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Mental Health Sciences MPhil/PhD

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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

UK/EU:
£4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
Overseas:
£22,180 (FT) £11,090 (PT)

Application dates

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 recognised medical qualification, or a Master’s degree, or a minimum of an upper-second class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university, 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 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.

Research areas

Staff in the department work in three thematic research groups:
  • Common mental disorders
  • Dementia and disorders of old age
  • Psychosis.
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.

Funding

All funding opportunities are advertised on the departmental website.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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.

SLMS Student Conference Fund

Value:
(1)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

Recent graduates have taken up academic posts in UK universities and others have progressed to senior clinical positions in NHS Trusts.

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.

Student / staff ratios › 110 staff › 90 taught students › 40 research students

Department: Division of Psychiatry

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

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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