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Basic & Medical Biosciences Research MPhil/PhD/MDRes

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The School of Basic and Medical Biosciences brings together five internationally renowned research departments; Centre for Human and Applied Physiology (CHAPS), Centre for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (CSCRM), Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics (MMG), Randall Centre for Cell and Molecular Biophysics (Randall), St John’s Institute of Dermatology (St John’s).

Based at Guy’s and Denmark Hill campuses with over 450 staff, we educate and train the next generation of researchers, clinicians, and healthcare professionals.

Our research investigates human health at all resolutions, from the molecular mechanisms underlying disease to clinical trials and medical applications.   

  • REF2014: Overall, CHAPS ranked 6th; Genetics (comprising CSCRM, MMG and St John’s) ranked  1st for Clinical Medicine; Randall ranked 10th 
  • Research income: £15 m per year.
  • Current number of academic staff:  67 principal investigators, 56 PhD supervisors.
  • Current number of graduate research students: 163
  • Current number of graduate research assistants:  175

Recent publications include:

  1. Aged‐senescent cells contribute to impaired heart regeneration
  2. Identifying extrinsic versus intrinsic drivers of variation in cell behavior in human iPSC lines from healthy donors
  3. Genetic fine mapping of systemic lupus erythematosus MHC associations in Europeans and African Americans
  4. Myogenin promotes myocyte fusion to balance fibre number and size
  5. Genome-wide association study in frontal fibrosing alopecia identifies four susceptibility loci including HLA-B*07:02

Current research projects: 

Details of current research projects can be found via:  https://www.kcl.ac.uk/bmb/research-impact/research-impact

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Key information

Duration MPhil/PhD: three to four years full-time, six to seven years part-time. MD(Res): two to three years full-time, four to five years part-time.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Basic & Medical Biosciences



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Course detail


The research focus of the School of Basic and Medical Biosciences is to answer fundamental questions about biology in health and disease. Clinical and discovery scientists collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment on a range of exciting and innovative areas spanning the analysis of stem cell programming, molecular biophysics and genetics of human disease through to the development of innovative new technology, therapies and clinical trials

Our cross-disciplinary approach enables us to tackle emerging, cutting-edge questions in areas such as human physiology, cancer, dermatology, diabetes, liver failure, genetic diseases, ageing, and pain.

For further information about the research within the School, please refer to the School website.

Course study environment

PhD students work alongside staff researchers and are supervised by two members of academic staff.  Each student has a dedicated Thesis Progression Committee that monitors the student’s progress and gives advice and support.  Students meet with their committee, and report on their progress, every six months. Each student is also assigned a postgraduate co-ordinator who is attached to the department in which they are based.

Broadening horizons and wider participation is actively encouraged with the opportunities to visit universities abroad via the Global Research Grant, engage with policy makers through events like ‘Voice of the Future’, and to get involved with training the next generation of scientist through school schemes like K+ and shadow a scientist.

There is a vibrant student society with opportunities to get involved in student organised social activities, both within departments and across the School, and contributing our School PhD student blog

Each department has student representatives who meet regularly with the School PGR Lead, Department PGR Coordinators and Operations Officer Education to discuss and implement ways to enrich the student environment. One such development has been establishing an annual School Careers day for both PhD students and research staff.

Postgraduate training

KCL offers a large number of training and skills development opportunities.  Details of training opportunities are provided to all students by the Centre for Doctoral Studies in their monthly newsletter with  specific training for bioscience researchers organised through the Health Sciences Doctoral Training Centre.

Participation in the annual Postgraduate Research Symposium is compulsory for all students and provides an opportunity to improve science communication, presentation skills and to develop collaborations.

Students are required to give research reports as part of their department’s seminar programme as well as regularly presenting within their group lab meetings and student-led journal club, providing peer support in addition to that given by supervisors.

Our postgraduate students also have the opportunity to assist with teaching of undergraduates as demonstrators in practical classes or by leading tutorials.

Head of group/division

  • Head of School
    Professor Mathias Gautel
  • School Postgraduate Research Lead
    Dr Baljinder Mankoo

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 Research Lead: Dr Baljinder Mankoo

Email: baljinder.mankoo@kcl.ac.uk

Operations Officer Education: Helen Rudkin

Email: helen.rudkin@kcl.ac.uk 

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum UK requirements


Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in an appropriate subject

A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Master's 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.com, Naturejobs, job ac u and the College’s Health Schools Studentships website.

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: 

Personal Statement


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


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.



Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.



You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.


Joint PhDs - Application advice

Studentships will be advertised in  findaphd.comNaturejobs, the College’s Health Schools Studentships website or on www.jobs.ac.uk.

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier. 

  • February 2021 entry – 23rd October 2020 for international applicants and 23rd November 2020 for Home/EU applicants 

  • June 2021 entry - 12th April 2021 for international and Home/EU applicants 

  • October 2021 entry – 30th July 2021 for international/EU applicants and 27th August 2021 for Home applicants 

  • February 2022 entry – 12th November 2021 for international/EU applicants and 6th December 2021 for Home applicants 

  • June 2022 entry – 1st April 2022 for international/EU applicants and 11th April 2022 for Home applicants 

Applications for 2022/23 academic year will open from October 2021. 

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 2020/21

Full time tuition fees:

£5,560 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£5,560 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£5,560 per year (MDRes)

£5,560 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£2,780 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£2,780 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£2,780 per year (MDRes)

£2,780 per year (MDRes Clinical)

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)

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

International Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees:

£24,570 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£46,720 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£24,570 per year (MDRes)

£46,720 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£12,285 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£23,360 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£12,285 per year (MDRes)

£23,360 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)

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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Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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