Current PhD opportunities at LHA/UCL

Summary: The Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care invites applications for two Medical Research Council-funded PhD studentships to begin in September 2015. The Institute offers a unique environment to those wishing to undertake interdisciplinary study and gain exposure to research within departments pursuing a highly acclaimed international research agenda. Successful candidates will be based in one of the Research Departments of the Institute, namely Epidemiology and Public Health, Infection and Population Health, Applied Health Research, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing or Primary Care and Population Health. They will also have the opportunity to benefit from expertise across the Institute and, depending on the nature of the project proposed, work across departments or with a co-supervisor from another Institute in the Faculty of Population Health in UCL. Applicants should have a first or upper second class degree in an appropriate discipline. An MSc in a relevant subject is desirable.

Eligibility: These MRC research studentships are for 3 years. They are restricted to candidates who have been resident in the UK for the past three years.  If you do not fulfil this criterion, you are not eligible for this scheme.

Funding:MRC Studentships cover UK home fees and full stipend for three years. The stipend is currently £15,863 pa. Two studentships are available for 2015/16 academic year.

Applications: Applications should include a CV, an indication of the area of research for which the candidate is applying, and a statement of research experience and interests. Electronic submissions are preferred.  Please include a contact telephone number and an email address. Applications should be addressed to: Andreas Opitz, Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, University College London, Mortimer Market, London WC1E 6BT ( Application deadline: 5.00pm Monday 23 Feb 2015.

If you wish to discuss possible research topics and opportunities, please contact Dr Andrew Copas (, 020 3108 2062) for studentships in the Department of Infection and Population Health, Dr Kate Walters ( 020 7794 0500, internal x36747) for studentships in the Department of Primary Care & Population Health or Dr Anne McMunn (020 7679 1730, regarding studentships in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health or MRC Lifelong Health & Ageing, and Dr Nora Pashayan (, 020 3108 3255) regarding studentships in the Department of Applied Health Research.

Interviews: It is hoped that interviews will be held sometime during the week of 16-20 March 2015.

Academic references will be taken up for all short-listed candidates and travel costs will be reimbursed up to the equivalent of the most economical train/air fare available within the UK.

Further information regarding potential research groups and supervisors can be found at:


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