PhD Opportunities

Research opportunities

PhD Studentship

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre is a research centre based in Cork University Maternity Hospital. The overall objective of the Centre is to collaborate with Irish maternity services to translate clinical audit data and epidemiological evidence into improved maternity care for families in Ireland. Achievement of our mission is carried out using a wide range of research methodologies, including prospective surveillance, secondary data analysis, qualitative research and systematic reviews. 

We seek applications from candidates who are interested in undertaking a PhD within this research area.  Applications will be accepted from candidates from a wide range of disciplines including epidemiology, nursing, midwifery, psychology, applied social studies, sociology, public health, health economics and biostatistics.

Please check the ucc website for more details or please feel free to contact with any queries. 


Christopher Fawsitt PhD student 2012 -2015

I undertook a PhD within the NPEC during 2012-15. The centre provided me with an incredible opportunity to undertake high quality and effective research in a dynamic and highly evolving environment. The research and administrative support provided by the NPEC team was invaluable to my studies, and without the clinical input and access to clinical data provided by the NPEC, it would not have been possible to undertake this research. The NPEC is committed to improving maternity care for families in Ireland, and I am extremely grateful to the team for giving me the opportunity to fulfil this aim.


National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 5th Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork