Research course

Mental Health

UCL - University College London · UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a first or upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a subject relevant to mental health research (including, but not limited to: psychology; neuroscience; epidemiology; medical statistics), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a recognised taught Master's degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD in Mental Health is a four-year programme with a first year rotation lasting 12-14 weeks, followed by a conventional three-year programme of specialist study, for the main PhD project, in one of the participating departments.

Students on a four-year PhD programme spend their first year gaining generic research skills and broadening their research experience before completing a three-year PhD. Students on the four-year PhD in Mental Health rotate through three different research laboratories or teams on three-month placements. This first year has the following advantages: It enables students from different backgrounds to broaden their knowledge and skills in three different areas of mental health research It gives students greater insight into research; in particular it illustrates where students' specific skills and experience might best fit, before they select their main three-year PhD project.

Department specialisms

Students may pursue their rotation projects and main PhD project in any area relating to mental health, including but not limited to: Genetics Neuroimaging Psychopharmacology Behaviour Neuropsychology Developing Interventions Clinical Trials

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

This programme is linked to the MRC funded studentships (only two per year are available).

Funding opportunities available for students is provided by the UCL Graduate School.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Mr Jonathan Roiser