Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) - Demography pathway


Pathway Leader: Lynda Clarke. Email:

The Demography pathway

The School is one of the UK’s leading centres for research in demography and population studies and hosts a highly interdisciplinary and internationally renowned group of researchers working on a range of population issues in both low and high income contexts.

We have strong programmes of research in maternal, reproductive and sexual health, the demographic impact and mathematical modelling of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, family demography, evolutionary demography, health inequalities, global health and the burden of disease.  Our methods span quantitative techniques, including advanced demographic and statistical methods, and qualitative work; and we work on both basic and applied research.

ESRC-funded PhD scholarships are available in population studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, to start in autumn 2019.  These scholarships are offered in both Demography and Reproductive and Sexual Health training routes.  Scholarships may be taken up either as a stand-alone PhD (a +3 award); or as a programme which includes first taking additional taught courses before starting the PhD (please see UBEL Application Guide for further information on all the different routes available.)

We welcome any topic from candidates in the fields of demography or reproductive and sexual health.  To illustrate the types of project that might be funded,  a full list of research projects undertaken by past students can be found on the Population Studies Group website.

As part of their scholarship, students may spend a year at the European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD) and following successful completion of this year, can progress to 3 years of PhD funding at the School.  We also welcome applications from students interested in using Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM).


The +3 award provides funding for 3 years of PhD study, and is available to any student who already holds a suitable MSc.

The 1+3 award provides core research methods and core subject specific training through established Masters programmes: the MSc Demography & Health or the MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research.  On successful completion of the relevant MSc, the student will then progress to 3 years of PhD funding.

The +4 award is suitable for applicants who have a Masters qualification that does not meet the requirements for a +3 studentship.  It provides four years of funding to support full-time PhD study with a substantial research training component based around the taught modules from the designated MSc course and which leads to a Postgraduate Diploma.

2+3 or 1+3 awards, which include one year at the European Doctoral School of Demography is an eleven-month program that is offered every year, with the goal to provide students in the first year of their doctoral studies with an appropriate high-level education in demography.  Applicants with a suitable MSc can apply for a 1+3 award, where the first year is spent at EDSD; applicants without a suitable MSc can apply for a 2+3 award, where the first year is spent on MSc Demography & Health and the second at EDSD.


This is an open competition for ESRC studentships on any topic that falls within the remit of the pathway.  In order to progress through the preliminary and final selection process you will need to have made contact with a relevant staff member at the School who would be willing to be your supervisor and support your application.

We recommend potential applicants first contact potential supervisors: the websites of the Population Studies Group and MARCH (Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health) list staff members at the School with appropriate research interests who may be potential supervisors.

Alternatively, please contact the DTP representative, Lynda Clarke, for an initial discussion.