver an oral or poster presentation at a conference. 

Check the Graduate School Funding database for further details.

International opportunities

The Graduate School offers travel grants for research students who wish to spend some time working in one of our key partner universities. These include:

  • University of California, San Francisco 

  • University of North Carolina

  • Renmin in China

  • Hong Kong University

  • National University of Singapore

  • University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University in India.

The grants allow students to work with some of the best academics in their field, and gain invaluble international experience.

King's is also establishing a range of joint PhDs with our international partner universities, allowing students to spend a period working in places such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Stuttgart.

Such degrees allow students to have supervisors from more than one country and research culture, giving them international referees for when they apply for jobs.

Find out more on the King's Worldwide pages.

Researcher Open Competition

The Researcher Open Competition offers funds to support developmental activities for early career researchers (including postgraduate research students) at King's.

The funding provides opportunities to enable researchers to develop activities and resources that will deliver study skills, transferable skills and enhanced employability.  

Groups and networks

As a postgraduate student at King's, you can gain access to various groups, societies and networks. Some are for King’s postgraduates only and others are open to a wider postgraduate audience:  

Internship programmes

King’s students have the opportunity to broaden their horizons and increase their employability by taking part in internships, programmes and summer schools around the world. Please see our internships pages for more information.

Events

Our Schools and Departments host a variety of events for prospective and current postgraduate students at King’s as well as for King’s staff. 

Events include open days, induction events, drop-in advice sessions and social events. See the Visiting King's pages for further details.

Associateship of King's College London

Postgraduate students studying on two or three year programmes are eligible to take the Associateship of King's College (AKC). This optional course, unique to King's, considers aspects of ethics, philosophy and theology, Biblical studies and Christian doctrine.

Lectures in recent years have included:

  • 'God in Western Thought'

  • 'Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Multicultural Societies'

  • ‘Religious Experience and Ethics’.

Former Archbishop Tutu and the Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks have contributed to the AKC. 

For further details visit the AKC pages or contact the Dean's Office.


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Next steps

View our postgraduate guide

Learn more about postgraduate degree programmes at King's.

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