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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


Ms Susan Beesley

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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

Alumni View

"UCL and the UCL Cancer Institute gave me the opportunity to meet and keep contact with important and established people in my field of interest, both in academia and industry. I also had the chance to meet invited scientists from the UK and other universities around the world."

Dimitra Georgopoulou

PhD, 2010

Subject: Cancer Institute, Faculty: Medical Sciences