Ph.D. On Campus

War Studies Research

King's College London

36 months
20820 GBP/year
5550 GBP/year
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War Studies Research programme 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.


Nearly 200 students are currently undertaking War Studies Research doctoral research at King's College London. 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.

Key facts:

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.

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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

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On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Master's degree with high merit, and a 2.1 honours degree at the bachelor's level.
  • It is not essential to have taken courses in this field at postgraduate level but we advise students to consider taking our MA or a similar course elsewhere before undertaking research work in the Department of War Studies. 
  • Extensive practical experience in the relevant field (e.g. military, diplomatic, journalistic, humanitarian or developmental) may be taken into account when evaluating an application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20820 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 20820 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5550 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 5550 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 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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