Current studentship opportunities

PhD studentship event 2018

PhD studentship opportunities starting September 2019 

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We are currently advertising for funded PhD studentships starting in September 2019. We have a particular focus on developing and using cutting-edge methods to understand how social, behavioural, economic, political and environmental factors influence health. We work with decision makers, practitioners and the public to identify interventions and policies that can have an effective and sustained impact on health and wellbeing, particularly among those most in need. Our staff and students have joined us from all over the world, and come from a range of academic disciplines. Come and build your research career with this multidisciplinary team funded by the Medical Research Council and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office to improve health and reduce health inequalities. 

We are offering three-year studentships to those who have a Masters degree, or equivalent training with a research component, in a relevant scientific discipline. We can also offer 1+3 studentships which gives our students an opportunity to gain an appropriate Masters degree prior to starting a doctorate. For most students a particularly relevant Masters Programme will be the new taught Programme in The Development and Evaluation of Interventions, with core courses in the Development of Interventions, Evaluation Design and The Fundamentals of Evaluation. Others that might be relevant are the taught Masters in Sociology and Research Methods and the taught Masters in Public Health.

Candidates are encouraged to identify a topic from the list proposed by our research programmes, or to propose their own topic. Topics proposed by candidates should be relevant to the focus of one or more of our six research programmes. The list of topics suggested by our programmes indicate the range of topics across which we would welcome applications. Candidates can propose a maximum of two possible topics and applications are welcome from candidates from any discipline relevant to the Unit’s interdisciplinary social science-led research.

Before applying, potential candidates should contact the Programme Leader of the programme in which the proposed topic is suggested. Programme Leader details can be found within the topic area description. Candidates who have a specific topic area in mind that fits with the Unit’s aim, but who are unsure which Programme Leader/s to contact, should send a brief outline of their proposed topic to Professor Laurence Moore, the Unit’s Director who will advise on how to proceed.

To support our students’ development we provide training in all aspects of research and in transferable academic and generic skills. Click here to read more about being a PhD student at the Unit. We operate within the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, and work closely with our colleagues across both the College of Social Sciences and the College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life Sciences.

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Once you have submitted your application, please email to confirm. General enquiries regarding the application process can be directed to Please ensure you apply to MRC/CSO PhD Studentships.

Closing date for applications is 24th of February 2019

Interviews will be held on 24th and 25th of April 2019


MRC PhDs are funded for three years, but individuals without a relevant Masters degree will be awarded a 1+3 year studentship. Click here to read more about funding and eligibility or visit the MRC website for the most up-to-date information.

MRC funded studentship eligibility:

UK National and UK Resident Applicants – Full funding is available, for university fees and a stipend. Includes a training allowance.

Other European Economic Area (EEA) Applicants – Partial funding is available, covering university fees only. Includes a training allowance.

Non-EEA Applicants – Unfortunately non-EEA applications are not eligible for MRC funding. 

University of Glasgow funded studentship eligibility:

UK National and UK Resident Applicants – Full funding is available, for university fees and a stipend. Excludes a training allowance.

Other European Economic Area (EEA) Applicants - Full funding is available, for university fees and a stipend. Excludes a training allowance.

English language requirements:

We require a minimum of 2 years' study plus awarded degree from an English speaking country in order to waive the English language entry requirements.

Any applicant who has studied a 1-year Master degree in an English-speaking country will now have to provide an English test report that meets our entry requirements. We can accept the English test report they used for their Master degree, as normal this must have been valid at the time they commenced their Masters - this test report will need to meet our minimum entry requirements.

Supporting documents for applications

The full set of supporting documents noted below are required to be uploaded at the point of application:

  • CV/Resume
  • Degree certificate (if you have graduated prior to 1 July 2015)
  • Passport
  • Personal statement (This should provide any other required information in support of the application, such as evidence of previous academic or professional experience that qualifies you for the programme (projects; placements; voluntary work etc). You should state the reasons why you selected this programme and what benefit you hope to achieve through successful completion of the PhD. The statement should include any research projects in which you have been involved. The statement should not be longer than one A4 page).
  • Two A4 page research proposal (This should have been discussed with the Programme Leader prior to submission).
  • Reference 1* (a full reference should be submitted from an academic who has a knowledge of your academic ability from your most recent study/programme).
  • Reference 2* (a full reference should be submitted from an academic who has a knowledge of your academic ability).
  • Transcripts

*You have the option to upload your references or ask admissions to send out requests to referees.

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