Five fully-funded PhD studentships available in the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre for Public Health, Health Economics and Decision Science

Join the research effort to reduce the burden of chronic disease

Chronic disease accounts for the majority of the burden of disease in the developed world. This burden can be reduced through well-targeted and co-ordinated public health policies. Public Health Decision Science explicitly seeks to identify which combinations of interventions to prioritise for action, and to estimate their return on investment. This programme will prepare graduates for rewarding careers in academia or stakeholder organisations allowing them to contribute to public health decision making to reduce the burden of disease in the UK and internationally.

About the programme

Generously funded by the Wellcome Trust, our four-year PhD Programme in Public Health Decision Science provides unique interdisciplinary training to equip graduates to be public health leaders and decision scientists of the future.

The first year offers a unique training opportunity; students will have access to senior scientists and public health decision makers and take a range of self-selected taught modules to complement their existing skills. Health and social sciences graduates will develop advanced quantitative analytical skills and those with quantitative analytical degrees will receive training in public health. Rotations through three “research attachments” will allow students to experience research in multiple topic areas with potential supervisors before finalising the topic of the research project they will complete during years two to four.

Available funding

We award 5 studentships per year (three funded by the Wellcome Trust and two by the University of Sheffield), two of which can cover overseas fees.

Each studentship provides

  • a stipend of £19,919 pa increasing to £23,997 pa over the 4 years
  • tuition fees for 4 years, worth £5,052 pa for Home/EU students or £18,750 pa for international students
  • a generous contribution to research and travel costs

You will be an academic high achiever with an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (including but not limited to mathematics, statistics, epidemiology, psychology, quantitative sociology, politics, economics, systems engineering, business studies, or geography)

  • have completed a relevant Masters degree and/or gained significant relevant work experience
  • will have quantitative maths skills equivalent to A at A-Level (can be evidenced through degree level courses)
  • will demonstrate English proficiency (IELTS) if you are an international students

The closing date for receipt of all required documentation and references is 16th December 2016.

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