The Department has the mission of training the next generation of researchers and practitioners in cutting-edge behavioural science relevant to health. It is committed to teaching at undergraduate as well as postgraduate level.
The Department has a number of dedicate academic staff who are involved in the delivery of BScs in Population Health, Biological Science and Psychology and the Department houses a very successful MSc in Health Psychology which attracts around 40 students each year.
In addition, we have a strong a strong track-record of PhD supervision and there are currently around 16 doctoral students working across the different research groups. Further details for opportunities to study in the Department are provided below.
The department contributes several modules to the BSc Population Health:
Module name: Health and Behaviour
Module Convenor: Dr Rebecca Beeken & Dr Abigail Fisher
Module name: Health Psychology
Module Convenor: Dr Clare Llewellyn
Module name: Measuring Population Health
Module Convenors: Dr Dorina Cadar & Dr Linda Ng Fat
Module name: Population Ageing
Module Convenors: Dr Dorina Cadar & Dr Cesar Messias De Oliveira
- Postgraduate Taught
The department contributes a module to MSc Cancer:
Module Name: Behavioural Science in Cancer
Module Convenor: Dr Christian von Wagner
Further information: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/cancer/study/postgraduate-taught
Further information for postgraduate students
- Postgraduate taught tutor: Dr Lion Shahab (lion.shahab[@]ucl.ac.uk)
- General Information for Postgraduate Students
- Postgraduate Research
The department offers world-class education and training through an extensive portfolio of six research themes:
- Cancer Communication & Screening
- Energy Balance & Cancer
- Epidemiology of Cancer Healthcare & Outcomes
- Tobacco and Alcohol
The staff is multidisciplinary and our research and teaching reflect our interdisciplinary approach to health and well being, focusing on a broad range of public health issues, such as alcohol and tobacco use, heart disease, cancer, and obesity. As an Institute, we have strong national and international interdisciplinary collaborations with a large portfolio of international research linked to the UCL Global Health Initiative.
Read PhD student Gemma Pugh's testimonial of what is it like to do research in our department.
Examples of current PhD projects
- Cancer screening as a teachable moment for risk reduction behaviour (Claire Stevens)
- Health behaviour change among teenage and young adult (TYA) cancer survivors (Gemma Pugh)
- Presenting symptoms and pre- and post-presentation delays (Monica Koo)
- The aetiology of emotional eating in childhood (Moritz Herle)
- Diabetes, glycaemic control and wellbeing (Laura Panagi)
- Use of smartphone applications to enhance smoking cessation support (Aleksandra Herbec)
- Postgraduate Research Tutors: Dr Christian von Wagner (c.wagner[at]ucl.ac.uk) & Abigail Fisher (abigail.fisher[at]ucl.ac.uk)
- Further Information about Postgraduate Research studies at UCL
Did you know?
- UCL has more professors than any other UK university, meaning our students get taught by the most highly qualified experts in their field (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2011).
- The Thomson Scientific Citation Index shows that UCL is the second most highly cited European university and 14th in the world. It is also the UK University most cited by health researchers