Psychiatry PhD/MSc by Research

A major area of research is molecular psychiatry, focusing on the molecular investigation of neuropsychiatric disease, with a particular emphasis on bipolar and related mood disorders, including puerperal psychosis, seasonal affective disorder, major depression and drug-induced psychoses. The team also has groups of researchers with particular strengths in community psychiatry, addictions and forensic psychiatry.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Doctoral research

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time; MSc by Research – 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Start date: Research degrees may start at any time of the year, though for most this will be September each year

Contact

Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor Steve Watson

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005

Details

A major area of research is molecular psychiatry, focusing on the molecular investigation of neuropsychiatric disease, with a particular emphasis on bipolar and related mood disorders, including puerperal psychosis, seasonal affective disorder, major depression and drug-induced psychoses.

Major projects are also ongoing in molecular investigation of the dementias and of disorders of childhood onset (including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

The team is a partner in the Neurosciences Consortium at the University, and works closely with Clinical Genetics. It also has groups of researchers with particular strengths in community psychiatry, addictions and forensic psychiatry.

Fees and funding

Standard fees  apply, although in some projects a bench fee is also payable 
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Scholarships and studentships
A number of studentships are available each year, funded by major sponsors including the British Heart Foundation (BHF), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust, as well as national and local charities. UK/EU students should contact the School directly for further information. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information contact the School directly or email sfo@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Entry requirements

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements
 
Standard English language requirements apply 

How to apply

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Contact

Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor Steve Watson

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005

Research interests of staff

Before submitting an application to the University, you will need to identify potential supervisors in your desired field of research in order that you can indicate this in your application. There will be a delay in processing your application if this information is not provided. To do this, you can browse the “research interests” tab on the course finder pages which identifies research leads by subject area.

Alternatively you can:

  • Search for an advertised postgraduate research opportunity via our Doctoral Researchers search engine
  • Browse the school websites. Most schools provide a list of research active staff and their research interests on their website
  • Clinical and neuropsychological investigation of mood disorders and functional psychosis; neuropsychiatric genetics
    Contact: Dr Lisa Jones
  • Early psychosis and schizophrenia, suicide, self-harm, mood disorders and dimensions of psychosis
    Contact Dr Rachel Upthegrove

Contact

Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor Steve Watson

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005

Employability

Following graduation, Postgraduate Researchers in the College MDS gain employment in a variety of areas though with a majority continuing in research, mostly in Academia but also in the Health,  Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology sectors.  Others pursue careers in Education, Publishing, Intellectual Property Protection, Technology Innovation, Business, and more besides.

Find out more about where our postgraduate students go

Contact

Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor Steve Watson

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005