Psychiatry PhD/MSc by Research

A major area of research is schizophrenia, focusing on the clinical and biological investigation of first episode psychosis, with a particular emphasis on symptom dimensions, interventions and outcomes. Neuroinflammatory and neuroimaging are key areas of interest. Academics within psychiatry also include researchers with particular strengths in neuropsychiatry, epilepsy and movement disorders.

A major area of research is biological psychiatry, focusing on the aetiology and treatment of major mental illness and neuropsychiatric disease.

The team is in regular collaboration across colleges of Life and Environmental Sciences (Psychology), and Neuropharmacology, Inflammation and Ageing within Medical and Dental Sciences. It also has groups of researchers with particular strengths in clinical studies in phenomenology, psychosis, neuroimaging, neuroinflammation

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.

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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 

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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.

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