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Child Health MPhil/PhD

Our PhD research programme provides excellent training, giving students comprehensive research opportunities in children's fundamental and translational research. ICH is a world-class Institute, producing highly employable graduates, with modern attitudes and experience in core research skills, collaboration and networking. Successful careers in academia, medicine and industry can therefore be expected.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Application deadlines

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.

Entry Requirements

Science graduates must have a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Clinical candidates must have a registerable qualification appropriate to the programme to be followed in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Studies.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Overview

The Institute has new academic research programmes and these provide very broad opportunities to study with world-class experts in the following research areas.

Research areas

  • Developmental Biology and Cancer
  • Developmental Neurosciences
  • Genetics and Genomics Medicine
  • Infection, Immunity, Inflammation and Physiological Medicine
  • Population, Policy and Practice
  • Rare Diseases (cross-cutting Theme)

Funding

A number of studentships are available for MPhil/PhD research including up to eight funded by the Child Health Research PhD programme.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Child Health Research PhD Studentships

Value:
UK/EU fees plus stipend ()
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

Non-clinical PhD graduates typically move on to grant-funded postdoctoral research fellowships either at UCL or other national or international institutions. Clinical PhD graduates usually go on to complete their clinical and/or research training, and many progress on to successful academic clinical careers.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Research Associate, King's College London (2011)
  • Scientist, Astra Zeneca (2012)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge (2011)
  • Clinical Research Fellow, UCL (2011)
  • Ophthalmologist , NHS Guy's & St. Thomas Hospital (2012)

Employability

Our programmes produce highly employable graduates, over 80% of whom enter the workforce immediately, thanks in part to the prestige accorded to the institute by employers. Students are trained to the highest research standards and benefit significantly from the UCL skills training programme.

Networking

A modern research career is based on research skills, collaboration and effective networking. Networking skills in particular will greatly benefit students in their careers. Students are supervised by internationally recognised and well-connected research leaders, and they are also expected to attend national and international conferences where networking is developed with peers and research leaders in academia, medicine and the private sector.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Child Health Research PhD programme aims to provide training to PhD level for very promising students with a first class honours or upper second class degree. Our aim is to build capacity in children's fundamental and translational research for the decades to come. We have a range of opportunities for study and a particularly strong support structure for students and supervisors. A wide range of projects are available for prospective PhD students who are either self-funding or who can secure sponsorship for 3-4 years. A demonstration of the diverse range of research projects which are currently available at the Institute of Child Health can be found on the programme website.

Student / staff ratios › 370 staff › 198 taught students › 165 research students

Department: Institute of Child Health

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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