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Epidemiology and Public Health MPhil/PhD

The aim of our PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health 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 multidisciplinary teams of world-leading academics.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

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

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) 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.

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

We are a friendly, thriving, multidisciplinary research department located in Central London. We work to further understand the factors that influence population health through vigorous research and the development of research methodology. Much of the work of the department focuses on health inequalities and the social determinants of health over the life course, ranging from childhood to old age.

Research areas

  • Health inequalities
  • Life course influences and healthy ageing
  • Quantitative research methods and medical and social statistics
  • Psychobiology
  • Dental public health
  • Health behaviour research

Funding

ESRC, MRC, MRC/ESRC, NIHR, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, Wellcome Trust, European Union and British Heart Foundation studentships have been secured in prior years.

Prospective research students should contact academic departments and research groups to enquire about further funded opportunities.

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.

Careers

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 Institutes.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Doctor, UCLH (2010)
  • Lecturer, Department of Dental Hygiene (2011)
  • Research Associate, National Heart Forum (2011)
  • Researcher, Statistics Norway (2012)
  • Researcher, UCL (2012)

Employability

The Institute offers world-class education and training. It manages many of the UK’s largest, most comprehensive longitudinal data sets, and evaluates strategies for the prevention and treatment of physical and mental ill-health. It carries out innovative work on behaviour change, 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.

Networking

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 do internships with relevant organisations where funding permits. Members of staff also collaborate closely with academics from leading institutions globally.

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.

Student / staff ratios › 285 staff › 176 taught students › 146 research students

Department: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

Degree reviews

Student review

"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 Kobayashi

Subject: Epidemiology and Public Health MPhil/PhD
Student review

"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 Herbec

Subject: Epidemiology and Public Health PhD

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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