MPhil and PhD

The department accepts graduate research students to study for the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Primary Care and Population Health.If you may have a research proposal in mind, The department will provide, or recommend, a suitable supervisor(s).

Registration, in accordance with University of London regulations, is in all cases initially for the MPhil degree, which is normally completed in two years. Where progress is satisfactory registration will be upgraded to PhD, and continue for at least one further year. In all cases the degree is assessed by thesis and oral examination.

PCPH provides an increasingly broad range of academic postgraduate research activities providing fields of study towards MPhil and PhD or MD degrees. There are currently 23 postgraduate research students in the department.

Staff and students work in diverse fields, including: epidemiology and statistics, health services research, behavioural science and medical sociology.

All research students are assigned two supervisors: a primary supervisor, who will be responsible for directing their research training, and a subsidiary supervisor, who is normally there to help assess progress, deal with any problems and provide for continuity of supervision in the event of the absence or departure of the principal supervisor. Where the area of research is cross-disciplinary, say in epidemiology and statistics, it may be appropriate to allocate two co-supervisors.

Research students are normally required to attend elements from appropriate MSc programmes during their first year. If existing training is considered insufficient at the point of application students will be requested to undertake an MSc prior to admission to the MPhil/PhD programme. In addition, the Graduate School provides a Skills Development Programme for all new research students.

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The department engenders an atmosphere in which all research students are supported and encouraged. Every student is provided with a desk and storage space within the department, together with access to full computing facilities. A local area network, with a computer manager in support, ensures access to relevant programmes that may be required. The Graduate Tutors, who are in charge of general arrangements and queries regarding graduates, are also available to lend a sympathetic ear if problems arise.

Students are encouraged to attend and participate in all seminars hosted by the department. Students are also encouraged to contribute to the Departmental and Staff-Student Consultative Committees, on both of which they are represented.

Outside the department, UCL provides a full network of support services, including the Health Centre, Counselling Service, Careers Service, International Office, Advisor's to Women Students and the Dean of Students. Details of these are given in the UCL Graduate School Prospectus.

We also run a PhD Support Group - If you have any queries please contact Nathan Davies.

 The main sources of funding for UK/EU applicants are studentships from the:

To find out about current studentships on offer within the Department, please visit our vacancies page here. You can also visit and where we regularly advertise our opportunities. 

We encourage our Research Associates already within the department to undergo their PhD part time within there Research Grant.

Further funding information can also be found here.

Overseas students are eligible to apply to a number of sources of funding, including The British Council, Commonwealth Scholarships and WHO Scholarships. In the majority of instances you must apply direct to the funding organisation and it is vital to make early enquiries (up to a year in advance).

There are three relevant research funding schemes:

Applications need to be submitted to the department (new date to be announced).  Late applications will not be considered. Students applying for these schemes must also complete a UCL applications for admission form in advance of submitting the scholarship application.

Please note that there is only one combined application procedure and application form for all three of these schemes, and applicants should submit only ONE application. Applicants will then be considered for any of the three awards for which they are eligible.

In all cases, the minimum level of academic achievement would be a First or Upper Second-class Honours degree, or a first degree supported by a Masters.

UCL Prospective Students

 See UCL Fees and Costs section for further information on fees 2012/13 or 2013/14.

The Graduate Tutors will need to assess whether there is the appropriate expertise within the Department to supervise a PhD in your area of interest, as well as the suitability of your academic background and writing skills.

If you'd like to apply, please send through the below details to Tim Curry.

  • Your current CV and short proposal (no more than two pages), which includes the following:

a. Background to your research area of interest.

b. Potential hypotheses or research questions to be addressed by the research.

c. Methods you wish to apply and study population.

d. How will this be funded?

e. Statistical methods and packages with which you are familiar.

After receiving your application Tim Curry will circulate this to the appropriate Supervisors.

If you feel that there is an individual Supervisor you believe will be more suited to your application please feel free to contact them directly.

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