Department profile

Faculty of Medical Sciences

UCL - University College London
2018/19 edition

About Faculty of Medical Sciences

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

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  • 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)

The Faculty of Medical Sciences aims to boost understanding of human disease and injury, with a commitment to delivering the medical advances that will transform the health and wellbeing of both UK and international populations.

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:

  • Advanced Dentistry
  • Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cancer
  • Drug Design and Development
  • Eating Disorders and Nutrition
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Quality and Leadership in Healthcare
  • Sports and Performing Arts Medicine
  • Surgery

World-leading research

The Faculty of Medical Sciences is made up of 6 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.


The London advantage

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London may be regarded as a microcosm of the world and as such provides a unique environment in which to study and research today’s global health challenges. Students across the faculty have the opportunity to work alongside leading clinicians and scientists at some of London’s major hospitals – University College Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, Eastman Dental Hospital, Whittington Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Each of our partner hospitals provide an unrivalled resource in terms of patient cohorts and specialist facilities.

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.

Key features and facilities

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Access to modern facilities is a fundamental requirement for graduate students in order to pursue their studies effectively. We have the tools to enable you to follow your ideas, and these are backed up with the technical expertise to ensure you get the most out of your time with us. Although each of our divisions has the resources required for its discipline, our students also have access to the huge resource of expertise and equipment available across UCL as a whole.

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.

Student Accomodation – Residences, Applications, Living in London, Virtual Tours

Register your interest or apply now.

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).

Discover UCL Life and Medical Sciences at our Graduate Study Open Event on 16 November 2015

The event will give you the opportunity to meet with UCL academic staff and current students to find out more about postgraduate study at London’s global university.

Contact details

020 7679 3000
University College London
Gower Street
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