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Global Health MPhil/PhD

Our MPhil/PhD programme offers opportunities to students from a range of backgrounds to explore topics within a broad global health agenda. The programme aims to equip students for the diversity and demands of a career in global health.

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

Candidates require a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A relevant Master’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution is desirable.

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.

Select your country:

Overview

Our multidisciplinary team can support students wanting to conduct research in a wide range of topics (see below) and using different methodologies. We are especially interested in students who will collect data in a low- or middle-income country and we welcome students with good, original ideas for a PhD project.

Research areas

  • Adolescent Health
  • Child Healthand Development
  • Climate Change and the Environment
  • Economics of Global Health & Development
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Newborn Health
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Nutrition
  • Population & Family Planning
  • Quality of Care
  • Urban Health
  • Disability
  • Women's & Reproductive Health

Funding

Several studentships are available for MPhil/PhD research funded by the Child Health Research PhD programme.

African Graduate Scholarship

Value:
Variable
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
The candidate must be an African national and a permanent resident of an African nation. The scheme offers a substantial scholarship towards UCL tuition fees, accommodation and some living costs. The candidate must also be able to provide evidence that he/she has secured other sources of funding for traveling to and from the UK.

IGH Postgraduate Bursaries

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibility: Home/EU applicants who have an unconditional or conditional offer to study the MSc in Global Health and Development, including the TropEd route, full time or modular/flexible.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

PhD students enter a range of careers, from academia (post-doctoral studies) to research or policy in governmental and non-governmental organisations

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Research Associate, King's College London (2011)
  • Researcher and Lecturer, University of Geneva (2011)
  • Management Training Programme, HSBC (2010)
  • Technical Officer, Options UK Consultancy (2013)
  • Lecturer, University of Liverpool (2013)

Employability

UCL’s Institute for Global Health offers a unique environment for cross-disciplinary study as well as the opportunity to engage with peers and staff with professional experience in many different domains of global health, including research, programme management, policy and advocacy. This exposure and the innovative and many-sided approach global health PhDs are able to take to the complex problems they are tackling will foster skills and contacts useful for your future career.

Networking

PhD students will have access to the extensive international network of opportunities which has been developed by IGH staff.

Students will also become part of a new network of PhD students in global health from across UCL.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The research degree programme at the Institute for Global Health (IGH) aims to provide excellent, interesting, challenging training for exceptional students so that they may successfully pursue careers in research, training, medicine, child health or public health. MPhil/PhD research in the IGH normally has an international dimension, often with field work carried out abroad. This may require travel to the study site to collect preliminary data. The IGH also runs a seminar programme, which on a weekly basis provides an opportunity for our research community to meet and share experiences and ideas through presentations.

Student / staff ratios › 33 staff › 84 taught students › 10 research students

Department: Institute for Global 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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