ESRC PhD Studentships in Life Course Social Epidemiology

University College London - The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Applications are sought for Economic and Social Research Council-funded PhD studentships starting in Sept 2017 and based in The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health ( Students will apply social epidemiological perspectives to the study of social, psychological and biological factors as they develop over the life course and how they contribute to health and wellbeing. Students will use quantitative techniques to conduct secondary analysis of longitudinal cohort and panel studies.

Studentships are available as either 1+3 or +3 and entry requirements vary correspondingly. The 1+3 studentships cover a four-year period, which includes one year of study on the department’s MSc in Health & Society ( followed by three years of PhD study. They are intended for applicants with a First Class or Upper Second Class Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a quantitative social science, but degrees in biomedical sciences may be considered if some experience of social science can be demonstrated. The +3 studentships cover a three-year period of PhD study for applicants who already hold a Master’s degree (preferably with a merit or distinction) in a relevant topic, preferably a quantitative social science. Student recruitment involves a two-stage process. A short-list of applicants will be interviewed by the department and successful candidates will work with a supervisor to develop a project proposal for submission to the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). Those candidates receiving top-ranking at the DTP level will be funded.

Applications: Applications should consist of a CV, a statement of research experience and interests, and the contact details of two academic references. Also, please indicate whether you have an idea of which of the above research groups or supervisors you wish to study with. Further information can be found at the following link:

Electronic submissions are preferred.  Please include a contact telephone number and an email address. Applications should be addressed to: Ms Floriana Bortolotti, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, 1-19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 6BT ( If you wish to discuss possible research topics and opportunities, please contact the Graduate Tutor, Dr Anne McMunn (020 7679 1730,

Academic references will be taken up for all short-listed candidates and travel costs will be reimbursed up to the equivalent of the most economical train/air fare available within the UK.

Application deadline: 3 January 2017

Interviews: 12th January 2017

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