Postgraduate research

Wellcome Trust DTP in Genomic Epidemiology and Public Health Genomics

Qualification: PhD

Department: Population Health Sciences

Application deadline: closed for 2023


Applications are open for the Wellcome Trust DPT Studentships for September 2023 start.

Join us at our applicant Q&A session on Tuesday 17th January, 2:30-3:30pm GMT to find out more information about the Programme and put your questions to our Theme Leads! Email to book your place.

We have the following funded places available:

  • 6x 4-year PhDs at UK funding rates
  • 2x 4-year PhDs at Overseas funding rates for candidates from Low- and Middle-income Countries
  • 2x 1+4-year PhDs at UK funding rates

For candidates wishing to apply for the 4-year route, we are advertising a number of projects for 2023 entry. Some of these are offered under a single Theme, while others are cross-Theme projects (i.e. under two or more of the four Themes).

Please click on the project titles below to find out more information.

Candidates should ensure that they have read full details of the Programme and the How to Apply section below before applying for an individual project(s).

Only projects listed below are available for September 2023.



Studentships funding:

  • Four Years Fees at UK rates
  • Wellcome Trust stipend for the four years of the PhD*

*PhD Stipend

  • Year 1   £22,976
  • Year 2   £23,523
  • Year 3   £24,070
  • Year 4   £24,617
We offer international fee waivers for two students per year from low and middle income countries. 

Additional funding for all study options include:

  • Funding for training, research costs directly related to the studentship and a contribution towards project related travel.
  • A generous transition fund, focused on preparing students for their subsequent careers – this could for example provide for a student-driven choice of employment placement after submission of their PhD.


International students awarded the UK tuition fee waiver/stipend studentship will need to provide evidence that they can pay the difference between UK fees and international fees for the duration of their studies. 

The difference between UK and International Fees to be paid by International students is likely to be around £17,200 per year.

(UK Fee for 2023/4 is still to be confirmed but for 2022 entry the fee is £4,596 per year. International Fee for 2023/4 is £21,850 per year)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • Candidates applying to the four-year PhD should hold or expect to hold an undergraduate degree or a Master's degree in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent
  • University of Leicester English language requirements apply

Candidates who do not meet these entry requirements, but feel they have additional research experience should describe this clearly in the applicant statement.

We welcome applications from those from underrepresented groups, including minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities.

The four-year PhD may also be undertaken on a part time basis for students who have family or other commitments (UK applicants only).

Any questions regarding flexible study can be directed to

Applicants should note that this programme is not intended for clinically active, medically qualified candidates.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

For project enquiries please contact the relevant theme lead or the project supervisor in the first instance.

Administration and general enquiries to

Application enquiries can be sent to

How to apply

How to apply

The application in the first instance is to Health Sciences but if an offer is made the academic department may change depending on the research project. click on the Apply Button at the bottom of this page to access the online application and select September 2023.

Application notes

Please upload the following to your online application:

  • CV
  • Applicant statement:
    • Be of 700 words or less
    • Explain why the candidate is planning to undertake study at PhD level
    • Explain why the candidate should be considered for a PhD studentship within the Genomic Epidemiology and Public Health Genomics Doctoral Training Programme at the University of Leicester
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
  • Evidence of English language proficiency 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 enter Wellcome Trust DTP
  • In the Supervisors Section enter the Project Title and Reference Number of each project you want to be considered for in order of preference (up to three projects)

It is advisable that candidates approach the supervisor(s) of their proposed project(s) prior to submitting their application.


All successfully shortlisted candidates will be invited to a 30-minute interview.

Please note all interviews will be conducted (in person or virtual)



UK/ International* applicants may apply.

* International students please refer to the Funding section.

International applicants will need to be able to fund the difference between UK and Overseas fees for the duration of study.

International students will require a student visa in order to be able to study in the UK. There are costs associated with the visa application process, which must be met by the student; approx £2500 for the visa and healthcare surcharge. Please ensure you have the means to meet these costs before you apply to the programme.




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