King's College London

Course Introduction

Overview

Recent publications: Several Biostatistics and Health Informatics staff have led or contributed to major publications in quantitative methodology as applied to mental health research, in particular in randomised trials and electronic health records. The department has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and a series of important text books.

Key Benefits: Our PhD programme is designed to train and guide students for a research-intensive career in the academia or industry. Our aim is to train scholars who can do original innovative research or applications in theory, methods, or applications. Students will benefit from world class research and facilities plus internationally recognised supervisors.

Description

The Department of Biostatistics and Health Informatics seeks to develop quantitative methodology as applied to mental health research, with significant national and international collaborations and with growing impact into all areas of medicine particularly through expertise in trials and software development.

The Department is organised into two groups who work closely together on research projects.

The Biostatistics Group is made up largely of statisticians. We have five primary areas of methodological and applied research:

Methods for lifecourse epidemiology

Psychometrics and measurement lab

Trials methodology (in collaboration with the UKCRC registered King?s Clinical Trials Unit)

Prediction modelling and personalized medicine;

Causal analysis and evaluation

The Health Informatics Group comprises a mix of data and computer scientists, research software engineers and clinical & bio-informaticians, motivated towards enabling a ?panor-omic? view of patients through the integration of traditional omics data with data derived from patient records, the exposome, social graphs, biosensors and imaging to develop P4 medicine approaches, namely, medicine that is precise, predictive, preventative and participatory. In essence, we want to enable the right treatment at the right time for patients. The group has a breath of bio, clinical, medical and health informatics expertise with output that is having direct impact on clinical care.

The department is a leader in the education of methodology, applied statistics and Health Informatics. The department offers a wide range of introductory and advanced training and our Statisticians and Health Informaticians provide consultation on a wide variety of topics related to the field.

Course study environment

Graduate research students work closely with their supervisors and have regular meetings to discuss their progress. They liaise with other members of staff with relevant research interests and are encouraged to attend and participate in departmental research presentations and other Institute seminars. There is a full induction for new graduate students on commencing their studies. Each graduate research student is allocated their own workspace and computer.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £6,100 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £6,100 European Fees
3 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: 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): 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill; TOEFL IBT: 80 overall, with a minimum 20 in each skill; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 169 overall with a minimum of 160 in each skill; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 overall with a minimum of 160 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 59 overall, with a minimum of 54 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.