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Five fully-funded PhD studentships available in the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre for Public Health, Economics and Decision Science

University of Sheffield

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 1st October 2018
Closes: 5th December 2018

We are seeking high-calibre graduates from disciplines such as mathematics, statistics, health sciences, epidemiology, psychology, sociology, politics, economics, systems engineering, business studies or geography who want to make a difference in the area of population health.

This four year programme enables five of the most promising postgraduate students to undertake multidisciplinary, collaborative doctoral research in public health, economics, statistics and mathematical modelling.

About the programme

Generously funded by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Sheffield, our four-year PhD Programme in Public Health, Economics and Decision Science provides unique interdisciplinary training to equip graduates to be public health leaders and decision scientists of the future.

In their first year, students will have access to senior scientists and public health decision makers and take a range of self-selected taught modules to complement their existing skills. Health and social sciences graduates will develop advanced quantitative analytical skills and those with quantitative analytical degrees will receive training in public health.

Rotations through three “research attachments” will allow students to experience research in multiple topic areas before finalising the topic of the PhD project they will complete during years two to four.

Join the research effort to reduce the burden of chronic disease

Chronic disease accounts for the majority of the global burden of disease. This burden can be reduced through well-targeted and co-ordinated public health policies. Public Health Decision Science explicitly seeks to identify the most effective and cost-effective prevention strategies to prioritise for action. This programme will prepare graduates for rewarding careers in academia, practice or policy or organisations allowing them to contribute to public health decision making to reduce the burden of disease in the UK and internationally.


There are five studentships available (three funded by the Wellcome Trust and two by the University of Sheffield). Applications are welcome from home/EU and international candidates.

Each studentship provides

  • Home or international rate tuition fees for 4 years
  • An annual stipend for four years at Wellcome Trust rates
  • A generous training, research cost and travel fund


You will…

  • Be an academic high achiever
  • Be highly motivated to make a significant scientific contribution to tackling chronic disease burden through well-evidenced, cost-effective public health strategies
  • Be able to demonstrate your enthusiasm to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Have completed an undergraduate degree (equivalent to 2.1 or above) in a relevant discipline
  • Have a relevant Masters degree or experience working in a health, policy, operational research/decision modelling, or economics environment
  • Have quantitative maths skills equivalent to A at A-Level (can be evidenced through university modules or work)
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and oustanding problem solving skills

Closing date for September 2019 entry -  5th December 2018.

Interviews will take place in the weeks commencing 14th and 21st January 2019.

More information & how to apply

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