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PhD Studentships in Genetic Epidemiology, Nutritional Epidemiology or Physical Activity Epidemiology

PhD Studentships in Genetic Epidemiology, Nutritional Epidemiology or Physical Activity Epidemiology
University of Cambridge

Opportunities for PhD studentships are available at the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge. The studentships enable students to explore and develop their own area of research, within the context of the broader aims of the following research programmes:

  • Aetiology of diabetes and related metabolic disorders
  • Growth and development
  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Physical activity epidemiology

Please see for further information, current PhD projects and other potential areas of research. Prospective students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors directly to discuss their plans. Students will be registered with the University of Cambridge and belong to one of its Colleges. The student will be integrated into one of the above disease aetiology focussed research programmes at the MRC Epidemiology Unit.

The MRC Epidemiology Unit ( is a research department in the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, investigating the causes and prevention of diabetes and obesity. It hosts CEDAR (, a UKCRC Centre of Excellence in Public Health Research, which studies the factors that influence diet and physical activity behaviours. Research at CEDAR is interdisciplinary, bringing together epidemiology, statistics, behavioural science, transport studies, geography, health economics, modelling, intervention development and evaluation, and public health (see The Unit also hosts GDAR (, an international research partnership funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to carry out research to help prevent non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries.

PhD Studentships in Genetic Epidemiology, Nutritional Epidemiology or Physical Activity Epidemiology

The studentships will commence in October 2019. These are 3-year positions for those who have a Masters degree, or equivalent training, in an appropriate scientific discipline. Opportunities also exist for 4-year positions for those wishing to undertake the University’s MPhil in Epidemiology or Public Health course in their first year. We provide diverse training opportunities for all aspects of research, and for transferable academic and generic skills. The academic requirement for entry is a first or upper second class degree or equivalent.

For EU (including UK) nationals ordinarily resident in the UK: Research Councils (MRC) funding is available covering university fees and a stipend. For EU (including UK) nationals ordinarily resident in a (non-UK) EU member state: partial funding is available covering university fees only. Non-EU nationals are not eligible for Research Councils funding. Additional funding sources are available, which you can select via the University’s Graduate Admissions Portal. We suggest that applicants select as many funding schemes as you are eligible for (see:

To apply, please visit the University’s Graduate Admissions Portal You should upload a full CV, two academic references, and a covering letter detailing: i) whether you are eligible for MRC full or partial funding, ii) whether you are applying to other funding sources, and iii) an outline of your research interests and how these align with those of the MRC Epidemiology Unit, or which of the highlighted projects you are interested in and why. Applications missing any of these components will not be considered.

Closing date: 3rd January 2019

Provisional date for Interviews: 25th January 2019

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