Research course

Research in Health, Social Care and Education

Kingston University · Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
MA by researchMSc by researchPhDPhD by prior publication/portfolio

Entry requirements

MA/MSc by research: You will normally need a first or second class honours degree or equivalent in a subject appropriate to the proposed field of research. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): You will normally need a postgraduate masters degree or a first/upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to your proposed research programme. PhD by prior publication/portfolio: The award allows people who have not followed the traditional academic route towards a PhD to obtain academic recognition for having undertaken and produced research, and developed their research skills and subject knowledge to doctoral level. Master of Clinical Research (MRes.Clin): You will normally need a first or second class honours degree, minimum 2:1.

Months of entry

October, March

Course content

Interested in research in health, social care and education? Always thought of studying a degree that enables you to explore and analyse an area of interest to you that could make a real difference?

Kingston and St George’s has a long standing reputation for delivering a range of quality research degrees across health, social care and education. If you choose to study with us, you will benefit from the expertise of our supportive academics and a stimulating learning environment across not one, but two leading London universities.

We are very proud of the work supporting our research degrees within the faculty. In the 2014 Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Research Excellence Framework, 74 per cent of our research was deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. Over the past 10 years, we have seen the number of students within the faculty increase exponentially, and we look forward to continuing our impact in academic research with you.

The faculty understands that you value strong and continuous support throughout your research degree. Examples of how we support our students include:

  • Regular meetings with a lead academic supervisor and a supervisor team.
  • Postgraduate training programme to develop your research skills.
  • Specialist subject and interdisciplinary research seminars which provide a forum for presentation and discussion of work-in-progress, as well as an opportunity to meet fellow students and staff.

Information for international students

Only the MSc and MA by research, and PhD are available for international students.

Fees and funding

Funding for research degrees.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
36-48 months
part time
48-72 months

PhD by prior publication/portfolio

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate research degree co-ordinator
+44 (0)20 8725 2247