King's College London

Course Introduction

The course investigates the causes of neuropathic disease, to identify new drug targets and to develop treatments and monitor outcomes. Students study synaptic receptors and neuronal signalling mechanisms with a view to promoting symptomatic relief from the pain and dysfunction that are associated with a damaged nervous system. Applicants develop strategies aimed at restoring function to the damaged nervous system at the level of cell survival, formation of new synapses and the generation of new neurons and test these. Much of the department's thinking is driven by the emerging hypothesis that the brain does indeed have an intrinsic ability to limit damage associated with brain injury and disease and to repair itself by regenerative and compensatory mechanisms. The goal is to understand the nature of these processes, and to devise strategies that ultimately go beyond symptomatic relief. Within the division the aim is to advance knowledge in subject matter through collaborative multidisciplinary studies that use core resources including bioinformatics and expression profiling of proteins. Departmental expertise ranges from genetic, biochemical and bioinformatic approaches for novel gene discovery; molecular modelling of protein'protein interactions; cell biology; to whole animal approaches to study neuronal survival and regeneration and observational studies at the level of the whole animal; in addition, experience in running clinical trials in stroke and dementia.

Course Additional Entry

A good Honours degree (2.1 or above) in science, medicine or dentistry; or an overseas equivalent; candidates with relevant professional experience are also welcome.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
6 years
Full Time
MD (Res)
3 years
Full Time
MPhil £19,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
MPhil £4,650  Academic year. First year home fees
4 - 6 years
Part Time
MPhil
3 years
Full Time
PhD £19,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
PhD £4,650  Academic year. First year home fees
4 - 6 years
Part Time
PhD