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Business and Social Sciences MPhil/PhD

Kingston University

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Kingston University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Research students are a key and valued part of the research activities within the Faculty. They help to build a strong research reputation, are vital members of our Research Centres and occasionally help with teaching undergraduate students. The Faculty of Business and Social Sciences (FBSS) is one of the most research-intensive parts of Kingston University. It has an energetic research culture and therefore a plethora of research projects currently on offer. The MPhil takes up to two years full-time or up to four years part-time. It is awarded on the basis of a thesis of about 40,000 words which has been successfully defended in an oral examination.

A PhD will typically take:

three to four years of full-time study; or
four to six years of part-time study.

You will normally need a postgraduate masters degree or a first/upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to your proposed research programme. Please check the relevant faculty's research degrees webpage for specific requirements.

Word length for the PhD thesis varies according to discipline, and is about 40,000 words for healthcare, science and engineering, or 80,000 for other subject areas. On completion it will be the subject of an oral examination, in which you will show how you have:

  • critically investigated your area of research; and
  • made an independent and original contribution to knowledge.

Initially, your admission will be provisional and subject to formal confirmation after your first year of study. In exceptional circumstances, we may consider you for admission to a research degree without the conventional qualifications. If you have substantial relevant professional experience, including publications or written reports, the University will consider these as a potential alternative basis for an application for admission to a research degree programme.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,400per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Kingston University

  • University League Table

    100th

  • Campus address

    Kingston University, River House, 53-57 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1LQ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    93rd out of 123 1

    94th out of 102 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    104 48%

    99th

    10
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    53 53%

    112th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%

    48th

    21
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    98 49%

    94th

    13
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    51 51%

    70th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.01 80%

    50th

    1

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