PhD studentship opportunities

University of Glasgow - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit

New, funded PhD studentships are available at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, for studies starting in September/October 2018. Come and build your research career with this multidisciplinary team funded by the Medical Research Council and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office to improve health and reduce health inequalities. 

We are offering three-year positions to those who have a Masters degree, or equivalent training, in a relevant scientific discipline. We can also offer, over a four-year period, an opportunity for postgraduate students to gain an appropriate Masters degree prior to starting a doctorate. Examples of relevant Masters at the University are the taught MRes in Sociology and Research Methods and the taught Master in Public Health.

To support our students’ development we provide training in all aspects of research and in transferable academic and generic skills. In 2018, The Medical Research Council (MRC)/Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, is marking its 20th anniversary. We operate within the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, and work closely with our colleagues across both the College of Social Science and the College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life Sciences. The University has recently been awarded the best Scottish University by The Sunday Times. 

Guidance on the application process and eligibility criteria, together with a list of our studentship topic areas can be viewed here

Once you have completed the full application process, applications can be submitted to Postgraduate Admissions. Please ensure you apply to MRC/CSO PhD Studentships. Academic, residential and other requirements can be found here.

The full set of supporting documents noted below are required to be uploaded at the point of application:

  • CV/Resume
  • Degree certificate (if you have graduated prior to 1 July 2015)
  • Passport
  • Personal statement (This should provide any other required information in support of the application, such as evidence of previous academic or professional experience that qualifies you for the programme (projects; placements; voluntary work etc). You should state the reasons why you selected this programme and what benefit you hope to achieve through successful completion of the PhD. The statement should include any research projects in which you have been involved. The statement should not be longer than one A4 page).
  • Two A4 page research proposal (This should have been discussed with the Programme Leader prior to submission).
  • Reference 1(should be from an academic who has a knowledge of your academic ability from your most recent study/programme)
  • Reference 2(should be from an academic who has a knowledge of your academic ability)
  • Transcripts

Once you have submitted your application, please email to confirm. General enquiries regarding the application process can be directed to or

Closing date for applications: 12th January 2018

Interviews will be held on 1st and 6th March 2018

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