Division of Medical Education MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Assessment
  • Communication skills
  • E-learning
  • Equality and diversity in medical education
  • Fitness to practise of doctors
  • Interprofessional education
  • Peer-assisted learning
  • Professional identity
  • Selection
  • Transitions
  • Work-based learning.

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IRIS department: UCL Medical School

Entry requirements

A primary medical qualification and Master’s level study, preferably in the field of education or medical education, from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450

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


A PhD in medical education prepares graduates for a substantive future career as an educational researcher. Whilst many clinical practitioners will continue to practice in healthcare this award carries with it the opportunity to develop an academic role either in undergraduate or postgraduate education.


Many former students and clinical practitioners have continued to practise in healthcare whilst playing a significant role in local education programmes.

One former (non-clinical) PhD student remained in the department and was successful in securing a lectureship in Medical Education and now plays an important part in the curriculum design of the undergraduate MBBS programme.


Each year UCL Medical School hosts a Medical Education conference in which research students are encouraged to run workshops and take the opportunity to network with medical educationalists from the UK and internationally who come to share examples of good practice and their own research findings. Academics and research students are also encouraged to attend local, national and international medical education conferences, such as the annual Association of Medical Education in Europe Conference. Researchers are often involved in the teaching of taught undergraduate and graduate programmes at UCL.

Next steps


Dr Ann Griffin

T: +44 (0)20 7288 3157


Division of Medical Education

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Prospectus subject

Medical Education

Faculty overview

Medical Sciences


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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

Staff View

"In addition to UCL and UCL Hospitals, London in general has all you need in terms of basic science and resources as well as clinical oncologists that want to team up with basic scientists to develop potent translational programs in cancer, autoimmunity, genetic diseases and so on."

Dr Sergio Quezada

Group Leader

Subject: Cancer Institute, Faculty: Medical Sciences