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PhD Research

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The Department is proud of its thriving community of research students. A recent HEFCE study found that King's College London is the most successful university in Britain in terms of PhD completion rate. The Department of War Studies is recognised by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Our Research Degrees are hosted by the School of Security Studies, comprising the Departments of War Studies and Defence Studies.

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

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.

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 at King’s. 

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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King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS-DTC) provides postgraduate training and 15-20 studentships a year for doctoral social scientists right across the College.

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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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