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Wellcome Trust Four Year PhD Programme in Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases

Four Year PhD Programme in Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases

Fully funded MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis (MRC GIDA) studentships available for entry in October 2020.

This 4-year PhD training programme provides unique inter-disciplinary training in infectious disease epidemiology, mathematical modelling and statistics, genetics and evolution, and computational methods.

Based in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology within the Faculty of Medicine's School of Public Health, the programme provides an opportunity to learn, in a supportive and stimulating environment, from leaders in the field who are actively engaged in research and advise leading public health professionals, policy-makers, governments, international organisations and pharmaceutical companies, both nationally and internationally, on a range of diseases include pandemic influenza, HIV, TB, malaria, polio and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

Programme Outline

The programme begins with a 1-year specialist MRes course, during which students undertake core training one day each week, including technical training and generic skills training. Alongside the taught courses, students undertake two 5-month attachments in departmental research groups at the end of the 1st year students develop their PhD proposal undertaken in years 2-4.

Eligibility

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, a first or upper second-class degree in a relevant subject which includes all of those from the quantitative and life sciences – including biology, zoology, genetics, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, economics, mathematics, physics, statistics.

Funding

Four studentships funded by the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis (MRC GIDA) providing a tax free stipend at the research council rates, currently £17,009, in the first year rising to £18,000 for the next 3 years.

Tuition fees at the rate applicable to Home (EU) students are provided. Suitably qualified non-EU students are welcome to apply and we particularly welcome applications from low and middle-income countries (LMIC). Non-EU students will be liable for paying the difference between the home and overseas fee rates. A scholarship is available for one exceptional candidate from an LMIC to cover the difference between the home and overseas rates.

Additional studentships may become available over the course of the admission process - all eligible candidates will be considered without needing to submit any further details.

Self-funded places on the 1-year MRes course only will also be available. If you are interested in this option please apply via the MRes Biomedical Research website.

Application procedure

Applications should consist of 2 parts, combined single PDF document:

  • A CV with the names, mailing addresses and email addresses of at least two academic referees
  • A one page statement indicating why you want to join this PhD programme.

Applications should be submitted via our application form.

For full details of the programme and application procedure please visit the programme website.

Deadlines

Closing date for applications: Friday 3 January 2020

Interview dates: 22 & 23 January 2020

Further Information

Informal enquiries can be directed to the programme administrator via [email protected]


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