Research course

Life Course Sciences

King's College London · School of Life Course Sciences

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree with at least a 2:1 honours in an appropriate subject i.e. Anatomy, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine.

A 2:2 degree will be considered only where applicants also offer a Master's degree with Merit or above.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

The School of Life Course Sciences encompasses four research and teaching units in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine which span and link landmark life-stages with the origins and understanding of common diseases, treating life and disease as a continuum, a fundamental approach to maintaining and maximising a healthy life.

Occupying facilities across Guy’s, St Thomas’, Waterloo and Denmark Hill campuses, the School is headed by Professor Lucilla Poston, Tommy’s Professor of Maternal & Fetal Health. Clinicians, scientists and health professionals work together in a multidisciplinary partnership to enhance research and teaching in the life-course of health and disease. To achieve our ‘life course’ ambition, the School brings together a unique and interactive team of experts in women and children’s health, diabetes, nutritional sciences and the molecular genetics of human disease (twins research and ophthalmology). Our academic programme of teaching, research and clinical practice is embedded across five Departments:

  • Department of Diabetes
  • Department of Nutritional Sciences
  • Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology
  • Department of Women & Children’s Health
  • Section of Ophthalmology

The School’s mission is to approach the origins of disease from the earliest stages in life and understanding the life-course of disease and the interactions between cause and effect - such as those which link early life nutrition to development of diabetes and allergy - underpins early detection, treatment and prevention, and can provide us with important research and training opportunities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    72-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MD(Res)
    full time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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