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War Studies Research, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #33 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The Department is proud of its thriving community of research students. A recent HEFCE study found that King's College London is the most successful university in Britain in terms of PhD completion rate. The Department of War Studies is recognised by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.
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Nearly 200 students are currently undertaking doctoral research. Every year about 60 new students join the programme. They work under the supervision of faculty members from the Department of War Studies and also from the Department of Defence Studies. The Department is especially interested in receiving applications from students planning their research projects in fields that will enhance the strength of the Department's research groups, programmes and centres and assumes that normally research students will be attached to one or more of these, and that in all cases will enhance research culture and contribute to the War Studies research strategy.

A comprehensive programme of individual research training is offered to ensure that students develop the skills necessary to complete their research programme and fulfil their career goals. In year one, students will draw up a programme of research training and personal development in consultation with their supervisors. Ongoing research training needs are assessed in years two and three. The department offer additional training as required.

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
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course study environment

  • MPhil/PhD students are allocated a primary and secondary supervisor. Research students have access to a small workspace in the Department of War Studies, this workspace contains PCs with internet connections and printers. Students have access to the collections in the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives and at IISS, RUSI, Chatham House, and RCDS. 
  • There is a programme of research training workshop attended by years one to three. Students organise occasional informal research colloquiums and there are frequent departmental public lectures and seminars. There is an annual Postgraduate Student -Staff research conference held at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, as well as a varied programme of research seminars across the department's disciplines.

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

The normal entry requirement for the MPhil/PhD programme is:

  • a Master's degree with high merit (or overseas equivalent),
  • and a 2.1 honours degree at the bachelor's level (or overseas equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18740 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18740 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    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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