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Medicine, MB PhD

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  • 72 months
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The Medicine programme from University College London (UCL) usually lasts nine years (adding three years to the six year MBBS) and students graduate with an MBBS which includes an integrated PhD. Clinical tuition is combined during the PhD.

The Division of Medicine is multidisciplinary and combines excellent facilities with world-leading scientific and clinical expertise. 

A fundamental aim of the Division of Medicine is to train and inspire the next generation of leading scientists and clinicians. 

Students benefit from a training environment that fosters collaboration across the interface of basic science with clinical medicine and its practice within our associated hospitals, as well as the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. 

Together these provide an excellent educational experience and unrivalled opportunities for networking, career development and eventual employment across the biomedical and healthcare sectors.


It is expected that the MBPhD graduate will follow a career that involves research. Some alumni have become full-time researchers with no clinical role, but this is unusual: the majority enjoy clinical work as well. The intense research background makes MBPhD graduates highly eligible for careers in academic medicine, but also in industry, in health policy, and in the financial services industry. 

After graduating from the medical school, graduates almost always go into junior doctor training posts, often in the 'Academic Foundation' higher stream, later branching out into different medical specialties with varying involvement in research.


MBPhD graduates are typically slightly more mature than regular MBBS graduates, and they will have a strong background in basic human biology with excellent and highly honed presentation and problem-solving skills, making them excellent junior doctors who are welcomed throughout the UK. 

In later years they are particularly well qualified for clinical research fellow posts where their scientific background gives them a head start over most medical graduates who have had very little or no research training. Graduates can expect to find employment in the NHS, universities, research institutes, pharmaceutical industry and private sector employers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description
      • 6-7 years
      • The standard 3-year PhD is integrated between MBBS Year 4 and MBBS Year 5
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research areas
  • A huge array of research opportunities are on offer within the Division of Medicine. Applications to conduct research outside the Division of Medicine may be accommodated with prior approval. 
  • The training is largely multidisciplinary with exposure to many types of research methods. Former students have undertaken PhDs in areas such as cancer, immunology, public health, haematology, neuroscience, rheumatology, surgery, molecular biology and infection. Students can enjoy basic science and clinical investigation opportunities.

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General Requirements

The programme is only available to students who are currently undertaking a primary medical qualification (MBBS, MBChB or equivalent) at a UK medical school.

At the point of entry, successful applicants will have:
  • completed at least the first two years of a full five years' primary medical qualification
  • achieved an upper-second or first-class honours degree (or iBSc)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43780 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43780 GBP per year and a duration of 72 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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  • For students who are offered a place on the MBPhD programme, the PhD stage is funded by a series of studentships from various sources, many of which are charitable and may specify an area of interest for a research project. 
  • Typically, studentships include an annual stipend of approximately £17,500 and UCL home-level fees. A contribution to laboratory costs may also form part of the studentship. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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