UCL Graduate degrees


Global Health and Infection MD(Res)

Our MD(Res) programme provides excellent training, giving you comprehensive opportunities in fundamental research of global health and disease. The UCL Institute for Global Health 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

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 2 years
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019

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 degree or some other registrable primary qualification in Medicine and be eligible for full registration or hold limited registration with the General Medical Council (GMC); or have obtained the BDS degree or hold an equivalent dental qualification.

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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The Institute for Global Health provides unique, cross-disciplinary training in global health for students from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds. Drawing on UCL's strength as a multi-faculty university, it brings together disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, law, philosophy, politics and epidemiology to analyse complex health issues and identify solutions. Our programmes allow you to explore your interests in global health, broadening your horizons for your future career and giving you knowledge and a range of skills that are useful in the job market. IGH staff are experienced in many types of global health work, including research, programme management, policy advice and advocacy, and work closely across these areas in many different countries and global health institutions.

Research areas

  • Climate change, migration, conflict and health
  • Clinical research
  • Disease modelling and evaluation
  • Infectious diseases including HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis
  • Molecular epidemiology and translational research
  • Population sexual health
  • Gender and global Health
  • Economics of global health and development
  • Methodology of global health trials
  • HIV epidemiology
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health
More information can be found on the department website: Global Health and Infection MD(Res)

About this degree


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UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies. At IGH we offer very limited funding opportunities, and many of our students secure funding from governments, research councils, and other agencies, or are otherwise self-funded.

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


Graduates with this MD(Res) degree will meet the requirement for a postgraduate research degree for any clinical academic position, or for application to any post-doctoral fellowship scheme.  


The institute offers a unique environment for cross-disciplinary study as well as the opportunity to engage with peers and staff with professional experience in many different domains of global health, including research, programme management, policy and advocacy. This exposure and the innovative and multi-faceted approach taken during the PhD programme will enable you to tackle complex problems which will in turn foster skills and contacts useful for your future career.


As a student within the institute, you will benefit from close proximity to the extensive international networks developed by IGH staff.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme offers research training to doctorate level for very promising clinicians who are eligible for full, or hold limited, GMC registration. It aims to provide excellent and challenging training for exceptional students so that they may successfully pursue careers in research, and other domains of global health.

MD(Res) research in IGH is varied and may have an international dimension, including field work carried out abroad, setting up a study within the UK, or using data from existing studies working with the respective IGH-based Principal Investigator.

Department: Institute for Global Health

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

For more information see our Applications page.

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