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The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), a national assessment of research at UK universities, 70% of our research submissions were ranked as internationally excellent or world leading.

In addition to subject specific training, a wide ranging core training programme is undertaken by our research students in order to support the acquisition of generic research skills and provide opportunities for peer-group support.

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PhD candidates normally register for an MPhil in the first instance and must pass a formal examination normally nine - 12 months after registration before transferring onto a PhD programme. You will undertake a research project under the continued guidance of at least two supervisors, one of whom is based at St George's. 

The minimum period of study for a PhD is two calendar years of full time study or the equivalent in part time study. A PhD thesis should consist of an account of your own investigations, form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and afford evidence of originality by the discovery of new facts and/or by the exercise of independent critical power. You should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least a second class honours degree or MSc in an appropriate discipline before applying.

Students may register for a MPhil or PhD at St George's or at Kingston University. Students wishing to pursue a MSc by research and dissertation should register with Kingston University.

Want to hear from our current PhD students?

The PhTea Break podcast is a new creation from the PhD community at St George’s University of London. In each episode members of the community discuss their research projects with a non-scientific audience in mind, and share their experiences of being a PhD student.

Listen to the podcast here.

The MD(Res) degree is designed for practising clinicians with a medical qualification and who are registered with the General Medical Council. It can be studied full time (minimum registration period – one year) or part time (minimum registration period – two years and students are normally expected to spend at least eight session a week on research). Your appointed supervisors will guide you for the length of registration and your thesis should deal with any branch of medicine, surgery or medical or dental science. 
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Research at St George's is conducted within three research institutes (see table below) and the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, each of which has academic staff responsible for postgraduate research students.

Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute

Dr Atticus Hainsworth (MPhil/PhD Lead)
Dr Ingrid Dumitriu (MD (Res) Students)
Dr Bridget Bax (MPhil/PhD Students)

Infection and Immunity Research Institute

Dr Mark Bodman-Smith (all Infection & Immunity)
Dr Pascal Drake(all Infection & Immunity)

Population Health Research Institute

Dr Steve Gillard (MPhil/PhD Students)

Medical and Biomedical Education Institute

Professor David Oliveira (MD(Res) Lead)
Dr David Lovell (includes all previous Biomedical Sciences (BMS) MPhil/PhD students)

Dr James Erskine (MPhil/PhD students)

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Dr Dimitra Nikoletou

If you have any further questions, please contact the Senior Postgraduate Officer (Research Degrees) on +44 (0)20 8725 0191.

Information about fees can be found on our Research Degree Supervisors Guidance and Forms page.
Available MPhil/PhD studentships
The potential impact of smoking/vaping on the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and/or Covid-19 outcomes

Take part in this funded PhD project on 9 June 2021.

Find out more about the course including how to apply, by visiting the course page on the Find a PhD website.

Identification of novel regulators of ADAM17 in skin homeostasis and disease
The London Intercollegiate Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC LID)

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The London Intercollegiate Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC LID) is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC). It is a partnership between St George’s, University of London (SGUL) and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

MRC LID brings together two outstanding specialist schools to provide integrated skills training to develop a cohort of biomedical and public health scientists with world-class expertise in areas of strategic importance to UK and global medical research.

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Our training programme is across three main themes in which we have been at the forefront of innovative research and methodological development:

  • Global Infectious Disease,
  • Quantitative Skills for Large Data Sets, and
  • Evaluation of Complex Interventions.

MRC LID is overseen by the board of management which comprises academics from both institutions.

Applications are open for Sept 2021. Find out more today.


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