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TUD-KCL Joint PhD in Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience PhD

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This joint PhD is part of a wider transCampus initiative – the first of its kind in Europe – and it is a unique partnership between two of Europe’s leading academic institutions, King's College London and Technische Universität Dresden (www.transcampus.eu). These institutions are expert in studying psychiatry, psychology and neurosciences and are leaders in these research areas, from basic neuroscience to clinical psychiatry and psychology. The expertise of the two institutions will be combined within the overarching aim of the proposed programme to advance our joint, key research goals.

Key information

Duration Three years Full Time; six years Part Time . Accelerated Part Time rates available email: ioppn.pgr@kcl.ac.uk

Study mode Full-time

Further details

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

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Neuroscience



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Course detail


KCL students enrolled as in the programme will benefit from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) research environment and will also be involved in the rotation program in collaboration with one of the TUD partner laboratories. They will be enrolled as associated members of TUD and will spend a period of time, decided by the supervisors, at TUD.

Students from Dresden will likewise take part in training opportunities offered by KCL during their time as visiting PhD students at the IoPPN. Participation of training modules in London will be credited for the PhD obtained in Dresden and vice versa.

The programme will share features of the transCampus; students will have free access to the regular conferences, workshops and scientific meetings arranged through the transCampus. The administrative and academic human resources liaised with the transCampus will be directly available to all PhD students of this programme.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Standard PhD entry requirements: Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent). A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit.

Application procedure

Applicants for the Joint PhD programme must contact the relevant departments at both universities before submitting an application in order to discuss the suitability of their topic for the joint programme and to locate potential supervisors. Applications should initially be submitted to the proposed home institution only, i.e. where the student will start and finish their programme. Students should note that acceptance onto the programme may take slightly longer than for single-institution PhDs because of the additional steps involved.

Applicants who choose King’s as their home institution should apply through the online system, selecting the appropriate joint PhD option from the drop-down list. In addition to the standard supporting documentation, applicants should submit a Travel Plan form indicating how they intend to divide their time between the two partner institutions. Students must spend a specified amount of time in each institution, details of which can be found in the ‘Notes’ section of the Travel Plan form.

It is recommended that students submit applications for the Joint PhD programme by the end of March to begin the following October.

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Fees and funding

All students enrolled in the Joint PhD programme will pay normal fees to their home university for the duration of their study (if that university charges fees). For the period that KCL students will be studying at TU Dresden no fees will be charged by TU Dresden. For the period that Dresden students will be studying at KCL, no fees will be charged by KCL.

UK Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees: £6,720 per year

International Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees:  £25,350 per year         

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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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