Job offer in england PhD Studentship in Epidemiology/Applied Quantitative Health Research using population cohorts of Ageing in the UK and USA at Newcastle University

Value of award: 100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual stipend of £14,553. Additional funding is available for research costs and national and international travel (conferences and exchanges)

Start date and duration: January 2018. 3 years duration.


The PhD offers exciting opportunities to develop and apply methodological skills in epidemiology/ applied quantitative health research as well as to work with leading national and international collaborators. The studentship will suit someone keen to advance core, transferrable and methodological research skills in applied quantitative health research. Publications and presenting at national and international conferences will be key outputs of the PhD.

This PhD will focus on one of three public health challenges: understanding determinants of multi-morbidity or frailty in older ages; reducing health inequalities in older populations; and social and biological determinants of oral health in later life. The proposed themes have important implications for improving the health and well-being of older people and for advancing newer research fields of ageing, particularly, epidemiological studies of oral health and ageing.

Newcastle University is renowned for its research in ageing and health inequalities. The Institute for Health and Society is a highly multi-disciplinary research and training environment. There will also be an opportunity for a placement at University College London for exposure to other reputable centres of research in epidemiology.

Eligibility Criteria

You must have a first or upper-second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject, and a further qualification (MRes or MSc) in epidemiology, medical statistics, public health, health economics, or a related subject, preferably at Merit/Distinction level. The project would suit applicants with strong quantitative and epidemiological skills, experience in using STATA or SAS, ability to write papers for scientific journals, and research interests in epidemiology.

Available to UK/EU applicants only. If English is not your first language, an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no component lower than 5.5, or equivalent, will be required.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘create a new account’.

Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:

  • Insert the programme code 8300F* in the programme of study section
  • Select ‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences – Health Sciences as the programme of study.
  • Insert the studentship code HS029 in the studentship/partnership reference field.
  • Attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship reference code HS029 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project.
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

*The online application system will only allow one application using the programme code 8300F. If you are applying for TWO or more studentship projects using that code then you will need to email our Postgraduate Admissions Service ( with the following information:

  • Your applicant number (from the first project application that you submitted online)
  • The second studentship code and its corresponding title
  • A two page covering letter for the second project

Our Postgraduate Admissions Service will then forward this information to the relevant selector in the Faculty of Medical Sciences.


For further details, please contact: 
Dr Sheena Ramsay, e-mail