UCL Graduate degrees


Applied Health Research MPhil/PhD

The aim of our MPhil/PhD in Applied Health Research is to equip the next generation of experts with the tools to address major 21st century health challenges and deliver real-world impact. You will be supported to learn new skills and broaden your professional networks by multi-disciplinary teams of world-leading academics.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 4 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£5,525 (FT)
£25,730 (FT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: To be confirmed

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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The Department of Applied Health Research is leading a wide range of research projects and is also collaborating on a large number of national and international research projects. The Department:

  • is driven by the need to tackle the social gradient in health and to improve health and health care across all social groups;
  • focuses on those interventions, programmes and pathways which are most likely to have a substantial impact in terms of health outcomes and reductions in health and health care inequalities;
  • has interests that span health care and public health services and measures to influence policy, clinical decisions and health related behaviour;
  • is concerned with evaluating the quality (effectiveness, cost effectiveness, equity and appropriateness) of health care and public health interventions; and
  • focuses on developing the knowledge base about the adoption, implementation and dissemination of evidence based health care and public health interventions.

Research areas

The Department of Applied Health Research focuses of the following areas of research: 

  • Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods in applied health research which can influence policy, clinical decision, health services, health related behaviour
  • Health Service research
  • Health economics
  • Healthcare organisation and management
  • Implementation Science
  • Health and healthcare inequalities
  • Personalised screening
More information can be found on the department website: Applied Health Research MPhil/PhD

About this degree

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


View the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care's Studentship and Funding webpage for opportunities. 

The following studentships have been received in previous years: ESRC, MRC, MRC/ESRC, NIHR, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, Wellcome Trust, European Union and British Heart Foundation.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Students graduating in the last three years have secured employment in local and central government, public health organisations, NHS trusts, hospitals and clinical trial units, as well as research posts at UCL and other higher education institutions.


The Institute and UCL offers world-class education and training. It manages many of the UK’s largest, most comprehensive longitudinal datasets, and evaluates strategies for the prevention and treatment of physical and mental ill health. It carries out innovative work on behaviour change, and on the practice of primary care as well as leading applied health and health policy research.

We produce graduates with the skills and knowledge sought after by government departments and public sector organisations worldwide, as well as leading academic institutions.


The Institute’s research departments collaborate with third sector and governmental organisations, as well as members of the media, both nationally and internationally to ensure the highest possible impact of their work beyond the academic community. Students are encouraged to take up internships with relevant organisations where funding permits. Members of staff also collaborate closely with academics from leading institutions globally.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MPhil/PhD programme, part of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, provides you with an opportunity to develop your research skills within a research environment that undertakes world-leading multi-disciplinary research to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health care and public health interventions, with particular expertise in reducing socioeconomic inequalities and evaluating health service re-organisation.

The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care (IEHC) has an extremely active PhD programme which currently supports over 100 research students from all over the world including Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Australia and Asia.

The diversity of expertise across the Institute ensures that it provides a vibrant environment in which students can develop skills and forge careers within a wide range of national and international settings.

The UK is widely recognised as a world-leader in large, longitudinal cohort and panel studies, many of which are housed within the institute.

You will be supported by supervisory panels of multi-disciplinary staff, as well as student mentors and departmental graduate tutors, and encouraged to participate in our annual student-led conference, student poster competition and seminars.

  • 1st in the UK: top-rated university in the UK for research strength (REF 2014)
  • 7th in the world for public health (ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020)
  • 8th in the world: among the top universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020)
  • 10th in the world for life and medical sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)

  • You will be able to access UCL's Doctoral School Development programme, which offers an extensive list of development opportunities to expand your research and transferable skills, in order to support your research, professional development and employability. Browse the Skills Development list of courses

Department: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

All applicants
30 July 2021

We accept research degree applications throughout the year. Please note: essential information about the application process can be found on the programme website.

For more information see our Applications page.

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