Applications for admission in 2023 will open in October 2022.  Please check the website regularly for updates.


You will…

  • be highly motivated to make a significant scientific contribution to tackling chronic disease burden through research that can inform well-evidenced, cost-effective public health strategies
  • be able to demonstrate your enthusiasm to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment
  • have completed an undergraduate degree (equivalent to 2.1 or above) in a relevant discipline (e.g. mathematics, statistics, epidemiology, public health, psychology, nutrition, quantitative sociology, politics, economics, systems engineering, business studies, geography)
  • have completed a master’s degree at merit or distinction (or a non-UK equivalent) in a relevant subject OR have more than one year of formal employment in either a relevant scientific environment or in public health decision making
  • Current Master’s students without relevant work experience are welcome to apply if they have an outstanding academic track record (e.g. a first-class undergraduate degree or a potential distinction on their Master’s degree).
  • have quantitative maths skills equivalent to A at A-Level (may also be evidenced through university modules or work)
  • have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • meet English language requirements (international applicants).

We particularly want to encourage applications from disadvantaged or under-represented groups, and will ensure that at least one out of our seven annual scholarships is awarded to a UK candidate who meets one or more of our Widening Participation Criteria.

The programme is open to UK and Irish applicants, and to non UK/Irish applicants who are nationals of Low- and Middle-income countries (as defined by the OECD – see list here). International candidates must be able to comply with UK immigration regulations.

The current opportunity to join the programme in September 2022 arose due to a UK candidate withdrawing from the programme and is therefore only open to UK and Irish applicants.

The scheme is not open to clinicians, or those who have recently completed medical training, as these candidates can apply to alternative Wellcome funding schemes. Those who can demonstrate that they have already left clinical careers and have been working in academia, policy, or other areas for a significant period of time are eligible. Explain this carefully in your personal statement.

Key dates

The application window for 2022 entry is currently open and will close at midnight on 29th July 2022. Applicants must be available for interview 8th and 9th August 2022.

The application window for 2023 entry will open in October 2022 and close in December 2022.  Final dates to be confirmed.

How to apply

Complete an online application by clicking here and upload the following mandatory documents:

  • degree certificate(s) and academic transcripts listing courses/modules and marks
  • A level certificates or high school leaving certificates
  • evidence of maths skills
  • two academic references, or one academic and one employment reference. Choose referees who know you well and are able to comment on your skills, ability, and compatibility with the PhD. e.
  • CV – maximum 3 sides A4, pdf or MS Word format. See for ideas of what to include
  • A personal statement explaining why you are the right person for the programme – maximum 800 words
  • evidence of English language skills, if required (see English Language requirements section to the left)

Optional supporting documents:

  • Widening Participation Application Form (UK candidates only)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test results, which we can consider as additional evidence of academic ability
  • evidence of academic publications or academic prizes (after age 16)

You should not submit a research proposal

English Language Requirements

Overseas candidates from countries not classed as majority native English speaking countries must submit a valid English Language test score as evidence of fluency in English. This test must have been taken no earlier than September 2020.

Required scores:

Overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component. We will also accept IELTS Indicator tests taken from 1 July 2020.

Overall score of 95 with a minimum of 21 in Listening, 22 in Reading, 23 in Speaking and 22 in Writing.

A full list of the required equivalent scores for other accepted tests can be found here.


Please refer to this webpage for information about exemptions from these requirements.

Choosing the correct options in the online admissions system

In ‘Part 2: Course Applications’ select ‘Add new research course’.

Then choose:

  • Qualification applying for: Doctoral Training Course.
  • A further drop down menu will appear with a list of possible courses.
  • Select the Wellcome programme from the list.
  • How do you want to study: Full time
  • When do you wish to start your research: September 2022.

Contact our Doctoral Training Centre Manager if you have further questions.

Writing your personal statement

We know that writing a personal statement can be daunting! Please check out our Tips for writing a personal statement for the PHEDS Wellcome DTC Application.