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MD(Res) Psychosis Studies (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Part Time

6 Years
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10000 GBP
2730 GBP
2730 GBP

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Department of Psychosis Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

The Department of Psychosis Studies is the largest department within the IoPPN, and one of the world’s largest groups conducting research on psychosis. In the last 5 years alone, the pioneering work of our staff has resulted in over 1300 scientific publications, and we currently hold approximately £25 million in research grant income. These achievements and the quality of the research carried out in our department are reflected in the Institute’s achievement of a 100 percent 4* ranking for research environment in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework, in which our impact was judged to be 100% ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Research at the Department of Psychosis Studies in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience (IoPPN) is world-leading, with both local and global impact. Our staff are recognised globally as innovators of high-quality translational research. Set within the context of the famous Maudsley hospital, we have a rich history of pioneering academics, which endures today. Our staff continue to produce trailblazing research, often challenging accepted thought to explore new approaches, provide new perspectives, and develop new technology to shed light on psychosis.

The research carried out by the Department is focused on the aetiology and mechanisms underlying psychosis, and on the development of new treatments for psychotic disorders. Research studies may involve people with subclinical symptoms, groups at high risk, and patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Research activity is directly integrated with the local clinical services for psychosis in the South London And Maudsley NHS Trust, through the Psychosis Clinical Academic Group (CAG). This unique fusion of the research and clinical infrastructure facilitates implementation of the department’s academic strategy. It ensures that research and teaching reflect current clinical priorities, and that clinical practice is informed by the latest research findings.

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Eligibility Criteria

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent). A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit.

Qualifications which have been gained outside the UK will be checked by the Admissions Office to establish equivalency with these standards before an offer is sent and applicants will need to demonstrate at interview that their background and experience, general education and scholarship are appropriate.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL-IBT: 92

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Course Modules


Our research focuses on understanding why individuals experience psychotic symptoms or develop psychotic disorders. Our ultimate aim is to inform the development of new clinical assessments and treatments to benefit the lives of those experiencing psychosis. To achieve this, we harness powerful modern analytical techniques integrating data from neuroimaging, genomics, psychopathology, cognition, epidemiology, and the assessment of peripheral markers. Key to all our research is the integration of biological and psychosocial factors.

The translational nature of our work is further supported by the Psychosis Clinical Academic Group (CAG), within which we are integrated with high quality psychosis services in the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Such a close collaboration with clinical teams facilitates the involvement of patients in research, and allows rapid translation of research findings into clinical practice. In this way, our work more immediately influences the care of those experiencing psychosis.

Course study environment

Senior members of the Department offer supervision to students wishing to undertake a PhD: there are more than 60 PhD students working within the Department on a diverse range of projects.

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.

Potential PhD students should visit http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iop/research/index.aspx to find out more.

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.

King's runs an outstanding Researcher Development Programme which is designed to meet the individual training needs of research students. The programme has been developed to ensure we produce the most qualified, experienced and employable researchers.

Head of group/division

Professor Philip McGuire

Contact for information

[email protected]; Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 0070 [email protected]; Tel +44 (0) 20 7848 0140

Contact email

[email protected]; [email protected]

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How to Apply

Application procedure

Please see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iop/research/pgr/apply.aspx for details.

Personal statement and supporting information

No information required.

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is detailed below for 2016 entry. Prior to these dates all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After these dates applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

June 2016 entry - Application Deadline 01 March 2016

October 2016 entry - Application Deadline 23 May 2016

February 2017 entry - Application Deadline 01 November 2016

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