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PhD Health & Social Care (Research Division)

 Course Level
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

20000 GBP
4600 GBP
4600 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

REF2014: Ranked 6th in the United Kingdom in terms of the proportion of the submission ranked at 4* and 3* (Unit of Assessment 2 - Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care).

Research income: £58m (2007-14)

Number of academic/ research staff: 120

Number of research students: 30

Recent publications:

Divisional publcations on the King's Research Portal

Current research projects:

Research information on our Division's website

Divisional research funding on the King's Research Portal

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Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters degree with Merit or above. 

Applicants are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors prior completing the online application form.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL-IBT: 92

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Course Modules


Our PhD programme in Primary Care, Public Health, and Health Services Research provides research training in these fields to well qualified graduate students. Our principal investigators are able to provide supervision across a range of disciplines and empirical topics.
Disciplinary expertise includes statistics, epidemiology, and the social and behavioural sciences (sociology, health and decision psychology, anthropology, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and health economics). Empirical areas include stroke, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions, transplantation medicine, COPD, medical decision making, and translational research. Areas of methodological expertise include, randomised controlled trials of complex interventions, population registers and utilisation of large routine data sets, clinical research informatics and ethnography and qualitative methods.

Course study environment

Our graduate students are part of a thriving academic environment with local national and international links. Personal, professional and career development is embedded in the PhD programme. In addition to academic supervision provided by two supervisors, students have access to training provided by the King’s College London Researcher Development Programme. They are also expected to participate in the Division’s PhD Writing Seminar and PhD Student Seminar programme. Within the Division and in Research Centres across the College there is a number of seminar series in which graduate student participation is welcome.

Postgraduate training

Developing an awareness of relevant information tools, software and services, and learning how to access and exploit these resources effectively, is essential for effective study. Information Services and Systems offers a range of information literacy courses and other opportunities to improve your use of information tools, software and services including self-paced web-tutorials and practical hands-on training.

Head of group/division

Professor Charles Wolfe

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7444.

Contact email

[email protected]

Course website


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How to Apply

Application procedure

In the first instance, prospective students should make contact with potential supervisors for an informal discussion. A College application must be completed online and returned along with two academic references. For more information, please see  myapplication.kcl.ac.uk.

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 and 2017 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.

April 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 19th February 2016 for UK/EU and international students.

July 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 20th May 2016 for UK/EU and international students.

September 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 29th July 2016 for international students and 2nd September 2016 for UK/EU students.

January 2017 entry - Application deadline will be on the 31st October 2016 for international students and 2nd December 2016 for UK/EU students. 

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