PhD studentships in Education Research, Language, Discourse and Communication, and Interdisciplinary Policy Studies

The School of Education, Communication and Society (ECS) at King’s College London is a leading home of interdisciplinary social science.

With competitive funding opportunities through the ESRC London Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Doctoral Training Programme (LISS-DTP), we invite applications to our doctoral programmes in:

Studying at ECS, a home of world-class research

“Being surrounded by such supportive and inspirational professionals with such a wide range of expertise has made my experience at King’s an enjoyable, fulfilling and unique one. Feeling fully integrated into the wider King’s network has really helped me towards reaching my potential.”

Emma Browning, current PhD student

ECS was ranked 2nd in the UK for education research quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), and we have a proud history of contributing to public policy debates and engaging with professional communities of practice across multiple sectors. You will work within one or more of our leading Research Centres:

Examples of current/ recent PhD topics at ECS: ‘The co-construction of ageing identities: a linguistic ethnography of older women’s talk and practices in a hair salon’; ‘Passion and Resistance in Youth Work’; ‘Surgeons as Brokers? Exploring the professional identity of surgical educators’; ‘Exploring the role of race/ethnicity, class and gender in young people’s engagement with science through an intervention programme’; ‘The Development of Metaphor Comprehension in Arabic-Speaking Children’.

The LISS-DTP studentships

Studentships through the LISS-DTP will fund either a Masters plus PhD (1 + 3) or PhD route (+3), including the full cost of Home/EU fees plus a stipend (valued at £16,533 in September 2017). This is potentially relevant for third year high-achieving undergraduate students, Masters students AND current PhD students who are still in their first year of study (first or second year if they are part-time).

How to apply

You must simultaneously apply through both King’s College London and ESRC LISS-DTP. Applications must be submitted by 31 January 2018 at 17:00.

Apply via King’s

  1. Identify a potential supervisor who will be able to support the application, by searching our Research Centre pages – links above.
  2. Complete the case for support for a research project
  3. Complete an application for the relevant Masters or Doctoral programme – via the links above.

Apply for the LISS-DTP studentship

  1. Read the guidelines and complete the application via this link.

For further advice and information contact

For information on other doctoral funding opportunities please go to We also welcome applications from self- or independently funded students.