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Epidemiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 145 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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National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Patient Safety Research Collaborative (PSRC) PhD studentship

Award summary. To deliver real and meaningful changes in patient safety for those with Multiple Long-Term Conditions (MLTCs). https://www.newcastle-hospitals.nhs.uk/news/5-3million-investment-for-patient-safety-research/. Read more

Exploring the interplay and mechanisms between sleep, circadian rhythms and physical activity in relation to physical and mental health

Understanding the interplay between physical activity and sleep is important for improving physical and mental health. A proposed mechanism linking physical activity with improved sleep is through regulation of circadian (24-hour) rhythms in the body. Read more

Automating knowledge synthesis in biomedical literature using AI and language models

Knowledge synthesis can be a slow and cumbersome process but is an essential tool for medical and public health policy-makers. Formal systematic reviews require rigid protocols and extensive human effort from trained professionals, whereas a massive volume of research evidence emerges every year. Read more

Exploring the value of using large third-party artificial intelligence models in epidemiology, with examples using Twitter data

Large language models (LLMs) are an artificial intelligence approach that have recently been shown to have extremely promising ability, for example, for conversing with humans or performing tasks such as summarising or extracting information from text. Read more

Intergenerational transmission of self-harm thoughts and behaviours

We are offering an exciting 4-year PhD studentship starting in October 2024. This interdisciplinary project will provide training in epidemiology, genetics, and advanced longitudinal methods. Read more

Revealing Abledment: Ableism and the Body Politic

Studies in Ableism (SiA) is now a recognised sub-specialism of critical disability studies and focuses on ways that abledment (the process of being/becoming ‘abled’) is located within societal processes and practices. Read more

Adults with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA): the impact of a long-term chronic disease on ongoing arthritis, quality of life, and mental health

Understanding how juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), the most common chronic inflammatory musculoskeletal disease in children and young people, affects later adult-life has been prioritised by individuals living with JIA/families, European arthritis organisations, and charities. Read more

Towards equity in medicine with big health data, epidemiology, and artificial intelligence (NDORMS 2024/13)

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted inequalities in healthcare systems around the world. Inequalities based on ethnicity are of concern because most of our understanding of many diseases comes from White or Caucasian populations whose risk factors, disease prevalence and incidence can differ from other ethnic groups. Read more

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