PhD programme

GW4 Biomed studentships available

The IEU is offering studentship projects through the GW4 Doctoral Training Partnership for a 2017 start. Apply on the GW4 Biomed website.

Joint SSCM/Faculty of Engineering Programme open

Our joint IEU/Faculty of Engineering PhD is open for 2017 entry. Please see here for further details.

IEU programme closed

Our SSCM IEU programme is now closed for 2017 entry.  We do still encourage you to browse our topics and contact supervisors at any time throughout the year in preparation for 2018 entry. Our next advert will go live in November 2017.

 

Our ability to fully exploit new molecular and genetic technologies in epidemiology depends on a new generation of inter-disciplinary scientists who can harness the benefits of these technologies in exciting and productive ways. These innovative four-year PhD programmes equip students with the knowledge and technical skills to achieve this.

Are you:
  • a mathematician or statistician? Your expertise could contribute to causal analyses in population health. 
  • a chemist? Your knowledge could contribute to our molecular understanding of disease.
  • a computer scientist? Your skills could contribute to complex data integration and analysis.
  • a biologist or biochemist? Your expertise could contribute to our understanding of molecular pathways in disease.
  • an engineer? Your skills could contribute to new methods in wearable sensors for health research.
  • a psychologist? Your skills could contribute to understanding the links between behaviour, health and mental health.

The programme

The MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol has a 4 year inter-disciplinary PhD programme registered with the School of Social and Community Medicine.

The aim of our Integrative Epidemiology PhD programmes is to train graduates from a wide range of disciplines (e.g. natural sciences, biostatistics, molecular genetics, econometrics, biochemistry, mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering and computational science) to integrate molecular, cellular, clinical and population data to identify the causal effects of potentially modifiable exposures on health-related outcomes.

The PhD studentship is funded for 4 years and has two components:

1) a foundation year combining specific and generic skills training with practical experience gained from undertaking three 'mini-projects' each lasting 3 months and reflecting the programmes and cross-cutting themes of the Unit. Mini projects can be chosen from a range of topics to match individual training needs:

  • Causal and translational epidemiology
  • Data mining and bioinformatics
  • Molecular/genetic sciences, including metabolomics and epigenetics and a laboratory attachment
  • Statistical and econometric methodology
  • Innovative data capture
  • Methods and cohort study methods in epidemiology

The rotations will be integrated with attendance at 1-5 day basic and advanced research skills training. Details on training courses offered within the School of Social and Community Medicine.

2) a 3-Yr PhD project.

The University

All of your studies will be at the University of Bristol, a leading UK research university. The University is near the centre of Bristol, a vibrant and leading UK city.

The MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol offers an integrated approach to postgraduate education in a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment. It complements parallel PhD programmes at the University including (amongst others) those in Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology; Dynamic Cell Biology; Neurosciences; and Complexity Sciences.

How to apply

Enquiries are invited for the MRC IEU studentships starting in October 2018. 

Apply online

In addition applications are invited for the Faculty of Engineering/IEU PhD studentship suitable for cross-disciplinary projects with a supervisor from the Faculty of Engineering.

Whichever opportunity you are applying for your application must contain the following information:

  • A completed University of Bristol application form.
  • An academic curriculum vitae
  • A covering letter stating clearly that you are applying for the  4 -Year Joint MRC/University of Bristol Integrative Epidemiology Unit . The letter should include a personal  statement regarding your career aspirations.
  • A research proposal up to two A4 pages (aims, background, methods, references). To help you develop your proposal, topic titles, brief project outlines and potential supervisors are listed below. You should discuss topics of interest with the IEU supervisors proposing those topics so you can develop the proposal. Applications received without a fully developed research proposal will be returned to the applicant, with a request for this information
  • Two academic references
  • Certified copies of degree certificates and transcripts
  • Names of supervisors with whom you have discussed your proposal

Please view examples of topics. Please ensure at least one of your proposed supervisors is from the IEU staff unit. Please email scm-postgrad-admin@bristol.ac.uk for further details.  

Funding

The MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol provides support for four years and includes a stipend, PhD registration fees at UK rate, research expenses, travel and transferable-skills training.

These studentships are in open competition for applicants who satisfy the eligibility requirements and are awarded for a period of four years. The studentships cover university tuition fees and for those eligible, a stipend of at least  £14,297 per year. Students also receive a research budget and a travel/conference allowance of £5,300 per year.

For further details about the 4 Year MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol studentships, potential topics and supervisors please email scm-postgrad-admin@bristol.ac.uk

Please note: Only UK residents and European applicants who have worked in the UK for at least the last three years are eligible for these programmes.

Self-funded, well-qualified UK/EU/International applicants who wish to follow this 4 year PhD model are also encouraged to apply. 

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