Research course

Social and Community Medicine

University of Bristol · Department of Social Medicine
PhDMSc by researchMD

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) and/or a relevant Master's qualification, and/or evidence of prior learning or achievement.

Child and Adolescent HealthEpidemiologyEthics in MedicineGenetic EpidemiologyHealth Services Research (HSR)Primary Health CarePsychiatry

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The School of Social and Community Medicine is a leading international centre for research and teaching of population health sciences. Our research is collaborative, multidisciplinary and diverse, spanning public health, health services research and epidemiology. Staff in the School are leaders in their fields and have extensive national and international research collaborations, with several providing health policy advice for government organisations and international bodies.

Our team includes a wide range of health care researchers including: statisticians, epidemiologists, geneticists, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, health economists, public health physicians, neuroscientists, and various community based physicians and nurses. This wide range of available skills contributes to an excellent working environment in which to undertake interdisciplinary research and teaching. We are keen to attract graduates from all the above disciplines to carry out postgraduate research.

A selection of fully funded PhD opportunities are available within the School. Through the Wellcome Trust, we have established a four-year PhD programme in Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology. The MRC ConDuCT Hub offers three- and four-year PhD opportunities in medical statistics, health economics, qualitative methods, and trial management. MRC and University scholarships are also available for projects in any research area within the School. For further details please see the School website.

Information for international students

For English language requirements, please see the 'Contact web' link below.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
£17,000 (lab-based), £28,900 (clinical)

UK/EU students may apply for research council funding or University of Bristol Postgraduate Research Scholarships. Funding for overseas postgraduate students is limited. Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students is available from the Student Funding Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24-60 months

Course contact details

Sharon O'Keefe