UCL Institute of Mental Health


Michael King Prize

To honour the memory of Michael King, an annual Prize is awarded to the best PhD Thesis in Mental Health at UCL. The 2023 awards are now closed.

***The 2023 awards are now closed***

Key Information


Applications are open to UCL PhD Awardees who have conducted thesis work with a primary focus in mental health, regardless of their discipline or Faculty,  

For the 2023 awards we will consider applications from awardees whose PhD degrees were officially awarded during the academic year of 2022/2023*.

(*This corresponds to the official award date as stated in the award letter and as reflected on Portico,  i.e. when all the requirements for completion have been met. This is not the date of the viva or the date when corrections are approved).

Application Process

The application form must be completed and submitted by the candidates. The form includes:

  • A 50-word student biography
  • Thesis Abstract (as presented in the Thesis)
  • Impact statement (as presented in the Thesis)
  • Personal statement (500-words max)
  • Supporting statement from the Sponsor. The ‘Sponsor’ can be the student’s primary supervisor or any member of the thesis committee.


The application deadline is 5pm on 25 August 2023.


Applications will be assessed by a Panel of UCL Mental Health Experts which will decide based on overall academic excellence and contribution to the field of mental health.

Panel members TBC.

The Prize

We will award one £500 prize. One award will be made per year.

Michael King Prize 2022

The Michael King Prize 2022 was announced at the IoMH Annual International Conference on Wednesday, 21 September 2022.

Winner:  Aaron Kandola (Department of Epidemiology and Applied Clinical Research, UCL Division of Psychiatry) for his PhD Thesis entitled ‘Associations of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and physical fitness with common health symptoms in the population.' (Supervisor: Prof David Osborn)

Highly Commended:  Zixuan Wang (Research Department of Practice and Policy, UCL School of Pharmacy) for her PhD Thesis entitled 'The safety of antipsychotic use during pregnancy'. (Supervisor: Prof Ian Wong)