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Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #33 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences (FANS) offers prospective students supervision from internationally recognised academics with expertise in many areas of forensic and neurodevelopmental research.
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The Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences (FANS) in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is one of the few leading teams in the world bringing together experts in brain development and antisocial behaviour. We offer prospective students supervision from internationally recognised academics with expertise in many areas of forensic and neurodevelopmental research.  As one of Europe’s largest research groups focusing on the neuroscientific understanding of the development of prosocial and antisocial behaviours across the lifespan, we believe it is essential to investigate the determinants of normal development to understand abnormal behaviour (or illness).

Key Benefits (read more about our course benefits in the course details section)

  • World leading experts
  • National and International Partnerships
  • Translational Research
  • The Sackler Institute for Translational Neurodevelopment

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Current Research Interests

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

 - European Autism Intervention A Multicentre Study (EU-AIMS)

 - Experimental Medicine studies in adult ASD

 - GABA, Glutamate, Endocannabinoid and Serotonin systems

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)           
  • Research in the Forensic Environment

 - Fitness to Plead

 - Trauma in prison

  • Conduct Disorder

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class
Recommended score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent).
  •  A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit (or international equivalents)
  • Some applicants may be interviewed to ensure their background and experience, general education and scholarship are appropriate.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Part time tuition fees UK/EU: £2,850 per year
  • Part time tuition fees international: £11,500 per year 

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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