Research course

Population Health Sciences

University of Bristol · Population Health Sciences
PhDMSc by researchMD

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) or a master's degree in a subject relevant for the proposed research.

Months of entry


Course content

Population Health Sciences is part of the Bristol Medical School. Staff in the school have extensive national and international research collaborations, with several providing health policy advice for government organisations and international bodies. Staff and students in the department are also members of the cross-faculty Bristol Population Health Science Institute.

Our staff are multi-disciplinary and include statisticians, epidemiologists, geneticists, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, health economists, public health physicians, medical ethicists, computational biologists, neuroscientists, and various community-based physicians and nurses. We are keen to attract graduates from all these disciplines to carry out postgraduate research. In the 2017 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, 90 per cent of our students were satisfied with their postgraduate experience. Ratings for quality of supervision, resources, research culture, progress assessment, research skills training and professional development all exceeded sector averages.

A selection of fully funded PhD opportunities are available within the school. We have a Wellcome Trust four-year PhD programme in Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology. The MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit provides four-year PhD opportunities on a range of cross-disciplinary projects integrating molecular and other data to investigate the causal effects of potentially modifiable exposures on health-related outcomes. The NIHR Biomedical Research Centre offers a number of PhD studentships in translational research relevant to population health, and the school also hosts cross-disciplinary studentships as part of the BHF Integrative Cardiovascular Science PhD programme.

Other funded studentships are available for projects in any research area within the school. Students who have already secured funding, or are looking to secure personal funding, must contact potential supervisors to discuss research topics before applying. Please visit the school website to see current opportunities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MD
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Sharen O'Keefe