PhD Studentships

PhD Studentship Opportunities in the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health

The MRC-PHE Centre is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for leading cutting edge multidisciplinary research on the health effects of environmental pollutants and the translation of this knowledge to inform national and international policies to improve health. We are uniquely placed to collaborate with expert research groups nationally and internationally to produce high quality cutting edge research and work with public health agencies to apply the results to improve population health. A key component of our Centre’s strategic aim and mission is to train and develop the next generation of research and policy leaders in the environment and health arena.

Successful candidates will be supported by the training programme structure in the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health and will be provided with bespoke research training to ensure they are equipped with the appropriate skills and experience to become first class researchers.

Vacancies are advertised here on the Centre website, as well as on other sites such as, and may be based at Imperial College London, King's College London or both.

Please view the latest PhD Studentship opportunities form the main 'Training & Opportunities' menu. 


How to Apply:

Please see individual listings for further details about the projects and for applications deadlines.

All completed applications forms must be submitted by the dates indicated to be considered.

All application forms should be completed and e-mailed to

The title of the project should be placed in the email heading.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.



The eligibility criteria vary for each studentship but generally these match those of the Medical Research Council (MRC) and MRC-DTP (

Applicants are expected to hold a first class or upper second class honours degree (or its equivalent) in an appropriate science subject from a recognised university with a strong quantitative/computational background in biostatistics, epidemiology, data sciences, bioinformatics or mathematics and also have a Masters degree (with minimum merit pass or equivalent) or equivalent research experience by the start of their PhD.

To be eligible for fully funded PhD Studentships, applicants must meet the following residency criteria:

UK residents

To be eligible for a full award, a student must have:

  • settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay.
  • been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences).
  • not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

EU fees-only studentships

To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.This covers the cost of the university fees, conference fund and Research Training Supplement Grant, but does not include the monthly stipend. 

Please note that your residency selections will be verified as part of the application process. For queries regarding your eligibility, please contact Elizabeth Hayes (