Postgraduate research

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on screening for gestational diabetes, pregnancy outcomes and care

Qualification: PhD

Department: Health Sciences

Application deadline: 24 July 2022

Start date: 1 September 2022



Project description:

This PhD will use data that has been collated during routine health care appointments and visits to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care access and outcomes in women diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in widespread disruption of healthcare in the United Kingdom. Non-urgent appointments in both primary and outpatient secondary care were cancelled or delayed, and access to healthcare was significantly reduced. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists published guidance relating to testing for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in March 2020. They recommended stopping the 2-hour OGTT and having a two-step testing approach. 

This project will compare screening rates, incidence of identified GDM, and pregnancy outcomes during the pandemic; and compare these to the previous 5 years. In addition pregnancy and post-natal outcomes for both mother and child will be assessed for when COVID-19 was contracted during pregnancy. For all analyses the disparities by both deprivation status and ethnicity will be considered. 

Essential this research project will involve the management and analysis of large datasets, and will suit an individual with an interest in pursuing a career in medical statistics or epidemiology.





This 3-year PhD studentship provides:

  • UK tuition fee waiver
  • Annual tax-free stipend at UKRI rates (£16,062 for 2022/23)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required to have a related Bachelor's degree of 2:1 or better (e.g. mathematics or statistics) or overseas equivalent, and preferably also an MSc qualification in an appropriate subject (e.g. Medical statistics, bioinformatics, biostatistics, health data science).

University of Leicester English language requirements apply where applicable.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

How to apply

How to apply

To submit your online application please use the Apply button at the bottom and select September 2022 from the dropdown menu.

Include with your application:

  • CV
  • Personal statement explaining your interest in the project, your experience and why we should consider you
  • Degree certificates and transcripts of study already completed and if possible transcripts to date of study currently being undertaken
  • Evidence of English language (if applicable)
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available

In the funding section please specify that you wish to be considered for the NIHR EM-ARC Gillies studentship.

In the research proposal section provide the names of the project supervisors and the project title (a research proposal is not required).




Open to UK (Home) applicants only.

*Applicants holding EU Settled and Pre-Settled status, we will require a UK government share code so that we can verify your status (The share code we require starts with S)  please email your share code together with your application ID to  once you have submitted your PhD application.

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