MBPhD Programme



Programme overview

The MBPhD course at University College London was set up by Professors AW Segal and N Woolf in 1994. The aim of the programme was (and remains) to foster academically minded medical students who wish in the future to combine research with clinical medicine.

Early graduates are now Professors, research group leaders or consultants working all over the world, while more recent graduates are continuing specialist training or working as research fellows, contributing to medical science and improving patient health.

The UCL MBPhD is a tailor-made programme for budding young clinician-scientists, and students can expect to graduate with not only excellent clinical and diagnostic skills, but also with a track record in research on which to launch a career in academic medicine.

We are passionate here at University College London to encourage young inquisitive minds to enter early into a research career. The combination of being able to carry out a period of research as well as keep up clinical medicine is an ideal foundation for a career in clinical academia, which is both exciting and rewarding.

Clinical Teaching

  • Students are taught by clinical academics from the very start, so that they are exposed to potential role models from an early stage, some of whom supervise the students through their PhDs. Ensuring this delivery of high-quality training to students means that clinical training is in no way compromised. 
  • Bedside teaching continues to run for MBPhD students while they are immersed in their PhD's so they have constant contact with the clinical side of their degrees, and often is a source of perspective in their research lives.


  • Continuous one-to-one mentoring via the Programme Tutors is available throughout the years of the MBPhD, offering academic, clinical and pastoral support.


Preliminary enquiries should be directed to

Hard copies of our promotional booklet are available upon request from carolyn.cohen@ucl.ac.uk