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Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry PhD

King's College London, University of London

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Course options

  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Denmark Hill Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary


Key features

The Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research group that combines genetic and environmental strategies in order to study how nature and nurture interact in the development of complex behavioural dimensions and disorders. The Centre is equipped with cutting-edge research facilities, including extensive modern laboratories with state-of-the-art genomics, epigenomics and biomarker assay equipment, an EEG laboratory, bioinformatics resources, and a modern well-supported and powered computing cluster. The Centre also houses the MRC London Neurodegenerative Diseases Brain Bank.


The SGDP Centre welcomes applications for several fully funded PhD studentships for autumn 2019, for either the 1+3 or +3 PhD programme. The Centre’s students are diverse in their backgrounds, with about half coming from social science and the other half from biological and related sciences. Our studentships are highly competitive and popular, and the programmes have seen a significant increase in overseas applications, including applications from the USA. In addition to the Centre’s 1+3 interdisciplinary PhD training programme, faculty members of the Centre are able to supervise students on a traditional +3 PhD.

Our 1+3 students will undertake the MSc in Genes, Environment & Development in Psychology & Psychiatry (GED PP) for 1 year before commencing their PhD project. The MSc GED PP programme takes a highly interdisciplinary approach to the study of how genetics and the environment ('nature and nurture') combine during human development to produce behaviour, diseases and psychiatric disorders. Students are taught by world-leading experts and receive training across multiple research fields: molecular & behavioural genetics, twin modelling, statistical genetics, epigenetics, bioinformatics, social and cognitive psychology, and developmental psychiatry. At the end of the first year, successful students are awarded a Master of Science degree and need not apply to be promoted to PhD training for the remaining 3 years.

The +3 students may already have research experience and/or be familiar with the interdisciplinary nature of our research areas and have ideas about an appropriate SGDP project and/or research method. They will also usually already hold an MSc (or equivalent qualification) relevant to their PhD topic.

Both programmes include continuous involvement in Centre research which focuses on interdisciplinary approaches in topics including: antisocial behaviour, anorexia and eating disorders, anxiety, autism, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder across development using powerful analytical and molecular tools (EEG, statistics, bioinformatics, molecular genetics, epigenetics).

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 24,150per year

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University information

King's College London, University of London

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  • Campus address

    King's College London, University of London, Strand, Westminster, WC2R 2LS, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    10th out of 103 4

    25th out of 35 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    172 76%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    79 79%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.17 83%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    183 75%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    99 99%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.84 77%



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