About IHN PhD Programmes 

IHN currently has co-funded, jointly supervised, PhD programmes running with Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital (BWCH) and Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia). We are collaborating with our academic and healthcare partners to build an international network of researchers collaborating to answer the questions that matter to children and young people, their families and the services that support them.  

We recognise the value of joint supervision and exchange of doctoral research students as a vehicle to enhance international research networks and provide opportunities to advance world leading, impactful, research. Studentships, co-funded and co-supervised with our partners, form the foundations of this vibrant network.

We are passionate about developing the next generation of research leaders in child and adolescent health and neurodevelopment. All of our Postgraduate students will join the IHN LaUNCH-PaD (Learning and Understanding Neurodevelopment and Child Health for Postgraduate and Doctoral students) training programme. 

By exposing PhD students to a vibrant international and interdisciplinary network of leading researchers we prepare them to pursue postdoctoral work in a collaborative environment.

Benefits of joint PhD programmes 

  • Students gain extensive research experience within different environments.
  • Students will be part of a prestigious international network with the potential to support future career development. 
  • Access to the IHN training programme


Each programme has specific eligibility criteria. Please read the information on the specific PhD programme page (below) for details. 

General enquiries 

For general enquiries please email ihn_research@aston.ac.uk