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Combining insights and analytical approaches from genomics and sociology to explore - trajectories of substance use by young people

   the Department of Media and Communication

  Prof Jason Hughes,  Tuesday, January 31, 2023  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The emerging field of sociogenomics considers how insights from genomics might be incorporated into understandings of an array of social issues, from social mobility to addiction. Key in this respect are Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) that are used to develop polygenic risk scores that predict individual propensities to engage in risky behaviours.

This project focuses on how sociogenomics might be combined and reconciled with sociological approaches which stress the complex, fluid, and multi-faceted character of social behaviour. Focusing on the onset and development of substance use behaviours among young people, this study will develop an approach that more adequately combines sociogenomic models, methods, techniques and insights with those from processual/relationally-oriented sociology.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements Candidates applying to the four-year PhD should hold or expect to hold an undergraduate degree or a Master's degree in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent
  • University of Leicester English language requirements apply


UK/ International* applicants may apply.

* International students please refer to the Funding section.

Enquiries to Sarah Grey .

To apply please refer to the advice and application link at


Funding Notes

Wellcome Trust Studentship funding:
• Four Years Fees at UK rates
• Wellcome Trust stipend for the four years of the PhD*
*PhD Stipend Year 1 £19,919; Year 2 £21,542; Year 3 £23,298; Year 4 £23,997
We offer international fee waivers for two students per year from low and middle income countries.
*International students awarded the UK tuition fee waiver/stipend studentship will need to provide evidence that they can pay the difference between UK fees and international fees for the duration of their studies.

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