Department of Renal Medicine




We have active PhD, BSc and intercalated BSc programmes.

Undergraduate Teaching

The UCL Department of Renal Medicine provides undergraduate training in nephrology to medical students at UCL Medical School. All 360 Year 4 students (first clinical year) undertake a four-week joint renal-endocrine block at one of the three main teaching sites. Students receive a combination of personal tutorials, small-group seminars, clinic attendances, community kidney care centre visits, case-based exercises, and bedside teaching, to gain an insight into the common renal problems faced by patients for whom they will have responsibility in their future careers. They also receive some exposure to specialist renal medicine, including kidney transplantation and acute nephrology.


Teaching is delivered by staff from the department, alongside consultants from the clinical service, junior doctors, specialist nursing staff, dietitians, and other members of the multidisciplinary team. Reflective and peer-assisted learning is encouraged and, in addition, one-to-one sessions with our patients provide students with valuable insight into the experience of living with renal disease. We use a variety of teaching techniques to enhance quality learning, taking a problem-based approach in our small group seminars. A number of E-learning resources are available to complement face-to-face activities, including Lecturecast and online self-assessment exercises.

Student-selected Component (SSC)

Additionally, students who are keen to pursue further study in renal medicine can apply to undertake a student-selected component (SSC) in nephrology during Year 6 (final year). During this four-week course, students are able to learn about specialist nephrology in detail with access to the full range of expertise in the department and the Royal Free Renal Unit. The course includes attendance at specialist clinics: renal inflammation/vasculitis, metabolic stone, renovascular, amyloid, nephrotic, acute post-transplant, and renal genetics outpatients. They attend ward rounds and radiology and pathology meetings, as well as receiving regular bedside teaching and tutorials from leading experts in all aspects of renal disease.

Staff from the Department of Renal Medicine also teach on the Year 4 'Introduction to Medicine' course and contribute to a number of pre-clinical and biomedical science undergraduate courses.