Research course


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

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Entry requirements

We require a Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or international equivalent). A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit (or international equivalents).

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

The CNS houses 2 research-dedicated MRI scanners plus a 3rd used jointly for research and clinical studies; all three scanners, along with another in the adjacent NIHR / Wellcome Trust King's Clinical Research Facility, have a field strength of 3T, and are capable of performing functional, spectroscopic, anatomical and pathological mapping techniques. A 9.4T pre-clinical MRI system is based at the James Black centre on the Denmark Hill Campus.

Current research projects span neurodegeneration, epilepsy, stroke, pain, psychosis, affective disorders, developmental disorders and normal brain function, using a battery of neuroimaging techniques which include perfusion, diffusion, functional and structural imaging. Complementary research in imaging physics and analysis supports these applications, and the PhD program supports both image acquisition and analysis, and application driven, research projects.

Basic scientific research is also performed in models of neuropsychiatric disease, again using a diverse array of neuroimaging techniques, including pharmacological MRI and spectroscopy techniques. In conjunction with non-MR methods such as microscopy and autoradiography, this multifaceted approach enhances our understanding of the patho-physiological mechanisms underlying disease and informs the development of novel therapeutic interventions. In addition, improved understanding of the biological processes that underlie MR signal changes advances the crucial role of MR in non-invasive assessment of neuropsychiatric disease. Again, the PhD program supports research projects in all these area.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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