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Population Health & Environmental Sciences Research MPhil/PhD MD/(Res)

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The School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences is one of seven Schools that make up the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine at King’s.

Our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations using our world leading infrastructures, global networks and interdisciplinary practice.

The School combines experts in population and global health with analytical, environmental, forensic and social scientists. Our 300 staff innovate across disciplines to understand challenges from air pollution to stroke rehabilitation, using data and informatics to ensure that action is informed by evidence. 78% of our research submitted to REF 2014* was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent: the sixth highest in the UK.

Based at King’s Denmark Hill, Guy’s and Waterloo campuses, we teach the next generation of doctors, physiotherapists and specialist researchers, delivering 59,000 hours of teaching every year.

*Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care

Our School by numbers:
• 78% of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)
• £8.57 million per year of research income
• 160 grant-funded research programmes
• 48 academic staff
• 32 PhD supervisors
• 71 postgraduate research students
• 52 post-doctoral research assistants

Details of our current research interests can be found on our website.

To discuss a possible project, please contact individual Principal Investigators (PIs).



Key information

Duration 3-4 years full time 6-7 years part time

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



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Course detail


Our research builds on the outstanding legacy of population and public health, environmental and forensic sciences, general practice, epidemiology and statistical research at King’s. It encompasses Analytics (broadly defined as the discovery and interpretation of meaningful patterns in quantitative and qualitative data), Investigation (broadly exploring analytical solutions to complex problems at the individual as well as population level) and Applied Research (broadly using analytics, including laboratory investigations, to identify needs and propose and evaluate new solutions to global societal health and social problems).

We are forging new connections between pure, social and data science to advance our understanding of disease and improve health and care for patients and populations.

The School is integrated with major National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) infrastructures. We lead the data analytics cluster within the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s & St Thomas’ and the Stroke and Public Health themes within the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London.

We host the NIHR Research Design Service London, the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Speciality Hub and jointly host the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Health Impact of Environmental Hazards and the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment & Health with Imperial College London.

Our academic work of transformative research, education, clinical practice, consultancy and external collaboration is embedded across two departments:



Course study environment

Students work alongside researchers and are supervised by two members of academic staff all overseen by a Departmental postgraduate research co-ordinator and the School postgraduate research lead.




Postgraduate training

All students are regularly notified about skills development opportunities through a monthly Postgraduate Research Newsletter. Participation in the annual Postgraduate Research Symposium is compulsory for all students and provides an opportunity to improve science communication and presentation skills. All postgraduate students present their research in seminars to the whole Department as well as to their research groups. Opportunities are available for postgraduate students to present their work at national and international scientific meetings. Our postgraduate students also assist with teaching of undergraduates as demonstrators in practical classes or leading tutorials.

Head of group/division

Professor Charles Wolfe OBE

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 Lead: Dr Vasa Curcin

Email:  vasa.curcin@kcl.ac.uk

 Course website 





Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements  
  • Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in science, medicine, or dentistry.
  • A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters 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:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
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

Approximately five to six studentships, plus self-funded candidates.

Application closing date

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

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

April 2020 entry – 14th February 2020 for International and Home/EU students.

July 2020 entry - 15th May 2020 for International and Home/EU students.

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:

£5,300 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£5,300 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£5,300 per year (MDRes)

£5,300 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£2,650 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£2,650 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£2,650 per year (MDRes)

£2,650 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

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 2019/20

Full time tuition fees:

£23,400 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£44,500 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£23,400 per year (MDRes)

£44,500 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£11,700 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£22,250 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£11,700 per year (MDRes)

£22,250 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

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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