UCL Graduate degrees


Medicine MPhil/PhD

The UCL Division of Medicine 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.


Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£5,365 (FT)
To be confirmed (PT)
£25,900 (FT)
£12,960 (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 and London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

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 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

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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Medicine is a multidisciplinary division combining excellent facilities with world-leading scientific and clinical expertise directed towards better understanding and treatment of human disease. Students will benefit from a training environment that fosters collaboration across the interface between basic science, clinical practice within our associated hospitals, and the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

Research areas

The biomedical disciplines represented within the research departments and institutes of the UCL 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.
More information can be found on the department website: Medicine MPhil/PhD

About this degree


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.


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

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


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


Alumni have progressed to positions in leadership in many areas including academia, the health services and industry.


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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Medicine is a multidisciplinary division within the UCL School of Life & Medical Sciences. A fundamental aim of the division it to train and inspire the next generation of leading scientists and clinicians.

Our students are provided with an excellent educational experience and unrivalled opportunities for interdisciplinary research, networking, career development and employment across the biomedical and healthcare sectors.

Department: Division of Medicine

What our students and staff say

Staff review

"UCL is highly central and a focus for other academics. Close collaboration across the three main universities with medical schools is excellent and London is a destination for many international visitors, which increases the sense of academic community in my discipline."

Professor Neil Marlow

Professor of Neonatal Medicine
Staff review

"UCL is an inspiring place to work. In particular the depth of experience and research activity across such a broad range of disciplines offers the opportunity for genuine world-class collaborations.My research is directed towards combating infection in acute decompensation liver disease patients (AD). I do contribute to PhDs and MScs programmes. My research group consists of a post-doctoral research fellow, 3 PhD students, a data manager, clinical research nurse and clinical trial team at the UCL Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit. My work identified the first molecular mechanism (elevated Prostaglandin E2, (PGE2) to explain immune suppression in AD patients (Nature Medicine).This is the largest interventional study currently recruiting worldwide in patients with advanced liver disease at 30 hospitals (866 patients) throughout the UK. This will complete September 2018."

Dr Alastair O'Brien

Medicine MPhil/PhD, Clinical Drug Development MSc,
UCL Medical Sciences

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

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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