This programme offers you the opportunity to join a multidisciplinary department with experts from medicine, psychology, epidemiology, public health, sociology, statistics and clinical trials. You will be supported to gain a wealth of skills, experience and networking opportunities that are relevant for a wide range of future careers, both within academia and more widely in healthcare, industry and governmental sectors.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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 in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A relevant Master’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution is desirable.
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.
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 of Epidemiology and Health Care brings together five research departments whose interests span the life course from childhood to old age, and research from the origins of disease to the development of innovative interventions. The diversity of expertise in the institute ensures that it provides a vibrant environment in which to develop skills, supporting careers in a wide range of national and international settings. The broad objectives of the institute are:
- understanding the determinants of health and disease in populations and in patients in clinical settings
- evaluating strategies for preventing and treating illness
- carrying out innovative work on behaviour change and on the practice of primary care
- developing and implementing new technologies in population health
- applied health and health policy research.
- Epidemiology and public health
- Primary care and population health
- Clinical trials, meta-analyses and epidemiological studies
- Evaluation of health care/population health interventions, services and systems
- Health informatics and use of new technologies in health and health care
- Health inequalities
- Behavioural science
- Life course influences and healthy ageing
- Quantitative and qualitative research
About this degree
The following studentships have been secured in previous years: ESRC, MRC, MRC/ESRC, NIHR, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, Wellcome Trust, NIHR School of Primary Care, NIHR School of Public Health and British Heart Foundation.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Students graduating in the last three years have secured employment in local and central government, NHS trusts and hospitals, clinical trial units and Public Health England (formerly known as the Health Protection Agency), as well as research posts at UCL and other higher education institutions.
The institute produces graduates with the skills and knowledge sought after by government departments and public sector organisations worldwide, as well as leading academic institutions.
The institute’s research departments collaborate with third sector and governmental organisations, as well as members of the media, both nationally and internationally to ensure the highest possible impact of their work beyond the academic community. Students are encouraged to do internships with relevant organisations where funding permits. Members of staff also collaborate closely with academics from leading institutions globally.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health within UCL's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care is a leading department in primary care and offers a wide range of opportunities and an excellent support structure for our research students.
We emphasise multi-disciplinary working, and you will work closely with experts from different backgrounds to gain new skills and expertise. We have a large portfolio of ongoing research in health and related disciplines, which you can join. We have a very strong peer support network of current PhD students and provide early careers development to help all of our students progress onwards to successful careers in their chosen field.
The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care manages many of the UK’s largest, most comprehensive longitudinal datasets, and evaluates strategies for the prevention and treatment of physical and mental ill health. It carries out innovative work on behaviour change, on the practice of primary care as well as leading applied health and health policy research.
- 1st in the UK: top-rated university in the UK for research strength (REF 2014)
- 8th in the world: among the top universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020)
- 10th in the world for public health (ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019)
- 10th in the world for life and medical sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
- You will be able to access UCL's Doctoral School Development programme, which offers an extensive list of development opportunities to expand your research and transferable skills, in order to support your research, professional development and employability. Browse the Skills Development list of courses
Department: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
What our students and staff say
"My work concentrates on the natural history of infection using data from HIV seroconverters (HIV-positive people whose date of HIV seroconversion can be reasonably well estimated, usually because they had a previous HIV test which was negative). The data is useful for clinicians and their patients on what to expect in the absence of therapy, and are needed for health-care planning."
Professor Kholoud PorterEpidemiology and Health Care MPhil/PhD, Epidemiology and Public Health MD(Res), Infection and Population Health MPhil/PhD, Primary Care and Population Health PhD
UCL Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology
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.
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