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Epidemiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Australia

We have 7 Epidemiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Australia

As a PhD student in Epidemiology, you’ll be conducting in-depth research about prevailing concerns in public health. Your research can span from finding the origin of diseases to developing innovative tools for prevention and intervention.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Epidemiology?

With a PhD in Epidemiology, you have the chance to provide value to society with your research in public health. You could be looking at finding ways to prevent and treat illnesses or work on population concerns.

Some popular Epidemiology research topics are:

  • Autoimmune and inflammatory diseases
  • Maternal and child health
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Infections
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Cancer

Whichever specialisation you chose, you can expect elements of data analysis, laboratory study and population-based study during your research.

A PhD in Epidemiology can last up to the 4 years and will end with a thesis submission of 80,000 words. You will also be asked to defend your thesis in an oral viva examination.

Like most other STEM subjects, a PhD in Epidemiology is advertised with a research aim already attached. You must choose a project that aligns with your research interests and qualifications.

As a PhD student in Epidemiology you’ll also have access to certain training courses that will help you develop certain key skills that will go beyond your research and assist in your professional development.

Entry requirements

For most PhD in epidemiology, you’ll at least need an Upper Second-class honours degree in a subject like Biology or Medicine. Some universities might also accept a Lower-Second Class honours degree if you also have a Masters with Merit classification.

Depending on where you study, you might also be required to prove you’re proficient in the language of instruction at your university.

PhD in Epidemiology funding options

In the UK, a PhD in Epidemiology if funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) which provides fully funded studentships along with a monthly stipend. A PhD that is advertised with funding attached guarantees funding to all students who have been successful in their application.

Some other organisations that provide funding for a PhD in Epidemiology are National Institute of Health Research, Cancer Research UK, Wellcome Trust and British Heart Foundation.

PhD in Epidemiology careers

Most Epidemiology doctoral graduates go on to work in roles within medicine and biostatistics. Governments, public health organisations, hospitals and clinical trial units are some of the largest employers of Epidemiology graduates.

If you want to continue in research, you can always look at a career as a postdoctoral research fellow or in academia.

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Multiomics of musculoskeletal disorders

About the research project. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) represent a significant public health concern. They encompass a wide range of conditions that impact the muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and joints, with risk factors varying across age groups and occupational settings. Read more

Study at Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics and help fight diseases of global impact

Did you know that more than 17 million people die from infectious diseases and over 9 million people die from cancer every year across the world?. Read more

Sometimes Correlation does Equal Causation: Developing Statistical Methods to Determine Causality Using Genetic Data

There is a well-known mantra that correlation does not necessarily equal causation. This is why randomized controlled trials in which participants are physically randomized into treatment and placebo groups are the gold standard for assessing causality in epidemiological investigations. Read more

Musculoskeletal health in children

Poor musculoskeletal health is one of the greatest health burdens in Tasmania and worldwide. It is often perceived that poor health is all about aging, but nothing is less true. Read more

Testing effect of environmental exposures on subsequent human generations

We are seeking a PhD candidate to join our research team in this exciting project funded by the Australian Research Council. The research group has conducted work within genetic epidemiology, focusing on pregnancy related exposures and outcomes. Read more
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