Frequently Asked Questions for prospective PhD students

Why study for a PhD in Medical Physics & Bioengineering?

A PhD obtained in this Department will inevitably apply cutting-edge physics, engineering or computer science to real-life problems, which can directly impact people's future healthcare and quality of life. Students are involved in performing experiments in our laboratories or hospitals, in designing and building novel equipment, or in developing new techniques for processing and analysing data and/or medical images.

Why study at UCL?

UCL is one of the world's top universities, and we are one of the largest departments of Medical Physics and Bioengineering in Europe, with links to a large number of active teaching hospitals. We have arguably the widest range of research of any similar department, and work closely with other world-leading institutions.

How will the PhD be assessed?

You will initially register for an MPhil. After 12-18 months, you will write a report and be examined and if your progress is acceptable, transfer to PhD. After 3-4 years, you will submit your PhD thesis and be examined on it during an oral exam normally lasting a few hours. You are also required to produce a poster and give a talk to the Department.

What will the PhD cost me?

Our fees for self-funded PhDs are listed here.

Are funded PhD positions available?

Opportunities for funded PhD positions are available here. Please contact for further information.

What career paths do your PhDs typically lead to?

Our alumni have found work in academia, the NHS and in industry.

How do I apply for your PhD?

Please complete and submit an application form along with 2 references.

What deadlines should I know about?

PhD programmes have a number of start dates throughout the year and applications are welcomed at any time.

What are the entry requirements?

We generally require a 2:1 in a relevant undergraduate degree (or a 2:2 and a relevant MSc). If you are unsure, please contact us at

Where can I find out more information?

For more information about our PhD degrees, please see our webpages for current MSc students, our research pages, or contact us at