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Angela Poulter2

Dr Angela C Poulter
Graduate Administrator

Tel: 020 7679 6050
Internal: 46050

suzy buckley

Dr Suzy Buckley
Postgraduate Adviser

Tel: 0207 679 0835

sioban sengupta

Dr Sioban SenGupta
Graduate Tutor for Research Students

Tel: 020 7679 6071

Research Degrees

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About Graduate Research at the Institute

The Institute for Women's Health provides a multi-disciplinary and cross cutting environment for PhD and MD(Res) students, covering several themes including gynaecological cancer, bioinformatics, reproductive medicine, prenatal genetics, maternal and fetal medicine, and neonatology.

The Institute fosters an academic environment in which students can develop and pursue research at the highest level of accomplishment. It provides opportunities for graduate study at the forefront of basic science and clinical/translational research, in an internationally recognised centre of academic excellence. It seeks to develop research and academic skills of scholarship and to enable students to contribute to and learn from the broader objectives in women's health. In conjunction with the UCL Graduate School, the programme develops and fosters not only the specific skills required in a particular area of research, but also generic and transferable skills that enable students to compete in the broadest range of career opportunities.

An Environment for Research and Scholarship

The UCL EGA Institute for Women's Health provides research and clinical facilities of high calibre, including access to high-throughput proteomic, genomic, endocrine, cell and molecular laboratories, and clinical and experimental neuro-imaging facilities. We also have extensive collaborative links with both Physiology and Anatomy. This environment is further enriched by the UCLH Phase 2 Maternity Hospital, opened in 2008, and the location of some Institute research in the Cancer Institute.

About our PhD and MD(Res) Programmes

The aim of our PhD programme is to develop critical thinking independent researchers with a good knowledge of research methodologies, relevant theoretical knowledge, and transferable skills that will enable critical analysis and the application of these skills to improve scientific understanding within the research community by disseminating findings in peer reviewed journals. 

The standard period for a full-time PhD at UCL is three years, with completion within four years at most.  Part-time students register for five years and must complete within seven years.

Our MD(Res) programme aims likewise aims to develop critical thinking independent researchers with good knowledge of research methodologies and skills that will enable critical analysis and application of scientific knowledge to their clinical practice.

Most students undertaking study for an MD(Res) are employed as clinical fellows and will register part-time.  Whether studying full or part-time, MD(Res) students register for two years and must complete within three years (full-time) or four years (part-time).

Information for Prospective Research Students

Identifying Research Opportunities

UCL provides comprehensive guidance for prospective graduate students on the Information for Prospective Graduate Research Students pages of the UCL Graduate Prospectus. There is particularly helpful guidance on contacting potential supervisors in the application guidelines section there.

Graduate research opportunities exist across the breadth of the Institute. These opportunities can be explored, and potential supervisors identified, by accessing our academic research pages.

Prospective students are welcome to contact potential supervisors directly to discuss possible research projects or can contact Dr Angela Poulter, Graduate Administrator (, for further information.

Making an application

For further information on studying for a graduate research degree and to make an application, see the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

Scholarships & Funding

Information about Scholarships and Studentships can be found on UCL’s Information for Prospective Student pages, as can up-to-date information about tuition fees.

The School of Life and Medical Sciences Academic Careers Office pages on Biomedical Academic Training also gives advice on selecting your supervisor, developing your project,  and finding funding.

For more information on the career destinations of our graduate students see our employability page.

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