How to apply
Before starting the application process, you should identify and make contact with an academic who may be interested in supporting your research. Please search for research staff. The frequently asked questions section provides further information.
Please note that we cannot consider applications until we have a full set of the paperwork as listed below, including two references, and you have confirmation from an academic that they are willing to support your project, as you will need to include their name on your application form.
In order to be considered for a research degree we will need the following from you:
- A completed online postgraduate application form.
- The application form requires you to name two referees. In order to progress your application, we will require the actual written references to be sent as soon as possible after your application has been submitted. It is your responsibility to follow this up with your referees. Download the Kingston University reference form (PDF).
- A detailed research proposal – please see this template and address all the points.
When submitting a project proposal as part of your application please ensure that it is all your own work and where you have made use of the work of others this is clearly indicated through a citation or acknowledgement. Please be aware that the University takes any act of plagiarism seriously and will conduct a plagiarism check on all research proposal documents submitted for application. If plagiarism is identified the application may be unsuccessful. The University will not accept a lack of understanding of the requirements for acknowledging the work of others as a legitimate defence for academic misconduct.
- Copies of all academic qualifications, eg degree and/or masters certificates.
- For international students who have not previously studied in the UK, evidence of English language proficiency through the completion of an English language qualification (IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is recommended). The qualification must have been awarded no more than 24 months before your planned start date for your research degree.
- If you plan to study as an overseas-based student, the expectation is that candidates will have a host institution supporting them, in terms of laboratory and library facilities and local supervision. If so, we will also require a letter – on headed paper –- from the institution confirming this. Specifically, the letter should comment on the local availability of library and other appropriate resources; provide details of the local supervisor and rationale for his/her choice and indicate the frequency and nature of contact between the student and the local supervisor. We shall also require a letter - on headed paper - from the local supervisor, confirming they agree to this role. His or her CV should be included with this letter.
- If you are being sponsored, we require a letter – on headed paper – confirming the sponsorship details and the name and address for invoicing.
- Important information for international students
If you are not a national of the European Economic Area (including Switzerland), you may have to apply for a valid ATAS Clearance Certificate before applying for a visa. You can only apply for an ATAS certificate when you have received the formal offer of a place.
It is essential that you apply well in advance of the expiry of your Visa as the timeframe for our application process cannot be changed and you may need to plan to return to your home country if your visa expiry date is imminent.
Please note – if your application is approved by the Faculty Research Degrees Committee, you will be asked to attend an interview before the offer of a place is made. For applicants based overseas, a Skype interview can be arranged.