The Dunhill Medical Trust PhD Opportunities

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. Studentships are expected to start in October 2022.

Doctoral studentships are available under the following four themes. The available projects are listed under each theme heading.  Applicants are invited to indicate their preferred PhD projects, but also to nominate a second and third choice.

Entry requirements

Entry: Autumn 2022

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: Thursday, 7th July 2022 at 17:00

Interviews expected to take place in the week ending 15th July 2022.


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