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PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Course Summary
Admissions FAQs

Course Summary

In the course, the PhD is sandwiched between the first and latter two years of clinical training. An introduction to clinical medicine is essential, as it focusses thoughts on potential translational benefits. Students will enter the clinical part of the MBBS programme (Year 4: Integrated Clinical Care) with their contemporaries, following their iBSc. After completion of MBBS Year 4, MBPhD students will divert to research studies for a period of three or four years. During the PhD, a regular clinical teaching programme keeps students’ clinical skills and knowledge up-to-date.   Re-entry into the MBBS for the two remaining years is contingent on submission of the PhD.


timetable


View a pdf version of the timetable here...


The PhD research can be undertaken either within UCL (which includes many world class institutes including the Institute of Child Health, the Institute of Neurology at Queen Square and the Institute of Ophthalmology at Moorfields), or alternatively students can choose projects at the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill or the London Research Institute of Cancer Research UK.  The latter two will soon be combined to form the Francis Crick Institute, led by Sir Professor Paul Nurse.  This new institute will provide world-class scientific training, second to none.

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

* Completing Research Status: MBPhD students who have completed their approved period of PhD registration (3 years) may register as CRS students while they write up their theses. Students on CRS status have continued access to UCL facilities and are not required to pay fees for this period. 

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Admissions

Eligibility

1

The programme is only available to students who are currently undertaking a Primary Medical Qualification (MBBS, MBChB or equivalent) at a UK Medical School.

2

At the point of entry, successful applicants will have:

  • completed the first two years of a full 5 years’ primary medical qualification;
  • achieved an upper second or first class honours degree (or iBSc).

3

The candidate must, satisfy the general regulations for transfer to Year 4 of the UCL MBBS clinical course (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/medicalschool/undergraduate/mbbs-admissions/entry-requirements).

4

Applicants who are following accelerated graduate medical programs, or who entered their medical course as a graduate may request exemption from the iBSc requirement if their degree is in a relevant field.

5

There is no "Fast-Track" Graduate Entry Programme at UCL, all graduates follow the same programme of study as the undergraduates, except the integrated BSc year is waived.

6

Entry to the MBPhD programme is conditional on:

  • Occupational Health ClearanceAll students offered a place in the Medical School must provide a satisfactory general medical report from their own general practitioner (family doctor) before they can be admitted. Detailed guidance regarding the required health information will be provided to successful applicants following their interview.
  • Police Checks Admission is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4(2) (Exemption) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC (88) 9 guidelines regarding child protection and police checks. It is also considered important to ensure that an applicant's attitudes and values are such that he or she can reasonably be admitted to the medical profession. Applicants holding a firmly accepted offer will be required to undertake a police check. Overseas and EU students are requested to approach their local police force for a police check. UK students must be checked through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). DBS checks are instigated during the first week of term or the preceding summer. Details will be provided to firm offer-holders.

7

At present, College regulations preclude transfers from medical schools outside the United Kingdom.
   
   

Important Dates for Admission

 September 2015 Entry:

RECRUITMENT OPEN DAY January 2015
tbc
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: February 2015
tbc
INTERVIEWS: March 2015
tbc
START DATE: September 2015  


Important Information regarding The Francis Crick Institute PhD programme.

UCL MBBS students wishing to consider a PhD at the Francis Crick Institute should ensure they apply to transfer to the MBPhD programme during their iBSc year as Crick interviews take place annually in January.

Information regarding the Crick LRI-NIMR PhD recruitment process is available here...

Open Day

DATE TO BE CONFIRMED (January 2015)

The UCL MBPhD Recruitment Open Day provides an opportunity for prospective students to interact with not only members of faculty staff but also present and past students to find out more about the programme and to understand more about life as an MBPhD student.

After an introduction from the course tutor, Professor Gordon Stewart, there will be short talks from representatives of the main institutions were MBPhDs undertake their PhDs. There will then be a talk by a graduate of the course and by a current student, following which there will be the opportunity for questions and informal discussions.

Programme TBC:

     
2.00pm GW Stewart Introduction
2.10pm
 
2.15pm
 
2.20pm    
2.25pm
 
2.30pm    
2.35pm
 
2.40pm Refreshments & Discussion  
3.30pm Close  
     

To register attendance, please contact s.beesley@ucl.ac.uk (deadline tbc)

Applying

  • ALL students should apply in the year prior to starting their MBBS (or equivalent) Year 4; for most, this will be during their Intercalated BSc.
  • Current UCL students have the option of applying during UCL MBBS Year 4 (Integrated Clinical Care) to commence their PhD in the September following completion of MBBS Year 4 (See "Route B" of the timetable). 
  • Oxford and Cambridge applicants must also apply to UCL Medical School via the Oxbridge clinical transfer scheme (MOCAG) and receive an offer of transfer.
  • The deadline for receipt of application forms for Entry 2015 is November 2014 (tbc)

How To Apply

  1. The application pack can be downloaded or obtained in hard copy from the Programme Administrator.
  2. All applications must be signed and include: a copy of the application form, a copy of curriculum vitae and references from iBSc project supervisor and pre-clinical/personal tutor or supervisor.
  3. Applications submitted without the enclosures will be returned to the candidate.
  4. Applications (with all enclosures) must be submitted via email to s.beesley@ucl.ac.uk plus two hard copies (including all enclosures) posted to:

Ms Susan Beesley
MBPhD Programme Administration
(Room 238, The Medical School Building)
University College London
Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT


  • OXBRIDGE APPLICANTS
    Students who are undertaking Year 1 - Year 3 of their medical course at the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge should apply through the normal Oxbridge transfer scheme (MOCAG), stating UCL as first choice and submit a separate application for the MBPhD programme. 
  • EXTERNAL APPLICANTS
    (Students who are undertaking their Year 1 + Year 2 + iBSc course at a medical school in the United Kingdom other than Oxford, Cambridge or UCL, and students undertaking a 4-year accelerated graduate programme) In order to gain exemption from the UCL Year 1-Year 2 course, students must have completed a curriculum that covers the same topics. In this instance, students are asked to provide a full academic transcript and full details of their Year 1-Year 2 programme of study with their application form. The Faculty Tutor will determine eligibility for exemption from the Year 1-Year 2 course and suitability for entry to Year 4 of the UCL course before selection for interview for the MBPhD programme.  

Application Pack


CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 


Submit two copies of complete application and all enclosures (inc references) to:

Ms Susan Beesley,
MBPhD Programme Administration
(Room 238, The Medical School Building)
University College London,
Gower Street,
London WC1E 6BT

plus via email to: s.beesley@ucl.ac.uk

(Applications will be acknowledged via email within 2 days of receipt.)

Structure

In the course, the PhD is sandwiched between the first and latter two years of clinical training. An introduction to clinical medicine is essential, as it focusses thoughts on potential translational benefits. Students will normally enter the clinical part of the MBBS programme (Year 4: Integrated Clinical Care) with their contemporaries, following their iBSc. After completion of MBBS Year 4, MBPhD students will divert to research studies for a period of three or four years. During the PhD, a regular clinical teaching programme keeps students’ clinical skills and knowledge up-to-date.   Re-entry into the MBBS for the two remaining years is contingent on submission of the PhD.

Current UCL students have the option of applying during UCL MBBS Year 4 (Integrated Clinical Care) to commence their PhD in the September following completion of MBBS Year 4.  See "Route B" of the timetable below.

timetable_abc


The PhD research can be undertaken either within UCL (which includes many world class institutes including the Institute of Child Health, the Institute of Neurology at Queen Square and the Institute of Ophthalmology at Moorfields), or alternatively students can choose projects at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill or the CRUK London Research Institute. The latter two institutes are founding partners of the new Francis Crick Institute, opening in 2015.  This new institute, led by Sir Paul Nurse,  will provide world-class scientific training, second to none.


View a pdf version of the timetable here...

* Completing Research Status: MBPhD students who have completed their approved period of PhD registration (3 years) may register as CRS students while they write up their theses. Students on CRS status have continued access to UCL facilities and are not required to pay fees for this period. 



Funding

The clinical element of the course is funded by standard Student Loan and NHS bursary arrangements, as for regular medical students.

The PhDs are funded from different sources: an allocation from the MRC DTG fund to UCL, a generous grant from the UCLH/UCL NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. We are grateful for charitable donations from different bodies, including The Astor Foundation, the Rosetrees Trust and The International Journal of Experimental Pathology. We are very grateful to the MRC National Institute for Medical Research and CRUK London Research Institute for making studentships available in their institutions. The A*STAR fund in Singapore has contributed more than its fair share to this programme. Glaxo-Smith-Kline made a very generous contribution some years ago. Other PhDs are supported by grants directly made to the supervisors.

There are typically about 8 studentships available annually for PhD study. Studentships are ordinarily for 3 years, and include a stipend of approximately £15,000; UCL home level fees, plus a contribution to laboratory costs. Students do not pay fees during CRS registration.

Students can also apply for a wide range of additional funding via the UCL Scholarships & Funding office

NIMR/LRI/CRICK


Applicants who are successful in gaining entry on to the UCL MB-PhD programme are invited to consider carrying out their PhD research at the Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) or the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute (LRI). Students starting their PhDs in September 2014 will join the new Crick-NIMR and Crick-LRI PhD programmes and transfer into the Francis Crick Institute with their research group in 2015 or 2016. Interested applicants can find out more about these PhD programmes here:


Applicants who are offered a place on the UCL MB-PhD programme will be able to find out more about the PhD programmes and PhD projects available in these affiliated institutes by attending their annual PhD interviews during the week 20th - 24th January 2014.

Applicants who would like to be considered for the Crick-NIMR or Crick-LRI PhD programmes will need to let us know which projects they are interested in by Friday December 20th.

If you have specific questions regarding doing your PhD at the NIMR or LRI, please contact Dr Donna Brown, NIMR (dabrown@nimr.mrc.ac.uk), or Dr Sally Leevers, LRI (sally.leevers@cancer.org.uk).   




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