Joint PhD Programme for Global Health (PhD)

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine the United Kingdom

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About Joint PhD Programme for Global Health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

The mission of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Nagasaki University (NU), referred here as the "Partner Universities", is to improve global health through the pursuit of excellence in research, postgraduate education, advanced training and consultancy in international public health and tropical medicine.

The Partner Universities believe that this mission is best achieved through international collaboration. By working together for a common purpose, whilst valuing differences, they can draw on a wider range of human and technical resources to tackle the major global health issues.

Nagasaki University is renowned for its work and research into infectious diseases, and has a long history of collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, which includes a link with their School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health (TMGH). Through working with researchers in the UK and Japan and studying within a community of global researchers, research students will have opportunities to appreciate and celebrate the diversity of cultures and approaches to improving global health. 

This joint PhD programme aims to support the mission of both institutions to improve global health by developing research students who are:

  • competent independent researchers,
  • with expertise in core research concepts, methods and skills, and
  • have key transferable skills, and
  • can work effectively within international collaborative groups  

    Research topics

    Please visit the programme webpage to view available research topics available.


    The PhD Programme is training for research that involves completion of an independent piece of original research. The research will be carried out under the guidance of supervisors from both Partner Universities, with additional support provided by members of an Advisory Board.

    Students will have at least one named supervisor from each Partner University.  A Lead Supervisor will be identified, which will determine the Lead University for the research student.

    Research students will be registered directly for the Joint PhD award, without a preliminary period of registration for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree. Normally, research students will spend at least six months at each of the Partner Universities.  The timing, and possible subdivision, of these periods of residence will be aligned to the needs of the individual research degree study.  There will also be opportunities for research students to undertake research in resource-poor countries around the world.

    The supervisors will prepare progress reports every six months and they will submit these to the Joint Academic Committee (JAC).

    A Qualifying Examination (QE) Panel will review the progress of each research student after 7-11 months of full-time registration (pro rata for part-time registration). Continuation in the Joint PhD programme will be allowed only if the QE Panel is satisfied that the research study and the research student's progress are sufficiently advanced to indicate that the PhD standard will be reached within the permitted period of registration.

    PhD Research Thesis

    Students complete a written research thesis for the PhD degree which must be written in English with satisfactory literary presentation, and include a full reference list. The thesis should not exceed 100,000 words in length.

    PhD duration

    Research students will be registered at both Partner Universities in early October, enabling them to access the resources of both universities, subject to the relevant regulations, policies and procedures at each university. 

    The minimum, normal and maximum periods of registration for the Joint PhD programme will be as set out below.  If a research student transfers from full-time to part-time registration, or vice versa, the remaining period of registration will be calculated pro rata.


    Full-time: 24 months: 36 months: 48 months

    Part-time: 36 months: 54 months: 72 months

    Research students will conduct their studies in places approved by the Lead University; normally at the Lead University, the Co-University and one or more approved research site(s).

    How to apply

    Applications to this Joint PhD Programme should be made directly to Nagasaki University.

    Application deadline: 16 February 2018 , 17h30 - Japan Standard Time (or 08h30 Greenwich Mean Time)

    To apply:

    • select a project from the Research topic list, and
    • contact the research topic supervisor for an informal chat
    • Submit your application form to Nagasaki University

    Application Fee

    Students applying for the Joint PhD Programme are required to pay an application fee to Nagasaki University during the designated payment period of 22 January to 16 February 2018.

    • Application Fee: JPY 30,000

    Partner Universities

    Nagasaki University (NU)

    The history of Nagasaki University goes all the way back to 1857 when Dutch naval surgeon Dr Pompe established Igaku Denshusho, which was the oldest medical school in Japan. Although Nagasaki Medical College Igaku Denshusho was completely demolished in 1945 by the atomic bomb, it has now grown into an important university that comprises nine faculties and six graduate schools (Global Humanities and Social Science, Education, Economics, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Studies and Fisheries), affiliated hospitals, libraries, the Institute of Tropical Medicine and the Atomic Bomb Disease Institute.

    Nagasaki University is the only university in Japan with I

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    • The awardPhDHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 - 48 months
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    • The awardPhDHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study36 - 72 months
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    Entry requirements

    Academic requirements

    Applicants will usually hold a MSc in a relevant discipline and must be willing and able to carry out research on one of the approved research topics. Applicants who does not fully meet the academic requirements, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission.

    English language requirements

    It is essential to have an excellent command of the English language to benefit from studying for the programme. All students will be required to meet the LSHTM English language requirements (Band B).

    Any English language tests must have been taken no more than two years before the date a student commences the programme. The JAC may also request that an applicant take a test even if the above conditions have been met. Please note that there are different English language requirements for Tier 4 Visa applicants and non-Tier 4 visa applicants. It might be useful for you to also check the English requirements FAQs.

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