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Basic & Clinical Neuroscience MD(Res)/MPhil/PhD

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  • Number of academic staff: approx 36

  • Number of research students: approx 55

  • Number of postdoctoral scientists: approx 45

The Basic and Clinical Neuroscience department’s mission is to change the therapeutic options for people with neurological and psychiatric disorders and inspire the next generation of neuroscientists. Our vision is to link up fundamental biological research and clinical research to gain a better understanding of disease mechanisms, identify novel opportunities for intervention and test out new therapies. This will only be achieved through close collaboration of scientists and clinicians working on a common problem.

Our research explores the cellular and molecular basis of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, motor neuron disease, schizophrenia, depression and autism spectrum disorder. We use human brain tissue, rodent and fly models, cells and patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells to identify genes, proteins and signalling pathways implicated in the development of motor neuron disease, Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, with a view to developing novel disease-modifying therapies for the treatment of these diseases.

Our current research facilities have been greatly enhanced with the opening of the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, which provides cutting-edge technology for more than 200 Neuroscientists. The institute hosts the Wohl Cellular Imaging Centre, providing state-of-the art light microscopy equipment, image analysis software and workstation for neuroscience and biomedical research. We are driving research that will translate molecular discoveries made in the laboratory into therapies for our patients. 

Key benefits

  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities
  • Interaction with internationally recognised researchers in a wide range of neuroscience topics
  • Excellence in basic and clinical research and development
  • Strong partnerships with hospitals, industry and other research centres
  • Access to rich and varied clinical populations
  • Access to academic mentoring
  • PhD students have access to a wide range of educational resources, ranging from neuroscience specific seminars at the Department to transferable skills and career development resources at the KCL level.
  • Opportunities to be involved in laboratory demonstrations/supervision for undergraduate and taught post-graduate research projects

Key information

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

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Basic & Clinical Neuroscience Department of Neuroscience



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The Department’s mission is to change the therapeutic options for people with Neurological and Psychiatric disorders and inspire the next generation of Neuroscientists. Our vision is to link up fundamental biological research and clinical research to gain a better understanding of disease mechanisms, identify novel opportunities for intervention and test out new therapies. This will only be achieved through close collaboration of Scientists and Clinicians working on a common problem.

The Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience sits within the Division of Neuroscience at the IoPPN. Related courses include:

  • Neuroimaging MD (Res) / MPhil / PhD
  • Developmental Neurobiology Mphil/PhD
  • Old Age Psychiatry Research Mphil/PhD

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. State-of-the-art genetics and neuroimaging facilities are available, and students benefit from a unique Clinical Research Facility, and the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience building.

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 Ammar Al-Chalabi

Contact for information

For any additional queries regarding application and project approval procedures please contact

Education Support Team: ioppn.pgr@kcl.ac.uk

Admissions Tutor: Dr Maria Jimenez-Sanchez- maria.jimenez_sanchez@kcl.ac.uk

Business Manager: Ms Deborah Cash- Deborah.cash@kcl.ac.uk   

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

B&C Neuroscience MD entry requirements
Minimum requirements   
  • Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours.

  • A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Applicants not applying for an advertised studentship must attach confirmation of support from their proposed supervisor to their application.

Application procedure

Step 1- Finding Supervisors: Firstly, you will need to find supervisors to work with you in this capacity. You can search through our research portal to find supervisors who work in your chosen research area. Applicants are expected to contact academics directly.

Step 2- Arranging funding: Unless you are applying for a studentship or can self-fund your studies, you will need to arrange for funding before you make the application. The following pages are useful:

For tips and advice from our students who have been awarded NIHR and MRC Research Training Fellowships, particularly regarding the interview stage click here.

Step 3- Make an online application: Next you need to make your online application here.  This application will be assessed by the Admissions team to assess your references, fee status as well as your eligibility in terms of education and experience.

Step 4- Submit a Project Approval Form: The project approval form (PAF) is used to assess your project in terms of planning, feasibility and appropriateness for a PhD. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the form is completed but it is recommended that applicants work closely with the supervisors.

Make sure you complete all sections, answering all questions fully, and signatures from all supervisors and student are included. There is no need to collect the signatures from the Head of Department/Business Manager and Sub-Committee Chair at this point.

 We strongly advise the submission of your application as early as possible to ensure that you can begin with your desired intake. If your application is not processed in time you run the risk of a deferral to the subsequent intake.

We advise Home students to submit their online application and PAF at least two months before their desired registration date, and EU and Overseas students to submit their online application and PAF at least three months ahead of their desired registration date, although the earlier the application submission the better. This is to take into account any English Language tests you may need to take and await the results of, and any visa applications that you may need to make.

It is typical that the process from the receipt of your online application and PAF through to offer letter stage (which includes the arrangement of the PhD interview) takes approximately six weeks.

Please note that the deadlines listed below are for both the online application and Project Approval Form (PAF) which is to be submitted in Microsoft Word format to ioppn.pgr@kcl.ac.uk.

Copies of the PAF can be downloaded here


Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide a supporting statement with your application, outlining your previous academic record and your reasons for applying to this PhD programme.

Course intake

Not limited.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is also important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King's.

The final application deadlines are detailed below; on these dates, the programme will close at 23:59 (UK time) and we will open for the corresponding intake in 2023 soon after the same intake has passed in 2022.

  • February 2022 entry – 12 November 2021 for Overseas fee status and 6 December 2021 for Home fee status

  • June 2022 entry – 1 April 2022 for Overseas fee status and 11 April 2022 for Home fee status

  • October 2022 entry – 29 July 2022 for Overseas fee status and 26 August 2022 for Home fee status

  • February 2023 entry – 21 October 2022 for Overseas fee status and 22 November 2022 for Home fee status

  • June 2023 entry – 3 April 2023 for Overseas fee status and 17 April 2023 for Home fee status

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier than the application deadlines listed above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

UK Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees: £6,720 per year

Part time tuition fees: £3,360 per year

International Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees: £25,350 per year

Part time tuition fees: £12,675 per year

UK Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees: £7,050 per year

Part time tuition fees: £3,525 per year

International Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees: £26,640 per year

Part time tuition fees: £13,320 per year

EU Students starting their programme in the academic year 2021/22 will pay international tuition fees.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

The PhD program aims to equip students to move on to a range of careers, including options such as work in the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries, as well as continued academic research.

Career destinations

Students have become senior lecturers, postdoctorate researchers and have gained various positions within the NHS.


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