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Addictions Research MPhil/PhD

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Overview

One of Europe’s leading research centres
We are one of the most productive addictions research groups in Europe. In the 2013 Rand Europe analysis of influential research from UK universities, Substance Abuse Research at the National Addiction Centre was identified as leading the field, contributing 13% of all Highly-Cited Publications over a 10-year period (2002-2011). We represent one of the chosen areas of important health-related study as the newly created Addictions Clinical Academic Group (CAG) within King’s Health Partners, and form one of the core areas of the Academic Health Science Centre that brings together university partners King’s College London with the NHS from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital, and Guy’s and St Thomas’. Substance Use Disorders is one of the main themes of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health which is based at the Institute of Psychiatry, , Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Forty years of research excellence
The emphasis of our research is on ‘what works’ in the prevention and treatment of substance-related problems: the NAC represents a network of clinicians, researchers and clinical teachers who have a shared commitment to excellence in prevention and treatment work, and to supporting and strengthening national and international endeavours in this field. Over the last 40 years, the NAC has developed a body of research evidence that has informed the evidence base for the UK treatment system and the development of new treatment services for alcohol, smoking and drug problems. This work ranges from trials of new therapies and preventative treatments to studies seeking to understand the genetic and biological basis of addictive behaviour.

Partners
We work closely with the Addictions Directorate of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) to improve understanding of addiction to drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and to develop effective preventative and treatment interventions. Much of this research is carried out with the help of people with addictions who have been referred for treatment to services run by SLaM’s Addictions Directorate and is partly supported by the charity Action on Addiction, the only independent UK research charity dedicated to seeking new ways to prevent and treat nicotine, alcohol and drug abuse.

Annual research income
Approximately 1.7 million.

Number of staff and students
75 academic and research staff.

Recent publications and projects

A list of recent publications and projects can be viewed here:

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/depts/addictions/research/index.aspx

Partner organisations

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

King’s College Hospital

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

Key information

Duration Three years FT; six years PT. Accelerated PT rates available - email iop.educationsupport@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

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Addictions Department

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Description

The emphasis of our research is on ‘what works’ in the prevention and treatment of substance-related problems: the NAC represents a network of clinicians, researchers and clinical teachers who have a shared commitment to excellence in prevention and treatment work, and to supporting and strengthening national and international endeavours in this field. 

Over the last 40 years, the NAC has developed a body of research evidence that has informed the evidence base for theUK treatment system and development of new treatment services for alcohol, smoking and drug problems. This work ranges from trials of new therapies and preventative treatments to studies seeking to understand the genetic and biological basis of addictive behaviour.


PhD projects are available in areas related to the development and evaluation of new treatments for alcohol, smoking and drug problems and includes studies seeking to understand the underlying psychological and biological bases and change processes of addictive behaviours, as well as policy-driven and workforce development projects and treatment trials.

Professor John Strang who heads the Department is one of the UK’s leading experts in addiction and one of only six Addiction Research scientists outside North America who is listed in www.isihighlycited.com.

Key Benefits

  • Access to excellence in both applied research and development
  • Interaction with internationally recognised researchers in a wide range of addiction related topics
  • Demonstrated excellence in qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and trial research methods
  • Strong partnerships with South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • Access to rich and varied clinical populations
  • Access to a wide range of educational resources and training within the department and at the King's level through the Researcher Development Programme

Course study environment

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 at the National Addiction Centre; facilities for part-time students can be arranged according to their needs. 

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. King's runs an outstanding Researcher Development Programme which is designed to meet the individual training needs of research students. The programme has been developed to ensure we produce the most qualified, experienced and employable researchers.

Head of group/division

Professor John Strang

Contact for information

Education Support Team: Olivia Rees- ioppn.educationsupport@kcl.ac.uk

Admissions Tutor: Dr Gail Gilchrist- gail.gilchrist@kcl.ac.uk   

Contact email

ioppn.educationsupport@kcl.ac.uk

Course website

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iop/depts/addictions/index.aspx

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Addictions Mdres entry requirements
Minimum requirements   
  • Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours.

  • A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit. 

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.
Non-academic Requirements   Please note that criminal conviction checks may be required before or during this programme of study.

 

Applicants whose qualifications have been gained outside the UK will be checked by the Admissions Office to establish equivalency with these standards before an offer is sent and applicants will need to demonstrate at interview that their background and experience, general education and scholarship are appropriate. 


Applicants not applying for an advertised studentship must attach 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. You can search through our research portal to find supervisors who work in your chosen research area. Applicants are expected to contact academics directly.

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:

For tips and advice from our students who have been awarded NIHR and MRC Research Training Fellowships, particularly regarding the interview stage click here.

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 the 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.educationsupport@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:

Addiction research checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required, including an explanation of your interest and existing knowledge of the addictions field.
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.
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 Yes A full CV (Resume) is needed as part of the application.

Course intake

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Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. We will open applications for an intake in 2020 after the final deadline passes in 2019.

  • February 2019 entry – 26th October 2018 for International students and 3rd December 2018 for Home/EU students
  • June 2019 entry - 12th April 2019 for International and Home/EU students
  • October 2019 entry – 26th July 2018 for International students and 30th August for Home/EU students
  • February 2020 entry – 25th October 2019 for International students and 2nd December 2019 for Home/EU students
  • June 2020 entry - 17th April 2020 for International and Home/EU students

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. We will open applications for an intake in 2020 after the final deadline passes in 2019. 

·                     February 2019 entry – 26th October 2018 for International students and 3rd December 2018 for Home/EU students 

·                     June 2019 entry – 12th April 2019 for International and Home/EU students 

·                     October 2019 entry – 26th July 2019 for International students and 30th August 2019 for Home/EU students 

·                     February 2020 entry – 25th October 2019 for International students and 2nd December 2019 for Home/EU students 

·                     June 2020 entry - 17th April 2020 for International and Home/EU students 

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

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.

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Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £5,700 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,850 per year

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees: £6,100 per year

Part time tuition fees: £3,050 per year

International Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £22,050 per year      

Part time tuition fees: £11,025 per year

International Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £23,000 per year      

Part time tuition fees: £11,500 per year

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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

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Career prospects

 

Our previous graduates have pursued a variety of career including remaining in academic research and careers as practitioners.

Career destinations

Psychiatrists or psychologists within the NHS, academic careers in substance misuse research, health services management.

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