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Award:
MPhil
PhD
Study mode:
Full time
Part time
Campus:
Denmark Hill Campus

The Department of Psychological Medicine at King's College London is the largest department in the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). It currently has around 20 full-time academics and a total of approximately 100 members of staff. The department has approximately 50 doctoral students.

The large number of staff and students in the Department provides an environment which is very beneficial to research students because:

  • of the research and clinical expertise available
  • of the structures which are in place to help students achieve their goals
  • of the collegiality and support that is afforded by having other young researchers going through the same experience.

The Head of the Department is Professor Ulrike Schmidt, Professor of Eating Disorders.

The department is research-led but in addition, has a broad teaching and clinical remit. The mental health problems of particular interest are those of the common mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, liaison psychiatry, military mental health, perinatal psychiatry, and stress related disorders.

Research in the Department of Psychological Medicine

There are eight major research groups in the Department. They all have an extensive research portfolios and an established record for obtaining funding and publishing research in high impact journals. The department has a well-developed framework for helping research students to:

  • find the most suitable supervisors

  • to integrate into research groups

  • to develop their projects

  • to monitor their progress

  • to obtain specialist help e.g. with data analysis

  • to obtain pastoral care e.g. to present their data at meetings

  • to provide guidance with thesis and viva preparation.

All of the research groups work closely with service users, their families, and healthy volunteers i.e in relation to clinical projects. The research groups are:

  • Affective Disorders

  • Diabetes and Psychiatry

  • Eating Disorders

  • General Hospital Psychiatry

  • King's Centre for Military Health Research

  • Mental Health, Ethics and Law

  • Stress, Psychiatry and Immunology Laboratory & Section of Perinatal Psychiatry

  • Trauma Studies

Research students may conduct their postgraduate studies within one of these groups or their project may go across two groups. In some cases, it could involve research with a group elsewhere in King's, for instance, in the Centre for Neuroimaging Studies. In fact, if regulatory conditions are met, the project could involve a collaboration with a group in another university or country.

Clinical Academic Groups (CAG)

To facilitate and to fund clinical academic research, Kings Health Partners has a number of clinical academic groups. Psychological Medicine as a Department is part of the Clinical Academic Group (CAG) with the same name. This CAG within King’s Health Partners seeks to cross the divide between psychiatry and medicine.

The principal research methodologies used within the department are clinical, psychological, biological (including genetics and neuroimaging) and epidemiological. These approaches include cross sectional studies, cohort studies and randomised controlled trials (RCTs).

Teaching in the Department of Psychological Medicine

In addition to research and clinical work, the department is very involved in teaching. This occurs across a wide range of programmes and specialist subject areas and in many cases is done via formal lectures.

Teaching in the department also includes structured events such as research student “showcases” (presentation of work to peers and to staff) and also debates: this means that research students develop presentation skills and become able to assess and discuss data and conclusions. These transferable skills are very important for student development both in terms of becoming “part of the dialogue of their subject area” but also as a preparation for life after their PhD.

In addition to the research associated issues described above, the teaching environment in the Department means that research students can have the opportunity to become informed on a very wide area of specialist theoretical and practical topics. For example, the Department is involved in the teaching of full time and part time Master's programmes such as the MSc in Mental Health Studies or the MSc in War & Psychiatry.

The department also hosts The Maudsley Forum, an international annual four day conference, for psychiatrists, psychologists and others interested in mental health: this gives participants the opportunity to learn about the most current advances in clinical and academic psychiatry. In addition, the department runs a series of e-interactive, popular debates on mental health issues: these attract well known speakers and are attended by service users, carers, professionals, journalists and members of the public.

Research students have access to an extensive programme of teaching related to issues such as ethics, statistics, research project design etc., and in fact, are required to attend a number of these as part of their training.

UK Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£7,050 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£7,050 per year (MDRes)

Part time tuition fees:

£3,525 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£3,525 per year (MDRes)

International Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£26,640 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£26,640 per year (MDRes)

Part time tuition fees:

£13,320 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£13,320 per year (MDRes)

UK Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£7,500 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£7,500 per year (MDRes)

Part time tuition fees:

£3,750 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£3,750 per year (MDRes)

International Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£28,260 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£28,260 per year (MDRes)

Part time tuition fees:

£14,130 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£14,130 per year (MDRes)

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

Base campus

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

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 and other Institute seminars. There is a full induction for new graduate students on commencing their studies. Each full-time graduate research student is allocated their own workspace and computer; facilities for part-time students can be arranged according to their needs.

What our students say

In a recent survey our PhD students reported that they have a very positive experience. On a range of measures, the scores were very gratifying:

  • Professional Development - 90%
  • Progress and Assessment - 90%
  • Research Skills - 90%

Many factors could be contributing to the good “theme scores” seen in the student survey:

  • having two (or even three) student supervisors
  • robust programme approval procedures for each student
  • regular and formalised monitoring of student progress
  • a formal MPhil/PhD upgrade

The success of the PhD programme in the Department of Psychological Medicine is reflected in the following ways:

  • several recent students were awarded King's prizes for the “best thesis”
  • others have won prizes at local “showcase “ events
  • some have won travel awards to attend prestigious scientific meetings
  • some have won presentation awards at meetings
  • some have contributed to TV documentaries
  • many of the students have published several papers in high impact journals. In the last three years, the Department has published several hundred papers and in the majority of these, PhD students are either first authors or co-authors.
  • several members of the Dept have been awarded College awards that recognise excellent supervision.

Postgraduate training

Training courses run by the department, the Institute or through the Graduate School can be used as required to provide training in a wide variety of topics, from transferable skills to academic areas directly relevant to the student's thesis.

Head of group/division

Professor Simon Wessely

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 Hubertus Himmerich - Hubertus.himmerich@kcl.ac.uk

Business Manager: Dr Melina Carapeti-Marootian - Melina.carapeti-marootian@kcl.ac.uk

Contact email

hubertus.himmerich@kcl.ac.uk

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UK Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£7,050 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£7,050 per year (MDRes)

Part time tuition fees:

£3,525 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£3,525 per year (MDRes)

International Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£26,640 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£26,640 per year (MDRes)

Part time tuition fees:

£13,320 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£13,320 per year (MDRes)

UK Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£7,500 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£7,500 per year (MDRes)

Part time tuition fees:

£3,750 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£3,750 per year (MDRes)

International Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£28,260 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£28,260 per year (MDRes)

Part time tuition fees:

£14,130 per year (MPhil/PhD, Psychological Medicine Research)

£14,130 per year (MDRes)

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

Base campus

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

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 and other Institute seminars. There is a full induction for new graduate students on commencing their studies. Each full-time graduate research student is allocated their own workspace and computer; facilities for part-time students can be arranged according to their needs.

What our students say

In a recent survey our PhD students reported that they have a very positive experience. On a range of measures, the scores were very gratifying:

  • Professional Development - 90%
  • Progress and Assessment - 90%
  • Research Skills - 90%

Many factors could be contributing to the good “theme scores” seen in the student survey:

  • having two (or even three) student supervisors
  • robust programme approval procedures for each student
  • regular and formalised monitoring of student progress
  • a formal MPhil/PhD upgrade

The success of the PhD programme in the Department of Psychological Medicine is reflected in the following ways:

  • several recent students were awarded King's prizes for the “best thesis”
  • others have won prizes at local “showcase “ events
  • some have won travel awards to attend prestigious scientific meetings
  • some have won presentation awards at meetings
  • some have contributed to TV documentaries
  • many of the students have published several papers in high impact journals. In the last three years, the Department has published several hundred papers and in the majority of these, PhD students are either first authors or co-authors.
  • several members of the Dept have been awarded College awards that recognise excellent supervision.

Postgraduate training

Training courses run by the department, the Institute or through the Graduate School can be used as required to provide training in a wide variety of topics, from transferable skills to academic areas directly relevant to the student's thesis.

Head of group/division

Professor Simon Wessely

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 Hubertus Himmerich - Hubertus.himmerich@kcl.ac.uk

Business Manager: Dr Melina Carapeti-Marootian - Melina.carapeti-marootian@kcl.ac.uk

Contact email

hubertus.himmerich@kcl.ac.uk

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Key information

Award:
MPhil
PhD
Study mode:
Full time
Part time
Campus:
Denmark Hill Campus

Contact us

For any additional queries regarding application and project approval procedures please contact Education Support Team: ioppn.pgr@kcl.ac.uk Admissions Tutor: Dr Hubertus Himmerich - Hubertus.himmerich@kcl.ac.uk Business Manager: Dr Melina Carapeti-Marootian - Melina.carapeti-marootian@kcl.ac.uk

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