PhD

The CGMH specialises in providing high quality PhD and DrPH training opportunities in topics related to Global Mental Health.  The research projects are mostly based in low and middle income countries, with supervision provided locally as well as by academics based in the UK.  Typically students spend time in London at the beginning of the PhD study period to prepare for the project, and then again during the final year to write up their thesis. 

Our students come both around the world, including high, low and middle income countries. Recent PhD projects have been based in seven Latin American countries, China, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Thailand, Brazil, Ghana, South Africa, Malaysia and Ethiopia.  Click here to see a list of current Research Degree students studying at the CGMH, and the projects they are working on.

Students register at either the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London, or the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), depending on which institution their lead supervisor is based.  Joint supervision across institutions is possible, though students will be registered at only 1 institution (the one of their lead supervisor), and will receive their degree from this institution. 

If you are interested in studying for either a PhD or a DrPH (LSHTM only), please follow these steps:

  1. Identify a potential source of funding for your PhD (including self-funded).  Full information about funding opportunities available to research degree students in each institution can be found here:
    1. Funding for RD students at the  London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
    2. Funding for RD students at King’s College London
  2. Browse the list of staff members in the CGMH to identify a potential supervisor whose research interests match your own.  If you particularly want to study at either IoPPN/KCL or LSHTM just browse staff members in these institutions.
  3. Contact this person via email to see if they would be willing to supervise you.  Include your CV, a 200 word summary of your research plans (the topic of interest, the country of interest etc), your research training, and an indication of how you propose to finance your studies.
  4. If you find a suitable staff member who is willing to supervise you, you can apply to either LSHTM or IoP/KCL through their standard application procedures:
    1. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
    2. King’s College London
  5. If you do not identify a supervisor before applying to either institution, you can still submit an application as above, but without naming a potential supervisor.  The institution will endeavour to find a supervisor for you, if you meet the application criteria.
  6. Your application will then be processed in the normal way for each institution.