PhD student

Overview and requirements

Overview and requirements

Overview

Course codes

  • A3Z1DB Clinical Medicine Research for PhD
  • A3P1DB Clinical Medicine Research for MD

Duration

  • 24-48 months for students following full-time milestones
  • 48-72 months for students following part-time milestones
  • Staff register part-time and follow full-time milestones, submitting between 33 and 48 months

Start date

  • Unspecified (throughout the year)

Entry requirements

  • Degree in a related subject
  • Master's preferable, but not essential

Programme structure

  • Research plan at 2 months
  • Early stage assessment at 9 months (or 18 months if part-time)
  • Late stage assessment at 24 months (or 36 months if part-time)

Requirements

Referees
You must supply the names of two academic referees, academic, clinical or professional. A reference from the proposed supervisor is not acceptable unless he/she was involved in your Master's degree. References must be submitted by email from an institutional email account (no personal accounts such as Gmail or Hotmail). Alternatively, references may be sent by post - signed and on headed paper.

Transcripts
Students will be required to provide evidence of academic attainment, via official transcripts.

Funding
Students will require confirmation of funding for the entire period of registration. 

English proficiency
Evidence of English language proficiency is a requirement for all students. Please see the College web page English language requirements for further details.

Existing Imperial College staff
Members of College staff who are intending to register for a higher degree should make an appointment to see the Department's Research Degrees Manager, Hayley Kendall-Berry (h.kendall@imperial.ac.uk), as soon as they begin.

Offer of admission
Once accepted by the Department, Registry will make the student an offer of admission. Please see Requirements for Graduate Studies for further information.


There are four routes to applying for a PhD or MD (Res) within the Department

Choose from the four options below for further application information specific to each programme. The first step is to identify and contact a supervisor and define a research project. Please read through the Research Section of the Department's website. Applications should be submitted via the online portal

 

There are four routes to obtaining a PhD or MD (Res) within the Department

a. Full time students (Students funded through Research Council, Industry or Charity studentships, or those who are self-funding)

Full-time students are registered full-time (mode of study) and follow full-time milestones. They should submit their thesis between 24 and 48 months.

Go to the postgraduate 'How to apply' page, click on ‘Apply for a Research Programme’ and then click on ‘Apply for Doctoral Courses’. You’ll be prompted to create an account. Once you have created an account, you can login to the site where you are asked to select Course Type (please enter ‘Doctoral’) and Academic Programme - please enter ‘Clinical Medicine Research (Brain Sciences)’ for PhD or ‘Clinical Medicine Research (Brain Sciences) MD (Res)’. Then follow the instructions to complete your application.

b. Part-time students

Part-time students might be described as ‘truly part-time’. They attend the College between 40% and 80% full-time equivalent. Part-time students are registered part-time (mode of study) and follow part-time milestones. They should submit their thesis between 48 and 72 months.

Go to the postgraduate 'How to apply' page, click on ‘Apply for a Research Programme’ and then click on ‘Apply for Doctoral Courses’. You’ll then be prompted to create an account. Once you have created an account, you can login to the site where you are asked to select Course Type (please enter ‘Doctoral’) and Academic Programme - please enter ‘Clinical Medicine Research (Brain Sciences)’ for PhD or ‘Clinical Medicine Research (Brain Sciences) MD (Res)’. Then follow the instructions to complete your application.

c. Members of Imperial College staff (not including those with honorary contracts)

This includes Research Assistants and Clinical Research Fellows who are employed solely or principally to work on their research studies. They should be devoting a minimum of 80% of their time to their research. They are registered part-time (mode of study) and follow full-time milestones. They should submit their thesis between 24 and 48 months.

Self-funding full-time RAs and CRFs are eligible to pay a fee of one-third of the Home/EU full fee for the relevant research programme regardless of their fee classification. Further information can be obtained from the 'Discounts for College staff' page. Externally funded staff members are not eligible for fee remission.

Go to the postgraduate 'How to apply' page, click on ‘Apply for a Research Programme’ and then click on ‘Apply for Doctoral Courses’. You’ll then be prompted to create an account. Once you have created an account, you can login to the site where you are asked to select Course Type (please enter ‘Doctoral’) and Academic Programme - please enter ‘Clinical Medicine Research (Brain Sciences)’ for PhD or ‘Clinical Medicine Research (Brain Sciences) MD (Res)’. Then follow the instructions to complete your application. You should attach your employment contract to your application.

d. Members of NHS staff

The College permits NHS staff to be registered part-time (mode of study) with full-time milestones. However, they do not receive a tuition fee discount. They should submit their thesis between 24 and 48 months.

Go to the postgraduate 'How to apply' page, click on ‘Apply for a Research Programme’ and then click on ‘Apply for Doctoral Courses’. You’ll then be prompted to create an account. Once you have created an account, you can login to the site where you are asked to select Course Type (please enter ‘Doctoral’) and Academic Programme - please enter ‘Clinical Medicine Research (Brain Sciences)’ for PhD or ‘Clinical Medicine Research (Brain Sciences) MD (Res)’. Then follow the instructions to complete your application. You should attach your employment contract to your application.