The MBPhD course at University College London 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 UCL MBPhD is a tailor-made course for budding young clinician-scientists and 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. 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.
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 Medical Research Council's National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill, and Cancer Research UK's London Research Institute. Both these Institutes are founding partners of the new Francis Crick Institute, opening in 2015.
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.
Preliminary enquiries should be directed to Prof GW Stewart or Ms Susan Beesley or to current students or alumni of the program.
Hard copies of the Information Booklet are available upon request from email@example.com
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