4-Year PhD Programme in Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases (1+3 MRes and PhD)


Applications for 2024/2025 are now closed 

Applications for the 2024/2025 academic year are now closed. We expect the scheme to run again for 2025/2026 entry with applications opening in Autumn 2024. Further details for 2025/26 will be published when available. 

Infectious diseases remain a major contributor to the global burden of disease, with HIV, malaria, measles, diarrhoeal disease and respiratory infections responsible for over 50% of premature deaths worldwide. However, the availability of resources for interventions is limited in comparison with the scale of the challenges faced. Over the last decade, there has been increasing recognition of the value of epidemiological analysis and mathematical modelling in aiding the design and interpretation of clinical trials from a population perspective and, downstream, to guide implementation, monitoring and evaluation of intervention effectiveness. This 1 + 3 year PhD training programme will provide a unique, interdisciplinary training in infectious disease epidemiology, mathematical modelling and statistics, genetics and evolution, and computational methods.

The programme is based at the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease AnalysisDepartment of Infectious Disease Epidemiology within the Faculty of Medicine's School of Public Health. You are provided with the opportunity to learn in a supportive and stimulating environment from leaders in the field who are actively engaged in research and advise leading public health professionals, policymakers, governments, international organisations and pharmaceutical companies. Both national and internationally focussed, their work includes a range of diseases such as pandemic influenza, HIV, TB, malaria, polio and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). 

The programme will begin at the start of the autumn term 2024.