UCL Division of Psychiatry offers an exciting range of possible PhD supervisors for students to gain the skills they will need for a career in most areas of mental health research - from bench and biology to neuroscience, psychology and applied clinical research. Please read more about our supervisors and projects on our website.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £5,060 (FT) £2,530 (PT)
- £23,540 (FT) £11,760 (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 recognised medical qualification from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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We work across psychosis, dementia and common mental disorders. Our research focuses on the psychology, biological and genetic basis and predictors of mental health. We develop and test interventions to improve people's mental health outcomes, including medical, psychological, and social interventions and their application to policy and healthcare systems, both in the UK and across the world.
Staff in the department work in three thematic research groups:
- Common mental disorders
- Dementia and disorders of old age
Each theme covers research across the whole range of methods. Our expertise covers the full range of mental health sciences research including biological psychiatry, neuroimaging, psychiatric genetics, epidemiology, health services research (including quantitative and qualitative methods), social psychiatry and clinical trials.
It extends to psychiatric genetics – covering schizophrenia, dementia, alcohol dependence and affective disorders – to psychiatric epidemiology, and to common mental disorders, psychosis and the mental health of older people, including dementia research.
Recent graduates have taken up academic posts in UK universities and others have progressed to senior clinical positions in NHS Trusts.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Clinical Fellow in Urology, Southmead Hospital (NHS)
- Neurosurgeon, St George's Hospital (NHS)
- Clinical Research Associate, Hatter Cardiovascular Institute (NHS)
- Clinical Research Fellow, The Royal London Hospital (NHS)
- Psychiatrist, University of Oxford
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 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Division of Psychiatry delivers a wide spectrum of research in mental health sciences, with world-leading research outputs and a friendly, collaborative environment.
The UK government's recent six-year evaluation of research in UK universities, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) showed UCL as the top-ranked university for research in psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience. The REF judged 51% of UCL's research in psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience as world-leading (4*) and 32% as internationally excellent (3*). UCL is also the top-rated university in the UK for research strength.
The division occupies a brand new building on the central London campus.
Department: Division of Psychiatry
Student / staff numbers
› 110 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: Division of Psychiatry
83% 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.
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.
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.
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