UCL Institute for Liver & Digestive Health



The UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health offers numerous postgraduate training courses throughout the year at University College Hospital and The Royal Free Hospital. 

Clinical and Research Fellows

Hepatology at the Royal Free Hospital has a long tradition in hosting and training clinical and research fellows from all over the world. This tradition continues to-date and we take pride in the fellows that have trained at this hospital.

Each year we advertise two senior clinical posts for a fixed period of twelve months. These posts are fully funded, are mainly orientated to clinical training and are available through competitive interview.

We also welcome fully self-funded clinical and research fellows for clinical or basic research provided they are eligible for GMC registration. The ideal period of stay is one year to ensure the completion of a research project and academic output; however, we also consider shorter durations of stay.

The candidates will be allocated to a principal investigator depending on their research interest, or alternatively can choose the principal investigator they are interested in collaborating with.

For further information, please contact Dr Emmanuel Tsochatzis 

Applied Medical Sciences BSc and MSc

The course is directed within the Division of Medicine by Professor Kevin Moore and Dr David Spratt and aims to equip scientists with a strong knowledge of clinical medicine and the ability to develop scientific ideas into clinical concepts and enhance the translation of science into medicine.

This fusion of basic and clinical science will enable graduates to work at the highest levels in biomedical research, the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, clinical trials and hospital management.  Students will be exposed to a variety of different disciplines in Year 1, with one month work experience in Year 3; students will be able develop a course which suits their needs and talents and to pursue a variety of avenues of scientific learning.

This course will generate graduates who are innovative and inventive, and who can enable scientific discoveries to make a difference in medicine. Our graduates will lead Clinical Science in the future. 

iBSc in Clinical Sciences

The course is directed by Marsha Morgan and designed to develop the student’s interest, knowledge and understanding of clinical science and its application to medicine.

The course offers an insight into state-of-the-art biomedical science, including exposure to leading research scientists, research methodology, the translation of basic science research into novel therapies for human disease, and the philosophy, governance and social implications of health research. 

The course includes basic training on clinical examination, history taking and clinical skills. All students are required to undertake an original research project. 

Marsha Morgan the Director and Senior Tutor of an Intercalated BSc in Clinical Sciences.  She devised, and developed this course in its entirety and brought it on line in 2006.  It aims to develop the students’ interest in and knowledge and understanding of clinical science and to foster the development of intellectually trained individuals equipped with the interest and understanding necessary to pursue, if desired, a career in academic medicine.

Marsha Morgan - UCL Awards

•    Recognition for Educational Excellence 2006
•    Excellence in Medical Education/David Jordan Award 2011

Clinical and Public Health Nutrition & Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition MSc

The Centre for Gastroenterology & Nutrition runs two MSc programmes.  The programmes are holistic and cover the complete spectrum of disordered eating. Malnutrition, over-nutrition and under-nutrition, accounts for excess health costs of £10 billion each year in the United Kingdom alone. Obesity contributes significantly to the risk of stroke, hypertension, heart attack and diabetes, in addition to the emerging risks from non-alcoholic fatty-liver disease.

In contrast, disease-related malnutrition is less well publicized, it is estimated to occur in one tenth of the United Kingdom population. It has high incidence in older people living in care settings and can affect nearly a half of hospital patients.  Eating disorders carry the highest mortality rate of the major psychiatric conditions.

These problems are international, and inflict a major health burden on most developed nations as well as those undergoing rapid transformation. We have developed these programmes to analyse these contrasting situations in a unified manner by combining the disciplines of Clinical Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition and Psychiatry.

The MSc programmes are open to students with a background in medicine, nursing, dietetics, pharmacy, nutrition and biomedical science. The courses offer specialized training by recognized experts in the clinical and scientific basis of under- and over-nutrition, and therapeutic approaches to this in the hospital, community and an educational setting. 

This MSc is particularly suitable for candidates who wish to pursue a life-long career in translational research; in the practice of nutrition therapy; in the health services of the UK or other countries; or in the clinical nutrition industry.

Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc
Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition MSc

Brian Power is Nutrition Lecturer in the Institute for Liver & Digestive Health