MBPhD Programme


Essential Information for Current Students

The information provided below is regularly updated, please ensure you visit this site regularly to ensure you are aware of the latest changes. 

If you have any questions or would like to suggest items to be added to these pages, please contact the MBPhD Programme Administrator: Carolyn Cohen (carolyn.cohen@ucl.ac.uk)

Careers & Foundation Training

Contact details and information for Careers and Foundation Training are available on the Medical School's website

An alternative resource is the SLMS Academic Careers Office.  The ACO promotes, supports and develops all aspects of academic and clinical academic careers in the School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS).

Clinical Teaching Programme

Full details and doodle bookings are sent via email.


  1. Monday (alternate weeks ) 0800 – MBPhD Journal club (Rayne Building and online via Teams)
  2. Monday (weekly) 1330 - Renal OP Clinic, Prof Burns (RFH) - attend 1-2 per year
  3. Tuesdays (2nd and 4th Tuedays of the month) 0930 - Young adult renal clinic, Dr Pepper - attend 1 per year
  4. Saturday and Sunday (weekly) 0800 - Attachment to AMU, UCLH - attend 2 per year. 


Cordwainers Prize

The Cordwainers' Prize for the Best MBPhD Thesis Of The Year

The Royal Free Hospital was founded by one William Marsden, at one time the Master of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers. The Company has maintained a strong link with the hospital ever since and has now generously donated a prize for the best PhD thesis presented by an MBPhD student.

  • The prize will consist of a cheque for £1000.
  • The award is open only to MBPhD students at UCL.
  • All students submitting a thesis during the academic year prior to the date of the selection panel and thesis presentation event (eg Sep 2018 - Aug 2019 for the event held Jan 2020) are eligible to apply. 
  • Applying students are expected to:

1. Submit one hard copy of the thesis

2. Submit copies of papers and abstracts published, in press and submitted

3. Submit a one page summary of the research work, outlining the scientific contribution that has been made

4. Present their thesis to the selection panel in January

  • The theses will be examined by a distinguished clinical scientist panel, chosen by the MBPhD management committee.
  • The thesis will be judged on the following grounds:

1. The timeliness of its submission

2. Its contribution to clinical science

3. The quality of its presentation

  • The award will be made in the autumn term. The winner will be required to attend the Marsden Lecture (third Thursday in November) to receive the award.  The Marsden Lecture is held in recognition of the Royal Free Hospital’s founder, William Marsden, and is open to the public.
  • The MBPhD Management Committee will reserve the right to make no award.
  • The honours board of previous prize winners is on display in the Cruciform Building.

Award Administration

  1. The Division of Medicine will notify:
  • the successful candidate by the end of January following the theses presentation event
  • The Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
  • The medical student administration department of the name of the selected scholar

2. The gift of £1,000 will be paid directly to the student by the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

3. The gift will be gratefully acknowledged in appropriate UCL publications under the name ‘The Cordwainers Prize for the Best MBPhD Thesis Of The Year'

4. UCL reserves the right to vary these regulations should it become necessary to do so.

5. Awards are subject to the provisions of the General Regulations. 

Prize Winners...


The ePortfolio (login) is a collection of documents providing evidence of learning, achievements and personal and professional development. It is a place for you to reflect on and describe your learning and to collect, in a structured way, evidence that will assist you in providing evidence of achievements and competencies and your ability to reflect on practice.

Further information on the MBBS NHS ePortfolio can be found here

Students should record a minimum of six keeping in touch events each year of their PhD registration. The ePortfolio should be used for recording this activity and it will be monitored by the MBPhD administration.


Journal Club

Discuss recent development in the academic-clinical literature, develop your critical thinking and finesse your presentation skills...

The MBPhD journal club runs on alternate Mondays. The journal club will start promptly at 8am to allow as much time as possible for discussion.  The journal club is supervised by UCH consultants Dr Christian Hasford and Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi

Further information, the speaker rota and post club blogs are available on the Journal Club website.

NHS Bursaries


NHS bursaries are non re-payable bursaries, assessed against the income of the student and, where appropriate, their families. Travel expenses for clinical attachments may also be claimed.

NHS Bursary funding is currently available after completion of 4 years of an undergraduate medical degree programme.  At UCL this includes the iBSc year as this is a compulsory component of the UCL course.  Funding is therefore normally available for MBBS Years 5 and 6 for students who complete year 4 before intercalating their PhD. The MBBS Year 5 Manager can confirm eligibility for an NHS bursary only after completion of 4 full years of studyAll students are advised of their eligibility and applications process for NHS student bursaries in the spring term prior to their joining year 5 in the autumn.  

If you have questions regarding any aspect of the NHS bursary scheme and your application,  please deal directly with the NHS Business Services Authority: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-bursary-students

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Personal Tutor Scheme
  • UCL requires all students have access to their personal tutor throughout their study at UCL.
  • MBPhD students will be allocated to an MBBS Personal Tutor in the normal way during MBBS Years 4, 5 and 6.  During the research degree phase of the programme, students will be allocated to an MBPhD Personal Tutor.  MBPhD Personal Tutors will meet with students once a term (minimum).  
  • During the PhD phase of the programme, students' research degree supervisors also act as Personal Tutors.  The MBPhD Personal Tutoring Scheme works in parallel with students' regular research degree supervisor meetings and support.

The MBPhD Programme is uniquely governed by both the MBBS and Research Degrees regulations.

During the approved PhD period of study* the student will be governed by the UCL Research Degree Regulations. Upon their return to MBBS Year 5 (Life Cycle) they are governed by the regulations for MBBS degrees.

MBPhD students will not be permitted to return to the MBBS programme before submitting a thesis for the PhD examination and will not be permitted to take the final examination for the MBBS degrees before being examined for the PhD examination.

If a student is unable to submit their thesis by the end of their approved period of registration  they may register as Completing Research Student Status (CRS) for 12 months while they write up their theses. CRS status means that students do not pay fees but have access to UCL facilities and can have one draft of their thesis read by their Supervisor (Graduate Research Degrees - Code of Practice). Transfer to CRS status is only permitted in exceptional circumstances with the approval of the Programme Lead, the student's supervisor and the Faculty Tutor and the student must have successfully upgraded from MPhil to PhD.  

Please note there is no central funding provision for extensions of a students PhD beyond the approved period of study and it the responsibility of Supervisors to source additional funding for any extended research period.

* Approved period of study is 3 years for students enrolled on the MBPhD programme from 2014 onwards.

UCL Codes / Regulations / Guidelines:

Research Degree Submission

MBPhD students are expected to return to the MBBS in September.  They should, therefore enter for the research degree examination and nominate their examiners in the May prior to their return.

Theses should be submitted no later than the Friday prior to the first day of term of the clinical programme. Further information regarding submission of a Research Degree can be found at the Doctoral School website.

Student Loans Company and Funding

You should apply in the normal way for MBBS Year 4 (Integrated Clinical Care). If you are an external student, and have already applied for student finance prior to your transfer to the MBPhD Programme, you will need to inform Student Finance via a 'change of circumstances form' as soon as possible as this is likely to affect your ability to enrol. 

A Change of Circumstances form will be completed by UCL when you transfer to the PhD component of the programme.

You may be eligible to apply for an NHS bursary when you return to  MBBS Year 5 (Life Cycle) after your PhD.

More information on the Student Loans Company can be found here...

Further information on Change of Circumstances and forms for Student Finance England can be found here...

Please read the guide on funding written for postgraduate research students and the information about financial support available. In case of difficulty, UCL Student Funding Advisers are available to help.

UCL Scholarships and Funds
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