Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre
King's College London

3-year PhD studentships

Translational Research in
Mental Health and Neuroscience

The application deadline for these studentships has now passed.  The information below is for reference only.

The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and King's College London are offering up to eight 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 jointly funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), through the Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), and King’s College London.

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.

SLaM is the UK’s largest NHS mental health service provider with a long history of involvement in translational research and training in partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London.

The IoPPN is the largest academic community in Europe dedicated to the study, treatment and prevention of mental health problems and neurodegenerative disease.  We are the world’s leading centre for mental health research in terms of citations of our publications and in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework the IoPPN was judged to have 100% world leading impacts and 100% world leading research environment.

We offer excellent opportunities for research training in basic and clinical science across the mental health spectrum including its interface with physical health, precision psychiatry, novel therapeutics and translational informatics.  Studying at the IoPPN you will benefit from world class research and clinical facilities plus internationally recognised supervisors.

Interviews: Week commencing 3rd June 2019

We aim to contact shortlisted candidates by Tuesday 28th May at the latest.  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.  



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.


The NIHR Maudsley BRC funding supports Home/EU fee status students.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from non-EU / overseas candidates.

If you are unsure about your eligibility status, please contact the King’s Admissions team

Entry Requirements

The programme is very competitive and applicants must have, or be predicted to obtain at least a 2.1 or higher in a relevant science subject.

Students who do not meet the above primary criteria may apply if they satisfy the following conditions:

  • A 2.2 BSc degree and a MSc in a relevant subject with Merit or Distinction
  • A 2.1 or higher non-science first degree (BA) and a MSc in a relevant subject with Merit or Distinction

English Language

Applicants for these studentships must meet the King's College London English language requirements.

Further information is available on the English language entry requirements page. If you have questions, please contact the King’s Admissions team  

A wide range of PhD projects are offered with opportunities for applicants from diverse academic disciplines.  Please refer to the project catalogue for more information about the projects available to apply for. 

When applying, you may select up to 3 projects.  Please see details under How to apply (below) about the information you must submit for your project choices.  

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

You will benefit from the wide range of training and support offered by King's College London to its postgraduate research students. In particular, you will join the doctoral training programme provided jointly by the NIHR Maudsley BRC and the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership.  BRC students will also have access to additional resources and training opportunities provided nationally through the NIHR training infrastructure. 

Further Information

If you have questions please contact Julia Wootley, BRC Research Training & Capacity Development Manager   0207 848 0745

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