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Entry requirements

UCL's minimum entry requirements for graduate research programmes are given below. Applicants are strongly advised to read the research application guidelines.

Research applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with departments regarding areas of interest and potential supervisors.

Please ensure that you have checked the academic and, if appropriate, English language entry requirements for the programme you wish to study before submitting your application. Please also be mindful of any application or funding deadline that might govern your application submission date.


MPhil/MPhilStud/PhD/EngD programmes

Entry requirements vary between academic departments and research centres. However, research applicants will normally be required to hold a first or upper-second class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or a recognised taught Master’s degree. Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institution are also accepted.


MD(Res) programmes

Applicants should hold a registered primary qualification in Medicine (e.g. MBBS), and be eligible for full registration or hold limited registration with the General Medical Council (GMC). Applicants are normally hospital clinicians undertaking research associated with their employment.

Other applicants wishing to pursue clinical research should apply for MPhil/PhD admission.


Professional Doctorates

A UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject (obtained after a programme of study extending over not less than three years), awarded with upper second-class Honours or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Professional doctorates currently taught at UCL include:

  • Child and Educational Psychology (DECPsy)
  • Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
  • Dentistry (DDent)
  • Educational and Child Psychotherapy (DEdPsy)
  • Paediatric Dentistry (DDent)
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics (Doc Orth)

English language requirements

All students who are not nationals of a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration, must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied.

Please visit English language requirements in the Learning and living section of this website for further information and a list of English language qualifications and tests that are recognised by UCL.

UCL's English language requirements

UK Government guide to English language requirements