Number of awards: 1

Start date and duration: February 2020. Funding covers a four-year PhD, including a placement with GSK.

Application closing date: 20 October 2019.


This PhD is funded by an Industrial Case Partnership between the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and GSK, a multinational pharmaceutical company. It offers an exciting opportunity to develop research skills and work with an industry partner whilst addressing some of the key questions that are facing societies across the world. You will be supported to develop your project into improving the health of ageing populations, using data driven approaches. The studentship will suit someone who is keen to develop expertise in core methodological research skills in epidemiology, biostatistics or applied quantitative health research. You will be supported to publish your work in peer reviewed journals and present at national and international conferences. There is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with GSK (consumer healthcare) in a placement to spend a period of time at GSK that will give you insights into the wide range of career pathways that will be open to you after your PhD.

The PhD project will focus on understanding age-related changes in physical function and well-being, and underlying causes including social factors, nutrition and oral health. A particular focus of the research will be on advancing knowledge in neglected aspects of ageing such as oral health, under-nutrition (malnutrition) and their influence on age-related decline in health. The research will primarily use longitudinal studies of ageing in the UK and USA, applying quantitative analytical skills to existing datasets. You will be encouraged and supported to develop advanced analytical skills.

Newcastle University has an international reputation for research in ageing and public health, offering a multi-disciplinary training environment with world leading academics. The project will be embedded in Fuse (Centre for Translational Public Health Research), and teams working on healthy ageing across the Newcastle University Institute of Ageing, with opportunities to link in with the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) at Newcastle.


Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and GSK.

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Sheena RamsayInstitute of Health and Society

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please create a new account.

Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:

  • insert the programme code 8300F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (full time) – Health Sciences
  • insert the studentship code HS040 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV no more than two pages for each. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship reference code HS040 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.


For further details, please email [email protected]

Entry Requirements

You must have a first or upper-second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject, and a further qualification (MRes or MSc) in epidemiology, medical statistics, public health, or a related subject, at Merit/Distinction level.

Experience in applying quantitative and epidemiological skills, and use of statistical software (e.g. Stata, SAS) would be desirable. Enthusiasm and motivation to learn more about epidemiological research is required.

Available only to UK/EU applicants based on residency eligibility criteria, rather than nationality. The residence eligibility criteria are satisfied in full if all three of the following conditions are met:

i. The candidate is settled in the UK i.e. is ordinarily resident in the UK without being subject under the immigration laws to any restriction on the period for which they may stay in the UK;

ii. The candidate has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years immediately prior to the date of start of their course;

iii. No part of the period of residence in (ii) was wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education.

Non-UK/EU applicants are not eligible.

If English is not your first language, an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no component lower than 5.5, or equivalent, will be required.

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and stipend for four years (£15,009 in year 1). Additional funding for research costs, conferences and exchange with industry partner, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

20th October 2019

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