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European Studies Research MPhil/PhD

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Overview

  • REF rankings 2014: King's is of the top 20 leading institutions worldwide (2014 QS World University Rankings). The 2014 Research Excellence Framework confirmed the world-class standard of research undertaken in the School of Arts & Humanities and its leading international reputation. King's is ranked 1st in the UK for Politics and International Studies according to the framework.

  • Research income: The contributing departments receive research income from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy and other institutions. The Department of European & International Studies has received funding from the Leverhulme Trust, the European Research Council and from the EU Framework Programme 7.

  • Current number of academic staff: 17.

  • Current number of research students: 36.

  • Recent publications:

    • La France en révolte.

    • Economic Government in the European Union.

    • The Resources of Critique.

    • Bonfire of Illusions: The Twin Crises of the Liberal World.

    • Hegemony and the Future of the City of London. 

    • The Quest for a European Strategic Culture.

    • Fragmented Fatherland: Immigration and Political Violence in Germany 1945 – 2000.

    • Forecasting, warning and responding to Transnational Risk

    • The Oxford Handbook of the European Union

    • After Liberalism? Liberalism in a Changing World

    • Imperalism and Global Political Economy

    • Europarties after Enlargement. Organization, Ideology and Competition

    • The Arab Spring in the Global Political Economy

    • The Political Economy of the Egyptian Revolution: Mubarak, Economic Reform and Failed Hegemony

Key information

Duration Expected to be PhD (initial registration for MPhil), three years FT, four-six years PT. September to September, January to January or April to April.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of European & International Studies

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Description

We offer research supervision for MPhil and PhD dissertations on a variety of areas within European & International Studies. Specialisations include European and national identities; Europeanisation; European and national political thought; EU foreign and security policy; democratization and state-building; party politics; modern social theory; contemporary European and world history; globalisation; migration; social movements; the politics of culture; lobbying and legislative decision-making; energy policy and EU-Asia relations.

Course study environment

Every research student is assigned a primary and secondary supervisor. Their progress is monitored through regular meetings of a review panel. European & International Studies mounts regular research seminars and occasional conferences with invited outside speakers. In addition, the European & International Studies Research Students' Workshop allows research students to report on their work in progress and receive feedback from staff members and fellow students.

Postgraduate training

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities runs a compulsory research training course for all new MPhil/PhD students. Additional research training, where necessary, is agreed between the students and supervisors.

Head of group/division

Professor Alex Callinicos

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 1649
fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Contact email

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/Admissions-contact-form.aspx

Course website

www.kcl.ac.uk/eurost

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

European Studies Res Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  
  • a Master's degree with Merit

  • and a 2.1 honours degree at the bachelor's level

It is not essential to have taken courses in this field at postgraduate level but we advise students to consider taking our MA or a similar course elsewhere before undertaking research.

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.

 

Extensive practical experience in a relevant field (diplomatic, journalistic, humanitarian, economic or developmental) may be taken into account when evaluating an application, but a convincing research proposal is essential to being admitted.

Application procedure

Before applying please consult the department's web pages to determine if we have a suitable research supervisor for your project. Candidates are strongly encouraged to approach potential supervisors informally with a research proposal and full CV before submitting a formal application.

Admission to our research programmes will initially be for the MPhil but we expect students to transfer to the PhD after successfully passing an upgrading examination, which normally takes place after the end of first year of registration for full-time students. Candidates should include two sealed academic references and a research proposal of between 2,00 and 3,000 words outlining their proposed research project. No application will be considered without these supporting documents.

 Candidates will be normally interviewed by two members of the department's staff, one of whom will be the prospective supervisor.

 

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:

European research checklist
Research Proposal Yes The proposal (2,000 - 3,000 words in length) 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 Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. We will open applications for an intake in 2020 after the final deadline passes in 2019.

  • January 2019 entry – 26th October 2018 for International students and 3rd December 2018 for Home/EU students
  • April 2019 entry – 15th February 2019 for International and Home/EU students
  • October 2019 entry – 26th July 2019 for International students and 30th August for Home/EU students
  • January 2020 entry – 25th October 2019 for International students and 2nd December 2019 for Home/EU students
  • April 2020 entry – 14th February 2020 for International and Home/EU students

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

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/EU Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £5,000 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,500 per year

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees: £5,300 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,650 per year

International Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees:  £18,740 per year

Part time tuition fees: £9,370 per year

International Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees:  £19,850 per year

Part time tuition fees: £9,950 per year

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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

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