Pathway Leader:
Annie Britton

Pathway Institution Training Route 1+3 2+3 +3 +4
Life Course and Social Epidemiology UCL Health and Society: Social Epidemiology

Students in the Life Course and Social Epidemiology pathway will apply social epidemiological perspectives to the study of social, psychological and biological factors as they develop over the life course and how they contribute to health, disease and wellbeing. Students will use quantitative techniques to conduct secondary analysis of longitudinal cohort and panel studies. Studentships in this pathway will be based within the UCL Department of Epidemiology and Public Health ( The department is a global leader in social epidemiological research, as evidenced by our outstanding 2014 REF results (46% 4* with 160FTE staff submitted). We are a friendly, thriving multi-disciplinary department whose aim is to develop a better understanding of health, wellbeing and prevention of ill health through rigorous population research and the development of research methodology. The department has a legacy of research into the social determinants of health and health inequalities and its interdisciplinary nature facilitates collaborative research encompassing social, health and biological perspectives. Students will work within one of the following research groups: the ESRC International Centre for Life Course Studies in Society & Health; the Whitehall II Study of civil servants; the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing (which houses the MRC National Health and Development Study 1946 birth cohort); the Central and Eastern Europe health research group (which houses the Health, Alcohol and Psychosocial factors in Eastern Europe study), and the Health and Social Surveys group (which houses the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, the census-based Longitudinal Study and the Health Surveys of England and Scotland). +3 and 1+3 studentships are available. Students who enter as 1+3 will study for the MSc in Health and Society: Social Epidemiology for the ‘1’ component of their 1+3 studentship. Applicants should consider which of the above research groups or supervisors you wish to study with. If you wish to discuss possible research topics or supervisors, please contact Professor Annie Britton (