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Primary Care and Population Health MPhil/PhD

We offer a range of exciting opportunities in a multidisciplinary department with experts from medicine, psychology, epidemiology, public health, sociology, statistics and clinical trials. Our students are supported to gain a wealth of skills, experience and networking opportunities that are relevant for a wide range of future careers, both within academia and more widely in healthcare, industry and governmental sectors.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

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

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.

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

Our PhD students join experienced teams working in one of our eight research themes, including: mental health, ageing, eHealth, cardiovascular epidemiology, electronic healthcare data, medical education, research methodology (including statistics and health economics) and primary care/mental health clinical trials (PRIMENT CTU). We support full-time and part-time PhD studentships in these areas using qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Research areas

  • 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

Funding

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.

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 Institutes.

Employability

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.

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 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

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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