UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health



Departmental Postgraduate Tutor: Professor Claire Thorne


The purpose of the MD(Res) programme is to provide training to PhD level for promising students with a first class honours or upper second class degree. Our aim is to build capacity in children's fundamental and translational research for the decades to come. We have a range of opportunities for study and a strong support network for students and supervisors. The programme covers all aspects of child health research, as follows:

The great strength of UCL's research has recently been reaffirmed in REF 2014. ICH was part of a UCL return to the Clinical Medicine sub-panel 1, and Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care sub-panel 2 (Main Panel A). In both sub-panels, 80% of UCL's research was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent.  In assessment of research power, UCL's performance was top in the UK for sub-panel 1 and was second in the UK for sub-panel 2.

The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health operates a PhD studentship scheme where applications are invited from high calibre students who wish to pursue a career in research. The studentships are funded for 3 years and an extensive and varied portfolio of projects is made available to students to choose from. The scheme is advertised in early November each year and provides a stipend equivalent to that of the Medical Research Council (MRC). For details of the scheme, please see 'PhD Studentships'


The MD(Res) degree is also awarded on the basis of a research thesis and the minimum length of registration is 2 years of full-time or part-time study.

Suitable subjects for an MD(Res) thesis are available in most academic units.

UCL's MD(Res) regulations permit medical graduates from other universities to register for these higher medical degrees subject to certain conditions.

Arrangements similar to those for MPhil/PhD apply to those registering for MD(Res) degrees.

Progress is reviewed annually in the same way as for MPhil/PhD students and continuing registration is dependent upon satisfactory progress.



Clinicians who have obtained the MB,BS degrees of the University of London or some other registerable primary qualification in Medicine and who are eligible for full registration or hold limited registration with the General Medical Council (GMC).

  • UCL fee schedules (see Postgraduate Research, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Faculty of Population Health Sciences)

Fees are payable per annum in advance and are reviewed annually.


A modern research career is based on core research skills, collaboration and networking. Students who gain networking skills early on can benefit greatly in their careers in academia and in the private sector. Students are supervised by internationally-recognised research leaders, and are encouraged to attend local, national and international conferences which provide opportunities to network with peers and research leaders. Many research teams have close links with industry and/or GOSH and the wider NHS.

Our programmes produce highly employable graduates, over 80% of whom
enter the workforce immediately, thanks to the prestige accorded to the
Institute by employers. Students are trained to the highest research
standards, and benefit from the UCL skills training programme.


To be registered for a research degree, candidates will normally be expected to have obtained an upper second or first class honours degree or equivalent. In addition, registrable qualifications in medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences from a UK university or an equivalent qualification from an overseas university. Certain professional qualifications approved by UCL also allow for qualifying examinations to be set in certain circumstances.

Country specific information on the acceptability of international qualifications for admission to UCL is available on the UCL website.

Applicants must meet UCL's English Language requirement as set out under 'Information for Prospective Students'.

The following application forms should be completed:

  1. UCL Graduate form - Online application

  2. Complete and email to stella.fusco@ucl.ac.uk.  This form cannot be processed unless an online UCL graduate application form has been submitted (see 1 above).

Closing dates

Registration for a research degree can be with effect from the first day of any calendar month.  Please note that the UCL Admissions Office do not allow backdating of registration dates.

Information on potential sources of funding can be found on the