Joint PhD with Hong Kong University

As part of King’s policy of working with international partners, the College now offers a growing range of Joint PhDs. On these programmes students are supervised by academic staff at King’s and at one of our partner institutions, spending time at both universities.

Since their launch three years ago, two PhD students have recently become the first to graduate from these programmes. Sarah Downes, who undertook a Joint PhD in English at King’s and HKU, describes below her experience of studying in a different research culture.

Under the joint supervision of Dr Otto Heim at HKU and Dr Anna Snaith at KCL, Sarah’s research project considered the relationship between literary modernism and visual culture in the work of Caribbean modernist Jean Rhys. “The joint PhD was an immensely rewarding experience, I’d recommend it to any prospective student. Moving to a different city and a different culture is no easy task, but I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to really immerse myself into Hong Kong life. At times doing a PhD can be a lonely process, but the support from both departments has been incredible, and I feel fortunate that my academic future will hopefully be supported by the connections I am making both in Asia and in Europe.

My research was energised and invigorated by the contrasting academic practices of the two institutions, and personally I benefitted immensely from researching in a new environment when I moved to Hong Kong. My three years as a Joint PhD scholar were incredible – I only wish it could have lasted longer!”

Professor Vaughan Robinson, Director of the Graduate School at King’s, adds: “We are incredibly proud of our Joint PhD programmes. They attract outstanding and adventurous students and allow our academics to work with other world class researchers elsewhere in the world. I would like to congratulate our first two graduands from these programmes with HKU and NUS and wish them well in their future careers. I am sure the experience of having studied in two research cultures and countries will stand them in excellent stead.”

A Joint PhD programme results in one qualification awarded by both King’s College London and the partner institution. Students benefit from access to learning resources in both locations.

Studying at more than one institution allows students access to the resources and expertise of different departments and may, in some cases, enable them to work between disciplines. Students can make professional and personal contacts that can help future career opportunities and, upon completion of their studies, receive a qualification from two internationally recognised institutions.

Find out more about King’s Joint PhD programmes on the King’s Worldwide webpages or if you are already on a PhD programme, or are a member of staff at King’s but are interested in international mobility, you can find out more about the range of opportunities available to you, including partnership grants, and other study abroad options on the Study Abroad webpages.

Partnership Grants for Research Visits 2013-14

Partnership Grant will once again be available during the 2013-14 academic year and offer opportunities for PhD and postdoctoral researchers to undertake a short period of research or work on a particular project that helps sustain and develop partnerships with the international universities that are Strategic Partners of the College. The level of funding that will be awarded is designed to cover travel costs and make a contribution toward subsistence at the partner institution. It is anticipated that no award will be for more than £2,000.

For information on how to apply, what money is available and to find out if you are eligible for the Partnership Grant, visit www.kcl.ac.uk/study/abroad/discover/money/partnergrant.aspx

For further information on the Strategic Partners, visit www.kcl.ac.uk/aboutkings/worldwide/partners/index.aspx

Applications can be submitted throughout the year and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. The remaining 2014 deadlines are now confirmed as 1st April, 1st July and 7th October.

Partnership Grants

King’s annually makes money available for research students and postdoctoral researchers to go abroad and spend time at one of the College’s seven Strategic Partners across the world:

For information on how to apply, what money is available and to find  out if you are eligible for the Partnership Grant, visit www.kcl.ac.uk/study/abroad/discover/money/partnergrant.aspx

For further information on the Strategic Partners, visit www.kcl.ac.uk/aboutkings/worldwide/partners/index.aspx

The deadline for the next round of Partnership Grant applications is Monday 15th July 2013.