Joint PhD Programme for Global Health

Joint PhD Programme for Global Health

Project description

The mission of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Nagasaki University (NU) 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.

Both 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. In 2015, the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health (TMGH) was established to expand the global health research and teaching and accelerate collaboration with international researchers. 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 universities to improve global health by offering a unique environment to students to acquire:

  • competency as independent researchers;
  • expertise in core research concepts, methods and skills;
  • key transferable skills; and
  • ability to work effectively within international collaborative groups

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

Students will have at least one named supervisor from each 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 two 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 settings around the world.

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


The programme (and the funding award) is open to any candidate who can satisfy the entrance requirements.

A student must normally satisfy entrance requirements as follows:

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration is at least one of the following:

  • a master’s degree in a subject appropriate to the course of study to be followed (recommended)
  • a qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies
  • an upper second-class honours degree from a UK or Japanese university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject.

Applicants should have evidence of an aptitude for research.

Desirable but not essential is knowledge of the Japanese language and an awareness of Japanese culture.