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Degree types

Qualifications and modes of study

We offer a variety of degree programmes which include the opportunity to undertake substantial, in-depth research and make an original contribution to your chosen field. 

Research programmes may start at any time of the year, but typically begin in September. Most programmes are available to study on either a full-time or a part-time basis, and students will be expected to centre their academic activities around UCL, attending meetings as required by their supervisors (although it is possible to register as a non-resident MPhil/PhD student).

Doctor of Philosophy – PhD / Master of Philosophy – MPhil

PhD study is offered in all UCL’s academic units. Students are required initially to register for the MPhil qualification and upgrade after one year. The MPhil/PhD programme normally lasts for three years full-time or five years part-time, with a possible additional year for writing up, although some are offered on a four-year full-time basis. It is also possible to register with the intention of graduating with the MPhil degree. UCL hosts a large number of prestigious, UK government funded, Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across a variety of disciplines. Programmes are funded for four years. The first year includes taught elements for developing research and transferable skills as well as a research element to explore potential PhD-level topics. For a list of the centres, see Centres for Doctoral Training.

Doctor in Education – EdD

The programme aims to foster professional development through research as well as meeting the requirements of rigour and originality expected of a doctorate. It includes assessed taught courses, research-focused workshops and supervised original research. The student cohort provides an important element of the programme. From the start you will work with a specialist supervisor in one of the UCL Institute of Education's academic departments to begin to develop research in a field of your choice related to your professional interests. This programme has a UK focus.

Doctor in Educational Psychology – DEdPsy

This three-year programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the British Psychological Society and will enable you to practice as a chartered educational psychologist (EP). The programme generates high-level research expertise and an understanding of the role of EPs as applied psychologists working in education. It introduces Trainee EPs to the most recent developments in educational psychology, professionalism and practice.

Doctor in Engineering – EngD

This is a four-year programme, developed to provide business and technical expertise in conjunction with doctoral-level research skills. Students carry out an industrial research project within a company as part of the programme. EngD programmes are normally only available on a full-time basis.

Doctor of Public Administration – DPA

This is a four-year programme (full-time, with an option for six years part-time), which deploys sound cross-disciplinary methods into real-world policy settings and provides doctoral-level research skills. Students carry out a research project within a policy-oriented organisation as part of the programme.

Doctor of Medicine (Research) – MD(Res)

This programme is aimed specifically at clinical practitioners who wish to undertake a piece of supervised research associated with their employment. Students must be registered for a minimum of two calendar years (either full-time or part-time) before submitting a thesis for examination.

Professional Doctorates

Professional Doctorates are offered within the Faculties of Brain Sciences and Medical Sciences. These programmes provide an education at an intellectual level equivalent to that of a PhD. In addition to the research component and thesis, they include elements of a practical, work-related and professional nature, as well as taught components assessed by coursework.

Professional Doctorates normally last for three years full-time, although this may vary for individual programmes and a part-time study option may be available; please check with the relevant department.

Master in Philosophical Studies – MPhil Stud

This two-year, full-time research degree, offered by the Department of Philosophy, includes a significant taught component and is the standard route for entry for a PhD in the department.