Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
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.
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.
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:
- Epidemiology and public health
- Primary care and population health
- Clinical trials, meta-analyses and epidemiological studies
- Evaluation of health care/population health interventions, services and systems
- Health informatics and use of new technologies in health and health care
- Health inequalities
- Behavioural science
- Life course influences and healthy ageing
- Quantitative and qualitative research
ESRC, MRC, MRC/ESRC, NIHR, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, Wellcome Trust, NIHR School of Primary Care, NIHR School of Public Health 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.
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.
The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care 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.
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?
The Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health is one of the leading departments in Primary Care worldwide and offers a wide range of opportunities and excellent support structure for our research students. We emphasise multidisciplinary working, and students work closely with experts from across a wide range of backgrounds to gain new skills and expertise. We have a large portfolio of ongoing research in health and related disciplines, which students can join. We have a very strong peer support network of current PhD students and provide early careers development to help all of our students progress onwards to successful careers in their chosen field.
Student / staff ratios › 285 staff › 176 taught students › 146 research students
Department: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
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.
Who can apply?
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now