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Postgraduate research

First class research training

By choosing the Division of Psychology & Systems Sciences you will obtain first class research training in a vibrant multidisciplinary research community.

PhDs can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. However, they must be completed within an agreed period of time (usually three to four years for a full-time student).

Prospective students

We offer two different routes in postgraduate research study: MPhil/PhD and MD(Res). Please visit our Postgraduate research programmes page to explore your options and to find guidance on the application process and funding.

Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology welcomes applicants with a suitable qualification (2:1 or 1st class honours degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related subject) to undertake Full-time or Part-time PhDs.

To find out more visit the Department of Psychology page and select the PhD opportunities tab.

Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry

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 PhD opportunities are available on our Social, Genetics & Developmental Psychiatry page under the Study with us tab.

Biostatistics & Health Informatics

Our PhD programme is designed to train and guide students for a research-intensive career in the academia or industry. Our aim is to train scholars who can do original innovative research or applications in theory, methods, or applications.

Further details are available on our Biostatistics & Health Informatics page under the Study with us tab.

Health Service & Population Research

Every student initially registers to do an MPhil degree and then upgrades to a PhD, usually within nine months of registration (18 months for part-time students).

  • For more information on the application procedure please visit the IoPPN research section.
  • Occasionally HSPR advertises funded PhD posts, where the research question may already be formulated and supervisors decided. These posts may be advertised in the IoPPN research section or on King’s Jobs.

For more information contact Vanessa Lawrence, PhD Admissions Tutor.

Our courses

Duration Three years FT; six years PT. Accelerated PT rates available - email ioppn.educationsupport@kcl.ac.uk for further information. Registration is carried out at three points in the year: October, February and June.

MPhil/PhD from the Department of Biostatistics at King's College London.

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Duration 3 years FT, September to September.

The three year full-time Health Care Professions Council approved and BPS accredited DClinPsy programme trains clinical psychologists who embody the scientist-practitioner ideal and will go on to become leaders in the NHS.

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Duration Three years FT; six years PT. Accelerated PT rates available - email ioppn.educationsupport@kcl.ac.uk for further information. Registration is carried out at three points in the year: October, February and June.

MPhil/PhD, MD(Res) from the Health Service & Population Research Department at King's College London.

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Duration Usually 3 years full-time/ 6 years part-time (some funding modes permit slightly longer periods of study)

Psychological Academic Research postgraduate study

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Duration For a traditional PhD, expected to be three years FT, five to six years PT; for MSc and PhD, expected to be one and three years. Email ioppn.educationsupport@kcl.ac.uk or SGDP-programme-admin@kcl.ac.uk for further information.

MPhil/PhD from the MRC Centre for Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry at King's College London.

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