UCL Graduate degrees


Child Health MD(Res)

Our MD(Res) programme provides excellent training, giving you comprehensive opportunities in fundamental and translational research of childhood health and disease. The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH) aims to produce highly employable graduates with an ambitious and resilient outlook and experience in core research skills, collaboration and networking.


Key information

Please note: We are sorry but this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry.

Programme starts

Research programmes may start at any time of the year, but typically begin in September.

Modes and duration

Full time: 2 years
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£5,365 (FT)
£2,685 (PT)
£24,980 (FT)
£12,470 (PT)

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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

To be eligible for registration for the MD(Res) degree, a candidate must have obtained the MBBS degrees of the University of London or some other registerable primary qualification in Medicine and be eligible for full registration or hold limited registration with the General Medical Council (GMC).

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: Good

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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UCL GOS ICH pursues an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to the understanding, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of childhood diseases. Our research and our educational portfolios cover a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to population health sciences, facilitating interdisciplinary work and allowing the flexibility for the development of new areas of investigation. Our close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children means that much of our research and teaching is carried out jointly and is translationally relevant. Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

Research areas

The institute has academic Research & Teaching Departments that provide very broad opportunities to study with world-class experts in the research areas below:

  • Developmental Biology and Cancer
  • Developmental Neurosciences
  • Genetics and Genomics Medicine
  • Infection, Immunity, Inflammation
  • Population, Policy and Practice
More information can be found on the department website: Child Health MD(Res)

About this degree


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MD(Res) students are generally employed as clinicians during their degrees.

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


The MD(Res) provides a basis for clinical graduates to complete their clinical and/or research training, and many progress on to successful academic clinical careers.


Our programmes produce highly employable graduates. Students are trained to the highest research standards and benefit from the UCL doctoral skills development programme.


A modern research career is based on research skills and collaboration. Effective networking skills also greatly benefit students in their future careers. To instil these, students are supervised by internationally-recognised research leaders, and students are encouraged to attend and present at local, national and international scientific meetings, workshops and conferences that provide opportunities to network with peers and research leaders. Many research teams have close links with industry and/or GOSH and the wider NHS.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme offers research training to doctorate level for very promising clinicians who are eligible for full, or hold limited, GMC registration. Our aim is to build capacity in children's fundamental and translational research for the decades to come. We have a range of opportunities for study and a particularly strong support structure for students and supervisors. A wide range of projects are available for prospective students who wish to study for an MD(Res) within a clinical setting over a period of 2-4 years. Examples of the diverse range of research projects that are currently available at UCL GOS ICH can be found on the ICH Unfunded Project Portfolio.

Department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

What our students and staff say

Student review

"Within the Institute of Child Health at UCL, I have been impressed by the variety of research and the many opportunities to attend interesting lectures, learn about others' research and attend skills courses to enhance my experience."

Julie Duncan

Respiratory Physiology MD(Res)

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.

Application deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed below) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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