MB PhD Programme
RECRUITMENT OPEN DAY
22nd November 2012
2pm - 4pm. Contact email@example.com by 9th November 2012 to register attendance.
|CLOSING DATE:||30th November 2012||Following the short-listing process, students selected for interview will be contacted by post (via their term-time address) and email on and around the 17th December 2012.|
10th January 2013
Monday 1st July 2013
|NIMR / CRUK-LRI interviews||
NIMR: 16th-18th January 2013
LRI (Clare Hall): 20th-22nd January 2013
LRI (Lincoln’s Inn Fields): 23rd-25th January 2013
Please feel free to contact the programme administrator, Ms Susan Beesley should you have any questions.
The MBPhD course at University College London is a tailor-made course for budding young clinician-scientists. Students can expect to graduate with not only excellent clinical and diagnostic skills, but also with a track record in research on which to launch a career in academic medicine. Students are taught by clinical academics from the very start, so that they are exposed to potential role models from an early stage, some of whom supervise the students through their PhDs. Ensuring this delivery of high-quality training to students means that clinical training is in no way compromised compared to that of their peers undertaking the first year clinical in its entirety. Bedside teaching continues to run for MBPhD students throughout the year, while they are immersed in their PhD's so that they do have constant contact with the clinical side of their degrees, and often is a source of perspective in their research lives. Continuous one-to-one mentoring via the Course Tutor is available throughout the years of the MBPhD, offering academic, clinical and pastoral support.
After a condensed first year, students work in the laboratory of their chosen field for just under 3 years. In this programme, we have collaborations with some very eminent world-class institutions, whose Principal Investigators are at the cutting edge of research in their respective disciplines. These include the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill, and the London Research Institute at Lincoln's Inn Fields, part of Cancer Research UK.
After this time, MBPhD students will rejoin the fifth and final years to fully complete their specialties, electives and special study modules.
We are passionate here at University College London to encourage young inquisitive minds to enter early into a research career. The combination of being able to carry out a period of research as well as keep up clinical medicine is an ideal foundation for a career in clinical academia, which is both exciting and rewarding. A testament to the success of our scheme is to be seen in the database of past students who are now successful clinical academics.
Preliminary enquiries should be directed to Prof GW Stewart or Ms Susan Beesley or to current students or alumni of the program. The 2013 entry application form and a copy of the Information Leaflet will be available to down load in the near future.
The course is open to those who are currently undertaking undergraduate medical course Year 1 and Year 2 training in the United Kingdom and are completing an Intercalated BSc. The candidate must, satisfy the general regulations for transfer to Year 4 of the UCL MBBS clinical course (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/medicalschool/mbbs-admissions/entry-requirements/).
Applicants who are following accelerated graduate medical programs or who entered their medical course as a graduate may request exemption from the Intercalated BSc requirement if their degree is in a relevant field.
Entry to the MBPhD programme is conditional on achieving an upper second or first class honours degree.
Oxford and Cambridge applicants must also apply to UCL Medical School under the Oxbridge clinical transfer scheme (MOCAG).
At present, College regulations preclude transfers from institutions outside the United Kingdom.
There are typically about 8 studentships available annually for PhD study. These are supported by a variety of sources which vary from year to year. We are grateful for two studentships from the MRC DTG fund at UCL. At least two studentships are available at the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill. Some of our students study at the London Research Institute at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, funded by Cancer Research UK. We are grateful to other charities, notable the BHF, the Astor Foundation and the Rosetrees Charitable Trust, for funding. Other PhDs are supported by grants directly made to the supervisors. Studentships ordinarily include a £15,000approx stipend, UCL home level fees plus a contribution to laboratory costs. The standard student loans and NHS bursaries, as for non-MBPhD medical students, fund the clinical part of the course.
When to Apply
ALL students should apply in the year prior to starting their clinical training; for most, this will be during their Intercalated BSc.
The deadline for receipt of application forms is Friday 30th November 2012. Interviews will be held on the morning of Thursday 10th January 2013.
An application form can be downloaded here or obtained from the Programme Administrator.
All applications must be signed and include: a copy of the application form, a copy of your curriculum vitae and a confidential reference from your iBSc project supervisor.
Applications submitted without the enclosures will be returned to the candidate.
Applications (with all enclosures) must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org plus two hard copies (with enclosures) posted to:
- Ms Susan Beesley
MBPhD Programme Administration
(Room 238, The Medical School Building)
University College London
London, WC1E 6BT
- UCL STUDENTS
Students should complete the application form, but need not provide a reference from their Y1-Y3 personal tutor unless they wish to do so.
- OXBRIDGE STUDENTS
Students who are undertaking Year 1 - Year 3 of their medical course at the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge should apply for their place at UCL through the normal Oxbridge transfer scheme and submit a separate application for the MBPhD programme.Offers will be conditional upon a successful MOCAG application. The application should also include references from Year 1 - Year 3 personal tutor and BSc project supervisor.
- NON-OXBRIDGE STUDENTS
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 should complete the MBPhD application form and provide references from their Year 1-Year 2 tutor and BSc project supervisor.
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.
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 National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and/or the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute (LRI). Both these institutes will become part of the new Francis Crick Institute, opening in 2015.
Applicants who are offered a place on the UCL MB-PhD programme will be able to find out about the PhD programmes and PhD project available in these affiliated institutes by attending their annual PhD Interviews on the following dates:
NIMR Interviews: 16th-18th January 2013
LRI (Clare Hall) Interviews: 20th-22nd January 2013
LRI (Lincoln’s Inn Fields) Interviews: 23rd-25th January 2013
More information can be found on the <NIMR> and <LRI> PhD recruitment websites.
NIMR link: http://www.nimr.mrc.ac.uk/phd/
LRI link: www.london-research-institute.org.uk/phd
If you have specific questions regarding doing your PhD at the NIMR or LRI, please contact Dr Donna Brown, NIMR (email@example.com), or Dr Sally Leevers, LRI (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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