Institute for Global Health


Research Degrees

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MPhil/PhD research in IGH is varied and may have an international dimension, including field work carried out abroad, setting up a study within the UK, or using data from existing studies working with the respective IGH-based Principal Investigator. The programme lasts three years, if taken full-time, or five years if part-time. Students, with help from their supervisors, finalise their research proposal during the first year, informed by the current literature and practice. It may also require collection of preliminary data, pilot questionnaires etc.The MPhil/PhD programmes we offer at the Institute for Global Health are relevant to a variety of disciplines relevant to global health. Our programmes aim to provide interesting, challenging and excellent training for exceptional students so that they may successfully pursue careers in research, medicine, health services, laboratory science, policy, or public health. Students are initially registered for an MPhil, upgrading to a PhD, subject to satisfactory academic progress. For a successful upgrade to PhD, the student must prepare a written report, give an oral presentation and pass an oral examination.

Both MPhil and PhD students investigate a relatively narrow topic but may be examined on a broad field of study. Where students need to spend periods of time collecting data from overseas, that will contribute directly to their thesis, they may do so provided their study leave plans are approved in advance.

All MPhil/PhD students are expected to undertake 10 days of generic skills training each year over their three year programme, which is logged and audited electronically. This will include, for example, courses on research design and statistics, ethical and legal issues, presentation skills, thesis production and career planning.

Science graduates must have a good first degree (2:1 or better) or equivalent.

A clinical candidate must have a registrable qualification appropriate to the programme to be followed awarded by a UK university or a university outside the UK in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Studies.

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Further information on our research areas and finding a supervisor can be found here or you can download our printable leaflet here.


Global Health MPhil/PhD

Guidance on how to contact potential supervisors

Guidance on writing a project proposal

Information on PhD fees, costs and funding

Information about scholarships and bursaries

Details on qualification and English language requirements

UCL Graduate Prospectus

Degree Topics

Below are the research degree topics from current students:

Several of our PhD students are based within the Health Protection Research Unit in Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

How to Apply

Information about studentships can be found on the UCL scholarships and funding website.

If you would like to apply to undertake a postgraduate research degree at IGH, please submit a formal online application to UCL for consideration. This must include a 3-4 page research proposal. The Departmental Graduate Tutor will need to assess whether there is the appropriate expertise within IGH to supervise your project, as well as the suitability of your academic background and writing skills. Your chances of being considered are greatly increased if you identify a suitable supervisor within your application. Please read this document carefully before making an enquiry or applying.

In your application (and any enquiry) please provide clear details about your funding status. If funding is not in place, be clear about your plans for funding applications and any timelines involved in knowing the outcome of these. Please also state if your proposed study plan includes periods of time spent overseas collecting study data (you should consult UCL's study leave regulations prior to setting out your study plan).

For your information, please see the UCL website for information on tuition fees and living expenses whilst in London.

You should also check the general entry requirements for Graduate Research Programmes, Information by Country, where applicable.  

For English language requirements, please also see the English Language Requirements page. Once we have received your application, we will be in contact as soon as possible to let you know the outcome.

In the meantime, if you have any queries not addressed here please contact Lydia Clinton, our Teaching Administrator.