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
- Genetic epidemiology
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.