PhD Leadership Studies

PhD Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development:
This PhD Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development offers supervision for MPhil/PhD research investigating the interaction between leadership and the security-development nexus, with a focus on developing countries. While development and security are strong fields of study in the UK, there is little in the way of dedicated academic study of the way these interact with leadership, particularly at the conceptual level. Yet there is latent acceptance of the significant role that leadership plays in both development and security processes and outcomes. This MPhil/PhD programme thus provides the academic space, support and training for students to interrogate these dynamics to produce knowledge that focuses on these issues. The African Leadership Centre is at the forefront of researching this nexus between Leadership, Security and Development. Scholars on the programme will be part of an active and dynamic research community thoroughly engaged in the issues being investigated in addition to gaining credible access to an authentic end user community. This programme offers students unique opportunities to engage academics, practitioners as well as policy makers within the vibrant ALC network.Graduates from this programme are well suited for academic employment, in addition to private sector consulting organisations, NGO’s, and government employment in the UK, Africa and internationally.
Supervision Available:
Before applying, please read carefully the information about our research interests, and make sure that your research topic falls within one of these areas. Supervision on this programme is available from Professor Abiodun Alao, Professor Funmi Olonisakin, Dr Eka Ikpe and Dr. Olaf Bachman. You are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor directly to discuss your research topic by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your preliminary research proposal and CV. However, your application, once formally submitted, will be dealt with by the ALC’s PhD admissions tutor, who will consult with staff as to the fit of the topic and the overall quality of the proposal. You are also welcome to contact Professor Abiodun Alao, the PhD admissions tutor, to discuss the most appropriate supervision arrangements for your proposed research.
Research Proposal:
The heart of your application is your research proposal. The ability to identify and propose a viable research project is a major indicator of your potential for doctoral study. This proposal should be a document of no more than 4-5 pages in which you explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it.A good research proposal typically includes the following components:A clear statement of the proposed research question.An explanation of the importance and originality of the proposed topic. This may include a section on the lack or shortcomings of existing academic work in your proposed area.A section describing not only your proposed methodology but also an explanation of why this methodology is the most appropriate for the proposed topic.A prospective chapter outline of the proposed thesis.A timetable showing a realistic plan, including critical milestones, for the completion of your research and writing within three years.A concluding section showing why this research should be conducted specifically here, within the ALC at King’s College London, rather than anywhere else.In addition to the research proposal, applicants should submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for pursuing further research.
Fees for 2015/16:
Tuition fees are subject to revision each year and fees listed are for the first year of the programme only:
Home/EU Full-time fee - £4,600 Part-time fee - £2,300
Overseas Full-time fee - £16,600 Part-time fee - £8,300
Mode of Study:

Full-time: 1+3 years Part-time: 1+4-6 years. Students normally commence their studies in September but other start times throughout the year can be arranged.
Further information and funding:
Further information is available in the King's Graduate Prospectus. Candidates for postgraduate research study at King's have a range of funding opportunities available to them. For more information on the scholarships available and other offers, and on how to apply, please visit King's Postgraduate Funding.

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