King's College London

Course Introduction

Over the last two decades, there have been tremendous advances in our understanding of the molecules and principles that govern the functioning of the nervous system. Great progress has been made to understand the molecular basis of disease states and pain, and the molecular mechanisms that limit regeneration. These advances enable innovative neuroscience and the opportunity to translate new knowledge into clinical benefits.

Our mission is to: Further understand the causes of neuropathic disease, identify new drug targets, develop treatments and monitor outcomes; Study synaptic receptors and neuronal signalling mechanisms to promote symptomatic relief from the pain and dysfunction associated with a damaged nervous system; Develop and test strategies aimed at restoring function to the damaged nervous system by promoting cell survival and forming new synaptic connections or neurons. Much of the thinking is driven by the emerging hypothesis that the brain does indeed have an intrinsic ability to limit damage associated with brain injury ultimately go beyond symptomatic relief. Within the division our aim is to advance knowledge in our subject matter through collaborative multidisciplinary studies that use core resources including bioinformatics and expression profiling of proteins.

Our 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, we have experience in running clinical trials in stroke and dementia. We will focus our activities around three major themes, but emphasise that the interests of most PIs cut across the themes and disease and to repair itself by regenerative and compensatory mechanisms. Students work alongside staff researchers, are supervised by two members of academic staff and overseen by a divisional research co-ordinator. Students' progress is monitored closely and reported on every six months.

Start Date:

Duration of this course will be four to six years part time. Registration is usually October although students may commence at any time.. Duration of this course will be three to four years full time. Registration is usually October although students may commence at any time..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £6,100 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £6,100 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £23,000 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £3,050 Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £3,050 European Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £11,500 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have a Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in science, medicine or dentistry (or overseas equivalent). A 2:2 degree may be considered if the applicant also has a Master's degree with a merit or distinction. Relevant experience may also be acceptable.
  • International entry requirements: Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with 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 of 23 in writing and 20 in each of the other skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 176 overall, minimum 169 in all skills; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall; minimum 169 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.
  • TOEFL score: 92