Our MPhil/PhD programme offers students from a range of backgrounds the opportunity to explore topics within a broad global health agenda. The programme equips you for the diversity and demands of a career in global health.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree and a Master's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Applicants who do not hold a Master's degree but who have extensive relevant work experience should contact Lydia Clinton, Teaching Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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. Institute 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.
- 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
About this degree
UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies. At the Institute 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.
PhD students enter a range of careers, from academia (postdoctoral studies) to research or policy in governmental and non-governmental organisations
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?
The research degree programme at UCL Institute for Global Health (IGH) aims to provide excellent and challenging training for exceptional students so that they may successfully pursue careers in research, medicine, and other domains of global health.
MPhil/PhD 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.
Please note that you must identify a supervisor before applying and include a research proposal in your application. Visit our webpage for information about how to apply and contact potential supervisors.
Department: Institute for Global Health
What our students and staff say
"Through my MRC Skills Development Fellowship, my research is focussing on understanding the relationship between antibiotic levels and antibacterial effects when drugs are given in combination. The Institute for Global Health is the ideal department as there is an extensive network of collaborators to work with, not only to collect clinical data but also to do laboratory experiments. "
Frank KloproggeGlobal Health MPhil/ PhD, Senior Research Fellow
"As part of the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) I am able to collaborate and learn from scientists and a supervisory panel from across a variety of institutes including UCL's Institute for Global Health. This allows my research to be well-informed and relevant within the wider field of environmental sciences. It also empowers me to aim for the highest possible impact of my research, something very important for modern scientists to consider. UCL has also supported me in undertaking a three-month internship with the UN Migration Agency in Geneva to support the impact of my research in providing evidence for policy."
Rebecca ParrishGlobal Health MPhil/PhD
"My PhD research is focusing on identifying predictors of clinical outcomes of HIV-positive people in the UK and investigating differences between people of different sexual orientation, gender and ethnicity . I am involved in the Royal Free cohort study and am also based at the Royal Free hospital. It feels good to be this close to the clinic and the patients that will hopefully ultimately benefit from my research. The UCL Institute for Global Health is a truly inspiring place to study and work at and there are so many interesting courses, seminars and opportunities offered to PhD students. I think this is truly exceptional."
Sophia ReinGlobal Health MPhil/PhD
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.
- All applicants
- 30 July 2021
Research programmes may start at any time of the year, but typically begin in September.
There is no application deadline; research degree applications can be made at any time of the year, however those applying for scholarship funding will need to take note of scholarship deadlines and some scholarships might dictate your programme start date.
Please note that you must identify a supervisor before applying and include a research proposal in your application. Visit our webpage for information about how to apply and contact potential supervisors. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/global-health/study/research-degrees
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