Knowledge Transfer Partnerships for graduates

What are Knowledge Transfer Partnerships?

Are you looking for a paid job managing a project within a company with a real strategic need? Do you want to improve your career prospects and gain invaluable work experience?

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is one of Europe's leading and most established graduate recruitment programmes, enabling forward-thinking businesses to harness universities' expert knowledge, technology and research to help them improve their processes and products via innovative projects.

KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, academic/research institution and a qualified graduate (known as an associate). The graduate will work on the strategic, innovative project for up to three years under the supervision of a Kingston University academic team and a manager based within the organisation. The graduate will be an employee of Kingston University but based at the partner company.

What you can gain from a KTP

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To be selected as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership associate, you need to be a recently-qualified graduate from any university (usually with 2:1 or above in your first degree).

On the KTP you will:

  • earn a salary for the term of the project
  • receive up to £2,250 per annum (and a training and development budget) to use towards gaining extra skills to undertake the project, pay for membership of institutions, or for development courses
  • build better career prospects from being placed on an accelerated management path
  • have the opportunity to become a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and start working towards Chartered Manager status
  • have the opportunity to obtain a higher degree (partially sponsored by the project budget)
  • benefit from regular mentoring from an academic throughout the project term.

In 2020/21, KTP helped to create 328 jobs for graduates/KTP associates and over 60% were offered employment at the end of their projects.

KTP at Kingston University

Kingston University has been facilitating KTPs since 1992 and has won a number of awards and received outstanding ratings for projects working with businesses from a range of sectors.


Developing a sophisticated sensor system that will alert carers of people with autism and learning difficulties when urgent support is needed.

Pangea Connected Ltd

Developing a cutting-edge 5G-enabled video streaming system that will allow A&E doctors to make life-saving decisions on patient care by viewing live footage from ambulances.

Linguaphone Group Ltd

Developing a kindergarten curriculum for Pingu's International English School, run in over 20 countries.

The Entryphone Company

Developing new wireless solutions allowing users to interact with their entry door and visitors through their mobile device or browser, from anywhere in the world.

Cubic Defence UK Limited (Vocality)

Developing technology to assess the quality of available communication channels in real time and select the fastest or most cost-effective route.

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Developing a nationally-agreed system for the quality assurance of exercise in managing age- and obesity-related chronic disease.


Developing an environmental, health and safety legal compliance software tool and database for SMEs operating in the United Arab Emirates


Business owner and university researcher meet to discuss project.

Contact us

If you need further information, please contact the Partnerships and Business Engagement team at Kingston University.