King's College London

Course Introduction

Overview

The Basic and Clinical Neuroscience department?s mission is to change the therapeutic options for people with neurological and psychiatric disorders and inspire the next generation of neuroscientists. Our vision is to link up fundamental biological research and clinical research to gain a better understanding of disease mechanisms, identify novel opportunities for intervention and test out new therapies. This will only be achieved through close collaboration of scientists and clinicians working on a common problem.

Our research explores the cellular and molecular basis of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Batten disease, motor neuron disease, schizophrenia, depression and autism spectrum disorder. Within this brief, we focus on using stem cells and patient specific induced pluripotent stem cells and use these as models to unravel transcriptional, epigenetic and signalling regulatory mechanisms responsible for formation and maintenance of neurons and astrocytes and also as transplantation tools to restore function lost in neurodegeneration and stroke. We use fly and rodent models to investigate the molecular basis of learning and memory.

In addition, human brain tissue, cell and animal models are used to identify genes, proteins and signalling pathways implicated in the development of motor neuron disease, Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, with a view to developing novel disease-modifying therapies for the treatment of these diseases.

Our current research facilities have been greatly enhanced with the opening of the Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, which provides cutting-edge technology for more than 200 Neuroscientists. We are driving research that will translate molecular discoveries made in the laboratory into therapies for our patients.

Course detail

The Department?s mission is to change the therapeutic options for people with Neurological and Psychiatric disorders and inspire the next generation of Neuroscientists. Our vision is to link up fundamental biological research and clinical research to gain a better understanding of disease mechanisms, identify novel opportunities for intervention and test out new therapies. This will only be achieved through close collaboration of Scientists and Clinicians working on a common problem.

Our current research facilities have been greatly enhanced with the opening of the Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, which provides cutting-edge technology for more than 200 Neuroscientists. We are driving research that will translate molecular discoveries made in the laboratory into therapies for our patients.

The Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience sits within the Division of Neuroscience at the IoPPN. Related courses include:

· Neuroimaging MD (Res) / MPhil / PhD

· Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering (Research Division) MPhil / PhD.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Bachelor?s degree with 2:1 honours. A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit.
  • International entry requirements: 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; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 62 overall, with a minimum of 52 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.
  • IELTS score: 6.5
  • TOEFL score: 92