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Epidemiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 113 Epidemiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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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Fully-funded QUEX PhD Scholarships

Application Deadline: 28 June 2024
The University of Queensland and the University of Exeter are seeking exceptional students to join a world-leading, cross-continental research team tackling major challenges facing the global community in  sustainability and wellbeing as part of the QUEX Institute. Read more

Funded PhD Project: How maternal behaviour and larval environment influence disease transmission in mosquitoes: a modelling and experimental approach

This project will be part of the Bristol-Macquarie Cotutelle Programme, funded by EPSRC. It will be jointly supervised by Dr Sinead English at the University of Bristol, UK and A/Prof Fleur Ponton at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Read more

Metabolomic characterisation of adiposity across the life course

There is evidence that adiposity, measured by body mass index (BMI), causally influences a range of health outcomes, but little understanding of the mechanisms driving BMI effects. Read more

What’s happening with women’s drinking? Understanding gender inequalities in alcohol consumption and harm in England

Levels of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm are higher among men, but this gap has been narrowing over time, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, when alcohol deaths have risen significantly more among women than men. Read more

The genetic map of human molecular phenotypes

Rationale. Genome wide associations studies (GWASs) have discovered many genetic associations with a large range of human traits, but the functional consequences of GWAS signals often remain elusive, as most GWAS signals reside in non-coding genomic regions. Read more

Mendelian Randomisation for mediation analysis with multiple mediators: theory and applications

Rationale. Many of an individual’s traits are observationally associated with their health outcomes. Understanding the relationships between these factors is critical to effective public health intervention. Read more

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