PhD studentships (King’s College London)

Closing Date
1 Feb 2020
Students will receive their full international or UK-home student tuition fees covered by the KBRI and UK DRI at KCL and receive an annual living allowance.
UK DRI at Kings, London SE5 9NU
Three to four years

Dementia is the biggest health challenge of our century. 

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative supporting research to fill this gap. 

The team at the UK DRI at King’s College London maps out the earliest changes in the brain associated with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in cellular and animal models and in people to gain a much deeper understanding of the causes of these conditions. Research focuses on the misfolding and aggregation of the protein TDP-43 with the aim of uncovering the fundamental mechanism common to several protein misfolding disorders to inform the development of therapies for multiple forms of dementia. 

The Korea Brain Research Institute (KBRI) and UK Dementia Research Institute at King's College London are seeking applications for students who wish to undertake PhD degrees at KCL.

The PhD programme is funded by the KBRI and KCL with support from the UK DRI, and will provide outstanding students from South Korea and the UK with opportunities to train with the aim of developing the next generation of scientific leaders in dementia research.

The PhD degree requires students to undertake original research work under the supervision of two members of academic staff over three or four years. All students initially register for an MPhil, with the opportunity to transfer to a PhD after 8-18 months (subject to passing a transfer viva).

Students are given the opportunity to carry out research training at KCL (minimum two years) and KBRI in South Korea (minimum one year) over the four years of the PhD period.

There are three studentships available:

  • Project 1. Understanding the molecular and cellular basis of TDP-43 proteinopathy. (Dr. Hyung-Jun Kim & Professor Chris Shaw)
  • Project 2. Drug discovery for Dementia; early consequences of pathophysiology and pathology in Alzheimer’s disease. (Dr. Hyang-Sook Hoe & Professor Kei Cho)
  • Project 3. Investigation of neurovascular coupling in Alzheimer’s disease. (Dr. Do-Geun Kim & Professor Peter Giese)

Persom criteria 

PhD studentships are open for South Korean or British citizenship holders only, who should have a BSc and MSc degree.

If your first language is not English you must be able to provide recent evidence that your language skill is adequate for PhD programme at KCL (

How to apply

To apply identify a research area that matches your own interests and make contact with the appropriate supervisor.

You will then need to complete an application form, available from our website ( and return the application to





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