NIHR HPRU PhD Studentships in Environmental Change and Health at London School of Hygiene

  • Phd
  • Tuition fees + ÂŁ17,640 yearly stipend
  • 31 August 2020

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in collaboration with Public Health England (PHE) to host the Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Environmental Change & Health.

HPRUs are joint research units that facilitate world-class research between PHE and leading UK universities in areas of applied health protection research that are directly relevant to the mission of PHE. They have a strong emphasis on research training, and provide opportunities for students to undertake research degrees on highly topical issues that feed directly into national policy-making and public health response. Our HPRU also has University College London (UCL) and the Met Office as partners.

Read more about the NIHR funding competition.

NIHR funding is available for three 3-year full-time PhD studentships to start in the 2020-2021 academic year.

The successful candidates will conduct research in a range of cutting-edge applied health protection research topics.

The research training environment

Students will be mentored by supervisors at both LSHTM/UCL and PHE, and be guided by an Advisory Committee consisting of at least two other experienced researchers who may be external to LSHTM and PHE. They will have the unique opportunity of conducting research in both academic and public health settings, and spend time in two institutions.

LSHTM is an international centre of excellence in global public health, one of Europe’s leading postgraduate medical institutions and Britain's national school of public health. The School was rated second amongst all academic institutions in the UK in the most recent 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, It also topped a table of the world’s leading research-focused graduate schools, published in February 2014 by the compilers of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The School currently has approximately 400 research degree students.

There are three academic faculties at LSHTM: Public Health & Policy; Epidemiology & Population Health; and Infectious & Tropical Diseases. There are also School Centres – cross-institution networks of academics collaborating and innovating to address global health challenges – including the recently launched Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health.

Career development opportunities

Students completing a HPRU PhD will be trained for a career in either academia or public health, or indeed spanning both. At LSHTM, support for research students’ future career development is covered through the supervision process, through the Transferable Skills Programme (in the School and the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network) and the LSHTM’s Careers Service. They will also spend time at PHE observing and participating in research to address practical day-to-day delivery of public health services. Students will have a unique opportunity to network and establish professional contacts through formal and informal interactions with members of staff and other students at LSHTM and PHE and other students. Activities include an extensive range of seminars and workshops. The PhD studentships also include funding for national and international conference attendance by students which provides networking opportunities.

PhD research topics

The HPRU on Environmental Change and Health is offering the choice of PhD topics detailed below, although there may be scope to explore other topics in the area of environmental change and health depending on student interests.

Although all students would be registered for their PhD at LSHTM or UCL, supervision will be shared with supervisors at Public Health England (PHE). For some topics, the majority of work may be carried out at PHE premises.

The programme of PhD research for the Environmental Change and Health HPRU is coordinated by Dr Shakoor Hajat ( General enquires should be directed to him or to the HPRU Director, Professor Paul Wilkinson (

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The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a public research university in Bloomsbury, Camden, and a constituent college of the University of London that specialises in public health and tropical medicine.

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Criteria for all applicants for these NIHR HPRU studentships:

  • Relevant undergraduate and Masters degrees, both awarded at a high grade. Applicants with a very strong undergraduate degree and relevant experience will be exceptionally considered.
  • Demonstrable attention to detail.
  • The ability to work to deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • An interest in applied health protection research in the UK.

In addition, each research project also has specific eligibility. Please see the specific projects for further details.

Please note: These studentships are only available to those who are eligible for Home/EU fee rates. Further information about fees status assessment can be found on the UKCISA website.


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The studentship award will cover:

  • tuition fees at the Home/EU fee rate; and
  • a tax-free stipend of GBP 17,640.00 per year

for three years.


Candidates are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor of the project(s) they are interested in before applying.

To apply, please complete an eligibility form, indicating which topic you are interested in, or if you are applying for more than one topic, your order of preference. Please also include the following documents:

  • A curriculum vitae, including details of your academic achievements to date and the names of two referees.
  • A brief (under 500 words) statement outlining the PhD project you are applying for and some initial research ideas for this project (this is only required for your 1st choice topic).

All documents must be submitted by email to Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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