Joint PhD Launch: PhD Leadership and Security Studies

Joint PhD Launch

PhD Leadership and Security Studies


The African Leadership Centre (ALC) is pleased to announce the launch of a Joint PhD Programme between King's College London and the University of Pretoria (UP): the PhD Leadership and Security Studies. This programme allows students to have either King's College London or the University of Pretoria as their ‘host institution’, working within the ALC at King’s or Department of Political Sciences at UP. Students will have one of the partners as their lead institution; but will enjoy joint supervision under academics from both Kings and UP and spend up to one year in the partner university. Students will receive a Joint PhD award from King’s College London and the University of Pretoria. Details of application procedures can be found here and here.

This is the culmination of a long history of institutional cooperation between the African Leadership Centre and Department of Political Sciences at UP. UP and ALC have both collaborated on joint research and training programmes for a number of years. In the last 12 months we have co-hosted two joint doctoral training workshops in Naivasha, Kenya (in collaboration with the University of Nairobi) and Pretoria, South Africa, which will continue to take place periodically. There have also been exchange visits between academics and doctoral candidates for the past few years.

This marks the start of an exciting new chapter in the history of ALC at King's College London, being the first Joint PhD programme launched with a key African University partner. Building partnerships of this kind with likeminded African Higher Education Institutions has always been part of the long-term vision and mission of the ALC as well as an important part of the current King's Internationalisation Agenda and Vision 2029.

Many thanks and congratulations to all who have been part of this process, and we look forward to welcoming our first students on to the Joint PhD programme in the near future

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