Lifecourse and Social Epidemiology

Pathway Leader:

Annie Britton

Prospective candidates can contact the pathway leader or team members for further information.

Training Routes

See table below for training routes and institutions available for this pathway.  

ESRC studentships at the UBEL DTP are structured around the following routes: 1+3, +3, 2+3 and +4 funding. Please note that not all routes are available in all institutions or pathways. Click here for further information on funding routes. 



Training Route




Lifecourse and Social Epidemiology


Social Epidemiology and Population Health




The pathway draws on world-leading expertise, with many links to other UBEL groups and pathways and direct relevance to multiple ESRC priorities. The work is highly interdisciplinary, with expertise in epidemiology, medical statistics, health psychology, sociology, health economics, public health, primary care, public policy, and improvement science are all found within the interdisciplinary teams in this pathway. UBEL students are typically supervised by a panel of academics with representation from several disciplines. Similarly, students are integrated with other CDTs and funded programmes, such as the ESRC-funded Soc-B programme which forms a distinct pathway under this DTP application.        

The pathway has considerable expertise in Advanced Quantitative methods and analysis of existing datasets (e.g., Understanding Society, the 1970 British Cohort Study and 1958 National Child Development Study), many of which are funded by the ESRC and are referenced in other pathways (e.g. Education, Quantitative social science). The specialist training in advanced quantitative methods offered by the pathway meets the needs of a key ESRC priority and includes: research methods for quantitative data; longitudinal data analysis; research methods for multilevel data; and missing data and multiple imputation in cross-sectional and longitudinal studies.

The Institute works in partnership with many international agencies, NGOs, ministries of health, educational institutions in the UK and globally, the NHS and enterprise to improve health. In addition, the WHO has designated two research groups within the pathway as WHO Collaborating Centres. There are numerous collaborations with third sector and government organisations, as well as the media to maximise national and international impact of research beyond the academic community. Students are encouraged to take up internships and placements with relevant organisations and past examples include Public Health England and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm).

Studentship Competitions

UBEL offers fully funded and co-funded ESRC studentships. Follow link below to discover current opportunities.