King's College London

Course Introduction

Overview

The Lau welcomes high quality research proposal from interests applicants. We are interested in particular in political economy, political science of contemporary China, Chinese international relations, and China and its natural environment.

Interested applicants should first of all familiarise themselves with the research interests and areas of the current academic staff at the Lau China Institute and see which best fits their proposed research. Applicants should then send a two page maximum outline with the following information to the admissions tutor:

Research title

* The key research questions that the thesis will address

* The proposed treatment of the research - in terms of methodology, theory and any other relevant information

* An idea of the kind of evidence base that the research will rely on - whether documents, case studies, etc.

Applicants need in particular to think about the literature that their research is intended to speak to, the viability of any field research involved (in terms of practicality, funding, ethical clearance, etc) and ways in which it will make a contribution to existing scholarship.

Description

This is a prolonged research programme culminating in the presentation of a thesis, followed by an oral examination (viva voce). The thesis must form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and afford evidence of originality, shown either by the discovery of new facts or by the exercise of independent critical power.

Joint PhD programme

Exciting opportunities are available to undertake a joint PhD programme either with Hong Kong University (through the Faculty of Arts) or with the National University of Singapore (through the Department of Political Science).

Start Date:

Normal start date is September but students may commence at other times by arrangement. Expected to be MPhil two years FT, PhD three years FT..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
5 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £5,550 Home Fees
5 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £20,820 Overseas Fees
5 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £5,550 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: A Masters degree is usually required. In exceptional circumstances only, an undergraduate degree with 1st Class or high 2:1 honours degree will be considered.
  • International entry requirements: A Masters degree is usually required. In exceptional circumstances only, an undergraduate degree with 1st Class or high 2:1 honours degree will be considered. Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill; TOEFL iBT: 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) / Cambridge C1 Advanced: 185 overall; minimum 176 in all skills; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge C2 Proficiency: 185 overall; minimum 176 in all skills; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each communicative skill.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100