UCL Division of Medicine


Postgraduate Research Degrees old


The Division offers research opportunities in a variety of subjects within the field of Medicine. There are over 190 current research students on MD(Res) and MPhil/PhD programmes and most of our students undertake their studies on one of our three Campuses (Royal Free, Whittington or Bloomsbury) under the supervision of UCL academics who are experts in their fields. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds with the majority having secured funds for their studies via competitive selection or peer reviewed grant.

The Division aims to educate, train, and inspire the next generation of scientists and doctors and to be at the forefront of biomedical research. In 09/10 the Division had a submission rate of 81% and we hope to continue this trend by attracting high calibre applicants.

If you are interested in joining us as a research student we recommend that you first take a look at our Research Areas pages to identify areas of interest to you. You should then contact an academic who shares the same research interest to discuss your proposed project. It is important for students to be matched in the best way possible with their proposed supervisor so we strongly recommend that you come to an agreement of supervision before submitting an application.


Research Areas
Choosing a Supervisor

For most research degrees, the student is expected to identify a supervisor before submitting an application. For information on the academic staff working within each area of research in the Division of Medicine, please select the appropriate theme: 

Ageing & well-being

global health…
Global Health

Basic & Clinical Pharmacology


Cardiovascular Medicine

Infection, Immunology & Inflammation



cell bio…
Cell & Developmental Biology

stem cells…
Stem Cells, Regeneration & Tissue Engineering

child health…
Child and Adolescent Health

molecular bio…
Structural & Molecular Biology

Experimental & Systems Medicine

other areas…
Other areas of research excellence in SLMS

Genetics & Epigenetics   
Funding Opportunities

Information on the cost of graduate study at UCL, is available from the UCL Registry website

The UCL Graduate School maintains lists of sources of funding and entry scholarships for graduate students.

The Division of Medicine funds studentships through the MRC-DTA programme and UCL IMPACT and Grand Challenge schemes. These are advertised in the spring term. For more information, contact the postgraduate administrator on tricia.o'dell@ucl.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

MPhil/PhD: A UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject, awarded with first or upper second-class Honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institute, or a recognised taught Master's degree is required. Some research degrees will require all applicants to hold a Master's degree.

Students register for the MPhil degree in the first instance and, subject to satisfactory progression, transfer to the PhD degree in the second year of research.

MD(Res): Applicants must have been awarded the University of London MBBS, or a registered primary qualification in Medicine and be eligible for full registration or hold limited registration with the General Medical Council (GMC). Applicants are normally hospital clinicians undertaking research associated with their employment.

Other applicants wishing to pursue clinical research should apply for MPhil/PhD admission.

How to Apply

All applicants must apply online

Applications will require 2 references and a copy of your transcript before being deemed complete. CVs will not be accepted without the presence of a completed application form.

Additional Requested Documents:

Proof of GMC registration (MD Res degrees only)

Full research proposal (at least 1 side of A4)

Proof of funding

English language proficiency certificate (if applicable)

Further information on the application process and guidance on completing the application form can be found here.


1. How do I apply?
2. Is there a deadline for applying?
3. When can I apply?
4. What are the entry requirements?
5. What are the English language requirements?
6. Do both of my references need to be academic?
7. Can I still apply if I do not have a relevant degree?
8. How much does the doctorate programme cost?
9. Are there any scholarships available for students?
10. What does the Admissions process involve?
11. When does the course start?
12. Can I study part-time?
13. Can I study by distance learning?
14. I am going to take an English test later in the year, can I still apply now?
15. What happens after I have been made an offer?
16. How long is the course and what are the term dates?
17. If I cannot take up my offer of a place this year, can I defer it to next year?

18. How do I contact the department?

1. Please find information on how to apply here.

2. There are no deadlines for submitting an application.

3. Applications can be made at any time of the year.

4. A UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject, awarded with first or upper-second class Honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institute, or a recognised taught Master's degree is required.

5. All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied. This will take the form of either:

a. Substantial education (minimum twelve months) or work experience (minimum eighteen months) conducted in English and undertaken no more than three years prior to the proposed date of enrolment, or

b. A recently obtained acceptable English language qualification or test result. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than three years prior to the proposed date of enrolment.

6. One of your references must be academic but the other may be from an employer or colleague who has worked with you closely.

7. Applicants are strongly advised only to apply if they have a degree in a subject relevant to their proposed research area.

8. Fees (payable per year and subject to annual increase)

UK/EU2015/16 full-time£4,635
Overseas2015/16 full-time£21,530 or £36,360 (depending on level of clinical content)

See Fees and Costs section for further information on fees, including part-time fees

9. Information on available scholarships can be accessed here

10.The prospective student submits their application to Admissions. They will check that the application meets the general entrance requirements before forwarding the application to the Postgraduate Administrator who ensures that Divisional requirements have been met. Once all of the paperwork is in order it will be presented to the Postgraduate Committee whose decision it will be to approve the application. If approved, the application will be signed and returned to Admissions who will issue an offer letter. The student must then accept their offer and pre-enrol as directed by Admissions. The applicant will then be permitted to enrol in person.

If an application is rejected the applicant will be notified by UCL Admissions.

11. Students will usually commence their degree on the start date given on the offer letter. Students should ensure that they are fully enrolled before commencing their studies.

12. Part-time study is available for research degree programmes.

13. Students are permitted to register for non-resident PhD programmes. Further information can be found here

14. It is possible to apply for your degree before taking a language test however your application will be kept on hold until a valid certificate is received.

15. After receiving your offer letter you will need to accept a place on the programme by returning the acceptance form which will be sent to you by Admissions. Once you have received confirmation from Admissions that they have received your acceptance you will be sent a pre-enrolment email. This will need to be completed before you will be permitted to enrol in person. If you begin your studies at the start of the academic year (September) you will be asked to enrol on a specific date and time. At any other time of the year you will enrol as directed on your offer letter. Once you have enrolled you can begin your studies.

If you do not complete your enrolment within two weeks of the date of your offer letter, your start date will become invalid and you will need to request a  later start date.

Research degree programmes do not follow term dates as is the case with taught degrees. Students are expected to be in continuous attendance except during college closures and when a leave of absence has been agreed with their supervisor.

The registration period for research degree programmes is as follows:

Full time = 3 years + 1 year CRS (writing up period)
Part time = 5 years + 2 years CRS

Full time = 2 years + 1 year CRS
Part time = 2 years + 2 years CRS

17. Offers can be deferred subject to approval by the Division.

18. If you can't find the information you need on this website please contact the Postgraduate Research Administrator: tricia.o'dell@ucl.ac.uk