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Current PhD opportunities at LHA/UCL

MRC PhD Studentship in Life course epidemiology of physical, cognitive, cardiovascular or brain ageing, - Ref:1551991 

UCL Department / Division: MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL

Duration of Studentship: 3 years

Stipend: £16,249 (circa) + fees Per annum

Closing Date:
5 Jun 2016

Latest time for the submission of applications:

Studentship Start Date:
September 2016

An enthusiastic doctoral fellow is sought to undertake original research using a life course approach to understand health and ageing based in the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL (MRC LHA).

Studentship Description

Research projects include life course approaches to cardiovascular, cognitive, musculoskeletal and reproductive ageing and the ageing brain; disability and care; epigenetics of ageing; and inflammatory and neuroendocrine pathways to ageing.  Further information for prospective PhD students and suggested topics can be found on the NSHD website.

Person Specification

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates with a First Class or Upper Second Class BSc in a biomedical discipline. The studentship is available as either +3 or 1+3 and entry requirements vary correspondingly. The +3 studentship covers a three-year period of PhD study for applicants who already hold an MSc in epidemiology or a related discipline. The 1+3 studentship covers a four-year period, which includes one year of study on the MSc in Health & Society ( or the MSc in Population Health ( followed by three years of PhD study.


Please note the eligibility residence criteria that must be met & fee information at:

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and university fees) a student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay.
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences).
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (Thisdoes not apply to UK or EU nationals).

To be eligible for a fees only award:

  • Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to discuss the topic with a potential supervisor, contacting Dr. Stephanie Pilling ( in the first instance. A job description and person specification can be accessed via the link at the bottom of this page. To apply, please include a CV, a separate statement of research experience and interests, an indication of the topic for which you are applying, and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please send them to Jane Johnson Please include a contact number and an email address.

Contact name
Jane Johnson

Contact details 020 7670 5700

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