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PhD Research


We’re proud of our thriving community of research students, who enhance our research output and develop and contribute to our impact and engagement work.  

King’s is a research-intensive university with a global reputation for academic discovery and teaching. We recognise the importance of nurturing postgraduate research students and equipping them to excel in the academy, in public service, and in industry. 

We host around 200 students undertaking doctoral research. They have the opportunity to work with academics from across the School of Security Studies, which is comprised of the War Studies and Defence Studies Departments, and is the largest community of scholars in the world dedicated to producing world-leading research on defence, security and international relations.

PhD students are a vital element of King’s research community and culture, adding considerably to research productivity whilst providing role models for those undergraduates who are considering studying for a higher degree.

The Department of War Studies is recognised by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.

PhD training and funded studentships

Based at King’s, the ESRC London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) offers studentships and training to students across the College. Both Home and International students will be eligible for funding as of the 2021/22 academic year and LISS DTP’s training courses are available to all students in the Department of War Studies. You can find more information on the DTP’s website.

Many War Studies applicants are also eligible for funding from the AHRC London Arts & Humanities Partnership, which similarly offers studentships and training to KCL students. You can find more information on their website.

Distance learning

War Studies also offers a distance learning War Studies MPhil/PhD programme. This pathway is intended for well qualified students whose professional commitments prevent their fulfilling the normal residency requirement of the MPhil/PhD programme 

Research groups and themes

Within the School, PhD students are supported through their affiliation with one (or more) research groups, which sponsor seminars and other opportunities for learning and interaction with leading researchers.

PhD researchers also automatically gain membership through their academic supervisors to one of the School of Security Studies' eight research themes, designed to bring together academics, researchers and students in a collaborative environment. Our research theme communities work together to support and critique each other’s research, elevate discussion of research through events and promote the great work of our academic and student body beyond the university. 

Duration Expected to be: MPhil, two years FT, four years PT; PhD. three years FT, six years PT.

MPhil/PhD from the Department of War Studies at King's College London, option of joint PhD with Hong Kong University of the National University of Singapore

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Before applying for an MPhil/PhD you will need to consider a potential supervisor. Please consult the academic profiles for more information on the supervisory interests of staff and make contact with them directly regarding your application. Only when you have an agreed supervisor can you progress to make a formal application through the Admissions Office

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