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  , , ,  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

We are seeking talented, motivated students with a passion for research in Women’s Health led by Shakila Thangaratinam (Professor Shakila Thangaratinam - Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research - University of Birmingham). Applicants should have a first or upper second-class degree in a relevant scientific discipline, and who are self-funded or have typically applied for, or secured funding for their studies from their government, employer or associated charitable organisations. Professor Thangaratinam group focuses on research in prediction, prevention and treatment of complications in mothers with pre-eclampsia, epilepsy, diabetes, and obesity utilising large global collaborative networks shaped by the views of women, communities, and local stakeholders. Our research includes evidence syntheses, clinical trials, prognostic models, multi-country surveys, qualitative and implementation studies supported by capacity-building activities.

Applicants with research experience and/or Master’s degree should apply directly to the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research for either a 3 or 4 year full-time PhD. This route requires applicants to submit a drafted research proposal. Applicants seeking additional research experience or who have yet to complete a Master’s degree should apply to the 4 year Integrated Doctoral Training Programme in Life Sciences for Health, which combined a MRes and PhD.

Applicants will need to submit the following documentation during the application process. • Detailed CV, including your nationality and country of birth; • Covering letter highlighting your research experience/capabilities and why you wish to undertake a PhD in the team; • Names and addresses of two referees; • Copies of your degree certificates with transcripts written in English; • Evidence of your proficiency in the English language, if applicable. • Evidence of scholarship application/funding or independent funding.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION University of Birmingham offers pre-sessional English Language courses through the Birmingham International Academy.

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Biological Sciences (4) Medicine (26) Nursing & Health (27) Sociology (32)

Funding Notes

Self-funded or scholarship-funded graduates interested in joining the team can select one of 3 different routes for undertaking a PhD in the field of Metabolism and Systems Research.


Sheikh J, Allotey J, …..Thangaratinam S. Effects of race and ethnicity on perinatal outcomes in high- and upper-middle-income countries: individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis of 2,198,655 pregnancies. The Lancet 2022; 400: 2049-2062 Allotey J, Chatterjee S, Kew T... Thangaratinam S. SARS-CoV-2 positivity in offspring and timing of mother-to-child transmission: living systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2022; 376: e067696 Rogozinska E, Daru J, Nicolaides M…. Thangaratinam S. Iron preparations for women of reproductive age with iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy (FRIDA): a systemic review and network meta-analysis. The Lancet Haematology 2021; 8; 7; e503-e512 Allotey J, Stallings E, Bonet M…. Thangaratinam S. Clinical manifestations, risk factors, and maternal and perinatal outcomes of coronavirus disease 2019 in pregnancy: living systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2020; 370:m3320 (updated 2021)

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