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“I am a  PhD student in the Prevention in High Risk Groups programme at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, having previously completed a BSc and MPH elsewhere. The Unit is beyond supportive from both a professional and personal perspective. The researchers here are world-leading experts in their fields, and also some of the most approachable and supportive people I’ve had the privilege to work alongside. The Unit appreciates that you are more than just your PhD, and is flexible, adaptive and supportive with this is mind. When completing your PhD you have access to training courses, skill development workshops, mentoring, and exceptional supervisory guidance. The Unit is excellent at arranging events and social activities to bring people together too. Whether this is research away days, the Christmas do, lunch forums, or the morning coffee catch-ups.

I cannot recommend enough applying to join our team at the MRC Epidemiology Unit. My experience since joining the Unit has been so much better than I could have ever expected.”

 

Rebecca Jones, 3rd year student (October 2020)

“I chose to apply to study at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, as it offers one of the leading doctoral programmes in Epidemiology with a strong focus on nutritional determinants of cardiometabolic health. Undertaking the PhD studentship here has offered me the opportunity to work with world-leading scientists using unique data resources to address some of the key contemporary questions in Nutritional Epidemiology. I have been strongly encouraged to start with a blank slate and formulate my own research ideas in line with my interests, rather than pursue a pre-specified PhD topic. I have found the experience to be incredibly challenging, yet equally rewarding. I believe that this process has been an excellent preparation for future work as an independent scientist.

I am particularly fond of the support structure offered by the Unit and the wider University which allows for ample training opportunities. Most importantly, I feel very well supported by my supervisors both through scheduled, longer meetings and their ad hoc availability to discuss any issues that arise in between.”

 

Jakub Sobiecki, 3rd year PhD Student, MRC Unit Studentship (September 2020)

“Without doubt, undertaking a PhD studentship at the MRC Epidemiology Unit has been the most rewarding experience of my academic career to date. I feel extremely privileged to work alongside world-leading epidemiologists and public health researchers, where I am supported and encouraged to pursue my own interests. I have been particularly impressed by the Unit’s focus on researcher development, which I have yet to see to the same extent in other University departments. This ranges weekly seminars, collaborative opportunities with other researchers, and access to formal training workshops (in topics that you never knew existed!), which have been especially beneficial in the formative months of my studentship. As a PhD student at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, you are encouraged to contribute to activities within the department. This builds an environment in which students are consistently valued as independent researchers, and one that I’m proud to be part of.”

 

 

 

Hannah Forde, 3rd year PhD Student, PHE/ESRC Studentship (September 2020)

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

MRC Epidemiology Unit

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2022
Course Starts
April 17, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 6, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Lent 2023

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2022
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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