We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.
Months of entry
January, September, April
Our PhD/MPhil programme enables you to undertake a research project that will provide you with high quality training in Occupational and Environmental Health. Our research investigates the relationship between occupational and environmental exposures (e.g. air pollution, radiation, pesticides, carcinogens), the exposome and human health using in silico, toxicological, biomarkers of DNA damage and DNA repair, occupational hygiene and epidemiological approaches. Your project may then involve a range of research methods including epidemiology, occupational medicine and hygiene, analysis of routine data and laboratory research
Recent publications by our postgraduate research students include:
- A refined QSAR model for prediction of chemical asthma hazard.
- Air pollution exposure and adverse pregnancy outcomes in a large UK birth cohort: use of a novel spatio-temporal modelling technique.
- Cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of urban particulate matter in mammalian cells.
- Long-term exposure to PM10 and NO 2 in association with lung volume and airway resistance in the MAAS birth cohort.
- Personal exposure to inhalable dust and the specific latex aero-allergen, Hev b6.02, in latex glove manufacturing in Thailand.
- Pesticide residue transfer in Thai farmer families: using structural equation modeling to determine exposure pathways.
- Respiratory and dermal symptoms in Thai nurses using latex products.
- Short-term effects of ambient particulates and gaseous pollutants on the incidence of transient ischaemic attack and minor stroke: a case-crossover study.
- The nitrosated bile acid DNA lesion O 6 -carboxymethylguanine is a substrate for the human DNA repair protein O 6 -methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase.
- Work-related ill health in general practice, as reported to a UK-wide surveillance scheme.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, or for those who have not recently studied in the United Kingdom, you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.
We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL iBT 90. For the writing component, we expect that you have achieved a minimum of 6.0 (IELTS) or 21-23 (iBT). For each of the other components of the English test you should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5, TOEFL iBT 18.
For more information about English language tests see English language requirements.
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements, including English language, see entry requirements from your country .
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
- +44 (0)161 275 5608