Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry

King's College London

Ph.D. On Campus
36 months
25350 GBP/year
6720 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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To undertake research on the Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry at King's College London, environmental and maturational factors, and their roles in the causal processes underlying the origins and course of multifactorial mental disorders; to consider the implications for clinical practice and public health policy; and to train others in the methodologies involved.”


The goal of the Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry at King's College London is to bridge the gap between “nature” (genetics) and “nurture” (environment) as they interact in the development of complex human behaviour, such as depression and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children.

Key facts:

Launched in 1994 as a partnership between the MRC (Medical Research Council) and the thrn IoP, the Centre is a unique multi-disciplinary institution that studies social epidemiology, child and adult psychiatry, developmental psychopathology, development in the family, personality traits, cognitive abilities, statistical genetics, and molecular genetics. This unparalleled approach has inspired and nurtured collaborative research between the different departments within the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and demonstrated its impressive multifaceted expertise

Programme Structure

Course study environment
  • Graduate research students work closely with their supervisors and enjoy regular meetings to discuss their progress. They also liaise with other members of staff with relevant research interests and are encouraged to attend and participate in departmental research presentations and other Institute seminars. There is a full induction for new graduate students on commencing their studies. 
  • Training courses run by the department, the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) or through the Graduate School can be utilised as required to provide training in a wide variety of topics, from transferable skills to academic areas directly relevant to the student's thesis. In addition, most students find it useful to attend the SGDP annual week-long Summer School which provides an introduction into the technical and conceptual aspects of behavioural genomics and is an unrivalled opportunity to attend lectures by experts in the field.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours in psychology, behavioural, biological or mathematical sciences; or a relevant qualification in medicine; or a relevant professional qualification. 
  • A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants already have a Masters with Merit or above in a related subject.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25350 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    6720 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6720 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.


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Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry
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