Research students

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast: Health Inequalities

MSc (By Research) Studentship - Reference RS/17/06

The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (NIHR CLAHRC NWC) brings together NHS organisations, local authorities and academic leaders from the Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Central Lancashire, to accelerate the translation of research findings into service improvements and maximise the potential for applied health research within the partner organisations to improve care.

The key focus of the NIHR CLAHRC NWC’s applied health research and implementation programme will be to find effective and innovative ways to tackle health inequalities across the region. The key programme themes are:

  • Delivering Personalised Health and Public and Care
  • Knowledge Exchange and Implementation
  • Evidence Synthesis Collaboration
  • Improving Mental Health
  • Improving Public Health and Reducing Health Inequalities
  • Managing Complex Needs

More details on each theme and further information about NIHR CLAHRC NWC can be found at the website.

The NIHR CLAHRC NWC invites applications for a full-time (1 year) MSc (By Research) studentship to start 1 January 2018 at the University of Central Lancashire.  We are looking for an exceptional individual to complete this MSc (By Research) which is targeted at reducing health inequalities.

A one year bursary of £5000 will be provided (subject to satisfactory progress) which will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (£4195) and approved research costs.  Due to funding restrictions, the studentship is open UK/EU nationals only.  Suitable candidates should hold at least a UK Bachelor honours degree at upper-second class level (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant health, social care, or pertinent methodological subject.  EU applicants will also require an overall IELTS score of 7 (or equivalent qualification.)

Any Intellectual Property arising from the studentship will be owned by the University of Central Lancashire and the successful applicant will be required to sign an Intellectual Property Assignment and also a Non Disclosure agreement regarding confidentiality.  Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance may also be required.

Project Title
The physiological and biomechanical effects of a short term e-bikes cycling intervention in Stroke survivors

Project Description

Bespoke e-bikes are being developed in collaboration with an e-bikes company, stroke survivors and a transdisciplinary team of health professionals, psychologists and physiologists. This study will explore the physiological and biomechanical changes in Stroke survivors with one month intervention of a bespoke e-bike.  This will include how the intervention can affect quality of movement and muscle control. This will include biomechanical and physiological measures such as EMG data on lower limb muscles, the angular velocities of the joint segments, tissue oxygenation and power symmetry between left and right sides.

The student will be supervised by academics at the University of Central Lancashire and CLAHRC NWC and will write up the results in a dissertation and a paper will be written for a peer-reviewed journal.

For further project –related details please email

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry email  quoting the studentship reference number RS/17/06

Closing Date: 2nd November 2017              
Interview Date 9th November 2017      

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