Department profile

Faculty of Population Health Sciences

UCL - University College London
2019/20 edition

About Faculty of Population Health Sciences

Study with experts in the fields of women’s and child health, cardiovascular science, epidemiology, clinical trials, health informatics and global health.

  • UCL is rated as the top UK university by research strength (REF 2014)
  • 80% of our research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014)
  • UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences is the UK’s strongest medical research grouping (REF 2014)

The UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences aims to produce outstanding students equipped to promote improvements in health and wellbeing worldwide. Encompassing institutes in women’s health, child health, global health and cardiovascular sciences, as well as in epidemiology and health care, clinical trials and health informatics, the Faculty provides an exciting and cross-disciplinary environment for the study of population health across the lifecourse.

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

World-leading research

The Faculty of Population Health Sciences is made up of seven institutes, which together encompass conception, birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, older age and death. The Institutes for Women’s Health, Cardiovascular Science, Epidemiology and Health Care and the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health comprehensively address these phases at an individual and population level. The Institutes of Clinical Trials & Methodology, Health Informatics and Global Health focus on how potential health gains can be realised nationally and internationally. The range of disciplines from which staff are drawn, our collaborative approach and the initiatives in which we are involved all ensure that we are provide a supportive, challenging and vibrant faculty in which to study.

The London advantage

One of the many advantages of being in the centre of London is our links to, and collaboration with, a number of clinical partners and leading policy-making institutions, including the MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR (National Institute for Health Research), Public Health England, NICE, the Department of Health and UCL’s partner health facilities and Biomedical Research Centres. Students on our clinical programmes in child and women’s health have the opportunity to work alongside leading clinicians at some of London’s major hospitals, including Great Ormond Street and University College Hospital. Our unparalleled access to high quality research facilities and academic expertise informs the structure and content of the teaching programmes we offer.

Employability and skills

We offer a unique environment for cross-disciplinary study, as well as the opportunity to engage with peers and staff with professional experience in many different domains of public health, including health service delivery, research, programme management, health policy and advocacy. Institutes within the Faculty run alumni and networking events and foster relationships with industry, third sector and governmental organisations, partner hospitals and the wider NHS – developing extensive networks that support future success.

As a student, you will benefit from world-class education and training and graduate with the skills and knowledge sought after by industry, government departments and voluntary and public sector organisations worldwide, as well as leading academic institutions. 93% of our 2014 graduates on taught postgraduate courses are in work or further study (DLHE, 2014-15).

English language support

The UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) offers a range of excellent courses in English for Academic Purposes, including pre-sessional courses, longer preparatory courses and foundation programmes. Full details are available on the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) website.

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied.

This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying at UCL and living in the UK. Full details are available on the UCL Prospective Graduate website.

Facilities and support arrangements

UCL provides the library and IT facilities associated with a world-leading university. The various institutes in the Faculty have excellent discipline-specific facilities to support your studies, including newly refurbished laboratories and investment in non-invasive imaging and high-speed computing and ‘omics’ analysis technology.

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

Fees, funding and costs

Financial matters are a concern for all students, and careful planning is important. You will have to pay tuition fees for the programme you are undertaking, and will need money to cover your living expenses. For more information, please visit:

Studentships are available annually for specific research areas and programmes identified by funders. Scholarships are also available for taught programmes where funders believe they address specific training and capacity requirements. Information about scholarships is held at institute or programme level and applicants should contact institutes directly to secure the most up-to-date information.

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