The aim of our MPhil/PhD in Behavioural Science and Health 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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A relevant Master’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution is desirable.
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: Standard
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.
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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UCL's Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health carry out cutting-edge research and provide high quality teaching into the impact of behavioural and emotional processes on disease aetiology and health outcomes, and to implement this knowledge to reduce disease risk and improve the health of the population.
The Research Department is dedicated to research on how human behaviour impacts health and health outcomes. Our research and teaching reflect our interdisciplinary approach to health and wellbeing, focusing on a broad range of public health issues, such as alcohol and tobacco use, heart disease, cancer, and obesity.
- Behavioural Science and Health
- Health Psychology
- Cancer Prevention and Early Diagnosis
- Cancer Survivorship
About this degree
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
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 is internationally recognised in carrying out cutting-edge research into the impact of behavioural and emotional processes on disease aetiology and health outcomes.
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.
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