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King’s College London Phd

King’s College London Phd

PhD opportunities

The Faculty’s Academic Divisions offer unrivalled opportunities for graduate research.

Our graduate research community comprises over 600 graduate research students, 30 percent of these international students.

Every student benefits from the Graduate School Researcher Development Programme which helps students develop generic and subject-specific skills. Effective mentoring and supervision ensure our students progress well.King’s is committed to providing an excellent experience for our graduate community.

We receive substantial levels of funding from the UK’s research councils, charities and government bodies, as well as from further afield.

Find out more about all our current available studentships.

MPhil/ PhD admissions information

The School of Management & Business has established an international reputation in its core areas of research. Through its collective work school staff have made a major contribution to the shaping and development of management theory and practice. This is a reflection not only of the quality of staff in the school but also the congenial and supportive atmosphere within which we conduct research.

Research is central to our activities. It helps maintain our position at the forefront of the management discipline and at the same time enriches the learning experience of our students. Doctoral students are a central part of our flourishing research activity. Our ESRC approved Management Research MPhil/PhD degree programme owes its success to the quality of the School’s staff and inter-disciplinary nature of the research being conducted.


Applications to the programme should be made using the King’s online system.

We do not consider any applications until we have received all supporting documents, including references. Please note that we strongly advise applicants to find a potential supervsior before submitting your application. Please have a look at the Research Portal with full list and details of our academics.  We aim to contact applicants within 6-8 weeks of receiving the complete application package.

Initial Registration

All students are registered for an MPhil in the first instance. After 12 months (or part time equivalent), when they have demonstrated that a PhD is a feasible objective, their registration is changed to that of a PhD candidate. The MPhil and PhD programmes are ESRC and CASE recognised.


NEW: PhD Studentships in Economic Measurement:  Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE)

We are seeking to recruit two PhD students who are interested in economic statistics and measurement. The students will contribute to King’s College London’s partnership with the ONS funded Economics Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) ESCoE is a joint initiative between the National Institute of Economic and Social Research who will host the Centre, Cambridge, King’s College London, Nesta, Strathclyde and Warwick Business School.

One studentship will be concerned with output and productivity growth with a focus on services sectors,  Project 2.1: Measuring activity in services sectors (see details below). The successful candidates’ main supervisors will be Professor Mary O’Mahony  and Dr Augustin de Coulon. The second studentship will be concerned with improving the measurement of GDP at different publication horizons with a focus on nowcasting and reconciling the discrepancies in the different approaches to the measurement of GDP, Project 1.2: Measuring GDP at different publication horizons (see details below).  The successful candidates’ main supervisors will be Professor Martin Weale and Professor George Kapetanios, with whom there may be the possibility of working on big data.

The students will also work with individuals in other ESCoE partner institutes such as Nicholas Oulton (LSE) and Diane Coyle (Manchester) on the productivity side and Simon Kirby (NIESR) and Ivan Petrella (WBS) on the nowcasting side. The research will contribute to and complement various ESCoE funded projects in addition to those mentioned above; details of the workprogramme are available here.

Candidates should have a quantitative Masters degree in Economics or related areas (normally with Distinction) from an internationally recognised academic institution; and be interested in developing their research interests in economics statistics and applied micro/macro econometrics.

The studentship

The studentship is open to Home/EU and International/Overseas students for 3 years from October 2017, plus the possibility of extension to a fourth year, and includes:

1)      Tuition fees at Home/EU rate (currently £4600).
Please note that International/Overseas students will be required to find funding to cover the difference between Home/EU fees and international fees.

2)      A stipend of circa £16,296 pa for 3 years


How to apply

Candidates should apply to and provide the following documents:

1)      A curriculum vitae
2)      A covering letter explaining your interest and aptitude for these research projects, in particular

a)      why you are attracted to this particular opportunity
b)      details of your quantitative skills
c)       details of your knowledge of economics, statistics and econometrics
d)      descriptions of previous projects you have completed
e)      how the studentship fits with your career aspirations.

The successful candidates will be required to apply formally to King’s College London Doctoral programme, at which time the following document will be required:
3)      A 2000 word research proposal describing the research project you wish to carry out.

Applications should be submitted by April 28 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted with further details soon after the closing date for applications.

KCL Studentships 2017-18 – *NOW CLOSED*

Funding opportunities in the School

The School of Management & Business at King’s College London invites applications for a number of funded, full-time PhD studentships to start in the 2017-18 academic year.

The School is one of the leading academic centres in management and business in the UK and has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. It is ranked 6th out of 119 business and management departments in the Complete University Guide 2017 and is listed in the top 10 for research output in Business & Management in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

It is an exciting time to join the School. It will be moving to the iconic Bush House in the centre of London in the coming year and has ambitious plans to grow and develop its research and teaching activities. This will present many opportunities for the successful candidates to develop their skills and experience.

In addition, the School is a constituent part of the new LISS-DTP (London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership), which draws together doctoral training at King’s, Imperial College London and Queen Mary, University of London. This partnership is recognised and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The School welcomes applicants in any of its areas of research expertise:

  • Accounting & Financial Management
  • Economics, Banking & Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business & Comparative Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Services Management
  • Work, Interaction & Technology


The studentship is for three years and will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and an annual stipend of £16,296. In order to prepare students for academic careers, individuals receiving a studentship will be expected to undertake some teaching and/or marking activities in the School. Any teaching undertaken will attract payment in addition to the stipend.


All applicants for the full-time PhD programme are eligible to apply.

International (non-EU) students are eligible, but will need to fund the difference in fees between the ‘Home/EU’ and ‘international’ rate themselves.

You will be required to live in the UK throughout your full-time studies, although it is understood that you may need to spend short periods overseas while conducting fieldwork.  

Application process

Applicants are strongly advised to contact a member of academic staff to discuss the research proposal prior to making an application.

There are two steps to apply for a studentship and both must be completedbefore the deadline to be included in the competition:

  1. A short ‘studentship application form’ must be completed and submitted to Flores Anderson-Bryan, PhD Administrator
  2. An application for entry to the programme must be submitted online (see Applicants must specify a PhD in Management & Business with a start date of September 2017 or January 2018 to be included in the process. In the ‘Funding’ section of the Online Application Form, applicants should indicate that they are applying for a School of Management and Business Doctoral Research Studentship. Applicants should use the ‘Research Proposal’ section of the application form (approx. 500 words) to set out their doctoral thesis and project in summary. They should use the ‘Personal Statement’ section (approx. 500 words) of the application form to set out their academic background and interests and their reasons for wanting to pursue postgraduate research study in the School.

The closing date for applications is: 26 January 2017.

Decisions will be announced in March 2017

General enquiries: Flores Anderson-Bryan, PhD Administrator


Assessment Criteria

Please note that the criteria used to assess studentship applications are:

a)    Evidence of the candidate’s individual research potential. E.g. how strong are the academic references, academic transcripts, and other credentials such as prizes, academic awards or publications, and, where appropriate, professional qualifications and/or relevant experience? (50% weighting)

b)    The quality and fit of the proposed research. E.g. are the research topic and questions well formulated? is there a feasible plan of action? does the work offer genuine scope for doctoral research? how well does the research fit with themes within the research group, the School and the wider College or, alternatively, does it make a contribution to developing an emerging programme of research in the School? does the work offer opportunities that will lead to societal or economic impact? (50% weighting)

For further details regarding entry requirements, please see the Online Prospectus, here.

Information about staff research interests:

**Additional Funding Opportunities**

LISS-DTC Studentships

If eligible, please also apply for a LISS-DTC studentship at King’s College London. This will increase the chances that you will secure funding for your PhD. The closing date is 31 January 2017. For further details, see:

Please see the Graduate School postgraduate funding webpage for other funding opportunities.

Further information

For further information on graduate admissions please contact King’s Admissions Office.