University of Bristol

Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology (Wellcome Trust)

Our ability to exploit new molecular and genetic technologies in epidemiology to the full depends on a new generation of inter-disciplinary scientists who can harness the benefits of these technologies in exciting and productive ways. This Centre for Doctoral Training and its innovative four-year PhD programme equips students with the knowledge and technical skills to achieve this. For applicants with a background in science, maths or population science, this programme offers generous funding from the Wellcome Trust and a distinctive cross-disciplinary approach. The first year is designed to offer you opportunities to investigate core subject areas, such as epidemiology and biostatistics, before you embark on your research study. The programme will give you the opportunity to undertake research training tailored to your needs through a series of intensive short courses, and you will benefit from supervision by highly regarded academics in a dynamic research environment.

Course modules

Year one The first year involves three core attachments, each consisting of a 10-week mini-project and parallel core topic short courses. The core attachments cover the following areas: Epidemiology Biostatistics and bioinformatics Molecular/genetic laboratory skills These attachments will present you with the opportunity to study a range of research areas with different supervisors, allowing an informed decision at the end of the first year on your choice of PhD thesis project for the remaining three years of the programme. Years two to four Your main PhD project is carried out during this three-year period. You may attend additional short courses during this time. Your final PhD thesis will be submitted at the end of year four.

Sponsorship information

This programme is fully funded by the Wellcome Trust. The trust provides funding to cover PhD programme fees at UK/EU student rate, research expenses, a stipend for living expenses, contribution towards travel and a contribution towards transferable skills training.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time October 2018 GBP 9,233 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time October 2018 GBP 20,700 per Year 1 (International) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time October 2018 GBP 4,235 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 4 Years

Campus details

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

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