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Kingston University - Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Kingston upon Thames
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £17,609 pa (three years full-time) or £8,804 pa (six years part-time)
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 18th May 2021
Closes: 25th June 2021

Kingston University London 

Kingston University has established an international reputation for high quality, innovative research. Our research degree students are a core part of this. The Faculty of Business and Social Sciences (FBSS) is again seeking to make substantial investment in a variety of new PhD studentships for awards beginning in late September 2021.  We are looking for students with expertise that matches our areas of research excellence. Application for these highly competitive research studentships is now open. Information on the Research areas can be found here

Funding available:

Up to 4 studentship awards are available:

  • 2 for Kingston Business School
  • 2 for the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences (except for Politics and International Relations).

The studentships include both an annual stipend and the coverage of annual fees for a duration of three years full time (six years part-time):


The doctoral stipend for 2021/22 is £17,609 pa (three years full-time) or £8804 pa (six years part-time). Levels are likely to rise slightly for the following years but have not yet been confirmed. 

*Coverage of fees:

  • 2 studentships will cover up to the International fee level (£15,400 pa in 21/22) for 3 years full time (or part-time fees of £7,700 pa for six years).
  • 2 studentships will cover up to the level of Home fees only (£4,500 pa in 21/22) for 3 years full time (or part-time Home fees for 6 years, £2,250 pa in 21/22) 

Note: For more information on fee eligibility, including EU settled status, please see our Research Degrees Fees webpage 


To apply you must:

  • have a postgraduate Master's degree or a first/upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to the proposed research project.
  • be intending to research in an area that is covered by the Faculty of Business and Social Science research expertise.
  • have proficiency in English. Please see our English Language requirements pages for details. 

Please note that:

  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Current doctoral students are not eligible to apply.

How to apply

Complete the following steps:

  1. See the FBSS webpage for guidance on how to put together a research proposal: Business and Social Sciences
  2. Complete an online applicationincluding all supporting documentation listed and a KU Studentship statement of application. This should be a brief statement in a document titled ‘KU FBSS Studentship application YOUR NAME'. The statement should cover why you wish to apply to Kingston and should be no more than 200 words long. If you do not include this statement we will not be aware that you are applying for a studentship. 

Please also complete an Equal Opportunities form. Please note this form will not be reviewed as part of your application. 

Applicants are recommended to discuss their research proposal with potential supervisors before submitting an application - please visit our staff pages where you can find information on the University's staff and their research interests.


References are not required with the application but will be required for shortlisted applicants and must be provided by the applicant before their interview. 


Visit the Faculty's research webpage for more information. 

For informal enquiries please email the 


The deadline for application is midnight (GMT) Friday 25th June 2021.

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