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PhD Studentship in Understanding and Reducing Global Health Inequalities

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Value of award

100% UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,000 for four years. Additional funding is available to cover research costs, advanced statistical training, and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

Number of awards


Start date and duration

October 2019 and covers a 1 year Master’s in Global Public Health and a 3 year PhD.

Application closing date

10 July 2019


Globally, there are stark health inequalities between people from different socioeconomic groups. For example, in the UK people from the most deprived neighbourhoods live nine years less than those from the most affluent; there is a 25-year gap in life expectancy between poor and rich residents of New Orleans, USA; and in low- and middle-income countries, infant mortality rates are more than seven times higher in the least educated groups compared to the most educated. Research has indicated that it is the political, social and economic factors embedded in societal structures that are the key drivers of these inequalities in health.

As part of the Centre for Global Health Inequalities and working closely with international academic and policy collaborators, this master’s and PhD in Global Health Inequalities will use quantitative data to examine how we can better understand and reduce health inequalities, globally.

Examples of potential projects include examining: trends in health inequalities in South Africa; inequalities in cancer outcomes in low- and middle-income countries; the effects of long-term political and economic changes on health inequalities in different countries. The exact PhD question will be agreed by the student and supervisors together.

Norwegian Research Council

Name of supervisor(s)

Professor Clare Bambra and Dr Heather Brown

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have at least a 2:1 degree in a discipline relevant to public health research (such as economics, sociology, human geography, biomedical sciences, anthropology, etc.) and demonstrable quantitative research skills (e.g., completion of a quantitative undergraduate dissertation).

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 7 with at least 6.5 in the written component, or equivalent.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘create a new account’.

Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information: 

  • Insert the programme code 8300F in the programme of study section
  • Select ‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (full-time) – public health’ as the programme of study
  • Insert the studentship code HS039 in the studentship/partnership reference field
    attach a covering letter and CV of no more than two pages for each. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship reference code HS039 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.


Enquiries can be directed to clare.bambra@newcastle.ac.uk

Source: Newcastle University

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