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