Higher Degree by Research

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King’s International University (KIU) offers Higher Degree by Research (HDR) courses. This  training is a transformative experience, the heart of the process is the transition from being a consumer of the knowledge to producer of knowledge. The HDR course is primarily a Masters by research / Doctoral degree. HDR studies at KIU are intense and individual in nature, demanding a great deal of time, initiative, and discipline from every candidate. But the rewards of such rigour are tremendous:  KIU’s HDR graduates will go on to teach at the world's most prestigious universities.

KIU offers one of the most rigorous programs for all our courses. Our courses not only offer intellectual enquiry for sustained lifelong learning aspects but ensures that there are positive contributions in innovation and research making KIU a leader in its specialisations.

KIU offers substantial financial support to research students in the various scholarships it offers. All incoming HDR students are guaranteed support through their course duration's, which includes a stipend and tuition remissions as per scholarships awarded. All promises of student support are subject to students making satisfactory academic progress, as determined by their programs of study. Please see related links for additional details regarding the University's commitment to research advancement.

There are four general requirements for the a HDR course:

  • Admission

The candidate must be formally admitted to his or her degree program.

  • Mode

KIU understands that people may have family and work commitments and hence offers the HDR course as both internal and external programs. Students who enter a HDR course at KIU already holding a master’s degree in a related field will have the opportunity to complete their research program (Ph.D.) within two academic years of full-time study upon entering the Ph.D. program at KIU. Use of a previously earned master’s degree to reduce Ph.D. requirements is contingent upon approval of the Dean.

Graduate work done at other institutions and not used in fulfilment of the requirements for any research degree elsewhere may, on the approval of the Dean and the Doctoral Advisory Committee, be counted in fulfilment of up to, but not exceeding, one year for a Ph.D. course and subject to specific time frame defined by the Dean for a Masters course. A student who desires credit for work done elsewhere should file a timely application with the Dean; transfer credit forms are available through the office of the Registrar or online on our website.

  • Advancement to Candidacy

A student is advanced to candidacy for the HDR course when he or she has completed satisfactorily all the requirements, departmental and general, requisite to beginning work on the dissertation. Candidacy is determined by the department or program of study and certified by the Registrar.

  • Thesis

The candidate must present a Thesis on a topic related to his or her area of specialization that presents the results of original research and gives evidence of excellent scholarship. The Thesis must be approved by the Dean for all HDR courses. All requirements for the Ph.D. must be completed within five years and Masters must be completed within 3 years after advancement to candidacy.

Individual departments and programs may have additional requirements regarding the number of courses to be taken, proficiency in foreign languages, special examinations, and theses. The department should be consulted for specific information.