There are over 350 research students at the Institute, who come from a range of backgrounds including psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work and basic sciences. Research covers the broadest spectrum: from molecular genetics and biology, to neuroscience, neuroimaging, clinical research studies, psychological studies and new treatments; from longitudinal studies, clinical trials, bio statistics, epidemiology and health services research, to transcultural studies.
Choosing your research
Whether you are clear about the research topic you wish to follow or you haven’t yet decided, we suggest you browse through the details of the research groups within relevant Departments at the Institute.
Before applying for your PhD, you will need to identify and contact a potential supervisor in the relevant area. The departmental pages will help you to identify a suitable supervisor (see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iop/index.aspx).
Applicants should complete a Project Approval Form with their supervisor and then submit the form with their PhD application (see How to Apply). The Project Approval Form should also be sent to the Graduate Research Administrator, either via email, or preferably in hard copy form.
All candidates should usually possess the normal minimum entry qualifications for registration for the MPhil degree or the PhD or MD(Res) degree prescribed in the King’s Core Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Degrees. This is normally a 2:1 in a relevant field.
Additionally, candidates should possess an adequate level of English competence. Candidates for whom English is not the first language will be required to provide proof that they possess an adequate level of English competence. The minimum levels are either an IELTS score of 7.0 or TOEFL score of 600 paper-based or 100 computer-based. Grade C or above in GCSE English is also acceptable. Candidates must also satisfy their appointment panel of their competence.
MD(Res) candidates are expected to have:
The MB BS degree of the University of London or some other registrable primary qualification in Medicine and be eligible for full registration or hold limited registration with the General Medical Council; and
Be working at a College of the University of London, or an associated hospital or academic unit of general practice at the time of carrying out the work described in the thesis; and
MRCPsych registration or an equivalent post graduate qualification.
Entry requirements vary for each programme of study, and the minimum requirements for entry are included within each programme listing on our online prospectus.
You will need to find atleast two supervisors to support you throughout your PhD. Please study the eligibility criteria carefully before submitting your Project Approval Form.
Each department at the IoP has an individual academic that acts at admissions tutor. The role of the admissions tutor is to assess whether a potential candidate has the required knowledge, background and expertise to complete a PhD.
The admissions tutor can also be contacted, prior to application, for help with finding suitable supervisors, or to answer any department specific queries.
Please note that any general pre-application enquiries about the application process in general should be made to the Health Schools Admissions Team.
Please find below the contact details for each admissions tutor: