UCL Graduate degrees


Lifelong Health MPhil/PhD

Based within UCL's MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing (MRC LHA), this programme is for students who would like to conduct research around the biological and social factors that affect lifelong health, ageing and the development of chronic disease. The programme is funded by the Medical Research Council.


Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 14 February 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£5,365 (FT)
£24,980 (FT)

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

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject or a medical degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a recognised taught Master's degree.

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.

Select your country:


The MRC LHA is part of the Department of Population Science and Experimental Medicine, within the Institute of Cardiovascular Science.

The MRC LHA aims to be at the forefront of population ageing research across the life course, exploiting both the wealth of cohort resource and expertise at UCL, including quantitative social science strengths at UCL's Institute of Education, cohort current and future multi-omic characterisation, and our detailed phenotyping capabilities.

Research areas

Main lines of research involved in the programme:

  • Cardiology/cardiovascular science
  • Musculoskeletal metabolism
  • Acute illness and chronic function
  • Genetic epidemiology or bioinformatics
  • Quantitative social science
  • Neurovascular imaging
  • Chronic disease epidemiology
  • Life course statistics and/or causal analysis
More information can be found on the department website: Lifelong Health MPhil/PhD

About this degree


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This programme is funded by the Medical Research Council.

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


As well as post-doctoral fellowships (UK and abroad) ICS PhD graduates have gone on to form start-up companies, work for research organisations, teach, and work for Research Councils.


ICS runs a seminar programme that attracts high-profile national and international external speakers. There is an annual careers event for students, which includes alumni, industry, healthcare and scientific publishing representatives. In addition, our academics have numerous national and international collaborations with academic and commercial organisations. Together these provide students with broad opportunities for networking and career development.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme offers you an exciting opportunity to spend one year expanding your scientific skills and experience on three projects with different UCL scientists from a wide range of research areas. After this, you will choose what you want to specialise in for the remaining three years of the programme.

UCL remains one of the world’s leading universities and has one of the largest and most dynamic cardiovascular research bases in the UK. As a student, you will be based within UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science (ICS), a unique environment in which to study the biological and social mechanisms operating across the life course in relation to the life course and age-related disease. Our breadth allows engagement with colleagues with professional experience in genetic epidemiology, MRI imaging, (access to experts in brain and cardiovascular imaging), basic science expertise (in collaboration with the Institute of Healthy Ageing), big data and quantitative social science (Centre for Longitudinal Studies).

Cardiovascular risk factors play a key role in multiple ageing related disorders, including cognitive and physical function.

The first year enables you to identify an appropriate project, supervisor(s) and environment, while at the same time achieving a solid grounding in research and transferable skills through a combination of training courses, seminars and research rotations. During the first month, you will visit participating research groups to learn about projects and view their facilities. The three 12-week rotation projects will offer you the opportunity to work in a range of research groups, gaining extensive practical experience. Towards the end of the third rotation, you will develop the outline of your PhD research project and select your supervisor. 

Department: Institute of Cardiovascular Science

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

All applicants
14 February 2020

Please follow application guidelines as set out at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/cardiovascular/research/population-science-and-experimental-medicine/mrc-unit-lifelong-health-and-ageing-ucl

For more information see our Applications page.

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