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NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) 3-year PhD studentships: Translational Research in Mental Health and Neuroscience

Start date

1st October 2024


Up to twelve fully funded 3-year PhD studentships, NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)


The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and King's College London are offering up to twelve fully funded 3-year PhD studentships to applicants with backgrounds in: neuroscience, psychology, biological science, social science, physical science, epidemiology, mathematics, applied and health statistics; bioinformatics and computer science; data science; machine and deep learning; natural language processing.

These awards are funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), through the Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

Our aim is to pioneer multidisciplinary translational research and experimental medicine in the areas of mental health and neuroscience.

To achieve this we select the best students and provide them with excellent training, tailored flexibly to their individual needs and interests. We will equip them with the intellectual and technical skills that are needed for the future of translational research, and complement this with key transferable skills (including public engagement, business development and entrepreneurship) to ensure that they emerge as well-rounded scientists, prepared for their next career stage. Our excellent clinical setting will ensure all students benefit from an understanding of the context of their research and produce scientists with a strong translational ethos.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is the UK’s largest NHS mental health service provider with a long history of involvement in translational research and training in partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London.

The IoPPN is the largest academic community in Europe dedicated to the study, treatment and prevention of mental health problems and neurodegenerative disease.  It is the world’s leading centre for mental health research in terms of citations of our publications.  In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework the IoPPN was judged to have a 100% 'outstanding' (4*) world leading research environment.  The impact of its research outside academia scored 92%  'outstanding' (4*) and 8% 'very considerable' (3*).

Projects:  A wide range of PhD projects are offered with opportunities for applicants from diverse academic disciplines. 

3-year studentships:  Projects for these studentships are listed under the following headings:

  • Novel Therapeutics
  • Precision Psychiatry
  • Translational Informatics
  • Whole Person Care

Details of available projects can be viewed on the 2024 PhD Projects page. 

Supervisors:  Supervisor details are listed with the details for each project. 

Entry Requirements:  The programme is very competitive and applicants must have, or be predicted to obtain at least a 2.1 or equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant science subject. 

Students who do not meet the above primary criteria may apply if they satisfy the following conditions:

  • A 2.2 BSc degree and a MSc in a relevant subject with Merit or Distinction.
  • A 2.1 or higher non-science first degree (BA) and a MSc in a relevant subject with Merit or Distinction.

English Language:  Applicants for these studentships must meet the King's College London Band D English language requirements.  Any offer you are made will be conditional upon you meeting these requirements prior to enrolment.

Further information is available on the King's College London English language entry requirements page. 

Award type

  • Full tuition fees, including any international fee - please see Eligibility below;
  • A stipend (currently £20,622 per year);
  • A contribution towards training, conference attendance and research costs.

Eligibility:  The NIHR Maudsley BRC funding supports Home fee status students and up to seven Overseas students.  For guidance about fee status, please read the information provided under Awards, Eligibility and Entry Requirements

Further Information:  Further information about these studentships is provided on the NIHR Maudsley BRC website

How to Apply:  Applying to the programme is a three-stage process:

Stage One consists of completing an online application form to inform us of your qualifications and relevant experience, your motivation for applying and your future career plans.

Stage Two

  • Successful candidates will be invited to attend a panel interview in May.
  • References will be requested.

Stage Three

  • Successful candidates will be asked to submit an application and Project Approval Form (PAF) via King’s Apply where final checks on academic qualifications, English language requirements and fee status will be made.

Before applying please read full guidance underApplication Process – Stages One to Three and Stage One – Online Application

Closing Date:  23:59 (BST) on Monday 1st April 2024 for First Stage Online Applications.

Interviews:  Interviews are planned for the week of 4th to 7th June, with actual dates still to be confirmed.  


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