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PhD studentships

Informal applications from students who wish to study for a PhD in my group are always welcome. Please contact Nik Cunniffe to discuss potential projects and/or studentships.

Projects in the Theoretical and Computational Epidemiology group tend to require mathematical modelling and/or computer programming. I am therefore particularly interested in hearing from students with training in mathematics, physics, computer science or engineering. However, students from other backgrounds are very welcome, so long as they are interested in learning more about these topics. Such students with training in agronomy, biology and ecology are also encouraged: in the past similar students have been very successful here.

You should have, or expect to obtain, a good first degree. For students from the UK this means at least upper second class honours. Applicants with masters qualifications are also welcome.

There are many sources of funding for UK applicants, most notably the two Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) schemes in Biology at the University of Cambridge: the BBSRC-DTP ( and the NERC-DTP ( If you intend to apply for one of these schemes with a view to progressing to a PhD in my group, please do get in touch.

Funding for applicants from outside the UK is more complex, but is available from many sources such as scholarships from funding bodies in home countries, the British Council or schemes operated by the University of Cambridge such as the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, Cambridge Overseas Trust and Cambridge European Trust. Please get in touch to discuss what is possible.

To apply or for administrative details please see the Postgraduate training section.


Title Modification Date
Cunniffe Group: How can landscape structure be used to control crop disease? Nov 27, 2019 09:01 AM
Cunniffe Group: Tainted Love? Modelling the epidemiology, ecology and evolutionary consequences of pollinator-transmitted plant disease Nov 27, 2019 11:49 AM
Cunniffe Group: The Soil Microbiome in Legume Rotations Mar 25, 2020 03:53 PM
Cunniffe Group: Using citrus as a model for scaling control of disease at local scales to strategies for regional control Nov 27, 2019 09:01 AM

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