Research course

Contemporary India Research

King's College London · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

A Master's degree (or international equivalent) is usually required.

In exceptional circumstances only, a Bachelor's degree with first class or high 2:1 honours (or international equivalent) will be considered.

Applicants to the Joint programme are encouraged to contact an academic at King's to develop research links with the partner institution.

Months of entry


Course content

The King’s India Institute offers a unique and exciting environment for the in-depth study of India. Promoting an inter-disciplinary understanding of India in a comparative global context, the Institute coordinates and develops India-related research capabilities. Students can draw on academic expertise in a range of disciplines, and supervision may be provided from within the Institute or jointly with other faculty within the College.

The India Institute offers a lively and thought-provoking programme of seminars, workshops and colloquia, all of which encourage interaction between graduate students, research staff and a wider audience. Together with the Institute's core staff and associate faculty across various departments at King's, PhD students add to the multi-disciplinary and vibrant intellectual atmosphere of the Institute. The Institute also regularly hosts internationally renowned visiting fellows who add an important dimension to our stimulating academic environment.

We offer two dedicated PhD modules viz. Interpreting India and Methods in the Social Sciences and Humanities besides a weekly Writing Up seminar. In addition, students are encouraged to audit relevant MA modules at the India Institute and across College, and can take dedicated doctoral training courses run by the KISS-DTC. We also host a weekly seminar series India@King's.

Department specialisms

See the King's India Institute website at

Information for international students

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Fees and funding

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months


part time
48-72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr Sunil Mitra Kumar
+44 (0) 20 7848 2736