Centre for Nephrology



The Centre runs the following teaching courses:

These are short courses run over two or three-days and each covers a wide breadth ranging from the patient pathway to therapies to cutting edge science.

The course faculties are recognised experts in their field and are drawn from Britain, Europe, and the United States.

Applied Renal Physiology

This unique UK course aims to integrate physiological principles with day-to-day clinical practice and to update on recent developments in basic renal physiology.

It features formal, introductory lectures each day and interactive clinical case presentations applying "thinking physiology" at the bedside.   The next Renal Physiology course will be held on 1st, 2nd and 3rd May 2019. Registration will open shortly. Please email the Course Administrator at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk to pre-register for the course.

Who is this course for?

It is intended for both clinicians and scientists - trainees in Nephrology, General (Internal) Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine, Consultant Nephrologists and General Physicians, and those working in veterinary medicine and non-clinical grades.


This is a comprehensive course on dialysis and the management of patients with end stage renal failure.

The management of end stage renal failure by dialysis forms a central component of all renal units. However, it is often the least intensively taught component of nephrology training.

This course is a thorough introduction to dialysis, from basics to new developments. Our expert faculty provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of dialysis and ESRF through a mixture of informal lectures and workshops. The next Dialysis course will be held on 19th, 20th and 21st June.  Registration will open shortly. Please email the Course Administrator at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk to pre-register for the course.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at Specialist Registrars in nephrology, but is also of interest to other healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients with chronic renal failure.

Renal Transplantation

Our Renal Transplantation course covers clinical aspects of transplantation from donor and recipient selection, through surgical and medical management post-transplant.    Using a combination of interactive lectures and case-based discussions, our expert faculty will provide an essential update on transplantation as well as the opportunity to discuss practical aspects of difficult cases.

Who is this course for?

It is designed for trainee nephrologists and trainee renal transplant surgeons, and also  recently appointed consultants in these fields. Renal transplant nursing staff will also find the course valuable in their clinical practice.  

The course was run for the first time in October 2017, receiving excellent feedback from attendees on the content, faculty and organisation.  The 2018 Course is now full but we plan to run this again in September 2019 exact date to be confirmed. Please email the Course Administrator at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk to pre-register for the course.

Infectious and Global Nephrology

This is a 2-day course covering renal disease secondary to infectious agents and the management of acute and chronic kidney disease in resource-poor environments. 

Day 1 is aimed at those with an interest in infectious diseases or nephrology and covers pathophysiology, clinical presentation and management of both globally common and clinically important infectious agents causing renal disease. Through a mixture of informal lectures, case discussions and workshops, topics covered will range from acute sepsis-related AKI such as malaria, to direct involvement of the kidney by viruses, bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi and parasites as well as the pathological consequences of remote infection such as post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis, cryoglobulinaemia and infection-associated IgA nephropathy.

On day 2 the focus will be on non-infectious renal disease around the world including the epidemiology of, and practicalities of managing, AKI and CKD in low-income countries, along with the challenges of establishing and running dialysis and transplant programmes in resource-poor settings. The course will also provide an ideal networking opportunity through informal discussions with a number of clinicians who have successfully delivered clinical and research projects around the world.

The course will be run again on Thursday, 14th and Friday 15th March 2019.  Please email the Course Administrator at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk to be notified when registration opens.


We have active PhD, BSc and intercalated BSc programmes.

Undergraduate Teaching

The UCL Centre for Nephrology 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 Centre, 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 at the Centre and 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 Centre also teach on the Year 4 'Introduction to Medicine' course and contribute to a number of pre-clinical and biomedical science undergraduate courses.