CHICAS Partnership with Liverpool Tropical Medicine Creates New PhD Opportunities

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and Lancaster University (LU) have been successful in their joint application for a Medical Research Council Translational and Quantitative Skills Doctoral Training Programme in Global Health.

The objectives of the programme are:

  • to develop future leaders in translational research relevant to Global Health.
  • to develop researchers with quantitative and interdisciplinary skills.
  • to develop bridge scientists who can translate scientific innovation into beneficial impact on health for the World’s most vulnerable people and communities.

Recruited students will receive formal training in translational research, including projects with external organisations and industry. They will undertake a 1 + 3 PhD programme, receiving formal training in translational research (options to include an MRes in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine or MRes in Clinical Sciences) that will feature 3 x 12 week projects (one with an external organization e.g. AstraZeneca, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Medicines for Malaria Venture). The strategic partnership between is designed to ensure the integration, development and delivery of quantitative skills training.

Up to seven fully funded (fees plus stipend PhD studentships) will be available per intake year, with the first intake in October 2016. Recruitment to the programme will be through LSTM, but both LSTM and LU staff will be involved in the programme, often as co-supervisors, and each student’s primary working base could be in either institution depending on the scientific focus of their project. Interested students from relevant backgrounds such as mathematics, statistics, life sciences social sciences, clinical sciences or public health can obtain more information about the scheme by visiting the MRC-DTP web site.

Potential applicants whose interests lies in the development and application of statistical and/or epidemiological methods to global public health research are advised to contact Prof Peter Diggle ( for an informal discussion before applying.

Applications must be completed by the end of December 2015.

Updated: Tuesday 17 November, 2015