Medicine MB PhD


The MB PhD is a six- or seven-year programme embedded in clinical medicine. Students undertake one year of clinical study with their contemporaries following their iBSc and then divert to a three- or four-year PhD, before returning to clinical study.

Research areas:

The research can be undertaken in any UCL laboratory or at the nearby Francis Crick Institute. Any area of bioscience can be studied.

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Visit the IRIS research portal to learn more about researchers' activities, research groups, research centres and interdisciplinary networks across the whole of UCL.

IRIS department: Div of Medicine


Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed pre-clinical medicine at a UK university, with a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree.

English level expected: Advanced

Application

Students should normally apply in the year prior to starting their clinical training; for most, this will be during their intercalated/integrated BSc. Please note: Current UCL students have the option of applying during UCL MBBS Year 4 (Integrated Clinical Care) to commence their PhD in the following September.

For instructions on how to apply please see UCL Medical School website.

Fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500 for MPhil/PhD component
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900 for MPhil/PhD component

Funding

Typically eight studentships per year including a £15,000 (approx.) stipend, UCL home-level fees, plus a contribution to laboratory costs.

Please see UCL Medical School website.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Career

Graduates will have skills in both clinical medicine and rigorous research. Graduates can have careers in academic medicine, in pure research, in the pharmaceutical industry, in finance, or in mainstream clinical medicine.


Employability

Students can expect to graduate not only with excellent clinical and diagnostic skills, but also with a proven track record in research, on which to launch a career in research-intensive medicine. The PhD phase offers experience in literature searching and assessment, experimental design and execution, writing, presentation and publication. There is a great deal of problem solving.

Networking

During the programme students meet many clinical and non-clinical academics. They are taught medicine by clinical academics, and are supervised by a spectrum of investigators. During the PhD there is the opportunity for travel to meetings, where links can be forged with overseas investigators and labs. The MB PhD programme itself embraces a cohort of young investigators of diverse interests, which leads to collaborations during the PhD time and afterwards.


Next steps

Contact

Ms Susan Beesley

T: +44 (0)20 7679 0886

Department

UCL Medical School

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Student View

"The UCL Graduate School provides a large selection of high-quality courses to support the graduate student. My PhD supervisors have been particularly supportive in providing me with networking opportunities and I have met some very interesting people."

Dr Emily Unwin

Degree: Medical Education MPhil

Student View

"Attending a prestigious dental graduate institute, being part of a world-class research project and performing at the Olympic Opening Ceremony can only happen here at UCL!"

Polly Pok-Lam Fung

Degree: PhD

Subject: Dentistry (Eastman Dental Institute), Faculty: Medical Sciences