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Teaching and learning

We offer teaching at undergraduate, master’s and postgraduate level. We also offer a strong programme of professional development opportunities.

You can engage with the Centre at all levels of study. We teach and provide projects in epidemiology and biostatistics at undergraduate and master’s level.

At taught master’s level, we deliver modules as part of:

Postgraduate research

PhD projects and programmes

With an outstanding research environment for PhD students, we equip our early career researchers to become successful epidemiologists.

We are the lead institution for the UK Research in Musculoskeletal Epidemiology (UK-RiME) partnership, which has a specific focus on training and collaborative research.

Students come from a range of backgrounds including epidemiology, biostatistics, psychology, health sciences and bioinformatics. We ensure our PhD students and research assistants acquire the necessary scientific and methodological knowledge and research skills to become independent researchers in epidemiology.

Funded projects

Generous support from Versus Arthritis allows us to offer fully funded PhD projects for entry in September.

PhD Stories

Discover what is like to be a PhD student in the Centre for Epidemiology Versus Arthritis at The University of Manchester.

Julie de Fonss Gandrup shares her story:

Anna Beukenhorst shares her story:

Professional development

Manchester Digital Epidemiology Summer School

The Manchester Digital Epidemiology Summer School is an annual three day course in the middle of July that explores the opportunities, challenges and methods for capturing and using a range of digital health data types to support high-quality population health research.

The programme covers opportunities, challenges and methods across a variety of data types, from data in electronic health records to data collected through smartphones and wearable devices. An internationally renowned and multidisciplinary faculty will deliver interactive seminars, using real-life examples to demonstrate these methods in action.

Learn more about the next Manchester Digital Epidemiology Summer School.

Short courses and seminars

At our centre, researchers can develop their epidemiological skills with:

  • weekly scientific seminars with presentations from experts in the field of epidemiology and genetics (internal);
  • an introduction course in epidemiology, genetic epidemiology and biostatistics course (14 weeks);
  • an introduction to biostatistics and STATA (12 week course);
  • an applied epidemiology and biostatistics course (monthly, two year programme);
  • journal clubs (internal);
  • an analysis forum for specific research topics.

These courses usually take place at The University of Manchester on main campus. Further details will be shared on our news and events page.

UK-RiME training

The UK Research in Musculoskeletal Epidemiology (UK-RiME) partnership is a national collaboration between eight epidemiology centres, of which we are the lead centre.

The partnership has developed a coordinated training programme for PhD students, postdocs, NIHR academic clinical fellows, clinical fellows and international trainees. As part of this, UK-RiME partners provide access to one another's cohorts and share analytical expertise with each other and the UK musculoskeletal research community.

Annual research showcase

Each October, the annual research showcase provides an opportunity for face-to face meetings between members of the UK-RiME centres, facilitating networking and collaboration.

Junior researchers within UK-RiME are encouraged to attend to present their research and develop their networking skills.

Mentorship programme

The UK-RiME dual mentorship programme aims to help early career researchers with career advice and planning their future.

It is an opportunity to receive personal support from an experienced senior researcher within musculoskeletal epidemiology who is keen to offer advice and share their expertise and experiences.

Email us at to find out more about mentorship.

Rheumatology for non-clinicians

Not all our researchers have a clinical background, so we have set-up a series of interactive presentations by clinicians working in the field of rheumatology discussing disease specific topics in rheumatology.

Introductory talks on clinical topics are live streamed from the University. You can watch the previous two sessions below. Future events will be advertised on this page when details are available.

Previous sessions

Session 1: Osteoarthritis rheumatoid arthritis


Session 2: Lupus and immunology