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Postgraduate research

We offer an outstanding research environment for PhD students to ensure all our early career researchers acquire the scientific knowledge and research skills they need to become successful independent researchers in epidemiology.

We are considered internationally to be the pre-eminent research group undertaking research into treatment effectiveness and safety of treatment and the occurrence, causation, outcome and impact of major juvenile and adult onset musculoskeletal disorders.

We are also the lead institution for the UK Research in Musculoskeletal Epidemiology (UK-RiME) partnership, which has a specific focus on training and collaborative research. We foster a strong programme of student and staff development and support.

PhD studentships

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

Other research opportunities

We have a range of PhD, research assistant and postdoctoral opportunities focusing on musculoskeletal epidemiologic research projects.

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, including:

  • handling of data;
  • writing skills;
  • presentation skills;
  • patient and public involvement and engagement;
  • epidemiology;
  • biostatistics;
  • other skills (eg expertise in eHealth).

For postdoctoral researchers these skills also include:

  • development of research;
  • seeking funding;
  • supervision;
  • service and career developmental skills.

Find out more about PhD programmes and projects available in our Faculty. All fellowships and research assistant positions are advertised on the University website.