Postgraduate research

Wellcome Trust DTP in Genomic Epidemiology and Public Health Genomics

Qualification: PhD

Departments: Population Health Sciences Genetics School of Psychology and Vision Sciences Cardiovascular Sciences Leicester Law School

Application deadline: 3 December 2023 (Midnight UK time)

Start date: 23 September 2024


The Programme is offering 7 places to start in September 2024; 5 places for UK students and 2 places for overseas students from low- and middle- income countries.

Applicants should choose up to three projects from the 14 projects below. Some of these projects are offered under a single programme theme, while others are cross-theme projects under two or more of the four themes. Please click on the projects below for more detail.

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).

Q&A session

The programme is holding two live Q&A sessions for applicants and potential applicants on Microsoft Teams on the following dates. If you would like to register for one of these sessions, please email

  • Monday 6 November, 1.00pm GMT
  • Tuesday 21 November, 1.00pm GMT
The deadline for PhD applications is midnight on Sunday 3 December 2023.

Projects in Theme 1 (Genomics for Drug Development and Pharmacogenetics)

Projects in Theme 2 (Genomics for Precision Medicine in Underserved Populations) 

  • no projects currently available.

Projects in Theme 3 (Genetically Informed Causal Inference and Risk Prediction)

Projects in Theme 4 (Genetically Informed Causal Inference and Risk Prediction)



Studentships funding:

*PhD stipend

  • Year 1 - £23,955
  • Year 2 - £24,525
  • Year 3 - £25,096
  • Year 4 - £25,666 

International students from countries not included on the Wellcome Trust list of low- and middle-income countries who are are offered a studentship with a 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 will be £17,138 per year (2023/4 entry this may increase for 2024/5 entry).

(UK fee for 2023/4 is £4,712 per year. International fee for 2023/4 is £21,850 per year. These may increase for 2024/5 entry).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • Candidates applying to the 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

How to apply

How to apply

To apply, click on the Wellcome Trust DTP application button at the bottom of this page to access the online application and select September 2024.

If an offer is made the academic department will change depending on the research project.

Application advice

Please upload the following to your online application:

  • CV - include all your academic qualifications including those currenting being undertaken
  • 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 either in-person or virtually.



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. If a place is offered we will provide a CAS for your visa application.

There are costs associated with the visa application process, which must be met by the student; approximately £2,500 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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