What will I learn?


The Department of Psychological Medicine at King's College London is the largest department in the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). It currently has around 20 full-time academics and a total of approximately 100 members of staff. The department has approximately 50 doctoral students.

The large number of staff and students in the Department provides an environment which is very beneficial to research students because:

of the research and clinical expertise available
of the structures which are in place to help students achieve their goals
of the collegiality and support that is afforded by having other young researchers going through the same experience.


Research in the Department of Psychological Medicine

There are eight major research groups in the Department. They all have an extensive research portfolios and an established record for obtaining funding and publishing research in high impact journals. The department has a well-developed framework for helping research students to:

find the most suitable supervisors

to integrate into research groups

to develop their projects

to monitor their progress

to obtain specialist help e.g. with data analysis

to obtain pastoral care e.g. to present their data at meetings

to provide guidance with thesis and viva preparation.

All of the research groups work closely with service users, their families, and healthy volunteers i.e in relation to clinical projects. The research groups are:

Affective Disorders

Diabetes and Psychiatry

Eating Disorders

General Hospital Psychiatry

King's Centre for Military Health Research

Mental Health, Ethics and Law

Stress, Psychiatry and Immunology Laboratory & Section of Perinatal Psychiatry

Trauma Studies

Research students may conduct their postgraduate studies within one of these groups or their project may go across two groups. In some cases, it could involve research with a group elsewhere in King's, for instance, in the Centre for Neuroimaging Studies. In fact, if regulatory conditions are met, the project could involve a collaboration with a group in another university or country.

Clinical Academic Groups (CAG)

To facilitate and to fund clinical academic research, Kings Health Partners has a number of clinical academic groups. Psychological Medicine as a Department is part of the Clinical Academic Group (CAG) with the same name. This CAG within King’s Health Partners seeks to cross the divide between psychiatry and medicine.

The principal research methodologies used within the department are clinical, psychological, biological (including genetics and neuroimaging) and epidemiological. These approaches include cross sectional studies, cohort studies and randomised controlled trials (RCTs).

Teaching in the Department of Psychological Medicine

In addition to research and clinical work, the department is very involved in teaching. This occurs across a wide range of programmes and specialist subject areas and in many cases is done via formal lectures.

Teaching in the department also includes structured events such as research student “showcases” (presentation of work to peers and to staff) and also debates: this means that research students develop presentation skills and become able to assess and discuss data and conclusions. These transferable skills are very important for student development both in terms of becoming “part of the dialogue of their subject area” but also as a preparation for life after their PhD.

Which department am I in?

Department of Psychological Medicine

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£23,000.00 (US$ 30,234) per year
The tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

February 2020, June 2020


Denmark Hill Campus

Health Service and Population Research Department,

Institute of Psychiatry De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill,



SE5 8AF, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with any of the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill; TOEFL IBT: 92 overall, with a minimum 23 in each skill; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 62 overall, with a minimum of 52 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.

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