King’s equal top for PhD completion rates

Recently released data from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) shows that King’s College London is equal top in England (with Queen Mary, University of London) for its PhD completion rates with 86.8 per cent of its full time research degree starters qualifying with a research degree within seven years, against a national average in England of 72.9 per cent.

Professor Vaughan Robinson, Director of the Graduate School commented: ‘This result is a testimony to the quality of supervision available at King’s, the rigorous way in which we monitor the progress of our doctoral candidates and give them feedback, and the training we make available through the PhD journey. It also reflects our admissions and selection processes, which ensure that we accept excellent students well-matched to the research interests of their supervisory team and the research culture of the department within which they will be working. Our Research Degrees Examinations Board also plays a key role in ensuring appropriate and timely examination of theses.’