Each PhD student joins a research group headed by a member of the Academic Staff, who serves as their Primary Supervisor. A research group might comprise other postgraduate and undergraduate research students, technicians, postdoctoral researchers, and research fellows, all of whom interact and work closely together on their research. PhD students also form broader academic connections through their Secondary and Tertiary supervisors, by attending GEE research seminars, by presenting at the Friday student/postdoc seminar series and the annual Graduate Symposium, by contributing to undergraduate teaching, and by participating in social events like the Monday departmental coffee meetings. GEE provides a friendly collegiate environment, supporting all its members, and nurturing outstanding research.
Funding your PhD
The chart on the right shows that our PhD students are funded in many different ways. The costs of a PhD include the tuition fees that UCL charges, the costs of the research itself, and the costs of living in London. Some funding sources, such the UKRI doctoral training programs (DTPs), cover all these costs; others do not, and will need to be supplemented by other sources. We will always try to help prospective students find and access funding sources.
What’s it like to do a PhD?
Instead of learning things that are already well known, PhD students discover things that were previously unknown. So a PhD is less structured and less predictable than other academic qualifications. PhD students are often the most active and productive people in their research group, and we value them highly.
This gives details of the support you will receive and the milestones you will pass during your PhD journey. GEE Thesis Committees comprise your primary supervisor, your secondary supervisor, and your tertiary supervisor, who usually acts as the committee chair. Each student upgrades from MPhil to PhD status after 12-18 months if approved by their Committee, and must submit their thesis after 3-4 years (5 years if part-time).
The UCL Doctoral Skills Development Programme (UCL DocSkills) is designed to help you to expand your research and transferable skills in order to support your research, professional development and employability.
PhD students are part of a friendly, fair, and respectful GEE community. GEE embraces diversity and inclusion.