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Populations, People and Data across the life course

Populations, People and Data across the life course

This is a four year PhD programme offered by UCL and Birkbeck in London.

This programme offers the unusual opportunity to spend the first year doing short research attachments to learn different methods, meet researchers in different departments, and to plan your PhD.

We have a lively community of PhD Students at the Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health.

Who are we?

  • Clinicians (doctors, nurses, physios, pharmacists, dentists…)
  • Psychologists
  • Epidemiologists
  • Statisticians
  • Sociologists
  • Health economists
  • Patients and the public (through user groups)


  • E-Health
  • Ageing
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual health
  • Infectious disease including HIV
  • Electronic health records research
  • Epidemiology (health of populations)
  • Drug safety
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Health behavior
  • Health promotion
  • Health communication
  • Health Services Research
  • Medical education
  • Society, culture and health
  • New methods for analysis of data

Methods and study designs

  • Qualitative methods (e.g. interviews, focus groups)
  • Cross-sectional survey research
  • Intervention design (in consultation with users)
  • Statistical techniques for large databases
  • Epidemiology (analysing data on populations)
  • Observational studies using electronic health records
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Quasi-experimental designs
  • Discourse analysis, conversation analysis
  • Economic evaluation including decision modelling
  • Action research

Why join us?

  • Research with clear links to patient health problems
  • Very wide choice of topics relating to patients or healthcare
  • Enthusiastic, supportive PhD student groups
  • Internationally recognised research teams
  • Expertise from many different disciplines
  • Excellent support from supervisors
  • Freedom to pursue your own research ideas
  • Opportunities to present and publish
  • Support for your future career

How to apply

Please contact us for more information and to discuss potential supervisors who may be able to help you with an application.

Fellowships are funded after an open competition with application and an interview.

How to apply.

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