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Epidemiology and Public Health MPhil/PhD

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

UK/EU:
£5,085 (FT) £2,620 (PT)
Overseas:
£22,850 (FT) £11,420 (PT)

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

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.

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 of Epidemiology and Health Care brings together five research departments whose interests span the life course from childhood to old age, and research from the origins of disease to the development of innovative interventions. The diversity of expertise in the institute ensures that it provides a vibrant environment in which to develop skills, supporting careers in a wide range of national and international settings. The broad objectives are: understanding the determinants of health and disease in populations and in patients in clinical settings; evaluating strategies for preventing and treating illness; carrying out innovative work on behaviour change and on the practice of primary care; developing and implementing new technologies in population health; and applied health and health policy research.

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
  • Applied health research
More information can be found on the department website: Epidemiology and Public Health MPhil/PhD

Funding

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.

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 institutions.

Top 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

Employability

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.

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 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 including 128 postdocs › 77 taught students › 142 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: 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

Student view

"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

Epidemiology and Public Health MPhil/PhD
Student view

"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

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.

Application deadlines

We accept research degree applications throughout the year. Please note: essential information about the application process can be found on the departmental website.


For more information see our Applications page.

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