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Who can do a PhD in the Institute?
We welcome professionals from a wide range of backgrounds – previous or current PhD students include doctors, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, social scientists, health services researchers and those from social work, mental health, philosophy and other backgrounds.
The Institute has a rich mix of people from a wide range of different specialties and backgrounds, which fosters a very dynamic and productive environment.
What makes a successful PhD?
We aim for the highest standards of research. Those who work here or collaborate with us, share a joint aim for the highest quality research, which not only contributes to the field of palliative and end of life care, but also advances methodology in this area.
To achieve a successful PhD, three components are essential:
All three components are needed to achieve a successful PhD.
What about funding?
There are three routes to achieving funding for a PhD:
What training and support will you offer me during my studies?
There are excellent training and support facilities provided both within the Institute, and within King’s College London.
We have Skills Development workshops, Journal Clubs, Researcher Meetings, and a PhD peer support group, which occur regularly in the Institute (on a monthly or fortnightly basis). In addition, formal support (such as Project Advisory Groups) and more informal support is extensively available for any study on-going in the Department.
King’s College London has a very well developed PhD programme for training, support and development. This includes a wide range of training (for example, in the use of IT packages and software, networking, writing skills, presentation skills, and other research dissemination skills). The Guy's, King's and St. Thomas' School of Medicine library based in the Weston Education Centre has around 10,000 books and 500 current periodicals including a large range of electronically accessible journals which can be accessed remotely; These cover all areas of clinical medicine and dentistry, health service matters, sciences and professions associated with medicine and dentistry. The Library also maintains a collection of learning materials contributing to the educational programmes, clinical work and research of Guy's, King's and St. Thomas' School of Medicine. The collection has strengths in the areas of gastroenterology, liver disease, diabetes, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics and the history of medicine but also covers palliative care, public health, health care policy, and medical audit.
I am based, not in the UK, but overseas. Can I undertake a PhD with the Department?
Yes, you can. Ideally, you will be able to identify a scholarship from your own country which can support your studies. You should make early contact with the Postgraduate Studies Coordinators or a senior staff member whose work interests you, to discuss this.
I don’t have an MSc or similar prior degree – can I undertake a PhD without?
Research in palliative care and rehabilitation medicine is challenging in a number of ways, and for this reason, it is helpful to have undertaken our MSc first, as it provides the skills to progress more quickly. The MSc in Palliative Care which we run here at King’s College London is an excellent grounding for progressing to a PhD; it equips you with the specific palliative care research skills needed, and also enables you to get to know senior staff members in the Institute.
However, we look at each individual’s background when considering them for a PhD, and develop an individualised training plan with them to support their PhD progress. When you apply, you will need to have at least a 2:1 in your prior degree.
Who shall I contact?
The Postgraduate Coordinator at the Institute is Dr Fliss Murtagh. Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org