About Graduate Research at the Institute
The Institute for Women’s Health provides a multi-disciplinary and cross cutting environment for PhD and MD(Res) students, covering several themes including gynaecological cancer, bioinformatics, reproductive medicine, prenatal genetics, maternal and fetal medicine, and neonatology. The Institute fosters an academic environment in which students can develop and pursue research at the highest level of accomplishment. It provides opportunities for graduate study at the forefront of basic science and clinical/translational research, in an internationally recognised centre of academic excellence. It seeks to develop research and academic skills of scholarship and to enable students to contribute to and learn from the broader objectives in women’s health. In conjunction with the UCL Graduate School, the programme develops and fosters not only the specific skills required in a particular area of research, but also generic and transferable skills that enable students to compete in the broadest range of career opportunities.
An Environment for Research and Scholarship
The UCL EGA Institute for Women’s Health provides research and clinical facilities of high calibre, including access to high-throughput proteomic, genomic, endocrine, cell and molecular laboratories, and clinical and experimental neuro-imaging facilities. We also have extensive collaborative links with both Physiology and Anatomy. This environment is further enriched by the UCLH Phase 2 Maternity Hospital, opened in 2008, and the location of some Institute research in the Cancer Institute.
About our PhD and MD(Res) Programmes
The aim of our PhD programme is to develop critical thinking independent researchers with a good knowledge of research methodologies, relevant theoretical knowledge, and transferable skills that will enable critical analysis and the application of these skills to improve scientific understanding within the research community by disseminating findings in peer reviewed journals. The standard period for a full-time PhD at UCL is three years, with completion within four years at most. Part-time students register for five years and must complete within seven years. Our MD(Res) programme aims likewise aims to develop critical thinking independent researchers with good knowledge of research methodologies and skills that will enable critical analysis and application of scientific knowledge to their clinical practice. Most students undertaking study for an MD(Res) are employed as clinical fellows and will register part-time. Whether studying full or part-time, MD(Res) students register for two years and must complete within three years (full-time) or four years (part-time).