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Translational Research in Mental Health and Neuroscience

3-year PhD studentships - Translational Research in Mental Health and Neuroscience

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London

To start: October 2019

We are offering fully funded 3-year PhD studentships to applicants with backgrounds in: neuroscience, psychology, biological science, social science, physical science, epidemiology, mathematics, applied and health statistics; bioinformatics and computer science; data science; machine and deep learning; natural language processing.

These awards are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) through the Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and King’s College London.

The Maudsley BRC is a collaboration between the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London – the largest collection of researchers in Europe investigating mental disorders, and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust – a leading mental health trust with a long tradition in joining clinical and academic excellence.

Our aim is to pioneer multidisciplinary translational research and experimental medicine in the areas of mental health and neuroscience.

To achieve this we select the best students and provide them with excellent training, tailored flexibly to their individual needs and interests. We will equip them with the intellectual and technical skills that are needed for the future of translational research, and complement this with key transferable skills (including public engagement, business development and entrepreneurship) to ensure that they emerge as well-rounded scientists, prepared for their next career stage. Our excellent clinical setting will ensure all students benefit from an understanding of the context of their research and produce scientists with a strong translational ethos.

Mainly based at the Denmark Hill campus adjacent to the Maudsley Hospital, we offer an opportunity to gain research training in a vibrant and exciting centre where doctoral students are highly valued members of our team.

Translational Research in Mental Health and Neuroscience


A wide range of PhD projects are offered with opportunities for applicants from diverse academic disciplines. All projects fit with one or more of the fifteen BRC Research themes. Please refer to the project catalogue for more information about the Maudsley BRC research themes and to view the projects available to apply for. Applicants are welcome to contact prospective supervisors if they have questions about their project(s).

Please note: The final allocation of project and supervisors will be agreed after successful interview.

Awards and eligibility

Funding is available for up to eight 3-year PhD studentships to commence October 2019. The award covers academic fees (Home/EU rate); a stipend (£16,777 per year) and a contribution towards training, conference attendance and research costs.

Further information

Visit our NIHR Maudsley BRC PhD Studentships’ page to find out more about the projects available and how to apply.

Closing date: Wednesday 1st May 2019 (23:59 GMT)

Interviews: Week commencing 3rd June 2019

Apply now!

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