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MPhil and PhD in Infection and Population Health

The department accepts applications all year round for anyone looking to study a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the Research Department of Infection and Population Health. 

Registration, in accordance with University of London regulations, is in all cases initially for the MPhil degree, which is normally completed within 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.

Would you like to enquire further? Please visit our application procedure tab which explains the next step you can take...

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 arise. 

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

To find out about current studentships on offer within the Department, please visit our vacancies page here. You can also visit FindaPhD.com, where we regularly advertise our opportunities. 

Further funding information can also be found here.

See UCL Fees and Costs section for further information on fees 2014/15 or 2015/16.

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 writing skills.

If you'd like to apply, please send through the below details to Mr 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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