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Degree types

We offer a variety of programmes for you to undertake substantial, in-depth research and make an original contribution to your chosen field.

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 (it is also possible to register with the intention of graduating with the MPhil degree). The MPhil/PhD programme normally lasts for three years full-time or five years part-time, although some are offered on a four-year full-time basis.

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 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 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.