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Informatics PhD Studentships

Fully funded PhD studentships in the Department of Informatics

Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Informatics

Applications are invited for 3.5-year PhD studentships in the Department of Informatics within the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, at King’s College London, to start in October 2020 (an earlier start in April 2020 is possible).

To tackle scientific and real-world challenges pertinent to the wide area of Computer Science, the Department research activities are organised across six research groups Algorithms and Data Analysis, Cybersecurity, Distributed Artificial Intelligence, Human Centred Computing, Reasoning and Planning, and Software Systems, and five cross-cutting research hubs. Our five hubs are Autonomous Systems, Finance, Health, Security and Urban Living, and we are looking to recruit students to our PhD programmes to contribute to specific activities within these hubs.

A wider list of available PhD projects can be found on our projects page.

Find out more about the projects

This list is not inclusive and the potential applicants can alternatively identify and contact appropriate potential supervisors to outline their academic background and research interests or to propose their own PhD project ideas.

It is expected that PhD students will want to contribute to the department's teaching, for which payment will be made separately. The opportunity to contribute as a teaching assistant during the PhD programme can be an interesting and rewarding experience, which will help students develop skills relevant for their future roles.


The Studentships are funded for 3.5 years and include a stipend at the standard UK research council rate (which was £17,009 per annum including London Allowance for 2019/20), and the cover of the full cost of Home/EU tuition fees. Income tax is not payable on the stipend.


Applicants should have a first-class undergraduate degree or a distinction at MSc level in Computer Science or another discipline relevant for their PhD project (for example, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics or Physics).

For further information on eligibility for the available studentships, see our "Department of Informatics – Research Degrees" webpage at

How to apply

Prior to application, applicant should contact the potential supervisor to discuss the applicant's suitability for the proposed project.

Applicants for PhD studies who wish to be considered for the Informatics studentships have to make two separate applications: first an application for entry to our PhD programmes (via the university Admissions Portal, see,) and then an application for a studentship.

Application for a studentship should be made in a form of a "Studentship Application Statement" sent to the Department PGR Administrators at [email protected] This statement should include the applicant's name, the King's admissions number (of their PhD entry application), the potential supervisor(s) and a 3-4 page research statement outlining the proposed research project. The Studentship Application Statement should also indicate how the applicant’s skills, past achievements, qualifications, experience and personal qualities make them suited for the studentship and for the proposed project, and which of the five research hubs their project may contribute to. (There is no fixed form for the Studentship Application Statements.)

Further studentship application guidelines are at


The deadline for applications is 6 December 2019.

If not all studentships are allocated in this round, then another application round will be held in early 2020.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview for assessment of their research potential and their potential contributions the departmental research hubs and teaching.


This PhD studentship scheme is separate from the studentships funded in the Department of Informatics by the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence.

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