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Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Services Research, PhD, MD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #152 (QS) Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
The Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Services Research at the Newcastle University  aimed at promoting evidence-based policy and practice for the benefit of patient and population health. Postgraduate research supervision is available in applied epidemiology, decision making and organisation of care, life-course, development and ageing, and public health improvement.
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Research in the Institute of Health and Society (IHS) is organised into four themes and underpinned by four discipline groups. As a research student, you will be fully integrated in a theme or group. 

With the Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Services Research at the Newcastle University you will have a team of supervisors, including clinicians or policy makers from a range of health and social care settings. Current research interests, projects and publications are available from our staff profiles.


Applied epidemiology

The applied epidemiology theme contributes to the understanding, prevention and treatment of chronic non-communicable disease across the life course. Research areas include:

  • maternal and perinatal health
  • childhood cancer
  • life course epidemiology

Decision making and organisation of care

Decision making and organisation of care brings together social and behavioural science, and clinical expertise to conduct applied health research. Research areas include:

  • implementation/improvement science
  • shared decision making/patient-centred care
  • experience of health, illness and healthcare
Life-course, development and ageing

Life-course, development and ageing explores healthy ageing, from development in childhood and the consequences of disability, to the health and wellbeing of the oldest old (85 and over). Research areas include:

  • ageing and health
  • transitions in health and disability
  • understanding child disability
  • improving quality of life
  • technologies and the environment
  • cognitive impairment and dementia
Public health improvement

The public health improvement theme conducts applied health research with a focus on the development, evaluation and translation of health interventions. Research areas include:

  • understanding and tackling health inequalities
  • understanding and changing health related behaviours
  • evaluation of public health policy
  • public health nutrition
  • prevention of alcohol misuse
Discipline groupsHealth economics

The Health Economics Group conducts research aimed at improving the allocation of scarce health and social care resources, tackling inequalities in access to care and health, applying and developing research to better measure the benefits of health and social care. Research areas include:

  • evaluating benefits/quantifying preferences in for health and health care
  • development and application of economic evaluation
  • commissioning and priority setting in health care
  • econometric applications in studies of health, with a focus on income and health inequalities
Health psychology

The Health Psychology Research Group focuses on behavioural and psychological processes in health and health care. The group's research includes work on methodology, theory and the development and evaluation of interventions, contributing to both scientific and practice agendas. Research areas include:

  • causes of behaviour relevant to health and health care
  • behavioural theory
  • modifying behaviour, emotion and cognition
  • complex behavioural interventions for health and health care
  • knowledge translation in health care.
Medical sociology

The Medical Sociology Group is theoretically and methodologically broad ranging. The group applies different theoretical sociological approaches dependent upon the subject under research. Research areas include:

  • individual patients’ and carers’ experiences of health and health care
  • evaluation of health care organisation and work
  • implementation of health care technologies
Health technology evaluation

The Health Technology Evaluation Group conducts research into healthcare methods and interventions including:

  • screening procedures
  • drugs
  • medical devices
  • surgery
  • therapy interventions
  • behaviour change interventions
  • organisation and delivery of health care

This is done through systematic reviews, rigorously designed clinical trials and process evaluations, multi-method feasibility studies and other high quality designs. Research areas include:

  • feasibility of health technologies
  • acceptability of health technologies
  • efficacy and effectiveness of health technologies
  • comparisons of health technologies
  • health technology evaluation methods

Our new School of Pharmacy has scientists and clinicians working together on all aspects of pharmaceutical sciences and clinical pharmacy.

We will be offering the following PhD projects:

  • Drug Delivery Approaches for Improved Treatment of Disease
  • Targeting Biosynthetic and Regulatory Pathways of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis as Novel Drug Targets
  • Design, Synthesis and Target Identification of Novel Anti-Tubercular Agents
  • Activity-Based Chemical Probes for the Profiling of Cytochrome P450s
  • Development of Novel Silanediol HDAC Inhibitors for the Treatment of Cancer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Health and health care policy
  • Health economics
  • Health care quality

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements


  • A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent.  Further research experience or a Master’s degree would be advantageous.
  • A MBBS, or an equivalent medical degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29910 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29910 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12150 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • Full time: £4,350 - £12,150
  • Part time: £2,175 - £6,075
  • Full time: £22,110 - £29,910

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 560 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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