University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology (Wellcome Trust)

Our ability to fully exploit new molecular and genetic technologies in epidemiology 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 4-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 trianing 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

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good Honours (minimum requirement is a 2.1) or Master's degrees in relevant disciplines, and wish to pursue a career in molecular, genetic or lifecourse epidemiology.

Course modules

Year 1: The 1st year involves 3 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 offer you the opportunity to study a range of research areas with different supervisors, allowing an informed decision at the end of year 1 on your choice of PhD thesis project for years 2-4. Years 2 to 4: Your main PhD project is carried out during this 3 year period. You may attend additional short courses during this time. Your final PhD thesis will be submitted at the end of year four.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 4 years

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Key information

Medicine and Dentistry
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0117 331 6824