PhD Studentships in Epidemiology and Public Health Research 2017

We invite expressions of interest from prospective candidates for PhD studies at the MRC Epidemiology Unit or the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) for 2017 entry.

In particular, at this stage we welcome informal approaches from non-UK and non-EU candidates who will need to apply to external funding sources. E.g. Gates Cambridge (USA) deadline for applications is 12th October 2016. Other funding deadlines: 7th December 2016. See:

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is a research department in the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge, investigating the causes and prevention of diabetes and obesity. We have research programmes in the aetiology of diabetes, growth and development, nutritional epidemiology, physical activity epidemiology, physical activity and public health, behavioural epidemiology and diabetes prevention.

CEDAR is a UKCRC Centre of Excellence in Public Health Research. It aims to understand the population-level determinants of dietary and physical activity behaviour, evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and estimate the long term costs and benefits of behaviour change. It is hosted by the MRC Epidemiology Unit in partnership with the University of East Anglia and other MRC Units in Cambridge. CEDAR is an interdisciplinary collaboration comprising diet and activity research, epidemiology, biostatistics, health geography, health economics, behavioural science, intervention development and evaluation and public health modelling (see

PhD students who have a Masters degree or equivalent training in an appropriate scientific discipline undertake 3 years of study. Some graduate students spend 4 years, undertaking the MPhil in Epidemiology or Public Health in their first year. We provide diverse training opportunities for all aspects of research and for transferable academic and generic skills. The academic requirement for entry is a first or upper second class degree or equivalent. Graduate students are registered with the University of Cambridge and belong to one of its Colleges. See:

To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter or email describing your research interests to Alternatively, you may contact one of our principal investigators directly.