Division of Psychiatry MPhil/PhD

London, Bloomsbury

UCL Division of Psychiatry offers students a broad range of possible PhD supervisors to gain the skills they will need for a career in most areas of mental health research - from bench and biology to neuroscience, psychology and applied clinical research. Please read more about our supervisors and projects on our website.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£5,690
£2,845
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£27,480
£13,750
Duration
3 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September.
Applications accepted
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Entry requirements

A recognised medical qualification, or a Master’s degree, or a minimum of an upper-second class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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

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.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The UCL Division of Psychiatry represents a unique interdisciplinary grouping of international experts in psychiatry encompassing epidemiological, biological, genetic, social science and health services research as well as trials. Close collaborations with the Queen Square Institute of Neurology and the Division of Infection & Immunity provide diverse academic resources and a rich study environment. The division also hosts the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department.

We offer unrivalled access to clinical and community samples in which to conduct cutting-edge translational research, having strong collaborative links with five NHS trusts operating within diverse, multicultural populations. For graduate research, detailed and considered discussions with prospective supervisors and the Graduate Tutor are provided prior to admission, to ensure research and career aspirations match each student's experience.

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

The UCL Division of Psychiatry delivers a wide spectrum of research in mental health sciences, with world-leading research outputs and a friendly, collaborative environment.

In the UK government's recent six-year evaluation of research in UK universities, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, UCL was the top-ranked university for research in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience. UCL is also the top-rated university in the UK for research strength.

The division occupies a brand new building on the central London campus.

The foundation of your career

Employability

Recent graduates have taken up academic posts in UK universities and others have progressed to senior clinical positions in NHS Trusts.

Networking

Teaching and learning

Research areas and structure

Staff in the department work in three thematic research groups:

  • Common mental disorders
  • Dementia and disorders of old age
  • Psychosis.

Each theme covers research across the whole range of methods. Our expertise covers the full range of mental health sciences research including biological psychiatry, neuroimaging, psychiatric genetics, epidemiology, health services research (including quantitative and qualitative methods), social psychiatry and clinical trials.

It extends to psychiatric genetics – covering schizophrenia, dementia, alcohol dependence and affective disorders – to psychiatric epidemiology, and to common mental disorders, psychosis and the mental health of older people, including dementia research.

Research environment

The Division of Psychiatry will offer you a broad range of possible supervisors to help you gain the skills you will need for a career in most areas of mental health research. The division represents a interdisciplinary grouping of experts in psychiatry encompassing epidemiological, biological, genetic, social science and health services research as well as trials. Close collaborations with the Institute of Neurology and the Division of Infection and Immunity provide diverse academic resources and a rich study environment. The division offers access to clinical and community samples in which to conduct translational research, having strong collaborative links with five NHS trusts operating within diverse, multicultural populations.

Staff work in three thematic research groups:

Common mental disorders, Dementia and disorders of old age, and Psychosis.

Each theme covers research across the whole range of methods. Our expertise covers the full range of mental health sciences research including biological psychiatry, neuroimaging psychiatric genetics, epidemiology health services research (including quantitative and qualitative methods), social psychiatry and clinical trials. It extends from psychiatric genetics covering schizophrenia, dementia alcohol dependence and affective disorders, to psychiatric epidemiology and to common mental disorders, psychosis and the mental health of older people including dementia research.

Full-time

The length of registration for the research degree programmes is 3 years full time and 5 years for part-time.

You are required to register initially for the MPhil Degree with the expectation of transfer to PhD after successful completion of an upgrade viva 9 - 18 months after initial registration and then fulfil academic requirements to upgrade to PhD degree.

All research students are assigned a primary supervisor whose area of expertise is closely aligned with the student’s chosen research topic and who is responsible for directing their research training. A subsidiary supervisor who helps assess progress, provide continuity of supervision and additional expertise. A broader supervisory panel where appropriate, where research is cross-disciplinary or requires different critical skills such as high level statistics expertise or health economics.

Your supervisory team will help you devise a programme of suitable courses to develop appropriate research and personal skills for your future career. Typically you will:

Attend courses selected from the Graduate School Skills Development Programme which provides generic (presentations, teaching, personal development, theses writing) and specific (qualitative and quantitative research methods, specific statistical processes and packages) skills training. Attend modules from appropriate MSc programmes if required. Attend local Seminar Programmes which provide a supportive environment in which to develop theories and hypotheses and present draft papers.

You must attend the Dilemma game which gives insight into research integrity.

Accessibility

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.


Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £5,690 £2,845
Tuition fees (2022/23) £27,480 £13,750

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

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.

Funding your studies

All funding opportunities are advertised on the departmental 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.

Next steps

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021