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The Cancer Epidemiology Unit has an interdisciplinary team of researchers with expertise in epidemiology, statistics and clinical medicine. Many of the academic researchers have extensive experience of supervising MSc and DPhil students as well as lecturing on the MSc in Global Health Science. The Nuffield Department of Population Health hosts weekly seminar series covering a wide range of topics including the prestigious Richard Doll seminar series. Students from the unit are encouraged to present their work in internal seminars in the Unit, in the Department and at national and international conferences.

Masters Students

Researchers in the Cancer Epidemiology Unit are academic supervisors for some of the students on the MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology, run by the Nuffield Department of Population Health.


We also offer the opportunity for MSc students from Oxford and elsewhere to do summer research placements working on our large datasets.



MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology – details about the course and how to apply can be found here.

Short placements - Please make informal inquiries to research staff with your CV, details of your research background and research interests.

Doctoral Students

Researchers in the Cancer Epidemiology Unit are academic supervisors for some doctoral students in the Nuffield Department of Population Health. 



Applications for entry into the DPhil program in the Nuffield Department of Population Health  are currently open for 2018 entry and details of potential DPhil projects may be found here. Applications close at 12 noon UK time on Monday 8 January 2018.

Current Doctoral Students

We currently have eight Doctoral students, who are working on data from the Million Women Study, EPIC, UK BioBank and other studies.

Current Doctoral students:

Seamus Kent “Healthcare costs in relation to body mass index in over 1 million women”

Kezia Gaitskell “Risk factors for ovarian cancer by histological phenotype in the Million Women Study”

Julie Schmidt “Metabolic and dietary risk factors for prostate cancer”

Wenji Guo “Body size composition, physical activity, and dietary factors in breast cancer risk”

Karl Smith Byrne “Risk factors for prostate cancer in EPIC and UK Biobank cohorts”

Eleanor Watts "The epidemiology of prostate cancer"

Ai Seon Kuan "Diet and risk of brain tumours in the UK Million Women Study and US NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study"