Research degrees

Photograph of a student and academicThe Faculty offers strong and continuous support to research students. Each student works closely with a supervisor, meeting on a regular basis. There is also a Postgraduate Training Programme which helps you to develop research skills and provides a forum for presentation and discussion of work-in-progress, as well as an opportunity to meet fellow students and staff socially.

Types of research degree

MA/MSc by Research

A flexible learning programme designed for anyone who wants to conduct an extended and supervised research project in an area of the Arts and Social Sciences. The MA/MSc programme can be used as the foundation for a PhD degree.


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.


The PhD takes up to four years full-time, or up to eight years part-time. It is normally awarded on the basis of a thesis of 80,000 words which has been successfully defended in an oral examination.

Research areas

We consider applications for research degrees in various areas. These include:

Please note: This list is not exhaustive, proposals are welcomed on any subject and will be given full consideration by the Faculty.

How to apply

If you are interested in studying for a research degree, the first step is to submit your research proposal to the Research Student Co-ordinator (tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2304). Please produce your proposal using the following research proposal guidelines:

FASS research centres

Kingston Writing School
the London Graduate School
Cultural Histories @ KingstonCentre for Research in Modern European Philosophy

FASS research contact

For more information on any aspect of research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please contact:

Research Student Co-ordinator
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2304
Fax: +44 (0)20 8417 2292