University of Bristol

Degree level: Postgraduate

Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology (Wellcome Trust) (Research)

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Course summary

Our ability to fully exploit new molecular and genetic technologies in epidemiology depends on a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists who can harness the benefits of these technologies in exciting and productive ways. This innovative four-year PhD programme equips students with the knowledge and technical skills to achieve this. We welcome students from a wide range of backgrounds. Our community of researchers have diverse skills and work together on exciting interdisciplinary research projects using data and samples from leading cohort studies such as ALSPAC and UK Biobank. We strongly encourage applicants from a range of disciplines (eg natural sciences, biostatistics, molecular genetics, econometrics, biochemistry, mathematics, statistics, engineering and computer science). This programme offers generous funding from the Wellcome Trust and a distinctive cross-disciplinary approach. The first year is designed to offer you opportunities to investigate core subject areas, such as epidemiology, genetics and statistics. You will complete two four-month mini-projects tailored to your training needs and attend a series of short courses and workshops selected from a menu of research methods, computational, statistical and generic training options. Towards the end of the first year you will refine the plans for your main PhD project, which will be completed in years two to four. Throughout the programme, you will benefit from supervision by highly regarded academics in a dynamic research environment.


How to apply

International applicants

The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students and accepts a wide range of qualifications for postgraduate study. If you study or have studied at a university outside the UK, please select the relevant page for further information on qualifications, scholarships and education representatives in your country/region: bristol.ac.uk/international/countries

This course has a subject classification which requires students whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to have an ATAS certificate, irrespective of country of residence at the point of application.

Further information can be found on the UK Government's website: www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme

Entry requirements

You will have a good honours degree (minimum requirement is an upper second class degree) or master's degree in a relevant discipline. As this is a multidisciplinary programme, degrees may be in a range of science subjects, but the applicant should be able to demonstrate in their research statement how they will apply this to molecular, genetic or lifecourse epidemiology. See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4758 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4758 Year 1
Scotland £4758 Year 1
Wales £4758 Year 1
Channel Islands £4758 Year 1
EU £26000 Year 1
International £26000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year. For more information, please view the programme page on our website.

Sponsorship information

This programme is fully funded by Wellcome who provide funding to cover PhD programme fees at UK student rate, research expenses, a stipend for living expenses, contribution towards travel and transferable skills training, and transition costs at the end of the studentship to support the move to your next career stage.

Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology (Wellcome Trust) at University of Bristol - UCAS