MRC 4 Year Programme

Professor Helen Colhoun and Professor Bruce Guthrie

The Population Health Sciences Division is keen to host PhD students in pharmaco-epidemiology.  Our research programme utilises large datasets on exposure to prescribed drugs linked with health-related and other datasets to answer questions relating to prescribing quality, and drug safety and efficacy.  Students should ideally have a degree in either a relevant quantitative or biomedical/ pharmacology background, but we are happy to consider applications from a wide range of backgrounds (statistics, economics, mathematics, computer science, physics, clinical disciplines, pharmacology). We offer a structured programme combining taught courses appropriate to your needs, and personal supervision of a PhD project which we expect you to help design according to your interests and future plans. A successful student will gain: i) A thorough understanding of the legal, ethical and governance requirements for use and reporting of research in this field using large linked datasets; ii) Knowledge of current systems for pharmacovigilance and a sound understanding of pharmacoepidemiology; iii) Expertise in the definition of adverse events; iv) An extensive set of statistical skills including advanced regression techniques and specific methods for pharmacoepidemiology. Students will be well equipped for a range of future careers including in academic research, pharmaceutical industry, and policy and medicines regulation.


Helen Colhoun, Professor of Public Health

Bruce Guthrie, Professor of Primary Care Medicine