Entry requirements (research programmes)

UCL's minimum entry requirements for graduate research programmes are given below.

All prospective applicants are welcome to contact the academic departments to discuss their potential application. Research applicants are particularly encouraged to speak with departments regarding areas of interest and potential supervisors. You are strongly advised to read the research application guidelines.

Please ensure that you have checked the academic and, if appropriate, English language entry requirements for the programme you wish to study before submitting your application. Please also be mindful of any application or funding deadline that might govern your application submission date.


Entry requirements vary, but will normally be a first or upper-second class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institution, or a recognised taught Master’s degree.

As described in the degree types section, students register for the MPhil degree in the first instance and, subject to satisfactory progression, transfer to the PhD degree in the second year of research.


Applicants should hold a registered primary qualification in Medicine (e.g. MBBS), and be eligible for full registration or hold limited registration with the General Medical Council (GMC). Applicants are normally hospital clinicians undertaking research associated with their employment.

Other applicants wishing to pursue clinical research should apply for MPhil/PhD admission.

Professional Doctorates

A UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject (obtained after a programme of study extending over not less than three years), awarded with upper second-class Honours or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Professional doctorates currently taught at UCL include:

  • Child and Educational Psychology (DECPsy)
  • Clinical Communication Science (Doctorate)
  • Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
  • Dentistry (DDent)
  • Educational and Child Psychotherapy (DEdPsy)
  • Paediatric Dentistry (DDent)
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics (Doc Orth)

English language proficiency requirements

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied. A guide to UCL's English language proficiency requirements can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply/english-language. The English language proficiency requirements for each programme can be found on the relevant programme page in this Prospectus.