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PhD Studentships at Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre

The MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry is advertising Medical Research Council (MRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) supported PhD Studentship.


The Institute of Psychiatry has an outstanding international reputation in the field of research, was judged to have the highest research power of any institution submitted to its unit of assessment in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 and was awarded the highest (5*) rating in the previous two RAEs (1996 and 2001).The MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research group that combines genetic and environmental strategies in order to study how nature and nurture interact in the development of complex behavioural dimensions and disorders. The Centre is equipped with a DNA resource centre and extensive modern laboratories.

The Centre welcomes applications from candidates with a good first degree in behavioural, biological or mathematical sciences for its PhD research studentships. These are available for the Centre’s unique four-year interdisciplinary course, which includes a taught component in the first year (after which an MSc is awarded). The first year includes training in social, genetic (both quantitative and molecular),developmental and cognitive approaches to psychiatry and psychology, as well as a module in statistical genetics. For students wishing to learn about molecular genetic techniques, laboratory-based training can form a substantial component of the multidisciplinary research degree. The programme includes continuous involvement in Centre research on such topics as: antisocial behaviour, anxiety, autism, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and language disorders.

Applicants for each research council studentship should have, or expect to gain at least an upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject. The research council studentship stipend will be paid at RCUK rates (currently £15,100 per annum) for the duration of the award and fees are met. Limited funding is also available for conference attendance and consumables.
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