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Contemporary India Research MPhil / PhD, option of joint PhD with NUS

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Overview

  • Current number of academic staff: 9 (with 20 affiliates in other departments). View information on academics within the King's India Institute here.

  • Current number of research students: 15 

  • Partner organisations: The Institute is closely involved in the College’s key partnership with Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, with a programme of research exchanges for postgraduate students in addition to a joint PhD programme with the National University of Singapore. In addition, we regularly host visiting fellows from institutions such as the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Brookings India, and the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.

Key information

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.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London/King's and NUS for joint programme

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department India Institute

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Course detail

Description

The King’s India Institute offers a unique and exciting environment for the in-depth study of India. Promoting an inter-disciplinary understanding of India in a comparative global context, the Institute coordinates and develops India-related research capabilities. Students can draw on academic expertise in a range of disciplines, and supervision may be provided from within the Institute or jointly with other faculty within the College. 

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Student Profiles

Course study environment

The India Institute offers a lively and thought-provoking programme of seminars, workshops and colloquia, all of which encourage interaction between graduate students, research staff and a wider audience. Together with the Institute's core staff and associate faculty across various departments at King's, PhD students add to the multi-disciplinary and vibrant intellectual atmosphere of the Institute. The Institute also regularly hosts internationally renowned visiting fellows who add an important dimension to our stimulating academic environment.

Postgraduate training

PhD students benefit from a wide-range of postgraduate and PhD-specific modules. Besides the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Programme at King's, most of our students tailor a training programme specific to their needs in consultation with their supervisors and benefit from postgraduate modules including methods training from departments across the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy. We also organise a periodic Writing-Up seminar where doctoral students present their work to peers and faculty, besides our seminar series India@King's.

 

 

Head of group/division

Dr Louise Tillin, Director, King's India Institute

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Dr Sunil Mitra Kumar
sunil.kumar@kcl.ac.uk 

Contact email

sunil.kumar@kcl.ac.uk

Course website

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/kii

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

India Research Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements   
  • A Master's degree is usually required.

  • In exceptional circumstances only, a Bachelor's degree with first class or high 2:1 honours will be considered. 

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements  Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Applicants to the Joint programme are encouraged to contact an academic at King's to develop research links with the partner institution

Application procedure

Before applying, please read carefully the information about our research interests, and make sure that your research topic falls within one of these areas. You are welcome to contact a potential supervisor directly to discuss your research topic, and we also encourage you to contact the India Institute PhD admissions tutor with a draft research proposal before submitting a complete application through the online system. The admissions tutor will advise whether your research can, in principle, be carried out with us.

Admission will initially be for the MPhil but students are expected to transfer to the PhD proper by the end of the first year, and no later than the end of the second year, on the recommendation of the Institute’s graduate upgrading panel.


September, January, and April start dates available. Applicants are strongly encouraged to start their degree at beginning of the academic year in September, when the College offers a full induction programme.

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants are encouraged to approach potential supervisors prior to application. To identify a supervisor please see: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/en/ .

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

India Research checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). Please outline your reasons for pursuing further research.

Research Proposal Yes The proposal (3-5 pages) should explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Travel Plan Yes (Joint programme only) If applying for the joint programme please include the names of your supervisors from both institutions and include a completed travel plan form.
Other Optional Applicants may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application

 

Course intake

No set number.

Joint PhDs - Application advice

Applicants for the Joint PhD programme must contact the relevant departments at both universities before submitting an application 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, ie 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 FAQs, can be found on the King’s Worldwide web 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.

 

Application closing date

The final deadlines for applicants with Home, EU or overseas (international) fee status are detailed below. Please note that funding applications deadlines may be earlier. We will open applications for the corresponding intake in 2022 after the same intake has passed in 2021.  

  • February 2021 entry – 23rd October 2020 for international applicants and 23rd November 2020 for Home/EU applicants 

  • October 2021 entry – 30th July 2021 for international/EU applicants and 27th August 2021 for Home applicants 

  • February 2022 entry – 12th November 2021 for international/EU applicants and 6th December 2021 for Home applicants 

Applications for 2022/23 academic year will open from October 2021. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

UK Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees:

£5,550 per year (MPhil/PhD, Contemporary India Research)

£5,550 per year (MPhil/PhD, Contemporary India Research with National University of Singapore)   

Part time tuition fees: £2,760 per year (MPhil/PhD, Contemporary India Research)

International Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees: 

£20,820 per year (MPhil/PhD, Contemporary India Research)

£20,820 per year (MPhil/PhD, Contemporary India Research with National University of Singapore)    

Part time tuition fees: £10,410 per year (MPhil/PhD, Contemporary India Research)

UK Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees:

£5,820 per year (MPhil/PhD, Contemporary India Research)

£5,820 per year (MPhil/PhD, Contemporary India Research with National University of Singapore)   

Part time tuition fees: £2,910 per year (MPhil/PhD, Contemporary India Research)

International Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees: 

£21,870 per year (MPhil/PhD, Contemporary India Research)

£21,870 per year (MPhil/PhD, Contemporary India Research with National University of Singapore)    

Part time tuition fees: £10,935 per year (MPhil/PhD, Contemporary India Research)

EU Students starting their programme in the academic year 2021/22 will pay international tuition fees.

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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