The Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine invites applications from candidates wishing to pursue Masters and PhD programmes, starting from September 2013, and is pleased to be able to offer the following awards:


Five bursaries are available for students within our Masters of Science programmes. There is one award for one full-time student on each of the following Masters programmes: MSc Medicine, Science & Society, MA in Bioethics & Society and MSc in Global Health & Social Justice. Two awards in total are available for students on the following Masters programmes: MSc Gerontology, MA/MSc Ageing & Society or MA Public Policy & Ageing.

Each award will provide £2000 toward tuition fees. There is no separate application procedure. All students applying for any of our Full-Time programmes to begin in September 2013 are eligible for these bursaries, including UK, EU and Overseas students. The bursaries will be awarded on academic merit.

All fully completed applications received by midnight on the 31st July will be considered for the bursaries. A fully completed application means a complete online application form together with all supporting documents including personal statements, transcripts, references and IELTS certificates (where appropriate). These must have been uploaded to or received by the Postgraduate Admissions Portal by the due time and date. The successful candidate will be notified no later than 14th August. Payments will be made in October and January.

Full details of all our Masters programmes are available here:


PhD funding is available through two separate award schemes: The King’s Annual Fund Studentship and the King’s University of London Scholarship.

Both schemes are open to students wishing to a pursue an MPhil/PhD programme starting from Sept/Oct 2013 and will provide funding for up to 3 years to cover home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend which is currently set at £15,590. Overseas students are eligible for these studentships but these will not cover the full cost of their fees.

All applicants who submit a complete admissions application by the deadline of 28 March 2013 will be considered for these studentships. Full details are available here:

Full details of our PhD programmes can be found in our online prospectus: Information on programmes in Gerontology can be found a:


Health & Illness are more than medical matters; illness is a human experience, in which biological processes are shaped by social, political and economic conditions, by cultural beliefs and values, and by systems of language and meaning. The Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine is unique interdisciplinary social science department working in collaboration with biomedical researchers and clinicians. We focus on the social, political, economic, legal and ethical factors shaping developments in biomedicine, disease and healthcare and their implications. The Department is also home to the Institute of Gerontology, a leading multi-disciplinary centre for research and teaching into the study of ageing. More information about the Department (and the Institute) and its strands of research can be found here and