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PhD Studentship in Public Health Research (Diet and Physical Activity)

Funded PhD studentships are available at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) and MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge. The studentships enable students to explore and develop their own area of research, within the context of the broader aims of:

-understanding the determinants of dietary and physical activity behaviour,

-evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, and

-estimating the long term costs and benefits of behaviour change.

Please see for further information and examples of previous studentships and potential areas of research focus. Prospective students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors to discuss their plans.

Students will be registered with the University of Cambridge and belong to one of its Colleges. The student will be integrated into one of the prevention/public health focussed research programmes at CEDAR and the MRC Epidemiology Unit. The MRC Epidemiology Unit ( is a research department in the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge, investigating the causes and prevention of diabetes and obesity. It also hosts CEDAR (, a UKCRC Centre of Excellence in Public Health Research. CEDAR is an interdisciplinary collaboration comprising diet and activity research, epidemiology, biostatistics, health geography, health economics, behavioural science, intervention development and evaluation and public health modelling (see

The studentships will commence in October 2017. These are 3-year positions for those who have a Masters degree, or equivalent training, in an appropriate scientific discipline. Opportunities also exist for 4-year positions for those wishing to undertake the MPhil in Epidemiology or Public Health course in their first year. We provide diverse training opportunities for all aspects of research, and for transferable academic and generic skills. The academic requirement for entry is a first or upper second class degree or equivalent.

UK National and UK Resident Applicants: full funding is available, for university fees and a stipend. Other European Economic Area (EEA) Applicants: only partial funding may be available, covering university fees only. Additional funds may be available through other schemes and we suggest that, in addition to your application to us, you also seek out opportunities for maintenance or bursary funding (see for example: Non-EEA Applicants are not eligible for MRC funding (we welcome expressions of interests from non-EEA applicants).

To apply, please send a full CV, a 1-page statement describing your funding eligibility status, research interests and how these align with those of CEDAR and the MRC Epidemiology Unit along with contact details for two academic referees to Applications missing any of the above components will not be considered.

University Brexit Statement (11 October 2016): European Union students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will still have access to student funding support. For more (& updated) information, please see

Closing date for applications is 31st March 2017 with interviews likely to take place between 18 and 21 April 2017.

Please quote reference SJ11611 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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