Addictions Research MPhil/PhD

Course Introduction

One of Europe?s leading research centres

We are one of the most productive addictions research groups in Europe. In the 2013 Rand Europe analysis of influential research from UK universities, Substance Abuse Research at the National Addiction Centre was identified as leading the field, contributing 13% of all Highly-Cited Publications over a 10-year period (2002-2011). We represent one of the chosen areas of important health-related study as the newly created Addictions Clinical Academic Group (CAG) within King?s Health Partners, and form one of the core areas of the Academic Health Science Centre that brings together university partners King?s College London with the NHS from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, King?s College Hospital, and Guy?s and St Thomas?. Substance Use Disorders is one of the main themes of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health which is based at the Institute of Psychiatry, , Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Forty years of research excellence

The emphasis of our research is on ?what works? in the prevention and treatment of substance-related problems: the NAC represents a network of clinicians, researchers and clinical teachers who have a shared commitment to excellence in prevention and treatment work, and to supporting and strengthening national and international endeavours in this field. Over the last 40 years, the NAC has developed a body of research evidence that has informed the evidence base for the UK treatment system and the development of new treatment services for alcohol, smoking and drug problems. This work ranges from trials of new therapies and preventative treatments to studies seeking to understand the genetic and biological basis of addictive behaviour.

Partners

We work closely with the Addictions Directorate of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) to improve understanding of addiction to drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and to develop effective preventative and treatment interventions. Much of this research is carried out with the help of people with addictions who have been referred for treatment to services run by SLaM?s Addictions Directorate and is partly supported by the charity Action on Addiction, the only independent UK research charity dedicated to seeking new ways to prevent and treat nicotine, alcohol and drug abuse.

Career prospects

Our previous graduates have pursued a variety of career including remaining in academic research and careers as practitioners.

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £6,390 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £6,390 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £24,150 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £3,195 Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £3,195 European Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £12,075 Overseas Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours. A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit.
  • International entry requirements: Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours. A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit. Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with any of the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill; TOEFL IBT: 92 overall, with a minimum 23 in each skill.
  • IELTS score: 6.5
  • TOEFL score: 92