University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Social and Community Medicine

Research groups students can work with include: child and adolescent health; child development and disability, including complex health needs; childhood and adolescent injury; epidemiology; cancer (cancer screening, aetiology, diagnosis, prognosis, health services research and public health); cardiovascular disease (aetiology, prevention and management of cardiovascular conditions); infectious disease (modelling the way that infections are transmitted between individuals, including the ways in which the natural and social environments affect the emergence and spread of disease); mental health and neurodegeneration (e.g common psychiatric disorders, suicide, psychosis, anxiety, alzheimer's disease and related dementias); nutrition and metabolic disorders (aetiology and prevention of poor nutrition at a population level, including eating disorders, obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidaemia); ethics in medicine; genetic and molecular epidemiology; health services and public health research; primary care; psychiatry.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and/or a relevant Master's qualification, and/or evidence of prior learning or achievement.

Sponsorship information

A diverse range of fully funded PhD programmes are available within the school; through the Wellcome Trust, we have established a 4-year PhD programme in molecular, genetic and lifecourse epidemiology; the MRC has funded a 4-year PhD programme applying computational mathematical and statistical approaches to biomedical questions (the Bristol centre for systems biomedicine, BCSBmed); the MRC ConDuCT hub offers 3 and 4 year PhD opportunities in medical statistics, health economics, qualitative methods, and trial management; the ESRC DECIPHer centre offers 3 and 4 year PhDs on a range of topics; MRC and university scholarships are also available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 3 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years
MD Part-time - 2 years
MSc (Res) Full-time - 1 years
MSc (Res) Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

Key information

Sharen O'Keefe Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
0117 928 7274