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Science graduates must have a good first degree (2:1 or better) or equivalent.
A clinical candidate must have a registrable qualification appropriate to the programme to be followed awarded by a UK university or a university outside the UK in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Studies.
All students (science or clinical) initially register for the MPhil degree before being upgraded (typically early in the 2nd year) to the PhD degree.
For a successful upgrade to PhD, the students must prepare a written report, give an oral presentation and pass an oral examination.
Full-time students are normally registered for a minimum of 3 years.
Part-time students are required to register for a minimum of 5 years, although they can submit their thesis any time after 3 years registration with the support of their supervisors and the Institute, thereby terminating their registration.
Both MPhil and PhD students investigate a relatively narrow topic but may be examined on a broad field of study.
Where students need to spend periods of time carrying out work in laboratories outside of UCL, or collecting data from overseas, that will contribute directly to their thesis, they may do so provided their study leave plans are approved in advance.
All MPhil/PhD students are expected to undertake 10 days of generic skills training each year over their three year programme, which is logged and audited electronically. This will include, for example, courses on research design and statistics, ethical and legal issues, presentation skills, thesis production and career planning.
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