We are seeking bright, motivated applicants to join the first cohort of students in the new Soc-B Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Biosocial Science jointly funded by the Economic & Social Research Council and the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council.

Strong links between our social environments and health exist; however, the biological processes linking the two are less clear. Recent years have seen increased investments in the collection of biomarker data (e.g. neuroimaging, genomics, metabolomics, cognitive and physical functioning) within a number of well-characterised longitudinal social surveys. Innovative methods are required to handle these high-dimensional datasets and study the causal processes underlying the reciprocal relationships between the social environment and biology.

As a graduate of the innovative Soc-B programme, you will be one of a cadre of cutting-edge researchers with the theoretical knowledge, analytic capabilities and communication skills to capitalise on these investments and make major advances in biosocial research in the future.

Soc-B studentships are based across social and biological science departments in three centres of excellence in biosocial research: UCL, University of Manchester and University of Essex. Soc-B PhD studentships are four-year (+4) studentships with the first year spent in project rotations and biosocial training before selecting a PhD research topic for years 2-4.

For more details regarding supervisory support at each institution, please check our supervisors pages:

Supervisors: UCL
Supervisors: University of Manchester
Supervisors: University of Essex

University of Essex have more details about their Soc-B’s doctoral programmes on their website here:

University of Manchester too have more details about Soc-B’s doctoral opportunities here:

Please note: You must be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for the three years prior to the start of the studentship in order to qualify for a full award. EU residents may be considered for fee only awards.

For more information on how to apply, visit our Apply For a Studentship pages.