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Programme Aims and Structure

The PhD in Global Health (INDIGO) programme aims to provide promising early-stage researchers with a world-class experience and scholarship. A four-year, full-time, programme with a highly flexible structure, INDIGO aims to produce leaders in global health research, policy, and practice. Candidates are strongly encouraged to conduct their research outside of an academic setting. The majority of our current doctoral researchers spend a minimum of 50% of their doctoral degree conducting research within existing global health programmes, in collaboration with one of CGH’s many international partners. In addition to their own research obligations, doctoral researchers are expected to attend and participate in the Centre’s weekly PhD research seminars, held every Thursday during lunchtime.

The following outlines the major milestones of the PhD process, which may vary depending on the individual candidate and their respective research requirements:


Y1 S1

Y1 S2

Y2 S1

Y2 S2

Y3 S1

Y3 S2

Y4 S1

Y4 S2


PhD Research Seminar, in fulfilment of School requirement.










Finalise Research Protocol










Ethical Approval Obtained










Continuation Viva










Data Collection










Data Analysis










Thesis Write-Up










Thesis Submission










Viva Voce











By the end of their doctoral training, students gain first-hand knowledge and experience of conducting practical research in one or more of the following principal research areas: (1) Global Mental Health; (2) Health Systems Strengthening; (3) Human Resources for Health, and (4) Equitable Access to Inclusive Health.

Through working closely with their supervisors, mentor panels, CGH partners, and fellow doctoral researchers, our PhD students emerge from the programme confident in their ability to lead global health research. While enrolled in the PhD Global Health, students will also gain valuable experience, and are expected to contribute to, the following CGH activities:

    • Research grant writing and submission to funding bodies
    • Academic writing and publication
    • Critical thinking and conceptual framing of international development work
    • Conducting research in resource constrained settings and/or with vulnerable groups
    • Post-graduate teaching and supervision through engagement with the MSc Global Health programme












Last updated 27 November 2017 School Web Administrator (Email).