The aim of our Epidemiology and Public Health PhD is to equip the next generation of epidemiologists with the tools to further scientific knowledge regarding the determinants of population health. Students are supported to learn new skills and broaden their professional networks by multi-disciplinary teams of world-leading academics.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £5,085 (FT) £2,620 (PT)
- £22,850 (FT) £11,420 (PT)
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.
A Master’s degree (preferably with a merit or distinction) in a relevant discipline from a UK university and a good Bachelor’s degree (first or upper-second class) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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.
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.
Select your country:
- Health inequalities
- Life course influences and healthy ageing
- Quantitative research methods and medical and social statistics
- Dental public health
- Health behaviour research
- Applied health research
The following studentships have been received in previous years: ESRC, MRC, MRC/ESRC, NIHR, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, Wellcome Trust, European Union and British Heart Foundation.
Prospective research students should contact academic departments and research groups to enquire about further funded opportunities.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Students graduating in the last three years have secured employment in local and central government, NHS trusts and hospitals, clinical trial units and Public Health England (previously known as Health Protection Agency), as well as research posts at UCL and other higher education institutions.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Researcher, School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley
- Public Health Consultant, Surrey County Council
- Policy Manager, NHS Alliance
- Researcher, MRC Clinical Trials Unit
The institute offers world-class education and training. It manages many of the UK’s largest, most comprehensive longitudinal datasets, and evaluates strategies for the prevention and treatment of physical and mental ill health. It carries out innovative work on behaviour change, and on the practice of primary care as well as leading applied health and health policy research.
The institute produces graduates with the skills and knowledge sought after by government departments and public sector organisations worldwide, as well as leading academic institutions.
The institute’s research departments collaborate with third sector and governmental organisations, as well as members of the media, both nationally and internationally to ensure the highest possible impact of their work beyond the academic community. Students are encouraged to take up internships with relevant organisations where funding permits. Members of staff also collaborate closely with academics from leading institutions globally.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This MPhil/PhD programme, within the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, provides students with an opportunity to develop their research skills within a research department which is internationally recognised as a world leader in social epidemiology and population health.
The UK is widely recognised as a world-leader in large, longitudinal cohort and panel studies, many of which are housed within our research departments.
Students are supported by supervisory panels of truly multidisciplinary staff, as well as student mentors, and two departmental graduate tutors, and they are encouraged to participate in our annual student-led conference, student poster competition and seminars.
Department: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
Student / staff numbers
› 142 staff
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
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: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
81% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"Through my supervisors at UCL, I have had the opportunity to analyse data and co-author papers with a leading American research group in my field."
Lindsay KobayashiEpidemiology and Public Health MPhil/PhD
"The key strength of my graduate programme is broad training in key methodological and theoretical issues in public health. In my first year of a 4-year PhD programme, funded by British Heart Foundation, I have had a chance to work within three research groups, which involved training in epidemiology of alcohol and obesity, design and evaluation of smoking cessation inteventions, and finally, identification of vascular risk factors for cognitive decline. Additionally, I was very impressed and greatly benefited from attending advanced statistical courses, and relevant MSc lectures. Finally, as a PhD student I am offered the flexibility and support in intitiating research collaborations with private and public institutions, which will be crucial for completion of my PhD project. "
Aleksandra HerbecEpidemiology and Public Health 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.