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Postgraduate Research


In addition to the Centre's 1+3-interdisciplinary MSc+PhD training programme, the Centre at any one time has approximately 20 students on traditional 3-year PhDs (6 years part-time) which place more of a focus on a specific research topic.

Further details about our traditional PhD programme can be viewed at the KCL Online Prospectus.

If you wish to apply for the SGDP Centre's traditional PhD programme, you should:

  • Identify and approach a potential supervisor. Information about potential supervisors at the Centre can be viewed here: SGDP Centre Potential Supervisors.
  • Start to consider/identify funding opportunities*. This link provides information about other funding options for King's College London postgraduate students: King's Postgraduate Funding.

*Studentships for our traditional PhD programme will be advertised here. Applicants not applying for an advertised studentship must attach the following to their application:

  • Confirmation of sponsorship funding** for the full duration of the programme.
  • Confirmation of support from their proposed supervisor.

**Funding must be sufficient to cover:

  • Living costs whilst living and studying in London. As a guide, UK Research Council funded students receive a tax free stipend of £16,777 per annum (2018/2019 rate) to cover their living costs.
  • Tuition fees. Current fees can be viewed here: Postgraduate Tuition Fees. Please be aware that fees are likely to increase each year.
  • Research support costs such as conferences, associated travel and consumables required for research. Please note that if the proposed research project includes laboratory work, the research support costs are likely to be higher. Applicants are advised to check the potential costs with their supervisor before applying for funding from a sponsor.

Further information about how to apply for a traditional PhD (along with the current application deadlines) can be found at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience's Research Degree Application process page.


For any other questions about the SGDP PhD programme, please contact the SGDP Centre:

Telephone: 020 7848 0873


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