Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Programme in Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology

University of Bristol - Faculty of Health Sciences/School of Social and Community Medicine

The project:

The MGLE 4-year PhD programme has been funded by the Wellcome Trust and is based in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol. Our programme aims to equip graduates from a wide range of disciplines with the technical skills and training to exploit new technologies and data in ways that could significantly improve our understanding of causal pathways in disease and its progression.


Our researchers apply molecular, genetic and lifecourse data and analytical methods within population based cohorts such as the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and UK Biobank. Our community of researchers come from many different scientific backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from a wide range of disciplines (e.g. natural sciences, biostatistics, molecular genetics, econometrics, biochemistry, mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering and computational science). Our PhD programme and training environment will provide non-epidemiologists with the necessary training to apply their skills in this field.

Programme structure

PhD studentships are funded for 4 years and have two components:

1) Our foundation year combines specific and generic skills training with practical experience gained from undertaking three 'mini-projects'. Each miniproject consists of a 10 week period during which you work on a project focusing on the core skill sets listed below:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Laboratory skills

The miniprojects are integrated with a choice of 1-5 day Short Courses which you will select on the basis of experience and training needs. You will also have the opportunity to attend external specialist courses and international meetings.

2) Years 2-4 are spent undertaking your main PhD research project. You will be encouraged to continue attending courses and conferences throughout your studentship, with a focus on presenting your results at international conferences towards the end of your project.

Candidate requirements: Applications are invited from November 2016 for studentships starting in October 2017. Applications are completed online at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/. Before applying please email scm-postgrad-admin@bristol.ac.uk for further details about the studentship, potential topics, supervisors, and what information we will require from you.

You are strongly advised to discuss your PhD proposal with potential supervisors. Potential projects are listed on the programme website, but you are welcome to contact potential supervisors about your own project ideas if they are relevant to the programme.

The Wellcome Trust provides support for four years and includes a stipend of £19,919-£23,997, PhD registration fees at UK/EU student rate, research expenses totaling £40,000 over 4 years, travel and transferable-skills training. International students can apply but would need to first secure alternative sources of funding to cover the difference between home and overseas fees for 4 years.

For further details about the Wellcome Trust studentships, potential topics and supervisors please email scm-postgrad-admin@bristol.ac.uk.

Deadline for applications: Closing date 9am 19th December 2016 for 3 studentships to start in Oct 2017.

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