Postgraduate research

Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD Studentship Programme

Qualification: PhD

Department: Health Sciences

Application deadline: 12 June 2022

Start date: 26 September 2022


Genomic Epidemiology and Public Health Genomics PhD Programme (Wellcome Trust DTP)

The Programme currently as one UK-funded 4-year place available for a September 2022 start. Applicants should select up to three projects from the six advertised below (see ‘How to Apply’ for more details) – click on the projects below for more information.

Please note that we currently cannot offer overseas-level funding. Any overseas applicants wishing to apply must be able to demonstrate ability to make up the difference between UK and overseas tuition fee rates for all four years of the Programme in order to be considered. (see funding section below for fee breakdown)

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

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

  • No projects available within this theme at this time. Please check the website again in October 2022 for a September 2023 start

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

  • No projects available within this theme at this time. Please check the website again in October 2022 for a September 2023 start

Projects in Theme 4 (Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genomics and Genomic Epidemiology Studies)




Studentships funding:

  •  Four Years Fees at UK rates
  • Wellcome Trust stipend for the four years of the PhD*
    • Wellcome Trust stipend rates: PhD Year 1 £19,919; Year 2 £21,542; Year 3 £23,298; Year 4 £23,997.

International students may be required to pay the difference between UK student fees and international student fees for the duration of their studies. 

  • UK Fee for 2022/3 is £4,596 per year
  • International Fee for 2022/3 is £21,000 per year

Difference between UK and International Fees to be paid by International students is £16,404 per year.

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.

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 Sarah Robinson at

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 2022.

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 virtually until further notice.



UK/ International* applicants may apply.

*International applicants must be able to demonstrate that they can fund the difference between UK and International tuition fees for the duration of the study.


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