Below is a brief outline of the course structure. Please see our programme webpage for more details on projects and supervisors.
Depending on your background, preference and consultation with the programme directors, you can choose one of two pathways through years 1- 4 of this course:
1+3, with three laboratory rotations culminating in an MRes in year 1, followed by a three-year PhD
0+4, consisting of a 4-year PhD with compulsory training elements in year 1
On the 1+3 pathway, you will undertake 12-week rotations in three different laboratories, with projects offered across the neuro-immune spectrum by our interdisciplinary supervisor pool.
On the 0+4 pathway, you will embark straight into your PhD project, which will be co-supervised by one “neuro-“ and one “immune” supervisor.
On either pathway, you will attend 2 bespoke neuro-immune courses, 6 compulsory core research skills and ethics workshops, a weekly journal club, and individualised research and skills training to enhance either your “neuro” or “immune” knowledge, as required.
Year 2 to 4
All students will now be working on their interdisciplinary PhD. Our programme is designed to provide a well-rounded education so, during this time, you will also receive:
Transferrable Skills Training through workshops offered by our Centre for Doctoral Studies, networking and careers events, and public engagement
Flexible Training tailored to your individual needs. This could include undertaking an internship or industrial placement, visiting an external laboratory, or attending an external training course
Throughout your course, you will have the opportunity to connect with PhD students on other doctoral training programmes at King’s (e.g. other Wellcome-DTPs & MRC-DTP) through research symposia, joint social events and student clubs.
Your studentship will include funds to allow you to undertake a tailored transition activity that helps you embark on your chosen post-PhD career path. For example, you could undertake an internship in a company, spend some time to apply for your own postdoctoral fellowship, or attend a training course that would allow you to explore an alternative non-academic career.