Don't just take our word for it – here's what some of our current students say about what it's like to study at Kingston.
Christina French – Geology PhD (Orogenic Gold in West Africa)
"I chose this PhD course based on the supervisory team here at Kingston, including Prof. Peter Treloar and Prof. Andy Rankin, and because It is fully funded and supported by Randgold Resources (a FTSE100 listed gold mining company) which has allowed extensive field work in Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal in West Africa. Exploration Geology has always been of particular interest to me as it combines lab techniques with field geology and mapping. There was already a link between the company which funds my studies and Kingston University through Paul Harbidge (exploration manager for Randgold) who is a Kingston graduate. I was also keen to work with Professors Peter Treloar and Andy Rankin.
I have enjoyed getting to know the staff of the faculty as well as engaging with the growing postgraduate community within the department. What I have enjoyed most about my PhD is the field work in West Africa as well as the opportunity to attend both national and international conferences. It has been beneficial to interact with researchers from different disciplines and to be part of a growing research group. I have spent approx 5 months in West Africa, predominately in the Ivory Coast. This was for sample collection an exploration and is the basis for my research. The highlights were working with and getting to know the people of a different and beautiful country.
I intend to continue a career in exploration geology and the introductions I have been afforded through my time here at Kingston and through representing the university at conferences and meetings has affirmed my decision and created valuable contacts. I have enjoyed interacting with a wide scientific community, working and socialising with other researchers and staff as well as meeting and demonstrating undergraduates through labs and field courses."
Dinesh Bhatia - PhD Aerospace Engineering
"Having completed an MSc in Aeronautical Engineering, a doctorate was the next logical step to progress and enhance my career. Kingston had some really interesting research projects that would help me in the future, particularly in aerodynamics, as I aim to be in F1 as an aerodynamicist. It also has good funding for the doctorate programme. This, along with the fact that it is based in a really good location, made me decide on Kingston University. The course, being a completely research-based course, requires me to work extremely hard. However, my supervisor has been extremely supportive and has been flexible enough to give me time to take up some other activities, like teaching and other skills management.
A particular highlight of Kingston University is the excellent academic and support staff. They have helped conduct my research with ease and have dealt with any problems that I have faced efficiently and quickly. Although, as PhD students, we’re not expected to attend lectures, we might occasionally be expected to deliver tutorials to undergraduate students. This has been a refreshing experience and gives an interesting perspective of being on the other side of the fence. The most interesting part of the course is the new area of research that we are conducting our experiments in. It gives you the opportunity to try and innovate new methods for conducting experiments. Facilities at Kingston are also very good for researchers – we have access to a lot of journals through the online library."