The Dunhill Medical Trust PhD Opportunity

Newcastle University invites applications to a doctoral training programme on multiple long-term conditions and social inequalities funded by The Dunhill Medical Trust. 

This PhD programme focuses on multiple long-term conditions (MLTCs) and social inequalities. The projects build on our Newcastle University-led James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership on MLTCs in later life that highlighted unanswered questions in this area. The majority of the studentships align with our NIHR Infrastructure, including The Biomedical Research Centre, Policy Research Unit Older People and Frailty, NIHR Innovation Observatory, Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria, and the NIHR School for Public Health Research.  Three studentships in this programme have already been filled and commenced in October 2022. The remaining advertised studentship is expected to start in January 2023.

One doctoral studentship is available from the projects listed below under themes 1, 3 and 4.  Applicants are invited to indicate their preferred PhD projects, but also to nominate a second and third choice.

Entry requirements

Entry: January 2023

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent. Further research experience or a Master’s degree would be advantageous. International students may apply.

Further information about entry requirements.


How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter (no more than 500 words) to that contains your reasons for applying and how you are qualified. Please also list up to three projects in your letter, and number them in order of preference from 1 (top choice) to 3 (least preferred).

Deadline: Tuesday, 15th November 2022 at 17:00

Interviews expected to take place in the week commencing 21st November 2022.


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