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Life Course Sciences MPhil/PhD/MD(Res)

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Overview

The School of Life Course Sciences encompasses four research and teaching units in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine which span and link landmark life-stages with the origins and understanding of common diseases, treating life and disease as a continuum, a fundamental approach to maintaining and maximising a healthy life

Occupying facilities across Guy’s, St Thomas’, Waterloo and Denmark Hill campuses, the School is headed by Professor Lucilla Poston, Tommy’s Professor of Maternal & Fetal Health. Clinicians, scientists and health professionals work together in a multidisciplinary partnership to enhance research and teaching in the life-course of health and disease. To achieve our ‘life course’ ambition, the School brings together a unique and interactive team of experts in women and children’s health, diabetes, nutritional sciences and the molecular genetics of human disease (twins research and ophthalmology).

The School’s mission is to approach the origins of disease from the earliest stages in life and understanding the life-course of disease and the interactions between cause and effect - such as those which link early life nutrition to development of diabetes and allergy - underpins early detection, treatment and prevention, and can provide us with important research and training opportunities.

 

  • School web site https://www.kcl.ac.uk/solcs
  • Research income: £11M per year.
  • Current number of academic staff: 170 academic and research staff, 75 principal investigators, 50 PhD supervisors.
  • Current number of graduate research students: 114
  • School News: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/solcs

 

  • Evelina Children’s Hospital
  • Variety Children’s Hospital
  • Centre for the Newborn Brain
  • IoPPN
  • KHP Institute of Women and Children’s Health
  • RCM     
  • RCOG
  • Tommy’s Charity
  • King’s Bioscience Institute
  • National Institute of Health Research
  • NIHR Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre
  • King’s Health Partners’ Institute of Diabetes, Obesity & Endocrinology
  • Dresden Trans-Campus – diabetes and metabolic medicine
  • The London Metallomics Facility
  • The KCL Genome centre (FWB).

Key information

Duration MPhil/PhD: 3 to 4 years full-time, 6 to 7 years part-time. MD(Res): 2 to 3 years full-time, 4 to 5 years part-time.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Nutrition and Dietetics School of Life Course Sciences

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Description

The research degree programme within the School is delivered by a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, research scientists and academics. By exploring the life course of health and disease, we approach medicine in a different way. We unite more than 300 experts in women and children’s health, diabetes, nutritional sciences and the molecular genetics of human disease. Our research links the causes of common health problems to life’s landmark stages treating life, disease and healthcare as a continuum.

We are interdisciplinary by nature and this innovative approach works: 91 per cent of our research submitted to REF 2014 was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent*. Based across King’s Denmark Hill, Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Waterloo campuses, our academic programme of teaching, research and clinical practice is embedded across five Departments:

*Subjects Allied to Medicine (Pharmacy, Nutritional Sciences and Women's Health cluster)

Research Degree students applying to the School of Life Course Sciences will be registered at one of these departments and will have access to a wide range of research facilities. For details of each department please see below.

We believe that the basis of human health begins before birth and that variation at each life stage has consequences for the next.

Many people carry genes associated with common disorders but whether they develop symptoms or not is often more complex. Which genes are expressed can be shaped by maternal health and later-life nutrition and developing one condition can cause changes that lead to others.

By taking this holistic approach, linking traditionally distinct disciplines and exploring the interactions between environment, genetics, cause and effect, we can find new ways to detect, treat and prevent disease.

For further information about the research within the School, please refer to the School website which can be found here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/lsm/schools/life-course-sciences/index.aspx

Course study environment

Our research degree students get the opportunity to work in an active and vibrant research environment. Students work alongside staff researchers and are supervised by two members of academic staff. Each student has a dedicated Thesis Progression Committee that monitors students' progress and gives advice and support.

The student will be based at one of the research departments within the School of Life Course Sciences which span and link landmark life-stages with the origins and understanding of common diseases, treating life and disease as a continuum, a fundamental approach to maintaining and maximising a healthy life. To achieve our ‘life course’ ambition, the School brings together a unique and interactive team of experts in women and children’s health, diabetes, nutritional sciences and the molecular genetics of human disease (twins research and ophthalmology). The student will therefore be a member of an active and diverse research community with excellent opportunities for networking.

Postgraduate training

KCL offers a large number of training and skills development opportunities. Participation in the annual Postgraduate Research Symposium is compulsory for all students and provides an opportunity to improve science communication and presentation skills. Opportunities are available and actively encouraged for postgraduate students to present their work at national and international scientific meetings and students can apply for faculty funding to attend conferences. Our postgraduate students have the opportunity to assist with teaching of undergraduates, as demonstrators in practical classes or by leading tutorials, thereby gaining teaching skills. Teaching hours can also be exchanged for conference funding.

Head of group/division

Professor Lucilla Poston

Contact for information

Postgraduate Research Admissions Enquiries: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/contact-us.aspx

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000

Contact email

Please fill in the Admissions enquiry Form https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/Admissions-contact-form.aspx

School contacts

Postgraduate Research Lead:  Dr Afshan Malik

Email:  SoLCS_Education@kcl.ac.uk 

Departmental Postgraduate Research Coordinators:

Department

PGC Name

Diabetes

Afshan Malik

Nutrition

Chris Corpe

Ophthalmology

Pirro Hysi

Twins

Pirro Hysi

Women’s and children’s health clinical

Lisa Story

Women’s and children’s health scientific

Peter Dixon

 Women’s Health (Denmark Hill)

Nick Kametas

Children’s Health and Paediatric Allergy (Clinical)  

Michael Carter

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

 

Minimum UK requirements

 

Bachelor's degree with at least a 2:1 honours in an appropriate subject i.e. Anatomy, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine.

A 2:2 degree will 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.comNaturejobs, the College’s Health Schools Studentships website or on www.jobs.ac.uk.

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

Yes

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

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/research experience as part of your application.

Course intake

No set number

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. 

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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.

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