UCL Graduate degrees


Child Health MPhil/PhD

Our PhD research 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

Programme starts

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

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 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

Science graduates must have an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Clinical candidates must have a registerable qualification appropriate to the programme to be followed in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Studies.

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 educational portfolios cover a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to population health sciences, facilitating interdisciplinary work and allowing the flexibility for development of new areas of investigation. Our close relationship with 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 MPhil/PhD

About this degree


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A number of studentships are available for MPhil/PhD research including 4-6 studentships funded by the Child Health Research CIO - see 'PhD Studentships' on the UCL GOS ICH website.

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


Non-clinical PhD graduates typically move on to grant-funded postdoctoral research fellowships either at UCL or other national or international institutions. Clinical PhD graduates usually go on 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 and well-connected research leaders, and they attend and present at local, national and international scientific meetings, workshops and conferences where networking is developed with peers and research leaders in academia, medicine and the private sector.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Child Health Research PhD programme provides training to PhD level for very promising students with a first-class honours or upper second-class bachelors degree. 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 successful support structure for students and supervisors. A wide range of projects are available for prospective PhD students who are either self-funding or who can secure sponsorship for 3-4 years. Examples of the diverse range of research projects currently available at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health can be found on ICH Unfunded Project Portfolio.

Department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

What our students and staff say

Student review

"I have taken part in several UCL/ICH open days and the annual UCL neuroscience symposium. I have also attended NIHR training days which I have access to as a part of my PhD funding. These have all given me valuable opportunities to meet other PhD students, researchers and clinicians both within my research area and across different ones."

Hanna Sakki

Child Health MPhil/PhD
Staff review

"I work at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and I was primarily attracted to take up my position here due to the internationally recognised excellence in epidemiological research in infections in pregnancy and childhood at the Institute. Being in London and the geographic proximity to certain research partners and clinical networks, such as Public Health England. My research has focused on the epidemiology of viral infections with respect to maternal and child health, with a particular emphasis on HIV, viral hepatitis and, more recently, arboviruses. I recently started a new programme of work on zika virus and other arboviruses (dengue, chikungunya) in pregnancy and childhood within the EU-funded ZIKAction consortium."

Professor Claire Thorne

Departmental Graduate Tutor (Research)

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 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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