Research course

Interdisciplinary Policy Studies

King's College London · Department of Education and Professional Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 first degree in an appropriate subject to the research area. Also, one or more of the following: a teaching qualification or equivalent experience; two or more years of research in education; an appropriate master's degree; an approved professional or other qualification.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our highly-rated department offers extensive research training and supervision on a wide range of policy related themes including user and practitioner experiences and perspectives in health and social care, culture and the arts, youth work and education; equality and social justice; identity and social change; professional values and ethics; and public sector reform. There is a particular emphasis on rigorous interdisciplinary and critical perspectives with staff and students working in and across a range of disciplines, eg sociology, social policy and applied philosophy. Students are mostly supervised by staff in the Centre for Public Policy Research but may, where appropriate, be co-supervised by staff from other research centres in the host department and the College. The host department, the department of Education & Professional Studies, comprises the centres for Public Policy Research; Theology, Religion & Culture; Language, Discourse & Communication; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Education.

We also run MPhil and PhD programmes in Theology and Ministry, Language Discourse and Communication, and Education and Professional Studies, and two professional doctorates (Doctor of Education/Doctor of Professional Studies & Doctor of Theology & Ministry). We have a range of research projects, funded by research councils (ESRC and AHRC) and major charities (e.g. Wellcome, Leverhulme and Nuffield).

Please mention the Centre for Public Policy Research and, if known, the particular academic you would like to work with on the application form.

Fees and funding

Within King's, the Graduate School offers a number of awards for home, EU and overseas students. The British Council sometimes awards fellowships to graduate overseas students, and enquiries should be made to the nearest British Council Office in your country. MPhil/PhD candidates may be eligible for AHRC or ESRC funding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
36 months


full time
36 months
part time
48-84 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
+44 (0) 20 7848 7206
+44 (0) 20 7848 7200