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MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit - Fully-Funded PhD studentship opportunities

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit - Fully-Funded PhD studentship opportunities

At the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, we are looking to develop the next generation of highly skilled researchers. Our Unit has a particular focus on developing and using cutting-edge methods to understand how social, behavioural, economic, political and environmental factors influence health. We are offering studentships across our research programmes, starting September 2020.

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’). For most students a particularly relevant Masters Programme will be the taught Programme in The Development and Evaluation of Interventions, with core courses in the Development of Interventions, Evaluation Design and The Fundamentals of Evaluation. Others that might be relevant are the taught Masters in Sociology and Research Methods and the taught Masters in Public Health. To support our students’ development we provide training in all aspects of research and in transferable academic and generic skills. 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.

Find out more about being a PhD student at the Unit

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

What is offered?

During your PhD, you will:

  • Receive a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum (from 1st October 2019) and a training/conference allowance of £1,300 per annum (UK resident only).
  • Receive a thorough training in both generic research skills and transferable skills, as well as subject-specific training.
  • Work in a Unit with a strong commitment to student wellbeing and pastoral support.

MRC funded studentship eligibility

  • UK national and UK resident applicants – full funding is available, for University fees and a stipend. Includes a training allowance.
  • Other European Economic Area (EEA) applicants – partial funding is available, covering University fees only.
  • International applicants – not eligible to apply.
  • Full eligibility criteria is available on the UKRI Medical Research Council website.

How to apply

View studentship opportunities for our research programmes by visiting our website.

Candidates are required to prepare a two A4 page research proposal. Please contact the supervisor of your proposed topic to discuss your proposal prior to submission.

Apply through Postgraduate Admissions. Please ensure you apply to MVLS - MRC/CSO PhD Studentship.

The full set of supporting documents noted below are required to be uploaded at the point of 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

Once you have submitted your application, please email [email protected] to confirm. General enquiries regarding the application process can also be directed to this email address.

Closing Date: 24 February 2020
Interviews: 21 and 23 April 2020

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