PhD Programmes

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The UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences hosts a large group of excellent PhD programmes in many different areas of biomedical science. We partner with other organisations like the NIHR Biomedical Research Centres and Unit associated with UCL and the new Francis Crick Institute to provide a huge breadth of training opportunities. Doctoral students not only receive an excellent scientific training, but we encourage a much wider range of generic and transferable skills training through the UCL Graduate School, bespoke training courses in individual Divisions and Institutes, and through the Academic Careers Office itself.

Applying to a programme at UCL is often very competitive and you need to prepare well. Use the links below to explore the individual programmes that we offer and to research how to effectively identify a supervisor and select a project. Different programmes have slightly different application procedures and different ways of matching students to individual projects, but the underlying principles behind taking your first step into academic training are shared by all PhD programmes.


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Selecting your supervisor is one of the most important things you will do. More >

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A successful project is the foundation of your future academic career. More >

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UCL has a large selection of PhD programmes with core funding. More >