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.

All you need to know about doing a PhD at UCL

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.