This programme aims to equip the next generation of epidemiologists with the tools to further scientific knowledge regarding the determinants of population health. You are supported to learn new skills and broaden your professional networks through exposure to multidisciplinary teams of world-leading academics. The programme is based within UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care (IEHC).
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2019/20)
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.
Candidates must have been awarded the University of London MBBS or a registered primary qualification in Medicine and be eligible for full registration or hold limited registration with the UK General Medical Council.
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
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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The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care brings together four research departments whose interests span the life course from childhood to old age, and research from the origins of disease to the development of innovative interventions. The diversity of expertise in the institute ensures that it provides a vibrant environment in which to develop skills, supporting careers in a wide range of national and international settings. The broad objectives are:
- understanding the determinants of health and disease in populations and in patients in clinical settings
- evaluating strategies for preventing and treating illness
- carrying out innovative work on behaviour change and on the practice of primary care
- developing and implementing new technologies in population health
- applied health and health policy research
- Health inequalities
- Life course influences and healthy ageing
- Quantitative research methods and medical and social statistics
- Dental public health
- Health behaviour research
ESRC, MRC, MRC/ESRC, NIHR, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, Wellcome Trust, European Union and British Heart Foundation studentships have been secured in prior years.
Prospective research students should contact academic departments and research groups to enquire about further funded opportunities.
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, NHS Trusts and hospitals, clinical trial units and Public Health England (previously known as the Health Protection Agency), as well as research posts at UCL and other higher education institutions.
UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care 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, on the practice of primary care as well as leading applied health and health policy research.
The institute produces 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 governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as 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 MD(Res) programme provides you with an opportunity to develop your research skills within a research department focused on social epidemiology and population health (the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health within IEHC).
The UK is widely recognised as a world-leader in large, longitudinal cohort and panel studies, many of which are housed within IEHC. You will be supported by supervisory panels of truly multidisciplinary staff, as well as student mentors, and two departmental graduate tutors, and you will be encouraged to participate in our annual student-led conference, student poster competition and seminars.
- UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
- UCL is ranked 6th in the world for Public Health in ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (2018), retaining its position as one of only two UK universities in the top 10 worldwide.
- You will be able to accees 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
What our students and staff say
"My work concentrates on the natural history of infection using data from HIV seroconverters (HIV-positive people whose date of HIV seroconversion can be reasonably well estimated, usually because they had a previous HIV test which was negative). The data is useful for clinicians and their patients on what to expect in the absence of therapy, and are needed for health-care planning."
Professor Kholoud PorterEpidemiology and Health Care MPhil/PhD, Epidemiology and Public Health MD(Res), Infection and Population Health MPhil/PhD, Primary Care and Population Health PhD
UCL Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology
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.