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Psychology MD(Res)/MPhil/PhD/DClinPsy



  • Number of academic staff: 42.

  • Number of research students: 31.

  • Current research projects:

    • Research in clinical, health, forensic and neuropsychology.

    • Pioneering development of cognitive behaviour therapy for the prevention and treatment of a range of problems, including anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, psychosis, and physical illness.

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 Department of Psychology


Entry requirements

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

Applicants should possess a minimum of an upper second class honours degree from a UK university or the overseas equivalent. Applicants whose qualifications have been gained outside the UK will be checked by the Health Schools Admissions Centre 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 scolarship are appropriate. All applicants need to possess an adequate level of English competence. Please contact for further information.

Application procedure

Firstly identify a suitable supervisor within the relevant department: for a list of academic staff and their interests, refer to our departmental pages and view the academic staff lists. Visit for a list of departments.

Alternatively, you can contact the department directly for general guidance on potential supervisors whose research interests most closely match those of your own (see Contacts, below). 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. Further details of the application and project approval process can be found at
Forms should be completed in collaboration with your prospective supervisor. For general information on application and project approval procedures please contact

Applicants for the DClinPsy, should refer to the full Doctorate in Clinical Psychology entry at

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants should summarise their research experience to date and their research interests.

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 Department of Psychology was founded in 1950 by Hans Eysenck. Following a merger in 2004 with Psychology in Guy’s, King’s, and St Thomas’ School of Medicine (GKT), the Department represents one of the world’s largest groupings of clinical and health psychologists (see staff list).

The Department has established a strong and multi-stranded international reputation for:

  • Its research in clinical, health, forensic and neuropsychology

  • Its pioneering development of cognitive behaviour therapy for the prevention and treatment of neurosis, psychosis, and physical illness; this includes cognitive remediation and family therapy

  • Its postgraduate training course in clinical psychology, now a Doctorate (which helped to establish the scientist/practitioner model that is now almost universal in the field) and its other postgraduate courses in health psychology, and cognitive behaviour therapy

  • An intercalated BSc for medical students in undergraduate psychology and neuroscience.

Members of the Department offer an expert psychology service to the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital and Guy’s Hospital. Staff also provide the psychology teaching for undergraduate medical students in the King’s College London School of Medicine.

The Department is based on two sites. At theInstitute of Psychiatry, it is mainly housed in theHenryWellcomeBuilding for Psychology (completed in 2000 and part funded by the Wellcome Trust). At Guy’s Hospital, it is based in Thomas Guy House. The Head of Department is Professor Elizabeth Kuipers. The Head of Health Psychology Section at Guy’s is Professor Rona Moss-Morris.

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 Richard Brown

Contact for information

For MPhil/PhDs: Susanna Ruparalia (Business Support Officer) Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 0254. For DClinPsy: Catherine Thickett, Programme Administrator Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 0152.

Contact email

For MPhil/PhDs: For DClinPsy:

Course website

Career prospects

Career destinations

Students have gone on to work as researchers, lecturers and clinical psychologists in the National Health Service (after additional professional training).


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Fees and funding

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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