University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge


The research at the medical research council (MRC) epidemiology unit investigates a wide range of areas related to type 2 diabetes, obesity and other metabolic disorders; many studies are run looking at these areas throughout life in children, adolescents, adults and the elderly; the studies provide data that feeds into all research areas so analysis can be carried out by experts in particular fields of research.

Entry requirements

The medical research council (MRC) PhD positions follow a 3-year PhD programme for those students who already have a Master's degree or equivalent training in an appropriate scientific discipline; opportunities exist for 4 year positions for those wishing to undertake the MPhil in epidemiology/public health course in the 1st year of their PhD; the academic requirement for entry is a 1st or upper 2nd class degree or equivalent.

Course modules

The research investigates: the causes of type 2 diabetes and obesity; the effect of diet and nutrition on type 2 diabetes and obesity; the effect of physical activity on type 2 diabetes and obesity; early growth and development in children and how this affects the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity in childhood and adulthood; strategies for preventing type 2 diabetes, obesity and their related complications.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 7,362 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 18,732 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

Key information

Telephone number: 
01223 760606