3 PhD Studentships in Medical Statistics & Epidemiology


Scholarship value:  £15,740 per annum

The award covers fees and a tax-free maintenance stipend over three years. In the first year the stipend is £15,740.

Three MRC-funded PhD studentships are available at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit commencing September 2013. Each student will study one of the following projects in medical statistics / epidemiology, or a related project to be negotiated with potential supervisors at the unit


    • Issues in multi-arm multi-stage designs
    • Network meta-analysis
    • Relevant accessible sensitivity analysis for clinical trials with missing data
    • Avoiding bias and learning more from the analysis of longitudinal data
    • Evolution of HIV-1 drug resistance in the absence of virological monitoring
    • Using emerging causal methods to investigate the benefits and risks associated with type 2 diabetes treatments

These projects will all allow the student to develop skills in the analysis of data in medical research. The projects differ in terms of which further skills will be developed as some will focus more on statistical methods and some more on epidemiological research methods. Details of each project are available from Dr Andrew Copas – e-mail anc@ctu.mrc.ac.uk.

You will join the group of PhD students within the MRC London Hub for Trials Methodology research based at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit.  You will register for full-time MPhil/PhD study at


(UCL), and will benefit from the range of training opportunities provided through UCL.

You will have an MSc in statistics, medical statistics, epidemiology, or equivalent experience together with a BSc in a quantitative discipline. Following MRC restrictions, full studentships are available only to UK applicants. Other EU applicants may be eligible for a “fees-only” award.

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For an informal discussion about any of the proposed projects or studying at the unit please contact Dr Andrew Copas – e-mail anc@ctu.mrc.ac.uk.


To apply please click the APPLY button below. When applying online please provide a cover letter clearly stating, with examples, why you would like to be considered for this studentship and how you meet each of the criteria listed in the Person Specification. Please also supply a CV and the details of two academic referees. Candidates may express a preference for one of the above listed projects in the cover letter section of the application, and if so doing should briefly explain their preference. For shortlisted candidates there will be an opportunity to discuss the nature of each project at interview.


If you would like to receive this advert in large print, Braille, audio or electronic format/hard copy, please contact the Recruitment team at the MRC Shared Service Centre on 01793 867003 or email recruitment@ssc.mrc.ac.uk.


Closing Date: 23rd April 2013


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