PhD Leadership and Security Studies

Posted on January 18, 2021

PhD Leadership and Security Studies
King’s College London & University of Pretoria

The Joint-PhD is housed within the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London (KCL) and the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria (UP). This programme offers talented and outstanding doctoral students a unique international doctoral training experience to research the intersection of Leadership and Security Studies, particularly the security-development nexus. Prospective students are also expected to have a research focus on developing countries, preferably in Africa.


Students will complete their doctoral thesis under the joint supervision of faculty members from both institutions, found within the Department of Political Sciences at UP, and the African Leadership Centre, Department of War Studies or Department of Defence Studies at KCL. The final degree will be jointly awarded by King’s College London and the University of Pretoria. Students on this programme will be required to select a “home” institution, where they will spend the majority of their study and a “host” institution, where they are expected to spend 12 months of their study (consecutively or non-consecutively).

For more information on eligibility application procedures, please click here.

- Author Heather Thuynsma
Published by Mellissa Mlambo

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