Joint PhD Programme with King's College London

Instruction to NUS Applicants

Two schools at King's College London (KCL) – School of Arts & Humanities and School of Social Science & Public Policy – and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) invite applications to the Joint PhD programme (JDP) for every Semester I (August) intake. This JDP represents a good mix of strength from both universities to enhance the training and research work of PhD candidates from both institutions. The programme allows students to pursue work in a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines as well as in topics that invite interdisciplinary approaches. The Schools and Faculty complement each other in terms of areas of strength and of geographical location. You will be registered in one home university, but guided in your work by faculty from both, and examined to the standards of both. You will graduate with a joint qualification, earning a certificate which bears the crests of both universities.

The NUS departments involved in the Joint PhD
programme are as follows:

  • English Language and Literature
  • History
  • Geography
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • South Asian Studies

The KCL departments/institutes involved in the Joint PhD
programme are:

  • Centre for Language Discourse & Communications
  • China Institute
  • Comparative Literature
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • India Institute
  • Philosophy
  • Political Economy
  • War Studies

Your application should be submitted to the university you will be based at. This means that if you wish to apply for admission to NUS and our scholarship schemes, you have to submit your application directly to NUS. You are not required to submit a separate application to KCL and vice-versa.

To apply for the JDP, you will still need to complete the application procedures listed here. In addition, you should submit, with your application package, a separate form indicating your desire to be considered for the JDP.

Application for Joint-Degree PhD Programme between NUS and King's College London

If you wish to be based at KCL, you should apply directly to KCL. Please refer to KCL's website for the application instructions.

Before you apply for the JDP, you are strongly encouraged to write to your potential advisor at NUS and KCL to ascertain their interest/suitability in your research topic.

Current NUS students in the single PhD programme who wish to apply for the Joint PhD programme should submit their applications no later than the end of their first year of study. You will need to plan in advance so that you are in your second or third year of PhD candidature when you are at KCL. You should preferably have passed your PhD QE before going to KCL. You need to submit your application to your home department by 1 November in your first year of studies. You are encouraged to start at KCL during the September intake. This is the main intake and will allow you to access the induction events and may give you a better chance of finding college-based accommodation.

Do note that KCL has a very strict policy with regard to English language proficiency for admissions due to UK government requirements. If your TOEFL/IELTS score has expired, you will have to be prepared to re-take the test. Information on KCL’s English language requirements can be found here.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

  • Add: The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5
  • 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
  • Tel: +65 6516 6133
  • Email:
  • Fax: +65 6777 0751
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