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PhD European Studies Research

 Course Level
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

17000 GBP
4600 GBP
4600 GBP

Application fee

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Department of European & International Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

REF rankings 2014: King's is of the top 20 leading institutions worldwide (2014 QS World University Rankings). The 2014 Research Excellence Framework confirmed the world-class standard of research undertaken in the School of Arts & Humanities and its leading international reputation. King's is ranked 1st in the UK for Politics and International Studies according to the framework.

Research income: The contributing departments receive research income from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy and other institutions. The Department of European & International Studies has received funding from the Leverhulme Trust, the European Research Council and from the EU Framework Programme 7.

Current number of academic staff: 17.

Current number of research students: 36.

Recent publications:

  • La France en révolte.
  • Economic Government in the European Union.
  • The Resources of Critique.
  • Bonfire of Illusions: The Twin Crises of the Liberal World.
  • Hegemony and the Future of the City of London. 
  • The Quest for a European Strategic Culture.
  • Fragmented Fatherland: Immigration and Political Violence in Germany 1945 – 2000.
  • Forecasting, warning and responding to Transnational Risk
  • The Oxford Handbook of the European Union
  • After Liberalism? Liberalism in a Changing World
  • Imperalism and Global Political Economy
  • Europarties after Enlargement. Organization, Ideology and Competition
  • The Arab Spring in the Global Political Economy
  • The Political Economy of the Egyptian Revolution: Mubarak, Economic Reform and Failed Hegemony

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Eligibility Criteria

The normal entry requirement for the MPhil/PhD programme is:

  • a Master's degree with merit (or international equivalent)
  • and a 2.1 honours degree at the bachelor's level (or overseas equivalent)

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.

Extensive practical experience in a relevant field (diplomatic, journalistic, humanitarian, economic or developmental) may be taken into account when evaluating an application, but a convincing research proposal is essential to being admitted.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules


We offer research supervision for MPhil and PhD dissertations on a variety of areas within European & International Studies. Specialisations include European and national identities; Europeanisation; European and national political thought; EU foreign and security policy; democratization and state-building; party politics; modern social theory; contemporary European and world history; globalisation; migration; social movements; the politics of culture; lobbying and legislative decision-making; energy policy and EU-Asia relations.

Course study environment

Every research student is assigned a primary and secondary supervisor. Their progress is monitored through regular meetings of a review panel. European & International Studies mounts regular research seminars and occasional conferences with invited outside speakers. In addition, the European & International Studies Research Students' Workshop allows research students to report on their work in progress and receive feedback from staff members and fellow students.

Postgraduate training

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities runs a compulsory research training course for all new MPhil/PhD students. Additional research training, where necessary, is agreed between the students and supervisors.

Head of group/division

Professor Alex Callinicos

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 1649 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

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How to Apply

Application procedure

Before applying please consult the department's web pages to determine if we have a suitable research supervisor for your project. Candidates are strongly encouraged to approach potential supervisors informally with a research proposal and full CV before submitting a formal application.

Admission to our research programmes will initially be for the MPhil but we expect students to transfer to the PhD after successfully passing an upgrading examination, which normally takes place after the end of first year of registration for full-time students. Candidates should include two sealed academic references and a research proposal of between 500 and 2,000 words outlining their proposed research project. No application will be considered without these supporting documents.

Candidates will be normally interviewed by two members of the department's staff, one of whom will be the prospective supervisor.

Personal statement and supporting information

No information required.

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is detailed below for 2016 and 2017 entry. Prior to these dates all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After these dates applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

April 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 19th February 2016 for UK/EU and international students.

September 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 29th July 2016 for international students and 2nd September 2016 for UK/EU students.

January 2017 entry - Application deadline will be on the 31st October 2016 for international students and 2nd December 2016 for UK/EU students.

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