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PenCLAHRC PhDs

PenCLAHRC has a number of PhD studentships linked to project and priority areas. As well as the scientific quality of the proposal and strength of the supervisory team, projects are selected on the basis of the following additional criteria:

  • Congruence with PenCLAHRC aims
  • Link to existing PenCLAHRC projects or themes
  • Likelihood of health impact

This is an important area of capacity development to ensure the continued availability of trained research staff in the longer term. PenCLAHRC staff are active as supervisors for other projects across our two University partners.

PhD Opportunities 2019

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for the South West Peninsula at the University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health and the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences, University of Plymouth is inviting applications for fully-funded PhD studentships to commence in October 2019. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 3 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study.  

Further information on all of these studentships is provided below:

 Project: What community-based public health interventions have combined impacts on alcohol and substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health? [Institute of Health Research] – PhD (Funded)

This studentship is in partnership with CLAHRC North Thames at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Location: Institute for Health Research, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter
Supervisors: Dr Vashti BerryProfessor Chris BonellProfessor Tamsin FordProfessor G.J. Melendez-Torres
Project Description:

This PhD study will investigate whether there are effective community-based interventions that could better serve families affected by multiple adversities, by responding to needs in more than one domain. Despite a recognition of the overlap in risks for domestic violence, parental alcohol and drug misuse and poor mental health, service responses to these issues have developed along discrete lines (often with distinct paradigms and professional frameworks) and continue to be largely siloed in their commissioning and provision across public health, mental health, policing and social care.The PhD will involve a series of inter-related studies that aim to investigate what interventions delivered in the community might have combined impacts on all three public health issues; to use existing datasets to explore the prevalence of the ‘toxic trio’ in families, and the clustering of individual, family and community risk factors that might be addressed by early intervention; and to understand what current service-users and professionals consider would provide more effective support for children and families affected by violence, poor mental health and parental substance misuse.

The successful candidate will not only be part of the University of Exeter and NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula communities but will become a member of the NIHR Academy. They will have access to supervision and mentoring as well as local and national training and development opportunities.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £15,009 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee. 

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3 years of full-time/up to 5 years of part-time study to commence in October 2019.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in a relevant subject. 

A CRB/DBS check will be required.

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 7.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable -
see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/

APPLY NOW

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents:

  • CV
     
  • Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project)
     
  • Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
     
  • Names of two referees familiar with your academic work.You are not required to obtain references yourself. We will request references directly from your referees if you are shortlisted
     
  • If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English

The closing date for applications is midnight on 31st May 2019. Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter St Luke’s Campus the week commencing 24th June 2019.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email stemm-pgr-admissions@exeter.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1392 722730 or +44 (0)1392 725150.  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor Dr Vashti Berry on V.Berry@exeter.ac.uk

 
Project:The implementation of integrated psychological medicine services in Devon: An ethnography of change. Institute of Health Research – PhD (Funded)

Location:

Institute for Health Research, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter

Supervisors: Dr Jo Day, Professor Chris Dickens, Dr Iain Lang
Project Description:

Implementing change to improve practice and outcomes in healthcare can be complex and challenging. Obstacles to achieving anticipated goals may be encountered on multiple levels, ranging from aspects of the change (intervention) to be made and how they are interpreted, through to individual, team, and organizational problems and system-level difficulties such as norms and expectations of professional behaviour.

The focus of this project will be on the implementation of an integrated psychological medicine service in Devon. We know anxiety and depression are approximately three times more common in people attending hospital than in the general population. The significance of this comorbidity lies not only in the greater misery, fatigue, and fearfulness experienced by those affected but in its association with poorer medical outcomes; among populations with long term conditions, depression and anxiety are associated with a doubling of morbidity and mortality, worse health-related quality of life, increased use of unscheduled care and increased healthcare costs. A related problem is that of “medically unexplained symptoms”, which can be challenging to address and resolve. Together, poor mental health in people with long-term physical health problems and poor management of medically unexplained symptoms are estimated to cost the NHS in England more than £11 billion a year (Naylor et al 2016).

Like most acute providers, medical and surgical care within the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E) have historically focused on the delivery of excellent physical healthcare and not on providing high quality psychological care to people attending hospital. NICE Guidance (2018) on how to manage these problems now exists and the RD&E is working with Devon Partnership Trust and academic partners to develop and implement an Integrated Psychological Medicine service to run alongside routine medical and surgical care. The project, underway for several months, is running in a small number of departments and partially implemented in others, with plans to adopt it by further departments.

The aim of this PhD is to explore the models available for integrated physical and psychological care and to gain an in-depth understanding of the experience of implementing a model, in one local hospital setting, focusing on the key influences on how decision-making and action occur to implement and sustain a new way of working. This PhD will include Patient and Public involvement.

Our objectives are:

1. To carry out a scoping review of the literature on models of integrated physical and psychological care comparable to that being adopted locally.

2. To study the implementation of the local model using a mixed methods ethnographic approach (drawing on interviews, observations, and documentation) in order to understand (a) what influences decision-making on the adoption and implementation of new ways of working in hospitals? (b) How does adaptation of planned interventions occur? (c) Which aspects of implementation (from intervention and individual, through teams and departments, to organizations and systems) lead to changes being both routinised and sustained?

This PhD research will provide an opportunity to further the empirical understanding of the implementation of integrated mental and physical health services and the management of care for patients presenting with medically unexplained symptoms. The insights from this project will provide significant transferable learning of the nuances and experiences of those involved in undertaking a major change to improve holistic service delivery for the benefit of patients.    

The successful candidate will not only be part of the University of Exeter and NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula communities but will become a member of the NIHR Academy. They will have access to supervision and mentoring as well as local and national training and development opportunities.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £15,009 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee. 

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3 years of full-time/up to 5 years of part-time study to commence in October 2019.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. 

A CRB/DBS check will be required.

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 7.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable - 
see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/

APPLY NOW

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents:

  • CV
     
  • Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project)
     
  • Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
     
  • Names of two referees familiar with your academic work. You are not required to obtain references yourself. We will request references directly from your referees if you are shortlisted
     
  • If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English

The closing date for applications is midnight on 31st May 2019. Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter St Luke’s Campus on 1st July 2019.  

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email stemm-pgr-admissions@exeter.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1392 722730 or +44 (0)1392 725150.  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor Dr Jo Day J.K.Day@exeter.ac.uk

 

Project: Using mixed methods to inform our understanding of maintaining independence in older people. Institute of Health Research – PhD (Funded) 

This studentship is in partnership with CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber

Location:

PenCLAHRC/Institute for Health Research, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter

Supervisors: Professor Vicki GoodwinDr Andy CleggDr Julia FrostSue Ball
Project Description:

The population are ageing and it is estimated that by 2025 there will be a 25% increase in the number of people aged 65 and over living in the UK with disability compared with 2015 (Guzman-Castillo, 2017). Promoting independence among older people and those living with frailty and multi-morbidity is a key outcome of health and social care policy and practice. In 2018, the James Lind Alliance undertook a priority setting exercise. Priority twelve was “How do older people with multiple conditions perceive their independence? What are the important factors in maintaining this independence?”

This PhD aims to identify what factors are associated with older people maintaining their independence using both quantitative, qualitative and integrative methods. The successful candidate will undertake statistical analysis of data from a national cohort study of older people (Care 75+), complete longitudinal interviews with older people and undertake integrative analyses using both the qualitative and quantitative data.

The successful candidate will not only be part of the University of Exeter and NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula communities but will become a member of the NIHR Academy. They will have access to supervision and mentoring as well as local and national training and development opportunities.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £15,009 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee.  

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3 years of full-time/up to 5 years of part-time study to commence in October 2019.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in a relevant subject. 

A CRB/DBS check will be required.

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 7.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable -
see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/

APPLY NOW

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents:

  • CV
     
  • Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project)
     
  • Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
     
  • Names of two referees familiar with your academic work. You are not required to obtain references yourself. We will request references directly from your referees if you are shortlisted
     
  • If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English

The closing date for applications is midnight on 31st May 2019.  Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter St Luke’s Campus the week commencing 24th June 2019.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email stemm-pgr-admissions@exeter.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1392 722730 or +44 (0)1392 725150.  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor Professor Vicki Goodwin V.Goodwin@exeter.ac.uk .

 

Project: Non-pharmacological interventions for dementia behaviours: developing and evaluating a ‘living’ evidence and gap map, Institute of Health Research – PhD (Funded)

This studentship is in partnership with the EPPI-Centre, University College London. 

Location: Evidence Synthesis & Modelling for Health Improvement, College of Medicine and Health at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter
Supervisors: Associate Professor Jo Thompson CoonDr Dylan KnealeDr Noreen OrrMorwenna Rogers
Project Description:

Dementia currently affects around 650,000 people across the UK. Furthermore, 24.6 million people in the UK (38% of the population) know a family member or close friend living with dementia. The current financial cost of dementia in the UK is £26 billion/year including informal, social and healthcare costs. With no effective medications to cure or modify the underlying disease processes, managing the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, often with non-pharmacological interventions, has become a focus of dementia care. Numerous reports in the dementia field have highlighted a persistent gap between currently provided dementia care and what, based on research evidence, should be provided to improve outcomes. However, almost 100,000 dementia-related research articles were indexed in MEDLINE (the main biomedical bibliographic database) in the last decade presenting an overwhelming task for consumers wishing to make evidence-based decisions. 

Evidence and gap maps are an emerging state-of-the-art tool used to present selected key characteristics of an entire evidence base in useful, accessible and visually engaging formats. It is clear that for evidence maps to be useful the information they contain needs to be easy to access and regularly updated. 

This studentship involves developing new methods to ensure that evidence influences decision-making for one of the most pressing challenges resulting from an ageing population. This PhD will address two key research questions:

  • How can we best visualize the evidence (and gaps in the evidence) on the effectiveness and acceptability of non-pharmacological interventions for dementia to enable clinicians, policy makers, commissioners and families to use it effectively?
     
  • How can we best maintain the currency of content in an evidence and gap map of the effectiveness and acceptability of non-pharmacological interventions for dementia?

The student will use established systematic review methods to identify, appraise and summarise the body of evidence and will explore, develop and implement methods to identify gaps, visualise the evidence for different audiences and semi-automate the update of the evidence within the maps. There will also be the opportunity to hone in on part of the map to examine an  identified evidence gap using complex synthesis methods.

The successful candidate will not only be part of the University of Exeter and NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula communities but will become a member of the NIHR Academy. They will have access to supervision and mentoring as well as local and national training and development opportunities.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £15,009 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee.  

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3 years of full-time study to commence in October 2019.

Entry Requirements:

This PhD studentship is designed for a candidate with a passion for using evidence to improve decision-making and applying this to improving dementia outcomes.

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. 

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 7.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable -
see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/

APPLY NOW

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents: 

  • CV
     
  • Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project)
     
  • Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
     
  • Names of two referees familiar with your academic work. You are not required to obtain references yourself. We will request references directly from your referees if you are shortlisted
     
  • If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English

The closing date for applications is midnight on 31st May 2019. Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter St Luke’s Campus the week commencing 24th June 2019.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email stemm-pgr-admissions@exeter.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1392 722730 or +44 (0)1392 725150.  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor professor Jo Thompson-Coon J.Thompson-Coon@exeter.ac.uk

 

 

 Project: Cluster randomised trials methodology, Medical Statistics – PhD (Funded)

Location: Institute for Health Research, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter
Supervisors:

Dr Obioha UkoumunneDr Michael Nunns,Dr ZhiMin Xiao,Professor Tamsin Ford

Project Description:

The PhD is on statistical aspects of the design, conduct and data analysis of cluster randomised controlled trials in health research. Cluster randomised trials are studies in which clusters of individuals are allocated to trial arms and outcomes are measured on participants associated with those clusters. The clusters may be areas (e.g. villages), organisations (e.g. hospitals), institutions (e.g. workplaces) or professionals (e.g. general practitioners). Trials in which clusters rather than individual people are randomised have unique methodological considerations, for example the need to consider the correlation between the responses of participants from the same cluster. The successful candidate will systematically review the characteristics of recent cluster randomised controlled trials, identify current methodological challenges in the area and develop and compare statistical approaches for addressing these.

Research training, supervision and mentorship will be provided as well as support from the wider Health Statistics Group and advisors in the wider CLAHRC team, including experts in evidence synthesis and complex interventions research methods. The successful candidate will not only be part of the University of Exeter and NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula communities but will become a member of the NIHR Academy. They will have access to supervision and mentoring as well as local and national training and development opportunities.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £15,009 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee. 

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3 years of full-time/up to 5 years of part-time study to commence in October 2019.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. Applicants should have relevant statistics expertise (i.e., either an undergraduate or Masters degree in Statistics, and experience of using statistical software such as Stata or R).

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 7.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable -
see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/

APPLY NOW

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents: 

  • CV
     
  • Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project)
     
  • Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
     
  • Names of two referees familiar with your academic work.You are not required to obtain references yourself. We will request references directly from your referees if you are shortlisted
     
  • If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English

The closing date for applications is midnight on 31st May 2019. Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter St Luke’s Campus the week commencing 10th June 2019.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email stemm-pgr-admissions@exeter.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1392 722730 or +44 (0)1392 725150.  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor, Obi Ukoumunne: O.C.Ukoumunne@exeter.ac.uk

 Project: Is social prescribing of horticulture therapy feasible, acceptable and associated with positive outcomes for higher functioning autistic adults, and what lessons can be drawn from this about the theory and practice of engaging marginalised groups in health services? – PhD (Funded)

Location: Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences, Plymouth Science Park, University of Plymouth; County Hall Truro
Supervisors:

Dr Kerryn Husk, Professor Sheena Asthana, Dr Nick Axford, Dr Richard Sharpe

Project Description:

Our programme of work around social prescribing seeks to generate robust evidence about what works, for whom, and in what ways in linking individuals from primary care (often their GP) to social interventions have the potential to improve health and wellbeing. We are partnering with Cornwall Council’s Public Health Team and the national charity Autistica for this PhD studentship, in which we plan to assess whether the social prescribing of horticulture therapy is feasible, acceptable and associated with positive outcomes for higher functioning autistic adults. Methods to investigate this will be developed with the successful student and supervisory team, however we anticipate approaches to include the synthesis of existing literature and other data, patient pathway analyses and mixed-method data collection to assess outcomes and the ways in which these outcomes are thought to be accrued.

Previous experience of health services research, especially complex interventions or working with marginalised groups would be advantageous. Interest and knowledge of social prescribing, nature-based interventions or working with people with autism would be an additional benefit. You will join NIHR PenCLAHRC and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Plymouth. Research training, supervision and mentorship will be provided as well as support from advisors in the wider CLAHRC team, including experts in evidence synthesis and complex interventions research methods. For further information please contact Dr Kerryn Husk or Dr Nick Axford

The studentship is supported for 3 years and includes full Home/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend of an estimated £15,009 per annum (based on 19/20 stipend amounts).  Applicants normally required to cover overseas fees will have to cover the difference between the Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates (£12,285 for the 19/20 academic year). If you are selected you will be required to provide financial assurances.

This vacancy will involve working with children and/or vulnerable adults and any appointment will be subject a Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

Entry Requirements:

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to show evidence of your English language ability. Here's the full list of English language tests we accept.

If you're taking an IELTS test, the minimum score for entry to a research programme is 6.5 overall, with at least 5.5 in each element of the test. If your research programme is linguistically demanding, you could be asked to reach a higher score. If you'd like to know more about your programme's requirements, please contact the relevant Doctoral College administrator.

APPLY NOW

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents: 

  • a completed and signed application form
  • two academic references
  • evidence of qualifications (certificates and transcripts for masters or bachelor degrees, plus any relevant professional qualifications)
  • evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language
  • CV or résumé
  • copy of information page of passport (and any UK visa previously held) for international candidates.

Please mark all applications for the attention of Amber Strong.

Please Note: You do not need to submit a project proposal with your application. If you have any questions on the admissions process contact meddent-pgr@plymouth.ac.uk  

The closing date for applications is 12 midnight on Sunday 16th June 2019 Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interview on the 9th July. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications.  Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 30th June should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Project: Implementation of Functional Imagery Training Into Primary Care – PhD (Funded)

Location: Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences, Drake Circus campus, University of Plymouth
Supervisors:

Professor Jackie Andrade, Dr Tracey Parkin and Dr Linda Solbrig

Project Description:

Functional imagery training (FIT) is a process designed to strengthen motivation by using imagery to increase desire for functional goals and the behaviours that lead to them. FIT does this by combining imagery training with a counselling technique called Motivational Interviewing (MI). We have recently published a study exploring the use of FIT compared to MI, which demonstrated that the use of FIT resulted in greater weight loss than use of MI techniques alone. This research aims to establish the requirements for implementing FIT into weight loss and other health services in a primary care setting. The primary care setting (LIVEWELL Southwest) currently delivers a tier 2 weight management service. Primary investigations will be around the implementation of FIT into this service and how this fits in the context of other provided services, to allow consideration of wider implications and implementation of FIT in practice. Includes consideration of training and fidelity checking to ensure consistent delivery of FIT. The researcher will be undertaking a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to undertake this research. Including collection of service user’s experiences and views of FIT. Exploration of the underlying mechanisms by which FIT may operate to engage and support people with complex needs to determine future applications of FIT across health services.  

The researcher will need to be organised, familiar with behaviour change and have excellent communication skills.

The studentship is supported for 3 years and includes full Home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £15,009 per annum.  The position is open to UK citizens and EU citizens with appropriate qualifications who have been resident or studied in the UK for three years.

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Professor Jackie Andrade Jackie.andrade@plymouth.ac.uk ; 017525 84807. However, applications must be made in accordance with the details shown below. 

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must hold a BSc (first or upper second-class honours degree) in an appropriate subject (psychology/dietetics/nutrition) and preferably a relevant MSc or MRes qualification.

Applicants should have excellent communications skills, quantitative and qualitative research skills, the ability to work with a range of people and good organisational skills.

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to show evidence of your English language ability. Here's the full list of English language tests we accept.

If you're taking an IELTS test, the minimum score for entry to a research programme is 6.5 overall, with at least 5.5 in each element of the test. If your research programme is linguistically demanding, you could be asked to reach a higher score. If you'd like to know more about your programme's requirements, please contact the relevant Doctoral College administrator.

APPLY NOW

General information about applying for a research degree at University of Plymouth is available at: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/your-studies/doctoral-college/applicants-and-enquirers.  

Please mark it FAO Catherine McCoulough and clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship within the School of Psychology.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 6th June 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in June. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications.  Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by the end of June should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

 

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