The MBPhD Programme at UCL is a course designed for students who
aim at a clinical career that embodies a substantial research component. Such individuals might work in university
(‘academic’) medicine, or in clinical medicine aimed at development of new
styles of investigation or management of patients, or in the pharmaceutical
industry, or public health planning of medical services, or even in financial
services aimed at funding of clinically-related commercial ventures.
Students are recruited from UK Medical Schools in the BSc year. The course starts in September after completion of the BSc. Students will enter the clinical part of the MBBS programme (Year 4: Integrated Clinical Care) with their contemporaries, following their iBSc. After completion of MBBS Year 4, MBPhD students will divert to research studies for a period of three or four years. During the PhD, a regular clinical teaching programme keeps students’ clinical skills and knowledge up-to-date. Re-entry into the MBBS for the two remaining years is contingent on submission of the PhD.
After this, the student embarks on the PhD at a chosen lab at either UCL, the labs of Cancer Research UK, or the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill. During the PhD there is continuing clinical teaching.
The student returns to clinical studies after submitting the PhD and spends a further two years on the wards before graduating with an MBPhD qualification.