University of Bristol

Population Health Sciences

Population Health Sciences is part of the Bristol Medical School. Staff in the school are leaders in their fields and have extensive national and international research collaborations, with several providing health policy advice for government organisations and international bodies. Our staff are multi-disciplinary and include statisticians, epidemiologists, geneticists, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, health economists, public health physicians, medical ethicists, computational biologists, neuroscientists, and various community-based physicians and nurses. We are keen to attract graduates from all these disciplines to carry out postgraduate research. The school has approximately 80 postgraduate research students. In the 2017 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, 90 per cent of our students were satisfied with their postgraduate experience. Ratings for quality of supervision, resources, research culture, progress assessment, research skills training and professional development all exceeded sector averages. A selection of fully funded PhD opportunities are available within the school. We have a Wellcome Trust four-year PhD programme in Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology. The MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit provides four-year PhD opportunities on a range of cross-disciplinary projects integrating molecular and other data to investigate the causal effects of potentially modifiable exposures on health-related outcomes. The NIHR Biomedical Research Centre offers a number of PhD studentships in translational research relevant to population health, and the school also hosts cross-disciplinary studentships as part of the BHF Integrative Cardiovascular Science PhD programme. Other funded studentships are available for projects in any research area within the school. Students who have already secured funding are encouraged to discuss research topics with potential supervisors before applying. Please visit the school website to see current opportunities.

Sponsorship information

Funded opportunities are advertised on the school website as they become available. Some funding opportunities are restricted to UK or EU citizens. Funding for overseas postgraduate students is limited. (


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MD Part-time GBP 2,118 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc (Res) Full-time GBP 9,235 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc (Res) Full-time GBP 4,235 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc (Res) Part-time GBP 2,118 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time GBP 9,235 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 3 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time GBP 4,235 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 3 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time GBP 2,118 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 6 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus BS8 1TH South West

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