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Cluster randomised trials methodology, Medical Statistics – PhD (Funded)


Project Description

The University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration for the South West Peninsula (ARC), is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship. The student would be based in the Health Statistics Group in the College of Medicine and Health at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter.

Project Description:
The PhD is on statistical aspects of the design, conduct and data analysis of cluster randomised controlled trials in health research. Cluster randomised trials are studies in which clusters of individuals are allocated to the trial arms and outcomes are measured on participants associated with those clusters. The clusters may be areas (e.g. villages), organisations (e.g. hospitals), institutions (e.g. workplaces) or professionals (e.g. general practitioners). Trials in which clusters rather than individual people are randomised have unique methodological considerations, for example the need to consider the correlation between the responses of participants from the same cluster. The successful candidate will systematically review the characteristics of recent cluster randomised controlled trials, identify current methodological challenges in the area and develop and compare statistical approaches for addressing these.

Research training, supervision and mentorship will be provided as well as support from the wider Health Statistics Group and advisors in the wider ARC team, including experts in evidence synthesis and complex interventions research methods.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £15,009 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend.

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3 years of full-time study to commence by March 2020. A part-time study arrangement may be an option.

Funding Notes

The University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration for the South West Peninsula (ARC), is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship. The student would be based in the Health Statistics Group in the College of Medicine and Health at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter.

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