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Health Service & Population Research MPhil/PhD, MD(Res)



  • Current number of racademic staff: 27.

  • Current number of research students: Over 50 PhD.

  • Recent publications: Several Health Service and Population Research Staff have led or contributed to writing NICE guidelines, the basic building blocks for good clinical practice nationally and internationally. The department has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and a series of important recent books. Details are available on the department website


Key information

Duration Three years FT; six years PT. Accelerated PT rates available - email for further information. Registration is carried out at three points in the year: October, February and June.

Study mode Full-time,Part-time

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Health Service & Population Research Department


Entry requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or international equivalent). A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Master's degree with Merit or above (or international equivalent). 

Some applicants may be interviewed to ensure that that their background and experience, general education and scholarship are appropriate.

All applicants need to meet the College minimum English language requirements (see right)

Applicants not applying for an advertised studentship must attached confirmation of support from your proposed supervisor to your application.

Application procedure

Firstly identify a suitable supervisor within the relevant department: for a searchable list of available supervisors, please see our website ( Alternatively, you can contact the department directly for general guidance on potential supervisors whose research interests most closely match those of your own. You will then need to complete an application form, available from our website: and provide two references. Successful applicants will be required to obtain approval for their research project prior to registration. The relevant form can be downloaded at Forms should be completed in collaboration with your prospective supervisor. For information on application and project approval procedures please contact

Personal statement and supporting information

No information required.

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is detailed below for 2016 entry. Prior to these dates all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After these dates applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

June 2016 entry - Application Deadline 01 March 2016

October 2016 entry - Application Deadline 23 May 2016

February 2017 entry - Application Deadline 01 November 2016


Course detail


The Health Service and Population Research Department is led by Professor Graham Thornicroft, a Professor of Community Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist.

The Health Service and Population Research Department (HSPR) seeks to find evidence-based ways to put innovatory treatments and services to the test – not only to improve people’s mental health but also to enhance their quality of life. Researchers in HSPR are developing ways of tailoring effective services to the age, gender or culture of people in need of help, discovering what sort of services offer best value for money and establishing how to reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness.

HSPR aims to:

  • Conduct high quality health service and population research in mental health relevant to policy and practice, nationally and internationally;

  • Enable and promote service user and carer involvement in mental health research;

  • Use a multidisciplinary approach to answer important mental health questions;

  • Provide teaching and training in health service and epidemiological research skills; communicate our research findings widely.

There are three Research Centres within the Department:

The research focus of each of the Centres can be found on the relevant pages.

Our annual publication Towards Mental Health illustrates some of the research conducted.

The Health Service and Population Research Group has been honoured with a Queen’s Anniversary Award. These national honours are awarded every two years to institutions of higher and further education across the UK for work of outstanding excellence. Full details and the submission document can be found here: Queen's Prize

We run a range of teaching and training programmes, including short courses, MSc courses, and summer schools. To find out more about these programmes and extensive PhD opportunities, please see Section for Teaching and Learning

Course study environment

Graduate research students work closely with their supervisors and enjoy regular meetings to discuss their progress. They also liaise with other members of staff with relevant research interests and are encouraged to attend and participate in departmental research presentations and other Institute seminars. There is a full induction for new graduate students on commencing their studies. Each full-time graduate research student is allocated their own workspace and computer; facilities for part-time students can be arranged according to their needs.

Postgraduate training

Training courses run by the department, the Institute or through the Graduate School can be utilised as required to provide training in a wide variety of topics, from transferable skills to academic areas directly relevant to the student's thesis.

Head of group/division

Professor Graham Thornicroft

Contact for information

Professor Sarah Byford, +44 (0)20 7848 0043

Contact email

Course website

Further literature

Latest Departmental Brochure.

Further literature link(s)

Career prospects

Career destinations

Past students have gained prestigious posts in many national and international research and policy organisations, including the World Health Organization.


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Fees and funding

Self-funded, unless otherwise indicated. Please see the Institute's website, and the general postgraduate funding web page, for funding opportunities.

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£5,460 (2016)

Full time tuition fees - Overseas 
£20,000 (2016)

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU
£2,730 (2016)

Part time tuition fees - Overseas
£10,000 (2016)

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.



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