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Population Health & Environmental Sciences Research MPhil/PhD MD/(Res)

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Our researchers combine experts in population and global health with analytical, environmental, forensic and social scientists. Our 300 staff innovate across disciplines to understand challenges from air pollution to stroke rehabilitation, using data and informatics to ensure that action is informed by evidence. 

Based at King’s Denmark Hill, Guy’s and Waterloo campuses, we teach the next generation of doctors, physiotherapists and specialist researchers, delivering 59,000 hours of teaching every year.

Applications for Analtyical, Environmental & Forensic Sciences should be made through the School Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

Our School by numbers:

• £8.57 million per year of research income
• 160 grant-funded research programmes
• 48 academic staff
• 32 PhD supervisors
• 71 postgraduate research students
• 52 post-doctoral research assistants

To discuss a possible project, please contact individual Principal Investigators (PIs).



Key information

Duration 3-4 years full time 6-7 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


Our research builds on the outstanding legacy of population and public health, general practice, epidemiology and statistical research at King’s. It encompasses Analytics (broadly defined as the discovery and interpretation of meaningful patterns in quantitative and qualitative data), Investigation (broadly exploring analytical solutions to complex problems at the individual as well as population level) and Applied Research (broadly using analytics, including laboratory investigations, to identify needs and propose and evaluate new solutions to global societal health and social problems).

We are forging new connections between pure, social and data science to advance our understanding of disease and improve health and care for patients and populations.

The School is integrated with major National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) infrastructures. We lead the data analytics cluster within the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s & St Thomas’ and the Stroke and Public Health themes within the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London.

We host the NIHR Research Design Service London, the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Speciality Hub and jointly host the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Health Impact of Environmental Hazards and the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment & Health with Imperial College London.

Our academic work of transformative research, education, clinical practice, consultancy and external collaboration.



Course study environment

Students work alongside researchers and are supervised by two members of academic staff all overseen by a Departmental postgraduate research co-ordinator and the School postgraduate research lead.




Postgraduate training

All students are regularly notified about skills development opportunities through a monthly Postgraduate Research Newsletter. Participation in the annual Postgraduate Research Symposium is compulsory for all students and provides an opportunity to improve science communication and presentation skills. All postgraduate students present their research in seminars to the whole Department as well as to their research groups. Opportunities are available for postgraduate students to present their work at national and international scientific meetings. Our postgraduate students also assist with teaching of undergraduates as demonstrators in practical classes or leading tutorials.

Head of group/division

Professor Charles Wolfe OBE

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 Lead: Dr Vasa Curcin

Email:  vasa.curcin@kcl.ac.uk

 Course website 





Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements  
  • Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in science, medicine, or dentistry.
  • A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters 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.comNaturejobswww.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:

Document 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).

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.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references 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

Approximately five to six studentships, plus self-funded candidates.

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)

£5,850 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£5,850 per year (MDRes)

£5,850 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£2,925 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£2,925 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£2,925 per year (MDRes)

£2,925 per year (MDRes Clinical)

International Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees:

£25,800 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£49,050 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£25,800 per year (MDRes)

£49,050 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£12,900 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£24,525 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£12,900 per year (MDRes)

£24,525 per year (MDRes Clinical)


UK Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£6,120 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£3,060 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£3,060 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£3,060 per year (MDRes Clinical)

International Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£27,090 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£51,540 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£51,540 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£13,500 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£25,755 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£25,755 per year (MDRes Clinical)


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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