2 Full-Time PhD Studentships - King's College London

King's College London - Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine
Applications are invited for the following Postgraduate Research Studentships in the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine at King's College London:
  • King's Annual Fund Studentship  
  • University of London Postgraduate Studentship 

Both are open to students wishing to a pursue an MPhil/PhD programme starting from Sept/Oct 2013 and will provide funding for up to 3 years to cover home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend which is currently set at £15,590. Overseas students are eligible for these studentships but it will not cover the full cost of their fees.

Health & Illness are more than medical matters; illness is a human experience, in which biological processes are shaped by social, political and economic conditions, by cultural beliefs and values, and by systems of language and meaning. The Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine is unique interdisciplinary social science department working in collaboration with biomedical researchers and clinicians. We focus on the social, political, economic, legal and ethical factors shaping developments in biomedicine, disease and healthcare and their implications. It is also home to the Institute of Gerontology, a leading multi-disciplinary centre for research and teaching into the study of ageing.  

We welcome applications from highly motivated students in the following areas 
  • Global health inequalities; 
  • Mental health, psychiatry and neuroscience; 
  • Biomedicine, bioscience and society; 
  • Developments in health and medical technologies, social science and aging; 
  • Health policy and health economics; 
  • Bioeconomies and commercial and economic factors in medical developments and health care; 
  • The problems of translational research; 
  • The definition and measurement of health and social outcomes by governments, insurers, professionals and patients. 

Research in the Department is organised into a number of research groups of faculty, research fellows, research students and visitors. Each research group has a set of strategic aims and a forward-looking plan of activities and outputs, including grant development, publications, peer review, public engagement and policy-related work. As part of their contribution to the SSHM research community, research groups also organise seminars, conferences, exhibits, workshops and other communal activities. Collaborative work across SSHM research groups and with groups across King's is encouraged and supported. 

SSHM Research Groups are organised as follows: 
  • Ageing & Society 
  • Biomedicine, Ethics & Social Justice 
  • Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals & Public Policy 
  • Culture, Medicine & Power 

Application Procedure
All applicants who submit a complete admissions application by the deadline of 28 March 2013 will be considered for these studentships. 

You will need a fully worked draft research proposal of approximately 1,000 - 1,500 words to accompany your application, along with a personal statement. It is anticipated that successful applicants will have a first degree at first class or 2:1 level or the equivalent standard from a European or Overseas University. Students who already have a Masters degree are encouraged to apply.

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