King’s College London (DEPS) – Google collaboration

Awards for PhD students in computer science education

(this is a copy of the information on the DEPS news page)

We are pleased to announce two awards for prospective PhD students in computer science education starting September 2016.  The financial support for these scholarships is provided by Google.

We have one award for a full-time student of £17,800 spread over three years and an award for a part-time student of £7,200 spread over three years.  Information about studying at King’s for a PhD can be found here.

Example topics in computer science education

Applicants’ proposed PhD topic should relate to one of the following areas:


  1. Teacher development in computer science
  2. Pedagogical issues relating to computer science in school
  3. The computer science curriculum in school
  4. Issues related to diversity and inclusion in computer science in school.


To apply

To apply for a PhD in this area, first ensure that you meet the entrance requirements.


King’s College London has the following requirements for entry on to the PhD:

  • Applicants should hold a 2:1 Undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) and a Master’s degree with high merit (or international equivalent) and showing evidence of capacity to work at distinction level.

Applicants must also provide:

  • A piece of independently produced academic work (e.g. a Master’s essay/dissertation or published or unpublished paper) that has been assessed by the admissions tutor and prospective supervisor as showing potential for doctoral level work.
  • A research proposal of about 1,000 words covering the research aims or questions, the theoretical background to the proposed research and its relationship to previous work in the relevant field(s), the significance of the proposed research, the likely methodological approach and why it is appropriate to the aims of the project, the timescale of the project, and how the proposed research complements the applicants’ previous experience and anticipates possible future research work.


Secondly, you should contact Dr Sue Sentance with a draft proposal for your PhD. If your proposal is appropriate, then you will then be invited to apply by completing a PhD application. The closing date for applying for these awards is 6th June 2016. All applications will be considered in June 2016 and potential applicants will be interviewed.


What are the costs?

Tuition fees at the School of Education, King’s College London for Home/EU students (2016-2017) are as follows:

  • Full-time students £4600 p.a. (international students £17,000 p.a.)
  • Part-time students £2300 p.a. (international students £8,500 p.a.)

Living costs in London are approximately £12000 – £15000 p.a. Students in receipt of an award should ensure that they have sufficient funding to meet the costs associated with their study over and above the funding they will receive from Google, which will fully cover the fees for home/EU students for the first three years for part time students and part cover the fees for three years for full time students.

Any costs after the period of three years (ie the rest of the part-time PhD would need to be born by the applicant).

About King’s College London

King’s College London was founded in 1829 and is one of the top 20 universities in the world (2013-4 QS international world rankings). It is the fourth oldest university in England and is based in the heart of London.  King’s has over 26,000 students (including more than 10,600 postgraduates) from 140 countries and over 7,000 employees.

The Department of Education and Professional Studies (DEPS) has been at the forefront of teacher education and educational research for over forty years. Today it is renowned for its teaching and research expertise in science and mathematics education; language, culture and communication; and public policy. We have a proud history of contributing to public policy debates and the concerns of professional communities of practice across multiple sectors, both nationally and internationally, and we provide programmes of study that help professionals critically analyse, research and effectively respond to changes in thinking and policy in their fields. The Department ranks second in the Complete University Guide for Education and also came 2nd in the recent Research Excellence Framework.

In an area which is comparatively new the computer science education team have published substantial research in the area of computer science in schools. Last year, we organised and hosted the international 10th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing . Within the department, we have been working with teachers in the area of Computing in schools for about 20 years. We run a successful MA course in Computing in Education. Our PGCE in IT (later ICT and now Computer Science) was one of the first to be established. In the last four years we have been leading in the support of Computing teachers; most notably this has been through the CAS London (Computing At School) and Teaching London Computing initiatives. Applicants will be supervised by Dr Sue Sentance.

About Google

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, and our approach to computer science education is an extension of that mission. We are committed to increasing CS opportunities for all — regardless of gender, ethnicity, geography, or socio-economic level — and aim to inspire young people everywhere not just to use technology, but to create it.

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