Medicine (4 years) MPhil/PhD

London, Bloomsbury and London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

The division offers a broad range of basic and translational research training opportunities under the supervision of academics who are world experts in their fields. Collaborative interactions between scientists, clinicians and healthcare industries at national and international levels provide our students with excellent networking and potential future career opportunities.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
4 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September.
Applications accepted
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Entry requirements

A first or an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a university or educational institution of university rank, 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: Standard

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.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The division offers a broad range of basic and translational research training opportunities under the supervision of academics who are world experts in their fields. Collaborative interactions between scientists, clinicians and healthcare industries at national and international levels provide our students with excellent networking and potential future career opportunities.

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

Medicine is a multi-disciplinary division within the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences, combining excellent facilities with world-leading scientific and clinical expertise directed towards a better understanding and treatment of human disease. A fundamental aim of the division it to train and inspire the next generation of leading scientists and clinicians.

Students benefit from training in an environment which fosters collaboration across the interface between basic science and clinical practice within our associated hospitals, and utilises our extensive connections with the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Together, these provide our students with an excellent educational experience and unrivalled opportunities for interdisciplinary research, networking, career development and employment across the biomedical and healthcare sectors.

The foundation of your career

UCL has an impressive graduate employment rate with approximately 90% of alumni in employment or further study six months after graduating (HESA, 2010). In addition to the immediate career prospects, alumni have progressed to positions in leadership in many areas including academia, the health services and industry.


Recent graduates have taken up clinical, academic, postdoctoral and scientific advisory positions in the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally.


The division runs several seminar programmes 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, academics in the division have numerous national and international collaborative links with academic and commercial organisations. Together these provide students with broad opportunities for networking and career development.

Teaching and learning

Students are initially registered for an MPhil degree. Upgrade to PhD registration is typically assessed via a written report and oral exam.

Research areas and structure

The biomedical disciplines represented within the research departments and institutes of the division of medicine include:

  • Amyloidosis and Acute Phase Proteins
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Clinical Physiology
  • Connective Tissue Biology
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Drug Design
  • Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • Hepatology
  • Inflammation
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Medical Imaging
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Obesity Research
  • Radiochemistry
  • Respiratory Research
  • Rheumatology

Research environment

The division of medicine comprises of six research departments and institutes whose research aims to understand the basis of disease, and to develop better diagnostics and treatment for diseases. Each research department and institute comprises a number of specialist centres, each with a particular research focus.


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

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £5,690 £2,845
Tuition fees (2022/23) £27,480 £13,750

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

Your research degree may be subject to an Additional Fee Element (AFE). The AFE (also known as bench fees) is an additional cost, incurred by yourself or your sponsor. It is levied to cover the costs related to consumables, equipment and materials etc. which are not included in the tuition fee. As each research project is unique in nature, the AFE is calculated on a student by student basis and is determined by your academic supervisor.

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

Funding your studies

Research council studentships and fellowships are occasionally available for MPhil/PhD students. Opportunities may also exist for studentships funded by the Division of Medicine and the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

The application route is usually via dedicated, funded programmes for four-year MPhil/PhD studentships.

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

Next steps

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021