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Doctoral Degrees

UCL offers unrivaled opportunities for PhD research in all aspects of population health. Research projects range across all areas relevant to populations and lifelong health, from child health, through sexual and reproductive health and infectious disease epidemiology, to mental health and ageing, global health, social determinants of health and behaviour change to address risk factors.

Populations and lifelong health research is carried across many of UCL's biomedical departments and beyond, by researchers who are among the leaders of their fields, using the most effective techniques to improve the health of populations. Research projects are well funded, so that PhD students have the best chance of getting off to a productive start in their research.

Three Year PhDs

Prospective PhD candidates are encouraged to investigate and informally discuss research opportunities directly with PIs, departments and/or institutes, and explore inter-departmental or cross-faculty research themes (as your area of interest may be represented across more than one department).  After you and your prospective supervisor have agreed on a topic of research, you should then submit a formal application.

Students may apply for three year PhD places at the same time as applying to four year PhD programmes.

Four Year PhD Programmes

Increasingly PhD provision at UCL is offered through four-year programmes funded by the UK Research Councils and other major funders. Available opportunities include our flagship four year PhD programme in the School of Life and Medical Sciences:

Students may apply for three year PhD places at the same time as applying to four year PhD programmes. There are a number of institutional sources of funding for three and four years PhDs, including:

· Birkbeck-UCL MRC DTP 

· ESRC Doctoral Training Centre in Social Sciences

· British Heart Foundation 4 Year PhD Studentships

· IMPACT Awards

· Grand Challenge Studentships

· UCL Institute of Child Health - Child Health Research PhD Programmes

· NIHR School for Public Health Research

· NIHR School for Primary Care Research

· Wellcome Trust Bloomsbury Centre for Global Health Research

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