UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences


Postgraduate Research Programmes

The Faculty of Medical Sciences offers research opportunities for talented students in each of our divisions and institutes. Click on one of the departments below to view available PhD programmes.

To get a flavour of the research activity our PhD students are involved with, please visit our Postgraduate Research Students page.

Cancer Institute 

The UCL Cancer Institute, with its 52 scientific group leaders, 30 clinical scientists, and 50 honorary clinical consultants, is an internationally competitive centre for cancer research. We focus on excellence in training of cancer clinicians and scientists, contributing to the best possible clinical care of patients with cancer. Our strength is the collaboration of researchers who work on fundamental biological mechanisms with those who translate this knowledge into clinical applications.

The Cancer Institute is the nucleus for the UCL Cancer Research UK Centre and the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre, with affiliations to a number of teaching hospitals and clinical trial centres. We have excellent facilities, a conference travel fund, an active postgraduate society, mentoring/tutoring schemes and networking/careers events for our students.

Cancer Institute MD(Res) PT
Cancer Institute MPhil/PhD FT / PT
Haematology MPhil/PhD FT / PT
Oncology MPhil/PhD FT / PT
Pathology MPhil/PhD FT / PT

Dentistry (Eastman Dental Institute 

UCL Eastman Dental Institute is the largest postgraduate dental school in Europe. With a focus on translational research, postgraduate education and training, the institute offers a wide range of study opportunities – Master’s degrees, specialty training, certificates, diplomas, research doctorates and CPD courses – from its twin sites in central London.

Graduates have gone on to further their career as clinical specialists, consultants, senior lecturers and post-doctoral researchers. Small class sizes allow students to build strong, international professional relationships with their teachers and colleagues. Research students benefit from the institute’s close relationships with other divisions of UCL as well as collaborations with industry and other leading universities and hospitals across the globe.

Paediatric Dentistry  DDent FT 
UCL Eastman Dental Institute MPhil/PhD FT / PT 
UCL Eastman Dental Institute (Clinical Experience)  MPhil/PhD FT

Division of Infection & Immunity 

The Division of Infection & Immunity is an internationally renowned centre for research and graduate training in human immunology, pathogen biology and the host-pathogen interaction. The division is a major component of two UCL-based research institutes, the Institute of Immunity and Transplantation and the Bloomsbury Research Institute, and has strong international links with American, European, and developing world research centres.

We are committed to research-based teaching and host a dynamic community of postgraduate students. Our PhD programme provides research training in basic and translational science and three taught Master's programmes reflect our broad-ranging research expertise. We also have a strong track record in training clinician-scientists, supported by fellowships from the Wellcome Trust, MRC and BBSRC.

Infection and Immunity  MPhil/PhD FT / PT

Medical School

The UCL Medical School leads on medical education and developments in teaching and learning across the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum. Through its medical education programmes, students can learn more about curriculum development, academic standards, the assessment process, clinical and generic skills acquisition and research.

In addition to the MPhil/PhD in Medical Education, students are also able to study for a Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc in Medical Education. This programme is taught jointly with the Royal College of Physicians in London to meet the requirements of doctors who are intending to have a significant role in Medical Education in the future. 

Medical Education MPhil/PhD FT/PT

Division of Medicine 

Medicine is a multi-disciplinary division combining excellent facilities with world-leading scientific and clinical expertise directed towards better understanding and treatment of human disease. A fundamental aim of the division is to train and inspire the next generation of leading scientists and clinicians.

Students benefit from training in an environment which fosters collaboration across the interface between basic science and clinical practice within our associated hospitals and utilises our extensive connections with the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Together these provide our students with an excellent educational experience and unrivalled opportunities for networking, career development and employment across the biomedical and healthcare sectors.

Medicine MD(Res) FT / PT 
Medicine MPhil/PhD FT
Medicine MPhil/PhD FT / PT
Medicine MB PhD FT 


Division of Surgery and International Science 

The division compasses three research themes: Tissue and Energy, Nanotechnology and Materials and Tissue. Our aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life of the people around us. Within these themes are over 30 world-class research centres specialising in sports medicine, tissue repair, regenerative medicine, oncology, biomedical engineering and laser medicine.

The division integrates basic, translational and clinical research through academic and clinical collaborations both within and outside of UCL. We consider research and teaching of equal importance and foster a culture of synergy, where pioneering research informs the provision of teaching. Having each of the division's research themes physically located at a partner hospital, allows for students to work and study directly alongside scientists and clinicians, offering an enhanced research and teaching experience.

Surgery and Interventional Science MD(Res) FT / PT 
Surgery and Interventional Science MPhil/PhD FT / PT 
Trauma and Orthopaedics Doc Orth PT