MPhil and PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health
The department accepts graduate research students to study for the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology and Public Health including Dental Public Health. A list of possible projects and prospective supervisors has been compiled. Alternatively, you may have a research proposal in mind. The department will provide, or recommend, a suitable supervisor(s).
Registration, in accordance with University of London regulations, is in all cases initially for the MPhil degree, which is normally completed in two years. Where progress is satisfactory registration will be upgraded to PhD, and continue for at least one further year. In all cases the degree is assessed by thesis and oral examination.
Below are two video interviews of current research degree students within the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health:
Carolina Perez Ferrer
Carolina’s PhD project looks at
trends in socioeconomic inequalities in obesity from 1988 to 2006 in
adult Mexican women. She uses three waves of nationally representative
Sadie holds an MRC PhD studentship (2010-13) in the Health and Social Surveys Research Group. Her PhD research (Finding the ‘missing units’: identifying under-reporting of alcohol consumption in England) involves secondary analysis of national health surveys, as well as a quantitative study of drink pouring practices, and a qualitative study of routine drinking habits.
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 problems 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, say in epidemiology and statistics, it may be appropriate to allocate two co-supervisors.
Research students are normally required to attend elements
from appropriate MSc programmes during their first year. If existing
training is considered insufficient at the point of application students
will be requested to undertake an MSc prior to admission to the
MPhil/PhD programme. In addition, the Graduate School provides a Skills
Development Programme for all new research students.
The department engenders an atmosphere in which all
research students are supported and encouraged. Every student is
provided with a desk and storage space within the department, together
with access to full computing facilities. A local area network, with a
computer manager in support, ensures access to relevant programmes that
may be required. The Graduate Tutors,
who are in charge of general arrangements and queries regarding
graduates, are also available to lend a sympathetic ear if problems
Students are encouraged to attend and participate in all seminars hosted by the department. Students are also encouraged to contribute to the Departmental and Staff-Student Consultative Committees, on both of which they are represented.
Outside the department, UCL provides a full network of support services, including the Health Centre, Counselling Service, Careers Service, International Office, Advisors to Women Students and the Dean of Students. Details of these are given in the UCL Graduate School Prospectus
The main sources of funding for UK/EU applicants are studentships from the:
- British Health Foundation (BHF)
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Medical Research Council (MRC)
- Cancer Research UK (CRUK)
- Diabetes UK
Further funding information can also be found here.
Overseas students are eligible to apply to a number of sources of funding, including The British Council, Commonwealth Scholarships and WHO Scholarships. In the majority of instances you must apply direct to the funding organisation and it is vital to make early enquiries (up to a year in advance).
There are three relevant research funding schemes:
- UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (UCL-ORS)
- UCL Overseas Master's Students
- UCL Departmental Funding
Applications need to be submitted to the department (new date to be announced). Contact Dr Anne McMunn. Late applications will not be considered. Students applying for these schemes must also complete a UCL applications for admission form in advance of submitting the scholarship application.
Please note that there is only one combined application procedure and application form for all three of these schemes, and applicants should submit only ONE application. Applicants will then be considered for any of the three awards for which they are eligible.
In all cases, the minimum level of academic achievement would be a First or Upper Second-class Honours degree, or a first degree supported by a Masters.
See UCL Fees and Costs section for further information on fees 2012/13 or 2013/14.
The Graduate Tutors will need to assess whether there
is the appropriate expertise within the Department to supervise a PhD in your
area of interest, as well as the suitability of your academic background and
If you'd like to apply, please send through the below details to Andreas Opitz.
- Your current CV and short proposal (no more than two pages), which includes the following:
a. Background to your research area of interest.
b. Potential hypotheses or research questions to be addressed by the research.
c. Methods you wish to apply and study population.
d. How will this be funded?
e. Statistical methods and packages with which you are familiar.
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