MBPhD Programme

The UCL MBPhD Programme is looking for individuals with commitment, determination, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Departments and supervisors are extremely keen to recruit MBPhD students, who have a reputation for brains and dedication.  

The course is open to those who are currently undertaking an undergraduate medical course Year 1 and Year 2 in the United Kingdom and are completing an Intercalated/Integrated BSc.

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The UCL MBPhD programme was set up by Professors AW Segal and N Woolf in 1994. The aim of the programme was (and remains) to foster academically-minded medical students who wish in the future to combine research with clinical medicine.  

Early graduates are now Professors, research group leaders or consultants – working all over the world – while more recent graduates are continuing specialist training or working as research fellows, contributing to medical science and improving patient health.

The programme enables medical students to integrate a PhD with their clinical education. The programme provides a structure for working across traditional boundaries between the laboratory bench and the clinical bedside.

Students will graduate with an M.B B.S. and PhD.

Introduction by the Head of the Medical School

With the rapid growth in knowledge about biological processes and disease and the availability of increasingly sophisticated technologies there has never been a more exciting time to consider a clinical academic career.  It is increasingly recognised that coupling basic science skills with profound clinical awareness is likely to result in more rapid advance in the development of new diagnostics and treatments.

The MB PhD programme allows a selected group of students to develop their basic science skills from BSc to PhD whilst completing their undergraduate medical education. It is a model that is well developed in the USA and has assisted in the emergence of US leadership in clinical science. We believe that our programme is as exciting as any available internationally since UCL has an enormous breadth of research in life sciences and a clinical science environment that is both diverse and of high quality. Our Research Institutes and Clinical Faculty integrate basic and clinical sciences and offer unparalleled opportunities for research training. This is an ideal way to prepare for a clinical academic career. I commend this opportunity to students who have already developed a strong research interest.

Professor Sir John Tooke
Vice Provost (Health), Head of the UCL School of Life & Medical Sciences and Head of the UCL Medical School
October 2013

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