The first stage of applying for a PhD would be to identify a PhD programme at King’s that is relevant to your proposed research, and then to identify a potential supervisor. You can find which postgraduate research programmes are available at King’s by searching our online prospectus. Under each programme entry you will find:

  • Course information
  • Information on staff and research groups (to help you identify a supervisor. You can also visit our research portal)
  • Minimum entry requirements
  • Application procedures and deadlines
  • Tuition fees

If you are an international applicant, you can find further guidelines on international entry requirements online.

Important to know:

  • For most of our science and health science related programmes, supervisors usually devise projects, attract funding for them and then advertise them. In this case, if you require further information or wish to discuss the project in more detail, you can contact the named individual advertising the project, copying your correspondence to the relevant Admissions team.
  • For programmes in the arts and social sciences, applicants are usually expected to create their own research proposal, which they should submit with their application.
  • When studying for a PhD at King’s (and many other UK institutions), students initially have to register as an MPhil student. They will then go through the process of upgrading from an MPhil to a PhD sometime during the period of study.

We have a separate English Language Requirements article that provides useful information and direct links about language proficiency.


How to apply

All applications should be made through our online application system, King's ApplyWhen you apply, remember to provide:

  • transcripts of your previous qualifications;
  • two academic references;
  • any English language qualifications (if your first language is not English).

Some programmes require specific additional documents to be submitted with the application such as a writing sample or detailed research proposal. Please check the "Entry requirements" tab in the programme’s entry on the online prospectus for further details.

For helpful tips on preparing your application, watch this video that features the Head of the Graduate School advising potential research applicants through the application process. This includes key academic insight into:

  • What makes a good research proposal?
  • What makes a ‘stand out’ research candidate?
  • Common pitfalls in the application process
 

After you've applied

You can track your application using King's Apply. Through the portal, you’ll be able to send messages directly to your Admissions team, upload any additional documents or materials and check if a decision has been made on your application.
 

Funding your studies

Our Finding funding guidance provides hints and tips on how to begin your funding search. There are several different sources of potential funding, such as our own Graduate School, as well as Research Councils; there is detailed advice about these options on our postgraduate funding webpages. You can also search our online Funding Database to see what’s available for you and your programme, and to make sure you don’t miss any key deadlines.