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Immunological and Cellular Strategies in Metabolic Disease (King's and Technische Universität Dresden) PhD

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King's College London (KCL) and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) and  are experts in identifying and modifying immunological processes relevant to the pathophysiology of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and Type 2 Diabetes (T2D).

Both academic institutions are leading islet transplantation centres and have been pioneering new interventional strategies for the treatment of both types of diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, including metabolic surgery. This expertise will be combined within the overarching IRTG to advance the joint, key research goals; namely, 'Recognition, regeneration and cell replacement in T1D' and the second, 'Systems biology in T2D”.

This 4-year PhD Programme offers the opportunity to complete a degree within these research areas in constant interaction between the UK-based and Germany-based partner labs. There are 12 research groups in each campus, London and Dresden, each comprising of 13 researchers. Students are given the additional option for a joint PhD award. 

For more information please visit the Programme webpage.

Entry accepted twice a year in January and September. 

Key information

Duration 4 years

Study mode Full-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London (KCL) and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD)

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



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The goal of this programme is to provide state of the art research opportunities in Metabolic Medicine, sharing academic resources from two of the leading Universities in the field

Joint PhDs - Subjects/specialisms available for joint study

All enroleld students are given the option for a joint PhD award. The rules and regulations can be found in the course’s webpage. 

Head of group/division

Professor Mark Peakman, Division of Diabetes, School of Life Course

Contact for information

Contact for information
Coy Brunßen, Dr. Virginia Kamvissi-Lorenz

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A Scientific undergraduate degree class 2.1 or higher.

Application procedure

Please see programme webpage for further details. 

Personal statement and supporting information

Please see programme webpage for further details.

Course intake

6 students annually January and September entry possible

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Fees and funding

Students applying for this programme at KCL need to have secured fees and personal stipend funding for the entire 4 years within the division of their recruitment prior to their application for participation in the IRTG. An additional small and limited financial support for travel expenses and consumables is possible. This is decided by the group leader of each project and administered by the Transcampus Office. Please see the programme webpages for further details.

UK Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees:

£5,560 per year (MPhil/PhD)

UK Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees:

£5,850 per year (MPhil/PhD)

International Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees:

£24,570 per year (MPhil/PhD)

International Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees:

£25,800 per year (MPhil/PhD)

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

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Career prospects

Students will take part in annual joint workshops and seminars, will be given the option to present their work in International Conferences and will be part of the Transcampus, an extensive academic partnership with vast networking and career opportunities


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