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Education Research for Medicine and the Life Sciences MPhil/PhD, MD(Res)

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Education research in Medicine and Life Sciences at King’s is dedicated to improving the quality of health care through the development of curricula, professional learning across the lifespan, teaching practice and organisational change. Our emphasis is upon education in classroom, workplace and laboratory settings.  Faculty and students include people with clinical and non-clinical backgrounds.

Key research areas of the team include:  Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL), Effectiveness Evaluation of formal and work-based programmes, Cultural Competence and Communication in Healthcare, Widening Participation (building a diverse and inclusive workforce), Developing individual and team- based learning, interprofessional learning, faculty development and the impact of policy on practice.

  • Current number of academic staff:  4 principal investigators, 8 PhD supervisors.
  • Current number of graduate research students:  5
  • Current number of graduate research assistants:  N/A 

·         Recent publications include: See King’s Research Portal here https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/ 

  • Current research projects: 

Ø  Clinical and Laboratory Simulation in Undergraduate Education.

Ø  Work based assessments and feedback.  

Ø  The teaching of intimate Examinations in Gynaecology.

Ø  Cultural Competence and its Implications for Medical Education: an ethnographic study.

Ø  The Debrief as a Learning Event: How Healthcare Practitioners Make Sense of Learning to Practice.

Ø  The Narratives of Men with Breast Cancer.

Ø  The Role of the Patient Voice in Medical Education: A Study of the Experiences in the Patient Educator Setting.

Ø  Interprofessional Full Patient Simulation: A Phenomenological Enquiry Exploring What Learning Takes Place. A Framework for Analysis and Evaluation.

Ø  Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Context of Faculty Development. 


Key information

Duration MPhil/PhD:3 to 4 years full-time, 6 to 7 years part-time. MD(Res): 2 to 3 years full-time, 4 to 5 years part-time.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



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Course detail


Education research in Medicine and the Life Sciences is interdisciplinary and includes both positivist and interpretive methodological approaches. Within the Centre of Education of methology is determined by the nature of the research question. We also support interdisciplinary research, and this has included collaborations with medical humanities, social linguistics, sociology and the performing arts. 

Our doctoral students form an integral part of a supportive and growing research community. Typically, they publish papers during their doctoral studies, often co-authoring with their supervisors’ and present their work at national and international conferences. Students can apply for travel bursaries that are capped at £500. These support visits to laboratories or universities for short visits to benefit from leading expertise related to the student’s doctoral research, attend conferences and present their papers. The Centre for Doctoral Studies offer training and careers advice. This complements faculty supervision and mentoring.  Students also have the opportunity to teach and this is remunerated.

For further information about research within the school, please refer to the Centre for Education website.

Course study environment

Students are supervised by two members of academic staff and benefit from the supportive research culture of the Faculty. A local induction is provided in addition to College induction.  Each student has a dedicated Thesis Progression Committee that monitors students' progress and gives advice and support. Students have access to unrivalled educational resources including the Chantler Clinical Skills Centre, the Gordon Museum of Pathology , the Museum of Life Sciences and  libraries of the social and natural sciences.
Additionally, The Centre for Doctoral Studies provides a range of courses to develop theoretical understanding and research skills.

Postgraduate training

KCL offers a large number of training and skills development opportunities. Participation in the annual Postgraduate Research Symposium is compulsory for all students and provides an opportunity to improve communication and presentation skills to specialist and public audiences.  Opportunities are available for postgraduate students to present their work at faculty, national and international scientific meetings. Our postgraduate students also have the opportunity to assist with teaching of undergraduates as demonstrators in practical classes or by leading tutorials.  Those with appropriate ex[evidence have opportunities to teach on our’ Masters in Clinical Education’,  whose students are drawn from across  the health professions.

Head of group/division

Professor Ian McFadzean (Acting)

Contact for information

Postgraduate Research Admissions Enquiries

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000

Contact email

Please fill in the Admissions enquiry Form

School contacts

Postgraduate Research Lead: Dr Anne McKee

Email:  anne.mckee@kcl.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum UK requirements


Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in an appropriate subject

A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Master's degree with Merit or above.

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.

Please do not complete an application form until you have spoken with and have confirmation from your preferred supervisor. Information about research staff can be found on King’s Research Portal here: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/ 

Application procedure

Studentships will be advertised in  findaphd.comNaturejobs, the College’s Health Schools Studentships website or on www.jobs.ac.uk.

All applicants are required to complete the KCL online application form. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed by at least two academics. Proposed research projects must be approved by the School Postgraduate Research Committee before an offer can be made.


Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Personal Statement


A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study


A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.



Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.



You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.


For Education Research a Research Proposal is needed. Contact the PGR Lead for further information.


Course intake

No set number

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.

International Foundation

Fees and funding

UK Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees:

£5,850 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£5,850 per year (MDRes Clinical)

£5,850 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£5,850 per year (MDRes)

Part time tuition fees:

£2,925 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£2,925 per year (MDRes Clinical)

£2,925 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£2,925 per year (MDRes)

International Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time Tuition Fees:

£49,050 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£49,050 per year (MDRes Clinical)

£25,800 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£25,800 per year (MDRes)

Part time tuition fees:

£24,525 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£24,525 per year (MDRes Clinical)

£12,900 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£12,900 per year (MDRes)


UK Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£6,120 per year (MDRes Clinical)

£6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD)

Part time tuition fees:

£3,060 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£3,060 per year (MDRes Clinical)

£3,060 per year (MPhil/PhD)

International Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time Tuition Fees:

£51,540 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£51,540 per year (MDRes Clinical)

£27,090 per year (MPhil/PhD)

Part time tuition fees:

£25,755 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£25,755 per year (MDRes Clinical)

£13,500 per year (MPhil/PhD)


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.


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