A PhD represents the third cycle in University education. It is accessible to students who have gained the necessary 300 credits, which generally equates to five years of studies.
A PhD is obtained by completing a scientific training course equivalent to 60 credits and by writing a doctoral thesis, worth a minimum of 120 credits.
Before applying to study for a PhD, the applicant must first find a supervisor. Admission procedures cannot be undertaken without a supervisor. You can identify teams working in your research field by thematic presentation. We also suggest you browse the web pages of the UCL Research Institutes.
Visiting PhD researchers: If you are studying for a PhD at a university other than UCL, but would like to do some research at UCL, please identified your research field and take contact with their investigator(s).
A few FAQ:
- How do I find a PhD supervisor? Once you will have identified a supervisor and after you will have established contact with him or her, you will be in a position to submit your PhD admission application.
- What are the various steps involved in doctoral studies (from admission through to conferral of a degree)?
- What opportunities are there for inter-university collaboration? Joint thesis supervision or Joint doctoral programmes?
- What kind of funding is available?
- What opportunities are available for researcher mobility?
- What opportunities are there for séjour scientific visits?
- Do you have any other questions of a practical nature concerning tuition fees, budget, insurance, etc.? Check out the Practical Info leaflet that accompanies the brochure about studying for a PhD at UCL, available here.