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Psychological Academic Research MPhil, PhD

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Overview

There are over 400 research students at the Institute who come from a range of backgrounds including psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work and basic sciences.

Our MPhil/PhD programme allows students to carry out research in any of our 14 departments and in a wide variety of areas; from molecular genetics and biology, to neuroscience, neuroimaging, clinical research studies, psychological studies and new treatments; from longitudinal studies to clinical trials, bio statistics, epidemiology and health services research and transcultural studies. 

Key benefits

The Department of Psychology was founded in 1950 at the Institute of Psychiatry; since then it has carried on a distinguished programme of research, teaching and clinical practice, with a long-standing link with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. In 2004 the psychology sections of Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine merged with the Department, creating one of the world’s largest groupings of clinical and health psychologists. Today, Psychology is one of the largest departments in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Key information

Duration Usually 3 years full-time/ 6 years part-time (some funding modes permit slightly longer periods of study)

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King’s College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Psychological Medicine Department of Psychology

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Description

Students to carry out research in any of our 14 departments and in a wide variety of areas; from molecular genetics and biology, to neuroscience, neuroimaging, clinical research studies, psychological studies and new treatments; from longitudinal studies to clinical trials, bio statistics, epidemiology and health services research and transcultural studies. 

A list of recent publications can be viewed here

Contact for information

For any additional queries regarding application and project approval procedures please contact

Education Support Team: Lauren Soules – ioppn.educationsupport@kcl.ac.uk

Departmental PhD administrator: Susan Barwick – psychologyedu@kcl.ac.uk

Admissions Tutor: Dr Emmanuelle Peters – emmanuelle.peters@kcl.ac.uk

Departmental PGR Lead: Prof. Tony Charman – tony.charman@kcl.ac.uk

Contact email

ioppn.educationsupport@kcl.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

We require a Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or international equivalent). A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a master’s with Merit (or international equivalents).

All applicants need to meet the College English language proficiency requirements. Visit our admissions webpages to view requirements: English language entry requirements

Applicants not applying for an advertised studentship must attached 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. 

Application closing date

February 2019 entry – Application deadline: 26th October 2018 for Overseas students and 3rd December 2018 for Home/EU students

 June 2019 entry - Application deadline: 12th April 2019 for Overseas/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.

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Fees and funding

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

 

International Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees:  £22,050 per year               

Part time tuition fees: £11,025 per year

 

For further information on postgraduate funding, please visit our fees and funding webpages.

 

Additional costs/expenses

*Tuition fees may be subject to annual increases

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.

Career prospects

Obtaining a PhD is the minimum requirement for an academic or clinical academic career; other graduates go onto clinical training or into industry or the third sector.

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