King's College London, University of London

King's College London, University of London

Age Related Diseases

The course investigates the causes of neuropathic disease, to identify new drug targets and to develop treatments and monitor outcomes. Students study synaptic receptors and neuronal signalling mechanisms with a view to promoting symptomatic relief from the pain and dysfunction that are associated with a damaged nervous system. Applicants develop strategies aimed at restoring function to the damaged nervous system at the level of cell survival, formation of new synapses and the generation of new neurons and test these. Much of the department's thinking is driven by the emerging hypothesis that the brain does indeed have an intrinsic ability to limit damage associated with brain injury and disease and to repair itself by regenerative and compensatory mechanisms. The goal is to understand the nature of these processes, and to devise strategies that ultimately go beyond symptomatic relief. Within the division the aim is to advance knowledge in subject matter through collaborative multidisciplinary studies that use core resources including bioinformatics and expression profiling of proteins. Departmental expertise ranges from genetic, biochemical and bioinformatic approaches for novel gene discovery; molecular modelling of protein-protein interactions; cell biology; to whole animal approaches to study neuronal survival and regeneration and observational studies at the level of the whole animal; in addition, experience in running clinical trials in stroke and dementia.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2.1 or above) in science, medicine or dentistry; or an overseas equivalent; candidates with relevant professional experience are also welcome.

Sponsorship information

Research Councils (MRC, BBSRC); charities (including the Wellcome Trust, British Pharmacological Society, International spinal Research Trust, Alzheimer's Society: Motor Neurone Association); industry (including Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Astra- Zeneca, Biogen, Eli Lilly and Co Ltd, Lunbeck AG, GlaxoSmithKline); private (self-funding).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 4,650 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
MPhil Full-time £ 19,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 4,650 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 19,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
MPhil Part-time - 4 years
PhD Part-time - 4 years
MD (Res) Full-time - 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Guy's Campus Southwark SE1 1UL South East

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Centre at the Guy's Campus
Telephone number: 
020 7848 8393