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2014 IoP/MRC studentships announced

The Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King’s College London is pleased to announce up to 10 new PhD studentships in psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience for students wishing to study at the IoP from September/October 2014.

[Applications for 2014 are now closed, find out about PhD studentships for 2015 onwards, here]

The 1+3 (MSc+PhD) full-time awards are aimed at students from a wide range of science backgrounds including neuroscience, psychology, biology, social science, physical science and mathematics (students who already have a relevant MSc can apply for 3 years funding to undertake a PhD only).

Funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), and the IoP ‘Excellence’ programme, the awards cover course fees (Home/EU rate) for the MSc and PhD, a stipend (up to £16,000 per year) and a contribution towards research costs, training and conference attendance.

PhD opportunities are offered across a wide range of subject areas. For project opportunities, please see the project catalogue (please note, final project details are agreed between student and supervisors after an offer has been accepted).

Professor Jon Cooper, Head of Graduate Studies at the IoP at King’s says: “The IoP is one of the leading European institutions devoted to the study and practice of psychiatry and related disciplines, and the broad range of projects we offer reflects the diversity of our research and teaching expertise. Our IoP/MRC studentships are designed to attract the brightest minds to come to the IoP and join a wonderful community of scholars, working with world leaders in their field.”


Zoe Davey completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Sydney, Australia before coming to the IoP to work as a  Research Assistant in the Addictions Department, where she heard about the IoP studentships.  

“I came to the IoP because of its reputation for research both in the UK and internationally, and because it provided me with an opportunity to work with experts in my chosen field.

“In the first year of my studentship, I completed an MSc in Mental Health Service and Population Research in the Health Service and Population Research Department. I am about to start the second year of my PhD in the Addictions Department looking at new psychoactive substances and the nature of mephedrone use in the UK, supervised by Professor Colin Drummond and Dr Paolo Deluca.

“Having worked as a research assistant for a few years after my undergraduate degree, I knew that postgraduate studies were a crucial next step in my research career. Having a 1+3 studentship has allowed me to dedicate my time fully to studying for both an MSc and a PhD. Studying at the IoP has meant that I have been able to work alongside great people as well as leading researchers not just in my own field but across a number of areas in psychiatry, neuroscience and psychology. Being connected to King’s has also meant that I have been able to take advantage of the wider opportunities – courses, seminars, events etc – available to postgraduate students.”

The IoP has the highest research power of any UK Institution in the area of neuroscience, clinical psychology and psychiatry (2008 Research Assessment Exercise). It is the largest academic community in Europe dedicated to the study, treatment and prevention of mental health problems and neurodegenerative disease. The IoP offers opportunities for research and training in basic and clinical science across the mental health spectrum on one campus. Studying at the IoP you will have access to a large clinical population through King’s Health Partners, an Academic Health Science Centre that includes Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.