King's College London

Course Introduction

Overview

Professor Emily Simonoff heads the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry which has a diverse research program studying both common and rarer, severe disorders that start in childhood often persisting into adulthood. The disorders studied in the Department include: autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder, affective disorders, substance misuse, obsessive compulsive disorder, intellectual disability, as well as childhood neglect and maltreatment and deliberate self-harm.

We aim to improve our understanding of how mental disorders develop, including understanding their environmental causes, genetics, neurobiology, neuropharmacology and behavioural and cognitive deficits and establish methods of treatment and prevention. Our research extends into risk factors (both biological and environmental) for the development of disorders and treatment strategies. Members of the Department use a range of scientific methods, including epidemiology, behaviour and molecular genetics, neuroimaging, neuropsychopharmacology and clinical trials.

Research receives substantive funding from external bodies such as the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, National Institute of Health Research as well as industry, smaller charities and other arms of the government.

We have an integrated scheme of research, teaching and clinical work. The aim is to understand how disorders develop and to apply the results to make new treatments and assessments, evaluate them and provide need and cost information for health services planners. The links between basic science and translation into improved clinical services are strengthened by the structures of the academic health sciences centre, King?s Health Partners.

Many senior academic staff members have particularly strong links with the National Specialist teams based at the Maudsley Hospital. These teams focus on the development of methods and services in specific clinical areas that are integrated with the Department?s research interests.

Course study environment

Graduate research students work closely with their supervisors and enjoy regular meetings to discuss their progress. They also 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 full-time graduate research student is allocated their own workspace and computer; facilities for part-time students can be arranged according to their needs.

Postgraduate training

Training courses run by the department, the Institute or through the Graduate School can be utilised as required to provide training in a wide variety of topics, from transferable skills to academic areas directly relevant to the student's thesis.

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: 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: 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