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Applying for a PhD in the Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College

Enquiries from prospective PhD students are welcome in any of the areas of research carried out in the Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College London. The department is part of the School of Public Health. We have a highly active and wide-ranging research programmes in public health and primary care. This includes collaborative work with UK and international organisations.

Current and past PhD students have undertaken studies on a wide range of projects, including prescribing policy in Thailand; obesity management in Brunei; health care equity; deaths from drug overdose; the impact of pay for performance schemes on quality of care; ethnic and socio-economic differences in the management of diabetes and its complications; screening for diabetes and other chronic diseases; the use of new technology to improve health care; the epidemiology and management of diabetes in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council; medical ethics; and the epidemiology of childhood infections. You can look at the personal webpages of some of our current staff and PhD students for further information on current PhD projects.

You can find further information on applying for a PhD place at Imperial College London at:

For information about PhD policies in the School of Public Health and the Department of Primary Care & Public Health, please see:

We expect our PhD students to have a relevant master's degree in addition to their first degree. We do not offer scholarships to overseas students and you will therefore need to arrange your own financial support. Overseas students will also need to show proof of English language skills. Eligibility for a PhD programme at Imperial College is assessed by the Admissions Team in the Imperial College Registry. The Admissions Team will check your qualifications, references and English language skills (if applicable).

If you meet the entry criteria (relevant first degree, merit level master's degree, English language skills), you will then undergo an interview with two academic members of the Department of Primary Care & Public Health to assess your suitability for a PhD in this department. The interview can be done by telephone, so you do not need to attend in person. Please note that we can not make any offers of a PhD place until you have gone through this process.

Although PhD students can start at any time during the year, we prefer students to be registered by the first week of October. The reason for this is that the PhD training organised by the department, the School of Public Health and Imperial College starts in October. If you start later, you may miss some important training sessions.

Good luck with your application!


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