Department profile

Faculty of Medical Sciences

University College London (UCL)
2019/20 edition

About Faculty of Medical Sciences

Study with experts in the fields of medicine, surgery, biomedical engineering and clinical sciences

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Pushing the boundaries of Medical Sciences knowledge through cutting edge research and state of the art facilities

  • UCL is rated as the top UK university by research strength (REF 2014)
  • UCL Clinical Medicine is rated first in the UK for research power, with 80% of our submission rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014)
  • UCL School of Life and Medical Science is the UK’s strongest medical research grouping (REF 2014)

UCL is one of the top 10 Faculties of Medical Sciences in the world and the number one in London. We offer a unique mix of pioneering research, best in class academics and clinicians, cutting-edge facilities and world-renowned partner hospitals & institutions. Our location in the world’s most global city makes UCL one of the best places in the world to gain a Masters in Medical Science.

We offer over 40 postgraduate programmes designed to provide you with training of the highest quality, whether you intend to pursue a career in healthcare, industry or academia.CPD, Master’s and PhD level opportunities are available within the following subject areas:

World-leading research

The Faculty of Medical Sciences is made up of six divisions and institutes, each with a programme of innovative research reflecting our expertise in clinical and translational science.

Recent examples of our work include: the development of a bioartificial liver for patients in acute liver failure, the study of dental disease in elite sports people and the proof of concept of a novel platform therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer. The science behind innovations such as these underpins our graduate training programmes, which are preparing the future leaders in clinical research.


Why study a Masters in Medical Sciences at UCL?

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At UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences, we constantly challenge ourselves to be more innovative – from the areas in which we research to the techniques we use to the technologies that we leverage. If you are intellectually curious, keen to push boundaries and seeking genuine challenges in your MSc Degree, UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences is the place for you.

Unrivaled location

London is considered to be a microcosm of the world and as such provides a unique environment in which to study and research today’s global health challenges.

Great minds

Within the cultural melting pot of London, you will study alongside some of the world’s greatest minds in clinical medicine and science such as Professor Mark Emberton, Dr Manish Chand, Professor Charlie Swanton and many others

Unparalelled opportunities

Our postgrad medicine students will have access to some of the world’s leading hospitals and institutions: University College Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital, RNOH Stanmore, UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre, the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health just to name a few

World-class facilities

Our courses include opportunities for hands on experience of everything from 3D bioprinting for the development of synthetic organs to the use of virtual reality for minimally invasive surgeries to the world’s most advanced range of preclinical imaging technologies.

Important connections

Our position at the heart of London also allows us to work closely with a number of world-leading academic centres and research institutes, such as the Francis Crick Institute, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School for Nanotechnology, as well as partners and stakeholders in industry and the public sector.

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In addition, each of our divisions runs an active programme of research seminars, talks and lectures to give you access to the leaders in your field, and also to bring you into regular contact with other students for support and guidance.

UCL also provides students with a wealth of services and facilities to meet their cultural, social, and leisure interests and their practical needs. For more information visit:

Employability and skills

Our programmes are designed to provide you with the knowledge and experience gained from a research-intensive university. This will prepare you for a career where an understanding of research methodology will give you an advantage in the future. Naturally, a first destination for our graduates is often an academic or NHS research role, but pharmaceutical companies, clinical trials companies and financial organisations are also common employers. Taught programmes are often mapped directly to the training needs of specific professional groups. Whether you are on a career track or still considering your options, we will provide career advice to help you on your way forward.

Scholarships and funding

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The Faculty offers a variety of funding opportunities for students and researchers who are able to demonstrate intellectual and scientific skills of the highest order, such as the UCL IMPACT and Grand Challenges studentships. There are also a number of PhD programmes that attract external funding (e.g. ATTRACT studentships in the area of adoptive cell therapy). Similarly, bursaries are available for some taught programmes.

Sources of funding - a brief overview of the sources of funding available for your graduate study.

English language support

The UCL Centre for Languages & International Education offers full and part-time English for Academic Purposes and foundation courses for international students. Full details are available on the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) website.


Embarking on a degree is an exciting challenge, and for many students may mean living independently for the first time. You need not be concerned about finding a place to live, as UCL can offer accommodation and advice. UCL Student Accommodation's aim is to provide agreeable accommodation in a friendly environment at affordable prices.

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UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences

UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS) is a global leader in research-embedded postgraduate education. Studying with us is a hugely rewarding experience and even more so since UCL was rated the top UK university for research strength last year (REF2014).

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