Research course

Health Service and Population Research Department

King's College London · Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
PhDMPhilMDes by research

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or international equivalent). A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Master's degree with Merit or above (or international equivalent).

Some applicants may be interviewed to ensure that that their background and experience, general education and scholarship are appropriate.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The Health Service and Population Research Department is led by Professor Graham Thornicroft, a Professor of Community Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist.

The Health Service and Population Research Department (HSPR) seeks to find evidence-based ways to put innovatory treatments and services to the test – not only to improve people’s mental health but also to enhance their quality of life. Researchers in HSPR are developing ways of tailoring effective services to the age, gender or culture of people in need of help, discovering what sort of services offer best value for money and establishing how to reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness.

HSPR aims to:

  • Conduct high quality health service and population research in mental health relevant to policy and practice, nationally and internationally;

  • Enable and promote service user and carer involvement in mental health research;

  • Use a multidisciplinary approach to answer important mental health questions;

  • Provide teaching and training in health service and epidemiological research skills; communicate our research findings widely.

There are three Research Centres within the Department:

Our annual publication Towards Mental Health illustrates some of the research conducted.

Information for international students

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Fees and funding

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MDes by research

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Prof Sarah Byford
+44 (0)20 7848 0043