Research course

Social and Community Medicine

University of Bristol · School of Applied Community and Health Studies
PhDMSc by researchMD

Entry requirements

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

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 highly regarded centre for research and teaching in population health sciences. 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 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. The school has approximately 80 postgraduate research students. In the 2013 PRES (Postgraduate Research Experience) survey, 94 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.

Other funded studentships are available for projects in any research area within the school. Students who have already secured funding are encouraged to discuss research topics with potential supervisors before applying. Please visit the school website to see current opportunities.

Information for international students

Please visit our website for further information.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £4,185 Part time: £2,093
International students

Funded opportunities are advertised on the school website as they become available. Some funding opportunities are restricted to UK or EU citizens. Funding for overseas postgraduate students is limited.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Sharen O'Keefe Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 117 928 7274