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Prospective PhD students

LHA aims to recruit outstanding individuals; talent and expertise are necessary ingredients but, as important, are motivation and commitment.

Our doctoral students will use the new and existing data from the NSHD data collection. They will have the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research on life course epidemiology and ageing, under the supervision of senior scientists.  

Research topics

For a list of possible research topics please click here

Please click here for current PhD opportunities

Information about our current PhD students

If you wish to discuss possible research topics and opportunities, please contact Stephanie Pilling (Research Manager, in the first instance.

Research environment

The MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL is a research department within the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care.  Doctoral students will be registered with this institute . If you have general questions about studying within UCL please contact the Graduate Tutors, Dr Anne McMunn (  +44 20 7679 1730)  or Dr Annie Britton (  +44 20 7679 5626).

Training and development are an integral part of the Unit activities for students and staff alike, and are tailored to individual experience, skills and needs.  

LHA students acquire skills in all aspects of the research process – from identifying the key hypotheses to test, through data collection and curation, to analysis, interpretation and dissemination of findings and policy implications to other researchers, policymakers and the general public. In this way, students acquire transferable and valued generic and specialist skills that benefit their future research careers.

LHA aims to foster a challenging but supportive and informal research environment. Students are jointly supervised by two senior LHA scientists, or a LHA scientist and a key specialist collaborator, and other specialists are drawn in as required. Students benefit from in-house courses on statistical methods for life course epidemiology.

A programme of LHA internal and external seminars is organised, in addition to those offered at UCL. Students give seminars presenting their projects at each stage of development. International scientists who collaborate with the research team give state of the art lectures.