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BBSRC Case PhD Studentship: Epidemiology/Applied Quantitative Health Research: Understanding the Role of Oral Health in Health of Older People using Longitudinal Studies of Ageing

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st June 2019
Closes: 28th July 2019
Reference: HS040

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and stipend of £15,009 for year 1, years 2,3 and 4 to be confirmed. Additional funding for research costs, conferences and exchange with industry partner (GSK).

Number of awards: 1

Start date and duration

September 2019. The funding covers a four year PhD, including time for a placement with industry partner Glaxosmithkline (GSK).


This PhD offers exciting opportunities to develop and apply methodological skills in epidemiology/applied quantitative health research. The studentship will suit someone keen to advance core, transferrable and methodological research skills in epidemiology, biostatistics or applied quantitative health research. Publications and presenting at national and international conferences will be key outputs of the PhD.

The focus of the research will be on understanding the relationships between poor oral health (e.g. dry mouth/xerostomia, tooth loss, denture wearing) and other age-related conditions such as malnutrition and frailty. It will utilise longitudinal quantitative studies of older populations and data driven approaches to gain insights into the role of oral health in the health of ageing populations.

This PhD is an Industrial Case Partnership between BBSRC and Glaxosmithkline (GSK). It offers the opportunity to collaborate with from GSK (consumer health) and including a placement to co-learn from industry collaborators.

Newcastle University is renowned for its research in ageing and public health. The Institute of Health and Society is a highly multi-disciplinary research and training environment.

The proposed focus has important implications for improving the health and well-being of older people and for advancing newer research fields of ageing, particularly, epidemiological studies of oral health and ageing.


Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and GSK.

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Sheena Ramsay, Institute of Health and Society

Eligibility Criteria

You must have a first or upper-second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject, and a further qualification (MRes or MSc) in epidemiology, medical statistics, public health, health economics, or a related subject, preferably at Merit/Distinction level.

The project would suit applicants with strong quantitative and epidemiological skills, experience in using STATA or SAS, ability to write papers for scientific journals, and research interests in epidemiology.

Available to UK/EU applicants only. Non-EU international applicants who are interested should contact the supervisor.

If English is not your first language, an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no component lower than 5.5, or equivalent, will be required.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please create a new account.

Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:

  • Insert the programme code 8300F in the programme of study section
  • Select 'PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (full time) - Health Sciences'
  • Insert the studentship code HS040 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • Attach a covering letter and CV no more than two pages for each. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship reference code HS040 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications


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