Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre

Fully funded 4-year PhD studentships

Translational Research in Mental Health and Neuroscience

To start October 2017 - APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is offering fully funded 4-year PhD studentships to applicants with backgrounds in neuroscience, psychology, biological science, social science, physical science, mathematics or statistics. 

These awards are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) through the Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London (KCL).

Our aim is to pioneer multidisciplinary translational research and experimental medicine in the areas of mental health and neuroscience.

To achieve this we select the best students and provide them with excellent training, tailored flexibly to their individual needs and interests. We will equip them with the intellectual and technical skills that are needed for the future of translational research, and complement this with key transferable skills (including public engagement, business development and entrepreneurship) to ensure that they emerge as well-rounded scientists, prepared for their next career stage. Our excellent clinical setting will ensure all students benefit from an understanding of the context of research, and produce scientists with a strong translational ethos.

SLaM is the UK’s largest NHS mental health service provider with a long history of involvement in translational research and training in partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. The IoPPN is the largest academic community in Europe dedicated to the study, treatment and prevention of mental health problems and neurodegenerative disease. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework we were judged to have the second highest research power in the UK for Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and the impact of our work was 100% world leading or internationally excellent, and our research environment judged as 100% world leading.

We offer excellent opportunities for research training in basic and clinical science across the mental health spectrum including its interface with physical health. Studying at the IoPPN you will benefit from world class research and clinical facilities plus internationally recognised supervisors.

Applications for this year's studentships are now closed.  Interviews will take place in the week commencing 6th February 2017.  The application information below is provided for reference only.

We aim to contact shortlisted candidates by Monday 23rd January at the latest.  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.  


Funding is available for 4 years as 1+3 (MSc + PhD) or 4-year PhD.  The award covers academic fees (Home/EU rate); a stipend (£16,296 per year) and a generous contribution towards training, conference attendance and research costs.


The NIHR Maudsley BRC funding supports Home/EU students who meet current UK Government residency requirements. 

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from non-EU candidates.

If you are unsure about your eligibility status, please contact the King’s Admissions team

Entry Requirements

The programme is very competitive and applicants must have, or be predicted to obtain at least a 2.1 or higher in a relevant science subject.

Students who do not meet the above primary criteria may apply if they satisfy the following conditions:

  • A 2.2 BSc degree and a research-based MSc in a relevant subject with Merit or Distinction
  • A 2.1 or higher non-science first degree (BA) and a research-based MSc in a relevant subject with Merit or Distinction

English Language

If your first language is not English you must be able to provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate.

Further information is available on the English language entry requirements page. If you have questions, please contact the King’s Admissions team  

A wide range of PhD projects are offered through 15 NIHR Maudsley BRC research themes, with opportunities for applicants from diverse academic disciplines. Please refer to the Project Catalogue* for details of the themes and to view all of the projects available to apply for. 

*To help applicants find projects that match their research interests from the many that are listed in the catalogue, we have grouped projects by broader areas of methodology / approach on our Projects page.

Please note:  Some projects are also available to apply for via the separate MRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Biomedical Sciences studentship programme  Applicants can apply for funding through both programmes but please note that separate applications are required.

Please note:  The final choice of funding, project and project details are agreed after successful interview. 

You will benefit from the wide range of training and support offered by King's College London to its postgraduate research students. In particular, you will join the doctoral training programme provided jointly by the NIHR Maudsley BRC and the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership.  BRC students will also have access to additional resources and training opportunities provided nationally through the NIHR trainee infrastructure. 

Further Information

If you have questions please contact Julia Wootley, BRC Research Training & Development Manager   0207 848 5864