2020-21 PhD Studentships in Pharmacoepidemiology

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is pleased to invite applications for two PhD studentships in pharmacoepidemiology, funded for 3.5 years by GlaxoSmithKline, starting in September 2020.

The award will cover

  • tuition fees (at the home/EU student rate); and
  • a tax free stipend of GBP 22,946.00 per year.

The studentships will be based in the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health. The Faculty is multi-disciplinary and encompasses epidemiologists, medical statisticians, medical demographers, nutritionists, social scientists and public health practitioners. The successful candidates will also spend time at the offices of GlaxoSmithKline in West London.

There is a choice of possible project topic areas (pdf). The exact focus of the PhD will be developed with the successful candidate and will depend on their interests and prior expertise and interests. Applicants are asked to contact the supervisor of the project they are most interested in for an informal discussion prior to applying.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must hold, or expect to obtain before the start of the PhD, a relevant MSc awarded with good grades, or have a combination of relevant qualifications and experience which demonstrates equivalent ability and attainment. 

The award is only available to candidates who meet the eligibility requirements for home/EU fees. Please see the fee assessment policy, in particular the 'criteria' section, for further details.

The PhD programme

Students will be mentored by their supervisor and an advisory committee consisting of at least two other academics, who can be from outside the School. Each advisory committee will also have at least one epidemiologist or statistician from GlaxoSmithKline. Students are expected to take part in the academic life of their department and can also be members of other academic centres - e.g. Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases, the Clinical Trials Unit, the Malaria Centre, The TB Centre, the MARCH centre for maternal and child health, and the Centre for Statistical Methodology. All research seminars and journal clubs are open to PhD students from across LSHTM. Students are able to take up to four Master’s level Study Modules per academic year, subject to approval from their supervisor.

Support for research students’ future career development is covered through the supervision process, through the Transferable Skills Programme (in LSHTM and the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network) and LSHTM’s Careers Service.  Also important for career development are the opportunities for students to network and establish professional contacts. LSHTM also facilitates national and international conference attendance by students in the later stages which provides networking opportunities.

How to apply

Applicants should select one project from the potential project list and provide the following documents by email to

  • A 2-page curriculum vitae, including details of their academic achievements to date and the names of 2 referees (at least one of whom should be able to comment on your academic ability)
  • A research proposal of up to 1,000 words*
  • A covering letter saying why they are interested in undertaking a PhD in this area at LSHTM
  • Copies of the transcripts from their undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications
  • An eligibility form

*The research proposal should identify a specific research question or hypothesis, expanding on one of the topics listed on the website, summarise the relevant background information (with no more than five key references) and should outline an appropriate research methodology by which the question can be addressed.

Applications should be submitted by email to Please state clearly in the heading and text of the email that this is an application for a pharmacoepidemiology studentship. 

Only applications in the correct format will be considered.

The deadline for applications is 16 March 2020, 10.00 am GMT