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PhD in Integrative Epidemiology 3.5 year programme

MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit and Faculty of Engineering

One 3.5 Year PhD Studentship in Integrative Epidemiology October 2016 entry

Our ability to fully exploit new molecular and genetic technologies and ‘big data’ in health research depends on a new generation of inter-disciplinary scientists who can harness these technologies in exciting and productive ways. The MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol (IEU) and the Faculty of Engineering are seeking applications for PhD projects within an innovative 3.5-year PhD programme that equips students with the knowledge and technical skills to integrate clinical and population data with engineering and computational approaches to address key research questions about potentially modifiable causes of health-related outcomes.



Applications are welcome from high performing individuals across diverse disciplines (e.g. computer science, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, natural sciences, biostatistics, biochemistry etc) who have, or are expected to obtain, a 2.i or higher degree.

A complete list of project proposals is available here.

The PhD projects on offer highlight collaborative cross-faculty strengths in several areas, including Bioinformatics, Data Mining, Novel Data Capture, Medical Imaging, Multi-Dimensional Data, Biostatistics, Genomics, Machine Learning, Sensing Health Behaviours. Successful applicants will work in a thriving research environment, pursuing translational research.

All projects will be jointly supervised by at least two research investigators with complementary engineering and population science expertise. The projects follow a 0.5 + 3 PhD model, involving 6 months of in-depth advanced skills training with practical experience gained from undertaking 'mini-projects,' before commencing the 3 year PhD project.

Applications must be made using our online application form here.

When completing the online application form, select ‘Faculty of Engineering’, and then ‘MRC Doctoral Training Grant’ under programme choice. Under ‘Funding’, identify 'MRCIEU' as your fee payer and under ‘Research Details’, provide the names of both project supervisors. Include these details ('MRCIEU' and supervisor names) at the top of your Personal Statement. A current CV, covering letter, two page research proposal building on the project outlines, certified copies of degree certificates and transcripts, and two academic references should also be provided.

Before applying, please email [email protected] for further details about the information we require from you. You are also strongly advised to discuss your PhD proposal with potential supervisors.

Only applicants from the UK are eligible for this programme.

Run by Faculty of Health Sciences/Faculty of Engineering

Awards available PhD

Programme length 3.5 years full-time

Part-time study available No

Open to international students No

Number of places 1

Start date October 2016, with some flexibility

Stipend £14,057 with an additional research and travel grant for conferences, travel, research expenses etc. 2016/17 amounts have not yet been released.

MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit and Faculty of Engineering

"It's a friendly and supportive department, a great strength being the variety of academics who work here" – Anna Guyatt

"The opportunity to spend a year exploring aspects of research I may not otherwise have been exposed to really appealed to me." – Hannah Sallis


Sharen O’Keefe
+44 (0)117 928 7274
Email: [email protected]

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MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit and Faculty of Engineering


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