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MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit - Complexity in Health programme

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

PhD studentships - Complexity in Health programme

At the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit we are looking to develop the next generation of highly skilled researchers and are offering 5 studentships across our research programmes, starting October 2021.

We are offering three-year studentships to those who have a Masters degree, or equivalent training with a research component, in a relevant scientific discipline. We can also offer, over a four-year period, an opportunity for postgraduate students to gain an appropriate Masters degree prior to starting a doctorate (‘1+3 studentships’). Find out more about being a PhD student at the Unit. We are based within the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, and work closely with our colleagues across both the College of Social Sciences and the College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life Sciences.


Topics available in the Complexity in Health programme are below with further details on each topic available on our website.

Sleep and mental health in young people
Supervisors: Professor Sharon Simpson, Dr Anne Martin and other TBC

Intergenerational intervention development for promoting physical and mental health and wellbeing
Supervisors: Dr Stephanie Chambers, Dr Anne Martin and other TBC

Adolescent wellbeing within the school context: a systems perspective
Supervisors: Dr Jo Inchley and Professor Sharon Simpson and other TBC

To view studentship opportunities for our other research programmes, visit our website.


Please note that topics are indicative. Student-led applications/topics relevant to the Unit and Programmes (i.e. on related topics with different supervisors) are also welcome. These should be discussed with relevant supervisors prior to submission of application.

You will receive a tax-free stipend of £15,285 per annum (from 1st October 2020) and a training/conference allowance of £1,300 per annum (UK only), together with training in generic research skills, transferable skills and subject-specific training.

MRC funded studentship eligibility

Funding is available for UK, EU and international students. Full eligibility criteria is subject to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Terms and Conditions.

How to apply

Please prepare a two A4 page research proposal. Please contact the supervisor of your proposed topic to discuss your proposal prior to submission. Applications should be submitted to Postgraduate Admissions. Please ensure you apply to MVLS - MRC/CSO PhD Studentship.

Supporting documents noted below must be uploaded at application:

  • CV/Resume
  • Degree certificate (if you have graduated prior to 1 July 2015)
  • Passport
  • Two A4 page research proposal (This should have been discussed with the Programme Leader/supervisor prior to submission).
  • Reference 1 (a full reference should be submitted from an academic who has a knowledge of your academic ability from your most recent study/programme)
    Reference 2 (a full reference should be submitted from an academic who has a knowledge of your academic ability)
  • Transcripts

Please email susan.wilkie@glasgow.ac.uk to confirm submission and if you have any general enquiries regarding the application process.

Closing Date: 26 February 2021

Interviews: 19/20 April 2021

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