MRC Centre PhD studentship opportunities

Scholarship overview

  • Degree level

    Postgraduate doctoral

  • Value

    Full Tuition fees at the Home rate and a stipend of £19,668 per annum

  • Number of awards


  • Academic year


  • Tuition fee status


  • Mode of study

    Full time

  • Available to

    Prospective students

  • Application deadline

    29/05/2024 Closed

  • Additional information

    Scholarship page

  • Available to applicants in the following departments

    • School of Public Health

Eligibility criteria

Candidates should hold, or achieve by the start of the programme, a Master's degree in addition to a Bachelor's degree with a UK First- or Upper Second-Class honours grade or equivalent in a relevant life science or quantitative science subject. Candidates must have strong statistical/computational skills.

Candidates MUST start the PhD as soon as possible and no later than 1st October 2024 at the latest.

Applications from unsuccessful candidates in previous recruitment rounds for MRC-CEH studentships will not be considered.

Studentship include funding for Home tuition fees and a stipend of £20,622 per annum.

This studentship is only available to candidates who are eligible for home tuition fee status. Applicants from overseas will be considered if they are able to cover the studentship costs by either self-funding, other fellowship and/or through Government funding.

Please note: This scholarship is not available to continuing students.

Course specific information

We are looking for outstanding candidates with an interest in environment and health research in the UK and beyond, and with experience in at least one of the following areas:

Environmental exposure assessment and epidemiology (incl. air pollution, noise, ionizing and non-ionising radiation, waste management, water, climate change and health) e.g. WellHome, Breathe London, HipTox, or a range of other projects

Molecular signatures of exposures and disease pathways (incl. biomarkers, metabolic profiling, exposome, multi-omics analyses and modelling)

Urban environments and health (incl. social, economic, behavioural and technological processes, inequalities)

Biostatistics, data science and computational biology (incl. spatial epidemiology and small area studies, artificial intelligence, Bayesian nonparametric modelling)

Cohorts and Data Resources (incl. cohorts of children and adolescents, e.g. CHILL, SCAMP, CLUE, NFBC; occupational cohorts, e.g. AIRWAVE; cohorts of mobile phone users, e.g. COSMOS; other large cohorts, e.g. ALEC, INTERMAP, LIFEPATH)

For more information on our research programmes, examples of potential projects and instructions on how to apply please visit the MRC Centre for Environment and Health website.

The closing date for applications is 15th January 2024.

Successful candidates are expected to start their studentship as soon as possible and no later than 1st October 2024.

Application process

The application form can be found here. It should be completed electronically and e-mailed to . For any queries contact

Applicants with relevant knowledge, skills and ambition outside the scope of the projects listed are encouraged to apply (relevant projects will be identified following successful interview).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is 29th May 2024.

The MRC Centre and the NIHR HPRUs are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment.


Additional information


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