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PhD programme

PhD Programme in Biomedical and Translational Science

The Guy's & St Thomas' Charity Prize PhD Programme

The Guy’s & St Thomas’s Charity has generously supported the King’s Bioscience Institute (KBI) four-year MRes/PhD Programme in biomedical and translational science by funding studentships each year.

Translational focus

The four year programme is innovatively designed to train the next generation of translational scientists by equipping them to exploit excellence in basic research for improving the health of local and national patient populations. 

Uniquely, students will have dual supervision of one clinician/clinical scientist and one basic scientist. Not only will the projects demonstrate clear links that build on strengths in basic sciences and their translational value, but the students will also become deeply embedded in the research philosophy of an Academic Health Sciences Centre.  Critically, the breadth of KBI and its component programmes will provide a diverse array of potential rotation and thesis projects to the trainees. Each student will be assigned a bespoke thesis mentoring committee that will help guide and direct the student during their studies. 

Students will undertake an MRes in the first year of the programme, giving students the opportunity to develop key research skills before embarking on their three year PhD projects.

Graduates of the programme will be medically literate scientists positioned to ensure that basic research excellence is exploited effectively for improving the health of local and national patient populations.


The four themes of immunology, genetics, neurosciences and biophysics/cell biology will form the basis of the scientific training provided, and these have been chosen because:

  • they are central to the biomedical research endeavour in the early 21st Century
  • they match the research activities of a wide range of our basic and clinical research groups, as well as our Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs)
  • the disciplines have established critical mass and all undertake world-class research at King’s
  • together these will help underpin advances in scientific understanding in two of the Charity’s areas of strategic focus – cancer/oncology and the health of the local populations where, for example, chronic immune, inflammatory and infectious diseases as well as mental health disorders are prevalent.
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