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PhD studentship opportunities in Environment and Health

We are pleased to invite applications for three year PhD studentships in the Medical Research Council Centre for Environment and Health (MRC-CEH) and two National Institute for Health Research funded Health Protection Research Units (HPRU) in Environmental Exposures and Health and in Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards.

The studentships will be based with one of the partners in the following units:

  • Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EBS) at Imperial College London
  • Environmental Research Group (ERG) at Imperial College London
  • Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE) at the UK Health Security Agency
  • National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London

Our researchers are uniquely placed to lead collaborative projects nationally and internationally, producing high quality research in selected areas (see below) and working in collaboration with academic partners (e.g. MRC Toxicology Unit at the University of Cambridge), health and environmental agencies (e.g. US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, the Environment Agency, Transport for London) and industry (e.g. Bosch, Dyson Ltd, JCB) to translate this knowledge into policy and improve population health. 

A key focus of our mission and strategy is to train and develop the next generation of academic and policy leaders in the field of environment and health research. Successful PhD candidates will be supported by a leading bespoke training programme to ensure they are equipped with the appropriate skills and experience to become first class researchers. 


We are looking for outstanding candidates with an interest in environment and health research and with experience in at least one of the following areas research areas (see “Our Research”; see also CRTH HPRU/EEH HPRU). 

  • Environmental exposure assessment and epidemiology (including air pollution, noise, ionising and non-ionising radiation, waste management, water, climate change and health) 
  • Molecular signatures of exposures and disease pathways (including biomarkers, metabolic profiling, exposome, multi-omics analyses and modelling) 
  • Urban environments and health (including social, economic, behavioural and technological processes, inequalities) 
  • Biostatistics, data science and computational biology (including spatial epidemiology and small area studies, artificial intelligence, Bayesian nonparametric modelling) 
  • Cohorts and data resources (including cohorts of children and adolescents, e.g. CHILL, SCAMP, CLUE, NFBC; occupational cohorts, e.g. AIRWAVE; cohorts of mobile phone users, e.g. COSMOS; other large cohorts, e.g. ALEC, INTERMAP, LIFEPATH)
Mechanistic Research in Environment and Health

Environmental drivers of epigenetic ageing
Supervisors: Dr Ian Mudway, Dr Oliver Robinson
Advanced material toxicity
Supervisors: Dr Martin Leonard, Dr Adam Laycock, Dr Stephanie Wright

Epidemiology and Exposure Assessment

Health impacts of exposure to residential air pollutants
Supervisors: Dr Ben Barratt, Dr Sani Dimitroulopoulou
Is air pollution in England linked to increasing infertility?
Supervisors: Dr Sean Beevers, Prof. Mireille Toledano, Dr Rachel B. Smith, Dr Nutthida Kitwiroon
Assessing human health impacts from exposures to “forever chemicals”
Supervisors: Dr Fred Piel, Dr Ovanir Sepai, Dr Leon Barron
Exposures and health effects near brownfield sites
Supervisors: Dr Daniela Fecht
Metallic aerosols in the environment – building the next generation of exposure assessment models
Supervisors: Dr Sean Beevers, Dr David Green, Dr Anja Tremper, Dr Tuan Vu, Dr Nutthida Kitwiroon

Epidemiology and Exposure Assessment at NHLI

Bioaerosols and respiratory health 
Supervisors: Prof. Deborah Jarvis, Dr Elaine Fuertes and Dr Andre Amaral
Occupational lung disease in population-based studies
Supervisors: Dr Andre Amaral, Prof Paul Cullinan and Dr Johanna Feary
Respiratory health and the environment in low- and middle-income countries
Supervisors: Prof. Deborah Jarvis, Dr Andre Amaral and Dr Elaine Fuertes

Full details of the projects can be found in the PhD Opportunities page


For admission to this PhD programme, candidates would normally be expected to hold, or achieve by the start of the programme, a Master's degree in addition to a Bachelor's degree with a UK First- or Upper Second-Class honours grade or equivalent in a relevant life science or quantitative science subject and have strong statistical and computational skills. 

Studentships include funding for Home tuition fees and a stipend of £17,609 per annum.

  • All UK/EU/International candidates are eligible to apply for these studentships. 
  • International candidates (i.e. all non-UK nationals) that are successfully awarded one of these studentships will be required to cover the difference between Home and International tuition fees.  Please see here information on current PhD tuition fees.


The application form can be Download here. It should be completed electronically and e-mailed to

Applicants are not expected to have confirmed a PhD supervisor or project before applying, but should provide in their personal statement a clear description of the research area they wish to pursue during their PhD and select at least two projects from the list above as examples of research they would be interested in. Please note that we cannot guarantee that successful candidates will be assigned to their selected projects. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications from candidates that have not been successful in the previous recruitment round for these studentships will also not be considered. 

The closing date for applications is 6th December 2021.  

You will receive a confirmation email within five working days of submitting your application. If you do not, please email to enquire about the status.

Successful candidates are expected to start their studentships no later than 1st October 2022.

The MRC Centre and the NIHR HPRUs are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment.