MBPhD Programme


Prospective students

Course Summary

The MBPhD Programme at UCL covers the period of UCL MBBS Years 4, 5 and 6 and a UCL 3-year PhD.  The PhD is specifically integrated between the first and latter two years of clinical training as an introduction to clinical medicine is essential, as it focusses thoughts on potential translational benefits.

  • Students enter the clinical component of the programme (MBBS Year 4: Integrated Clinical Care) with their contemporaries, having already completed MBBS Years 1 and 2 (or equivalent) and an iBSc (or appropriate BSc) at UCL, or other UK Medical School.
  • After completion of MBBS Year 4, MBPhD students divert to full-time research studies (PhD) for a period of three years*.
  • During the research component, a regular clinical teaching programme keeps students’ clinical skills and knowledge up-to-date.  
  • Re-entry into the MBBS Years 5 & 6 is contingent on submission of the PhD thesis. 
  • The PhD is undertaken within UCL and is normally within one of the Departments of the School of Life & Medical Sciences, 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.  Students can also choose projects at the Francis Crick Institute.
  • Students graduate with a UCL M.B B.S. and UCL PhD.

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


Important Dates for Admission
Application Pack
Francis Crick Institute