Mental Health Sciences

University College London (UCL)

Ph. D. On Campus
24 months
25900 GBP/year
5555 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Mental Health Sciences programme from University College London (UCL) offers an exciting range of possible PhD supervisors for students to gain the skills they will need for a career in most areas of mental health research - from bench and biology to neuroscience, psychology and applied clinical research. 


During the Mental Health Sciences programme from University College London (UCL) you will work across psychosis, dementia and common mental disorders. 

Our research focuses on the psychology, biological and genetic basis and predictors of mental health. 

We develop and test interventions to improve people's mental health outcomes, including medical, psychological, and social interventions and their application to policy and healthcare systems, both in the UK and across the world.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Division of Psychiatry delivers a wide spectrum of research in mental health sciences, with world-leading research outputs and a friendly, collaborative environment.

The UK government's recent six-year evaluation of research in UK universities, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) showed UCL as the top-ranked university for research in psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience. 

The REF judged 51% of UCL's research in psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience as world-leading (4) and 32% as internationally excellent (3). UCL is also the top-rated university in the UK for research strength.

The division occupies a brand new building on the central London campus.


Recent graduates have taken up academic posts in UK universities and others have progressed to senior clinical positions in NHS Trusts.

Programme Structure

Research areas

Staff in the department work in three thematic research groups:

  • Common mental disorders
  • Dementia and disorders of old age
  • Psychosis.

Each theme covers research across the whole range of methods. Our expertise covers the full range of mental health sciences research including biological psychiatry, neuroimaging, psychiatric genetics, epidemiology, health services research (including quantitative and qualitative methods), social psychiatry and clinical trials.

It extends to psychiatric genetics – covering schizophrenia, dementia, alcohol dependence and affective disorders – to psychiatric epidemiology, and to common mental disorders, psychosis and the mental health of older people, including dementia research.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A recognised medical qualification from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25900 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5555 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5555 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • UK/EU: £2,785 (PT)
  • Overseas: £12,960 (PT)


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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