The MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit provides a supportive and multidisciplinary environment for training and development at all career stages. Our focus is on training in high-quality and reproducible research, with this being an area of high demand in the jobs market. 

Internal training

Unit members can access a wide array of training in current epidemiological methods, with a focus on advances in causal inference, integrative epidemiology, statistical and computational skills. Training is accessed via the Bristol Medical School Short Course Programme, Advanced Computing Research Centre and regular working groups and skills clinics. A full range of learning and development opportunities is offered through the Staff Development Programme and through external sources, such as mentoring schemes, leadership training and sabbatical opportunities.

Informal training

The Unit organises a full programme of research meetings and seminars and a biennial Mendelian Randomization Conference. Researchers are supported in building their professional networks through opportunities for research visits with academic and non-academic partners. The transition from experienced postdoctoral researcher to independent research leader is supported through the IEU Future Leaders Forum. 


Teaching is an important skill for those seeking an academic career. IEU members can develop their skills by contributing to Short Courses, MSc programmes and external training courses. IEU researchers provide training in integrative epidemiology methods in a range of external settings, including low- and middle-income countries.  Staff can attend the CREATE scheme to gain a formal teaching qualification.

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