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Telecommunications, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #31 (QS) London, United Kingdom
Research income: Since January 2005, the CTR has attracted over £3m in research funding; its current research funding support is £1.2m. Moreover, since 2001, the CTR has received £5.4m in research funding, and has participated, among others, in nine EU-funded projects and seven EPSRC-funded projects.
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Current staff: The Institute currently has 10 academic members, one RAs, three RFs, and 40 PhD students. This gives a ratio of approximately four PhD students for each academic member. The CTR successfully graduated over 60 PhD students since 2001.
Recent publications: The Institute has an excellent publications record: its papers have been cited more than 14,000 times. It has published over 1,350 papers; it has published three books, over 25 book chapters, and has filed ,over 20 patents. The average number of citations per paper published by the Institute is more than 10. These statistics put the Institute in a select band of top groups in the UK undertaking wireless communications research.
Current research projects: In 1996, the CTR was one of four selected founding academic members of the “Virtual Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Personal Communications (Mobile VCE)”, a prestigious venture between industry and academia. Since then, the CTR remained as a major contributor to Mobile VCE. In 2008, the CTR was selected as one of the four research groups, among the 56 Universities that applied, to participate in the “Green Radio” work area of Mobile VCE’s Research Programme.


Officially accredited/recognized by the Privy Council, King's College London (KCL) is a large (enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. King's College London (KCL) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      four-six years part-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course study environment

The graduate students are an integral part of the academic life of the Institute of Telecommunications. All research students are provided with a dedicated work area, computing facilities, access to laboratory facilities, photocopying, and support for conference attendance. You will attend a School induction course, and also the Institute induction meeting. 

Postgraduate training

Receiving the appropriate training and support is vital in successfully completing a research degree, and King's has the highest completion rates in England (HEFCE 2007). All research students are required to attend the training provided by the School. Other training needs are assessed on an individual basis, in discussion with your supervisors. Some students are given the opportunity to work as laboratory demonstrators for undergraduate classes.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in Electrical Engineerting, Electronics or Computer Engineering or a closely related subject and a good background in the area of intended research. 
  • Applicants who do not meet the undergraduate requirements but have or are currently studying an additional Masters with Merit (or international equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, Electronics or Computer Engineering may be considered.
  • Application procedure
  • Your application is assessed by the Research Graduate Admissions Tutor. We aim to respond within four weeks, although it may take longer at certain times.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23400 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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