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Clinical Neuroscience MD(Res)/MPhil/PhD

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The Department of Clinical Neuroscience is one of the leading academic units for clinical neuroscience in the UK. Research in the Department is focused on neurodegenerative disorders, epilepsy, health services research, brain injury and stroke, and builds on collaborations with the Departments of Neuroscience, Neuroimaging and Psychology. 

Research programmes within the Department include: Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and related disorders - The Department hosts the Kings MND Care and Research Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for MND research and the development of new treatments; Movement disorders (particularly atypical Parkinsonian syndromes such as PSP and MSA); Epileptology, with particular interest in developing new electrophysiological, neuroimaging and cognitive approaches to understanding epilepsy; Neurogenetics, particularly linkage studies and complex genetics in MND, Parkinsonian disorders and epilepsy; Acute brain injury.

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 Basic & Clinical Neuroscience



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Course detail


Current number of academic staff: Approximately 60.

Current number of research students: Approximately 15.

Some current research projects:

  • Genetic linkage and association studies on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
  • Biomarkers in the blood and CSF in ALS.
  • Cellular and transgenic models of ALS.
  • The functional anatomy of apathy: a functional MRI study in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Alzheimer's Disease;
  • Is cortical excitability abnormal in Motor Neuron Disease (MND)?;
  • Studies using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI);
  • Neural control of breathing and voluntary movements in Motor Neuron Disease (MND) patients;
  • The role of plasticity of excitatory connections between pyramidal neurons and cortical map reorganisation;
  • Identification of brain networks in epilepsy and how seizure activity emerges dynamically;
  • Optimising approaches to management of epilepsy in primary care.

Details at www.kcl.ac.uk/iop

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 and computer; facilities for part-time students can be arranged according to their needs. State-of-the-art genetics and neuroimaging facilities are available, and students benefit from a unique Clinical Research Facility, and the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience building.


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.


Head of group/division

Professor Mark P Richardson


Contact for information

Ms Sophie Morris, tel +44 (0)20 7848 5183.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Clinical Neuroscience Res Entry requirements
Minimum UK 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.

Applicants not applying for an advertised studentship must attach confirmation of support from your proposed supervisor to your application.

Application procedure

Firstly identify a suitable supervisor within the relevant department: for a searchable list of available supervisors, please see our website (www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/apps/supervisors). Alternatively, you can contact the department directly for general guidance on potential supervisors whose research interests most closely match those of your own. You will then need to complete an application form, available from our website: https://myapplication.kcl.ac.uk/ and provide two references. Successful applicants will be required to obtain approval for their research project prior to registration. The relevant form can be downloaded at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iop/research/pgr/apply.aspx

Forms should be completed in collaboration with your prospective supervisor. For information on application and project approval procedures please contact educationsupport@iop.kcl.ac.uk

Available studentships are advertised at: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iop/research/pgr/phdstudentships/index.aspx

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Clinical Neuroscience research checklist
Personal statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
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 Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Course intake

No set number.

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.

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.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees: £6,100 per year

Part time tuition fees: £3,050 per year

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees: £6,390 per year

Part time tuition fees: £3,195 per year

International Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees:  £23,000 per year             

Part time tuition fees: £11,500 per year

International Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees:  £24,150 per year             

Part time tuition fees: £12,075 per year

The Department has PhD funding from MRC and NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, as well as a number of studentships funded by theWellcome Trust, the Alzheimer's Research Trust, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Epilepsy Action and Epilepsy Research UK.

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.

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