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 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£5,525 (FT)
£25,730 (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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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 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


None that is compulsory, dependent on project.



Additional costs

No mandatory extra costs.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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 symposia and local seminars that attract 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 with the student-led ICS postgraduate society, these provide students with broad opportunities for networking and career development.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This degree is fully MRC funded and provides a unique opportunity to work with leads in the field in Lifelong Health and Ageing (UCL's MC LHS research Group).

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).

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

All applicants
30 July 2021

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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