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Child Health MPhil/PhD

Our PhD research programme provides excellent training, giving students comprehensive opportunities in fundamental and translational research of childhood health and disease. The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOSICH) is world-class, producing highly employable graduates with an ambitious and resilient outlook and experience in core research skills, collaboration and networking.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)


Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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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UCL GOS ICH pursues an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to the understanding, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of childhood diseases. Our research and educational portfolios cover a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to population health sciences, facilitating interdisciplinary work and allowing the flexibility for development of new areas of investigation. Our close relationship with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) means that much of our research and teaching is carried out jointly and is translationally relevant. Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

Research areas

  • Developmental Biology and Cancer
  • Developmental Neurosciences
  • Genetics and Genomics Medicine
  • Infection, Immunity, Inflammation
  • Population, Policy and Practice
  • Rare Diseases (cross-cutting Theme)
More information can be found on the department website: Child Health MPhil/PhD


A number of studentships are available for MPhil/PhD research including 4-6 eight funded by the Child Health Research PhD programme.

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


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.


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.


A modern research career is based on research skills and collaboration. Effective networking skills also greatly benefit students in their future careers. To instil these, students are supervised by internationally recognised and well-connected research leaders, and they 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 bachelors 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 successful 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. Examples of the diverse range of research projects currently available at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health can be found on the programme website.

Department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Student / staff numbers › 214 staff including 206 postdocs › 215 taught students › 170 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Student view

"I have taken part in several UCL/ICH open days and the annual UCL neuroscience symposium. I have also attended NIHR training days which I have access to as a part of my PhD funding. These have all given me valuable opportunities to meet other PhD students, researchers and clinicians both within my research area and across different ones."

Hanna Sakki

Child Health MPhil/PhD

Application and next steps


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.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit 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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