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PhD studentship opportunities in Environment and Health

We are pleased to invite applications for three year PhD studentships in the Medical Research Council Centre for Environment and Health (MRC-CEH) and two National Institute for Health and Care Research funded Health Protection Research Units (HPRU) in Environmental Exposures and Health and in Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards.

The studentships will be based with one of the partners in the following units:

  • Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EBS) at Imperial College London
  • Environmental Research Group (ERG) at Imperial College London
  • Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE) at the UK Health Security Agency
  • National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London

Our researchers are uniquely placed to lead collaborative projects nationally and internationally, producing high quality research in selected areas (see below) and working in collaboration with academic partners (e.g. MRC Toxicology Unit at the University of Cambridge), health and environmental agencies (e.g. US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, the Environment Agency, Transport for London) and industry (e.g. Bosch, Dyson Ltd, JCB) to translate this knowledge into policy and improve population health. 

A key focus of our mission and strategy is to train and develop the next generation of academic and policy leaders in the field of environment and health research. Successful PhD candidates will be supported by a leading bespoke training programme to ensure they are equipped with the appropriate skills and experience to become first class researchers. 

Mechanistic Research in Environment and Health

Environmental drivers of epigenetic ageing
Supervisors: Dr Ian Mudway, Dr Oliver Robinson
Exposures and health effects near brownfield sites
Supervisors: Dr Daniela Fecht

Full details of the projects can be found in the PhD Opportunities page


For admission to this PhD programme, candidates would normally be expected to hold, or achieve by the start of the programme, a Master's degree in addition to a Bachelor's degree with a UK First- or Upper Second-Class honours grade or equivalent in a relevant life science or quantitative science subject and have strong statistical and computational skills. 

Studentships include funding for Home tuition fees and a stipend of approx. £19,668  per annum.  


These studentships only fund home tuition fees.  Non UK students may still be eligible to apply provided they have secured funding to cover international tuition fees. Please contact for more information prior to submitting an application

Candidates should only select one project. 

The application form can be downloaded here. It should be completed electronically and e-mailed to 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Applications from candidates that have not been successful in the previous recruitment round for these studentships will also not be considered.  

The closing date for applications is until positions filled.   

You will receive a confirmation email within five working days of submitting your application. If you do not, please email to enquire about the status.

Successful candidates are expected to start their studentships no later than 1st October 2022. 

The MRC Centre and the NIHR HPRUs are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment.