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Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

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

The MRC Social, Genetic & Development Psychiatry Centre (SGDP) welcomes applications for several fully funded PhD studentships for autumn 2017, for either 1+3 or +3 PhD.

1+3 students will undertake the MSc in Genes, Environment & Development in Psychology & Psychiatry (GED PP). Students will receive training across multiple research fields: molecular & behavioural genetics, twin modelling, statistical genetics, epigenetics, bioinformatics, social and cognitive psychology and developmental psychiatry. Students will choose their research topic during the taught year of the programme after exposure to the disciplines researched within the centre.

+3 students will already be familiar with the interdisciplinary nature of the centre’s research and have ideas about an appropriate SGDP project and/or research methods. They will also usually already hold an MSc relevant for their studies at the SGDP.

Both programmes include continuous involvement in Centre research which focusses on exploring antisocial behaviour, anorexia and eating disorders, anxiety, autism, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder using powerful analytical and molecular tools (EEG, statistics, bioinformatics, molecular genetics, epigenetics). Further information is here.

Applicants should identify potential supervisors which are listed here.

Applicants must complete and submit an online admissions application, via the admissions portal by midnight (12:00 GMT), 28 February 2017.

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

1+3 Candidates

Select programme: Genes Environment and Development in Psychiatry & Psychology (GED) MSc (Full-time).

In the Funding section, please tick box 5 and include the following reference: SGDP2017.

+3 Candidates

Select programme: Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time).

In the Funding section, please tick box 5 and include the following reference: SGDP2017

In your application, you MUST include:

  • Why you want to take the course that you have chosen
  • 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 this course
  • Whether you are eligible for a Research Council studentship – please state your eligibility clearly and check via the web, eg: www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/studentships/studentship-guidance/student-eligibility-requirements

International students may apply and should note that these studentships will only pay tuition fees at Home/EU rates. International students are expected to fund the difference in fees.

If you have any queries regarding the studentship or the application process, please contact [email protected], Programme Administrator.

References must be received by the deadline for the applicant to be eligible.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Further Information

MSc Genes, Environment & Development in Psychology & Psychiatry (GED PP)

Traditional 3 year PhD programmes at the SGDP

Another way to fund a 1+3 (MSc GED PP + PhD) or +3 (PhD only) studentship at the SGDP Centre is to apply for an ESRC studentship by submitting an application together with an SGDP supervisor - deadline 31 Jan 2017

Other funding opportunities: www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/student-funding/index.aspx or www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate/funding/database/ - various deadlines

We also offer scholarships for the one-year MSc GED PP - deadline 31 May 2017

Funding Notes

The Centre welcomes applications from candidates with a good first degree (at least an upper second class honours degree) from a range of academic backgrounds including psychology, genetics, maths, computing, medicine etc for its research studentships.


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