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Graduate Research

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CHIME is able to supervise research in the following broad areas:

  • Quality improvement, governance and organisational change
  • Patient safety and clinical risk management
  • Health informatics

Students registered with CHIME have access to all of the facilities and activities of the UCL Graduate School. All students are encouraged to attend short courses and workshops aimed at developing generic, transferable skills.

In addition, research degree students are permitted to attend seminars and workshops offered as part of part of CHIME's modular Postgraduate Programme.

UCL Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre

CHIME is a partner in UCL SECReT, the new £17m national centre for PhD training in security and crime science at University College London, the first centre of its kind in Europe. The Centre offers the most comprehensive integrated 4-year PhD programme for students wishing to pursue multidisciplinary security or crime-related research degrees.

CHIME is home to research on Electronic Health Records, including privacy management, security policies and services, de-identification, audit and information governance in health care. It is a partner in many research council and EU-FP projects. CHIME leads an international not-for-profit Foundation, openEHR and leads the development of CEN and ISO international standards for interoperable, secure EHR communications. We provide expertise to several national eHealth programmes including NHS National Programme for IT and to global companies like BT Health. CHIME staff contribute to shaping NHS and MRC confidentiality policies.

Applications are now invited for 11 EPSRC scholarships, paying full fees plus £17,000 annual tax-free stipend. UCL SECReT accepts students from a very broad range of disciplines - see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/secret

All research students are assigned two supervisors: a primary supervisor, who will be responsible for directing their research training, and a subsidiary supervisor, who is normally there to help assess progress, deal with any issues and provide for continuity of supervision in the event of the absence or departure of the principal supervisor. Where the area of research is cross-disciplinary, it may be appropriate to allocate two co-supervisors. Supervisors do not necessarily need to come from the same department and can also be placed within external institutions.

Students registered with CHIME have access to all of the facilities and activities of the UCL Graduate School. All students are encouraged to attend short courses and workshops aimed at developing generic, transferable skills.

In addition, research degree students are permitted to attend seminars and workshops offered as part of part of CHIME's Graduate Programmes. (We offer an MSc in Health Informatics and an MSc in Health & Medical Sciences.)

Before applying formally

CHIME's Graduate Tutor - Dr Jackie Nicholls - is the first point of contact to discuss your proposal and what role CHIME might play in providing you with suitable academic supervision.

The Research Degree application process

  1. It is very important to have a clear, well-developed research proposal. You should show evidence of having carried out a review of the literature and you should have some preliminary ideas about your research methods. We have compiled a list of web sites which provide useful advice.
  2. Look at CHIME's Research Areas of Work to see whether there is an area that matches your expertise and interest.
  3. Identify potential sources of funding.
  4. Arrange to visit us to discuss your proposal. (If you are applying for abroad and this is not feasible, you may want to correspond with us by email before making an application.)
  5. Formal applications are then made through UCL Admissions. For more information visit http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/


All research degree students are required to register in the first instance for an MPhil. Subsequent retrospective transfer to PhD registration is dependent on satisfactory progress and cannot occur without the recommendation of the Principal and Secondary Supervisors and the approval of the Graduate Tutor.

Graduate tutor

Dr Jackie Nicholls

Tel: +44 (0)20 3549 5301

Email: j.nicholls@ucl.ac.uk