Research course

Primary Health Care and Population Health

UCL - University College London · Division of Population Health Research

Entry 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.

Months of entry


Course content

Our PhD students join experienced teams working in one of our eight research themes, including: mental health, ageing, eHealth, cardiovascular epidemiology, electronic healthcare data, medical education, research methodology (including statistics and health economics) and primary care/mental health clinical trials (PRIMENT CTU). We support full-time and part-time PhD studentships in these areas using qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health is one of the leading departments in Primary Care worldwide and offers a wide range of opportunities and excellent support structure for our research students. We emphasise multidisciplinary working, and students work closely with experts from across a wide range of backgrounds to gain new skills and expertise. We have a large portfolio of ongoing research in health and related disciplines, which students can join. We have a very strong peer support network of current PhD students and provide early careers development to help all of our students progress onwards to successful careers in their chosen field.

Department specialisms

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

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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 studentships have been secured in prior years. Prospective research students should contact academic departments and research groups to enquire about further funded opportunities.

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available at:

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Mr Andreas Opitz
+44 (0)20 3108 2097
020 7679 3001