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We provide state-of-the-art PhD training across four strategic themes that exploit the unique research strengths and training infrastructure of UCL and Birkbeck.

The guiding principles of our programme are to provide students with the opportunity to work with world class research scientists, and to mentor them through their PhD to postdoctoral fellowships and other career opportunities. Our programme is designed to provide rich and interdisciplinary training in research aimed at improving human health, from fundamental lab-based science to population health.

Applications to our programme are invited annually. You do not need to have studied at UCL or Birkbeck previously to apply, and the programme will provide a fully funded research studentship to allow talented scientists to thrive in the high quality research environments at Birkbeck and UCL.

The design of our programme means that at the end of the PhD our students have acquired both specific research skills and a broader portfolio of transferable skills that will equip them for their future careers and facilitate their progression as academic leaders of the future.

Research themes

Please note that the list of supervisors on the website is purely representative, and students selected on the programme will be given a full, up-to-date list of supervisors in the summer before the beginning of term.


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