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CHAPS was founded in 2010 and currently comprises:
Seven academic staff
Nine PhD students
Three post-graduate/post-doctoral researchers.
2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF):
Overall, ranked 6th for both our Grade Point Average and Quality Index ranking of the 51 submissions in this UoA (Unit of Assessment 26 - Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism).
Recent publications include:
Power output during FES cycling in trained spinal cord injured people
Sera from young and older humans equally sustain proliferation and differentiation of human myoblasts
The effect of repeated visual motion stimuli on visual dependence and postural control in normal subjects
CCL2 is a key mediator of microglia activation in neuropathic pain states
Respiratory modulation in response to high-frequency airway occlusion delivered during inspiration or expiration.
Current Projects Include:
The relationship between visual performance and visual dependence: the effect of healthy ageing
Characterization of the Wnt signalling pathway relation to ageing in primary human skeletal myoblasts
The effects of whole body vibration on motor unit excitation and inhibition.
The effects of hypoxia and high +G on cerebral perfusion
Neuroimaging of Mechanical and Neuropathic Low Back Pain.
Partner organisations include:
RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine, Crew Medical Support Office (European Space Agency), Qinetiq.
Duration MPhil 2 years FT, 3 year PT; PhD 3 years FT, 4-6 years PT. Research degree registration may begin in October, January, April or July.
Study mode Full-time,Part-time
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Department Department of Physiology
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Master's degree with Merit or above.
Please do not complete an application form until you have spoken to your preferred supervisor.
Before applying formally, applicants should make contact with their likely supervisor to discuss their project. Applicants will be interviewed by two members of the Centre prior to admission on to a research degree programme.
No information required.
The deadlines for applications are detailed below for 2017/18 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.
The Centre for Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences (CHAPS) is focused on research and postgraduate teaching in human and aerospace physiology in its broadest sense. We have close links with numerous related external bodies including the Royal Air Force Centre of Aviation Medicine and Crew Medical Support Office (European Space Agency). Our taught master’s programmes in Human & AppliedPhysiology, Space Physiology & Health, and Aviation Medicine, complement our varied postgraduate research opportunities. Our wide range of research expertise spans basic science and clinically-related fields including: human ageing, skeletal muscle function, plasticity and growth. Our work in multi-systems neuroscience explores our interactions with the environment, investigating issues such as how our movement and balance control our sensory and cardiorespiratory physiology. Our research also investigates how such systems adapt to low levels of oxygen or the absence of gravity.
The Centre has a number of different research laboratories reflecting the wide range of research undertaken. These include: Psychomotor/Pain Laboratory; Gait Analysis and Sensory-Motor Control Laboratory; Muscle function Laboratory; Muscle and Exercise Physiology Laboratory; Ernsting Aerospace Physiology Laboratory; Interventional Neurophysiology Laboratory; Controlled Environment Laboratory; Conditioning and Rehabilitation Laboratory; Cellular and Molecular Muscle biology Laboratory.
Two offices are designated for postgraduate student use and regular, student-led journal clubs and seminars help to broaden the horizons beyond indivudal projects.
CHAPS is located in Shepherd's House and provides a dynamic enviroment for research. Regular contact with individual supervisors as well as with other research staff within CHAPS is a key component of the research training experience within the Centre.
The training of our postgraduate research students is a high priority for our research students. The School of Biomedical Sciences and the College itself provide a number of levels of support and training to assist you in your research degree. Our centre also has an active student-led journal club providing peer support in addition to that given by your supervisors.
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UK/EU Tuition Fees 2017/18
Fees for UK/EU research students are linked to rates set by the Research Councils UK and for 2016/17 were on average £4,600 for full time fees and £2,300 for part time fees. The rates for students starting their research programmes in the 17/18 academic year will be set by the end of January 2017.
Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
International Tuition Fees 2017/18
Full time tuition fees: £21,001 p.a.
Part time tuition fees: £5,250 p.a.
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