Ph. D. On Campus

Primary Care and Population Health

University College London (UCL)

36 months
26500 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Primary Care and Population Health PhD programme at University College London aims to equip the next generation of experts with the necessary tools to address major 21st-century health challenges and deliver real-world impact.


The Primary Care and Population Health research degree programme is based within at University College London's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care. You will join an extremely engaging PhD programme, which currently supports a vibrant community of over 100 students from all over the world.

This programme offers you the opportunity to join a multidisciplinary research department with experts who focus on a wide range of public health concerns such as:

  • Infectious disease monitoring, prevention and control
  • Social determinants of health 
  • Dental public health
  • Disability across the globe
  • Health and life expectancy in socially excluded groups
  • Health surveys and longitudinal cohort studies

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 the healthcare, industry and governmental sector.


This research degree programme aims to provide excellent and challenging training for exceptional students, so that they may successfully pursue careers in:

  • Local and central government
  • NHS trusts
  • Public health organisations
  • Hospitals and clinical trial units
  • Academic researchers and university lecturers
  • Policy management
  • Government advisors
  • Charity and non-governmental sectors

This degree can be varied and may have an international dimension, including fieldwork carried out abroad, setting up a study within the UK or other countries, or using secondary data from some of the UK’s largest, most comprehensive longitudinal datasets many of which are housed within the institute.

You will also have access to UCL's Doctoral Skills Development programme, which will enable you to expand your research and transferable skills in order to support your research, professional development and employability.

Programme Structure

Research areas:
  • 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26500 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 36 months.


  • UK: £2,845
  • International: £13,230

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

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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