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Old Age Psychiatry & Dementia MD(Res)/MPhil/PhD

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Overview

  • Number of academic staff: 10

  • Number of research students: 6.5

Members of the Department work to develop new treatments and to find ways of getting the best for our patients from treatments that are already available. We are a friendly and motivated team who welcome collaboration and are keen to train the next generation of researchers in our field.

Members of the Department’s team carry out biological and clinical research that we believe will have important impact upon our understanding of dementia and other mental illnesses that affect older people and lead to the development of better treatments. We do this by working in close collaboration with the IoP’s Department of Neuroscience, MRC Centre for Neurodegeneration and Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health (www.slam.nhs.uk/brc).

Our research into the basic biology of Alzheimer’s disease, the clinical features and aetiology of psychosis in later life and the conduct of randomised controlled trials is internationally regarded. We have a particular commitment to the conduct of high quality independent clinical trials because the results of these can impact positively upon the availability of effective treatments.

Ongoing Department projects:

  • Biomarkers and recovery from delirium

  • ATTILA – Assistive Technologies

  • Brains for Dementia Research

  • DOMINO - AD

  • Visual hallucinations in eye disease, dementia and Parkinson's Disease

  • Management of agitation in dementia

  • Blood based biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease.


Key information

Duration Three years FT, six years PT. Accelerated PT rates available - email iop.educationsupport@kcl.ac.uk 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 Department of Old Age Psychiatry

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Entry requirements

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

General entry advice

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent). A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit.

Qualifications which have been gained outside the UK will be checked by the Admissions Office to establish equivalency with these standards before an offer is sent and applicants will need to demonstrate at interview that their background and experience, general education and scholarship are appropriate.

All applicants are required to comply with King's College London English language entry requirements described at:http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/admissions/requirements/language.aspx

Application procedure

Firstly identify a suitable supervisor within the relevant department: for a searchable list of available supervisors, please see our website (www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/apps/supervisors). 

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: https://myapplication.kcl.ac.uk/ 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 http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iop/research/pgr/apply.aspx

Forms should be completed in collaboration with your prospective supervisor. For information on application and project approval procedures please contact educationsupport@iop.kcl.ac.uk

Personal statement and supporting information

No information required.

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

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.

  • October 2017 entry - Application deadline: 20th July 2017 for Overseas students and 3rd September 2017 for Home/EU students
  • February 2018 entry - Application deadline: 29th October 2017 for Overseas students and 3rd December 2017 for Home/EU students
  • June 2018 entry - Application deadline: 16th April 2018 for Overseas/Home/EU students
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Course detail

Description

Members of the Department’s team carry out biological and clinical research that we believe will have an important impact upon our understanding of dementia and other mental illnesses that affect older people and lead to the development of better treatments. We do this by working in close collaboration with the IoP’s Department of Neuroscience, MRC Centre for Neurodegeneration and NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health. Our research into the basic biology of Alzheimer’s disease, the clinical features and aetiology of psychosis in later life and the conduct of randomised controlled trials is internationally regarded. We have a particular commitment to the conduct of high quality independent clinical trials because the results of these can impact positively upon the availability of effective treatments.

Course study environment

Senior members of the Department offer supervision to students wishing to undertake a PhD or MD (Res).

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.

Potential research students should contact the Department directly to find out more.

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.

King's runs an outstanding Researcher Development Programme which is designed to meet the individual training needs of research students. The programme has been developed to ensure we produce the most qualified, experienced and employable researchers.

Head of group/division

Professor Robert Howard

Contact for information

James Rubin: +44 (0)20 7848 5684.

Contact email

gideon.rubin@kcl.ac.uk

Course website

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iop/depts/oldage/index.aspx
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Career prospects

Career destinations

Students can follow a variety of career paths including positions as senior lecturers; postdoctorate researchers and positions within the NHS.
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Fees and funding

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 £5,460 for full time fees and £2,730 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:  £21,000 p.a.               

Part time tuition fees: £10,500 p.a.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

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