KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

Health Service & Population Research MPhil/PhD, MD(Res)

Apply now


Research conducted by students and staff in Health Services and Population Research (HSPR) aims:

  • to improve coverage and access to evidence-based mental health treatment and care
  • drive-up the quality of mental health services, and achieving the best outcomes for those that use them
  • understand the effect of social and cultural contexts on the delivery and use of mental health services;
  • expose and challenge stigma and discrimination, promoting recovery and rights;
  • develop and test methods to improve the design, analysis, evaluation and implementation of mental health treatment and care;

 Academics use a range of methodologies across their epidemiological and health services research, including randomised controlled trials, cohort studies, cross-sectional studies, clinical informatics, and qualitative studies. 

 The Head of the Department is Professor Craig Morgan.

 There are currently six research groups:

The research focus of each of the centres can be found on the relevant pages.

Key information

Duration Three years FT; six years PT. Accelerated PT 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



Explore campuses

Welcome to King's

In the heart of London

Discover the advantages of studying at one of the top 25 universities in the world and take a look at our central London campuses.

Watch more videos

Course detail


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, the annual three-minute thesis competition, and seminars from across the IOPPN. There is a full departmental induction for new graduate students on commencing their studies.

Training courses run by the department, the IOPPN, or through the KCL 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. Many students find it useful to attend the department’s annual summer schools and short-courses, which provide introductions to research methodologies (epidemiology and statistics, implementation science, health economics, and qualitative research), technical and conceptual aspects of global mental health research and women’s mental health research, and provide unrivalled opportunities to attend lectures by experts in the field.

Each full-time graduate research student is allocated their own workspace in HSPR; facilities for part-time students can be arranged according to their needs. 

Students are supported to submit papers based on their research findings to peer-reviewed academic journals.

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.

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 Vanessa Lawrence -vanessa.c.lawrence@kcl.ac.uk

Business Manager: Mrs Elaine Webb- Elaine.1.webb@kcl.ac.uk

Contact email

Course website

Further literature

See the latest departmental brochure

Further literature link(s)


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Health Service & Pop Research Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements   
  • Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours.
  • A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Master's degree with Merit or above. 

Some applicants may be interviewed to ensure that that their background and experience, general education and scholarship are appropriate.

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 attached confirmation of support from your proposed supervisor to your application.

Application procedure

Application procedure

Step 1 Finding Supervisors: Firstly, you will need to find supervisors to work with you in this capacity. Please contact our Admissions Tutor (Dr Siân Oram – sian.oram@kcl.ac.uk) with a copy of your CV and a brief research proposal.  She will circulate your documents to HSPR academics.  You can also search through our research portal to find supervisors who work in your chosen research area.

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:

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 an MD(Res) or 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

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

Health Services research checklist
Personal statement Yes

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).

Research Proposal Yes

The proposal should explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page.

A letter of support from your proposed King's supervisor is also required. Futher details on this letter are available on the IOPPN webpages.

Previous Academic Study Yes 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.
Reference Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

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: £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

Our previous PhD students followed very diverse career paths, including academic posts (research fellowships, teaching fellowships or lectureships), clinical posts (clinical psychology or clinical medicine), voluntary sector, industry, policy making and social enterprise.

Career destinations

Past students have gained prestigious posts in many national and international research and policy organisations, including the World Health Organization.


King's College London logo

Next steps

View our postgraduate guide

Learn more about postgraduate degree programmes at King's.

View guide

Sound like the course for you?

Apply now

Explore King’s

Accommodation Take a look at our comfortable, safe residences to suit your budget, located close to King's teaching campuses. 
Student life Art, food, music, shopping – you'll never find yourself with nothing to do in the world's most vibrant city.
Extra-curricular Discover the huge variety of extra-curricular opportunities at King’s, from MOOCs to language courses.
London living With four campuses by the River Thames and one in south London, King's is right in the heart of the capital.