Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology (Wellcome Trust)

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Run by Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available PhD
Programme length Four years full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Three places per year
Start date October 2017

Programme overview

Our ability to exploit new molecular and genetic technologies in epidemiology to the full depends on a new generation of inter-disciplinary scientists who can harness the benefits of these technologies in exciting and productive ways. The Centre for Doctoral Training and its innovative four-year PhD programme equips students with the knowledge and technical skills to achieve this.

For applicants with a background in science, maths or population science, this programme offers generous funding from the Wellcome Trust and a distinctive cross-disciplinary approach. The first year is designed to offer you opportunities to investigate core subject areas, such as epidemiology and biostatistics, before you embark on your research study.

The programme will give you the opportunity to undertake research training tailored to your needs through a series of intensive short courses, and you will benefit from supervision by highly regarded academics in a dynamic research environment.

Fees for 2017/18

Full time fees

UK
£4,185
Overseas (non-EU)
£18,500

Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2017/18

This programme is fully funded by the Wellcome Trust. The trust provides funding to cover PhD programme fees at UK/EU student rate, research expenses, a stipend for living expenses, contribution towards travel and a contribution towards transferable skills training.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Year one

The first year involves three core attachments, each consisting of a 10-week mini-project and parallel core topic short courses. The core attachments cover the following areas:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics and bioinformatics
  • Molecular/genetic laboratory skills

These attachments will present you with the opportunity to study a range of research areas with different supervisors, allowing an informed decision at the end of the first year on your choice of PhD thesis project for the remaining three years of the programme.

Years two to four

Your main PhD project is carried out during this three-year period. You may attend additional short courses during this time. Your final PhD thesis will be submitted at the end of year four.

Entry requirements

You will have a good honours (minimum requirement is a 2:1) or Master's degrees in a relevant disciplines. As this is a multi-disciplinary programme degrees may be in a range of science subjects, but the applicant should be able to demonstrate how they will apply this to molecular, genetic or lifecourse epidemiology in their research statement.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile A
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Research groups

The School of Social and Community Medicine is a leading centre for research in population health sciences, contributing to significant healthcare improvements and policy change around the world. Research in the school is collaborative and multi-disciplinary, with staff coming from a wide range of academic disciplines and clinical specialties. Further information can be found on our research web pages.

Careers

Our graduates are most likely to find post-doctoral research positions within leading universities. A number of our graduates have been successful in securing their own independent post-doctoral fellowship funding both within Bristol and elsewhere. Other potential destinations include the NHS and industry, particularly pharmaceutical industry.

Staff profiles

Further details of the current supervisors and their interests are available on the programme website.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Dependent on funding deadlines. Please see our website for further details.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 50% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 36% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 2% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Bristol Doctoral College

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Get in touch

Sharen O`Keefe Postgraduate Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 7274 Email: scm-postgrad-admin@bristol.ac.uk

School of Social and Community Medicine
University of Bristol
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
Bristol BS8 2PS http://www.bristol.ac.uk/social-community-medicine/

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