Entry requirements

Entry requirements

UCL's minimum entry requirements for graduate research programmes are given below.

Research applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with departments regarding areas of interest and potential supervisors. You are strongly advised to read the research application guidelines.

Please ensure that you have checked the academic and, if appropriate, English language entry requirements for the programme you wish to study before submitting your application. Please also be mindful of any application or funding deadline that might govern your application submission date.


Entry requirements vary between academic departments and research centres. However, research applicants will normally be required to hold a first or upper-second class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or a recognised taught Master’s degree. Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institution are also accepted.


Applicants should hold a registered primary qualification in Medicine (e.g. MBBS), and be eligible for full registration or hold limited registration with the General Medical Council (GMC). Applicants are normally hospital clinicians undertaking research associated with their employment.

Other applicants wishing to pursue clinical research should apply for MPhil/PhD admission.

Professional Doctorates

A UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject (obtained after a programme of study extending over not less than three years), awarded with upper second-class Honours or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Professional doctorates currently taught at UCL include:

  • Child and Educational Psychology (DECPsy)
  • Clinical Communication Science (Doctorate)
  • Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
  • Dentistry (DDent)
  • Educational and Child Psychotherapy (DEdPsy)
  • Paediatric Dentistry (DDent)
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics (Doc Orth)