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Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

PhD in Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry (1+3 Programme)

Deadline: 29 February 2016

The MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) is advertising PhD Studentships to start in September 2016.

The IoPPN is world renowned for the quality of our research and teaching in psychiatry and psychology. The quality of our research has been recognised by our remarkably positive performance in the last HEFCE Research Excellence Framework (2014) in Unit of Assessment (UoA) 4, Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Our academics rank among the most influential researchers, nationally and internationally.


The MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre (SGDP) is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research group that combines genetic and environmental strategies in order to study how nature and nurture interact in the development of complex behavioural dimensions and disorders. The Centre is equipped with cutting-edge research facilities, including extensive modern laboratories with state-of-the art genomics equipment, an EEG laboratory, bioinformatics resources, and a high-powered computing cluster.

About the studentships

The first year includes training in social, genetic (both quantitative and molecular), epigenetic, developmental and cognitive approaches to psychiatry and psychology, as well as a module in statistical genetics. For students wishing to learn about molecular genetic techniques, laboratory-based training can form a substantial component of the multidisciplinary research degree. The programme includes continuous involvement in Centre research on topics: antisocial behaviour, anxiety, autism, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder..

Find out more about research conducted at the Centre and the PhD programme.

Following successful completion of the MSc year, students will progress onto the PhD in a research subject of their choice.

The studentships are fully funded which include a homeEU stipend which will be paid at RCUK rates (currently £16,053 per annum) for the duration of the award and fees are met. Limited funding is also available for conference attendance and consumables.


The Centre welcomes applications from candidates with a good first degree in behavioural, biological or mathematical sciences for its PhD research studentships. These are available for the Centre's unique four-year interdisciplinary course, which includes a taught component in the first year (an MSc is awarded upon successful completion).

Applicants for each studentship should have, or expect to gain at least an upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject. Please note that we get a high number of applications and so all applications are considered within a very competitive environment.

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

How to apply

To apply, you must register and complete the application form online using the King's College London application system. Please first of all select ‘Taught Programme’ and enter the keyword Social. Our "Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry MSc + PhD (Full-time)" programme appears at the end of page 3 of the list of courses.

In the Funding section, please tick box 5 and include the following reference: SGDPMRC2016

We are unable to accept any applications sent directly to the Centre. Please note: this is a unique four-year interdisciplinary course and, in the first instance, you will be applying for the MSc year, but it is expected that all successful applicants proceed to the PhD. This is not a Master's only programme.

When making your application, please make sure you apply to the correct course, and not to our traditional 3-year PhD (listed under "Research Degrees"), or to our "MSc Genes, Environment and Development" (listed under "Taught Programmes").

In your application, you MUST include:

  • Why you want to take the four-year interdisciplinary course at the SGDP.
  • Your research interests and how they fit in with the interdisciplinary themes of the SGDP Centre.
  • Confirm that your two academic referees are aware that you are applying for a four-year interdisciplinary course which includes a taught MSc component in the first year.
  • Whether you are eligible for a Research Council studentship. Please clearly state your eligibility*. More information about MRC studentships is here. MRC Studentships and the eligibility requirements are here.

* International students can only be considered if they are able to obtain their own funding or meet the shortfall between the home fee and international fee. Please state this in your application.

For more information please visit our web pages:

MSc Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry (1+3)

Traditional 3 year PhD programmes at the SGDP

If you are interested in a PhD studentship at the SGDP Centre then you may also be interested in these competitions:

PhD in Therapygenetics Programme

Further information about postgraduate funding options can be found at King's Postgraduate Funding.

If you are interested in a one year Master’s course please refer to our MSc in Genes, Environment & Development webpage.

Heloise Anderson:
MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre,
(PO Box 080),
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience,
King’s College London,
De Crespigny Park,
SE5 8AF.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 0819
Email: [email protected]

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