Research students

UCLan Research Bursaries and Studentships

UCLan advertises a range of funding schemes for postgraduate research at various times through the year. These include the University’s own studentships and bursaries and those from external organisations, including the Research Councils, the NHS, commerce and industry.

Available funding

Most funding is for PhD places. Schemes vary and may provide either full cover or partial funding for tuition fees, and some may also include a maintenance grant. A list of schemes currently open for applications is listed below.


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 October 2016 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.

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

Exploring potential interventions to minimise the effects of age, frailty and socioeconomic status (as determinants of health) in older people with learning disabilities

Project Description

The proposed project would explore, through literature review and empirical research, the relationship between age, frailty and socioeconomic status as determinants of health in older people with learning disabilities; determine the evidence base for potential interventions; and identify barriers and facilitators to implementation.

A one year bursary of £5000 will be provided (subject to satisfactory progress) which will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (£4121) and 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.)

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/16/02

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Closing Date: 1 July 2016
Proposed Interview Date Week beginning 25 July 2016


Reference RS/16/03

Applications are invited for two full time PhD (via MPhil) studentships. The studentships are tenable for up to 3.5 years full-time [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates and provide a maintenance grant of £14,846 (subject to inflation) per year. As Collaborative Doctoral Awards the studentships are available for up to 3.5 years to support training in research in the professional environment and for outreach work that will form a core part of the project. It is expected the successful applicants will commence 1 October 2016. The studentship is open to Home and EU students only due to AHRC residency requirements. EU students may only be eligible for fees only, for further guidance see AHRC website

Project Title: Settling down around the Solway Plain: the Mesolithic/Neolithic Transition in Cumbria.

University of Central Lancashire and Oxford Archaeology Ltd are collaborating on an AHRC funded research project investigating the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition in Cumbria. This builds on the discovery of the exceptionally well preserved site at Stainton West discovered by Oxford Archaeology in advance of the Carlisle Northern Development Route.

Two fully funded studentships will contextualise this and other important recent discoveries in Cumbria. Archaeological data from the region is particularly well preserved as collections of stone tools and fossil plant remains. These two categories of evidence will form the basis of two linked investigations concerned with human transformations of material culture and the natural world.

Project 1 - Stones of Contention: lithics and the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition in Cumbria.
Successful applicants will develop a project which uses lithics to understand the social and cultural affiliations of hunter-gatherer and farming societies in the study area and to analyse how traditions of manufacture, use and deposition changed between the Mesolithic and Neolithic. It is expected that the research will draw upon methods such as lithic typology, spatial analysis of lithic distributions, XRF and ICPMS analysis of lithic sources.

Project 2 - Living in a transformed landscape: environmental evidence for the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition in Cumbria.

Successful applicants will develop a project which provides a detailed understanding of social and cultural interactions with the Mesolithic and Neolithic environment. The research will draw on the analysis of fossil pollen from multiple cores, and plant macro-fossil samples, alongside an integrated analysis of waterlogged and carbonised plant remains, worked wood, insect remains and soil micromorphology.

The studentships are funded as collaborative doctoral awards through the AHRC training grant scheme. Six months during the studentships will be devoted to training on research within the commercial environment and the development of public outreach material about the project.

A Master’s degree in Archaeology/related field or equivalent professional experience in Archaeology is essential.
For an informal discussion about the project please contact Dr Rick Peterson email:

Further information

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry email

Closing Date: 01/08/2016
Proposed Interview Date: Week commencing 29/08/2016

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