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Studentships are a funded opportunity which is linked to a specific research project (as in, it is only available to those PhD students working on that specific project) or one that is open to any applicants in a specified field. 

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 will be advertised below throughout the year and via the national press or on websites such as  Appointments are then made following shortlisting and interview.

Please check individual awards for eligibility as current research students are not eligible to apply for our research studentships. 

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Applications are invited for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the School of Medicine. The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full time (subject to satisfactory progress). Studentship is open to only Home/EU students and fees will be covered at the relevant full time rate. An annual stipend of £15,609 per year (up to 3 years) (subject to satisfactory progress).

It is expected that the successful applicant will commence on 1 November 2021.

Project Title: COVID-19: from an acute to chronic disease? A biopsychosocial exploration in British minority ethnic populations (BME)

This project will investigate how the COVID-19 pandemic affected ethnic minorities in the UK. There is evidence that ethnic minority communities are experiencing higher mortality and morbidity outcomes due to COVID. It is currently not clear as to why these populations are more susceptible to COVID-19 and associated clinical conditions. Past work point to increased infection risks due to social inequalities, susceptibilities to underlying chronic conditions and human genetic profiles. While the multi-organ manifestations of COVID-19 are now well-documented, the potential long-term implications of these manifestations remain to be uncovered.

This project aims to explore the prevalence of the long-term disease among the aforementioned population using data from clinical and community/local settings. A core aim is to understand the relationships between lived experiences of COVID in the BME population (Psychological), exposure patterns (Social determinants) and health outcomes (Clinical/biology) including mental health. A second aim is to outline how local providers can improve health services based on the outcomes of this research.

Although the project proposal outlines broad aims to be achieved, it is expected that alongside the supervisors on the project, the successful candidate will substantially contribute to the direction of the proposed research. Experience of working with mixed-methods is essential and knowledge around health services/public health would be an advantage. Further training in applied research methods will be provided.

Some laboratory skills such as DNA extraction and Polymerase Chain Reaction would be advantageous but not essential as there would be opportunities to develop these skills. The successful applicant will also be expected to write up research findings to be submitted for peer-reviewed publication and present experimental results at leading international conferences.

We are committed to becoming a leader in understanding the causes of inequality in outcomes in BAME groups. This studentship is one such strategy as it relates to Health and Well Being in COVID 19 affected BAME population.

Further information

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact either Professor Gershan K Davis ( or Dr Alexander Montassem ( or Dr Michael Farrell ( to discuss this opportunity and the project before applying.

Completed application forms along with a detailed proposal of no more than 1200 words, outlining the focus of your study, proposed methodology and expected outcomes should be returned to the Research Student Registry email quoting the studentship reference number RS/21/15.

Closing Date: 18 October 2021
Proposed Interview Date: TBC

Current UCLan research students will not be eligible to apply for this research studentship.


Applicants are invited for a PhD studentship in the National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine within the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences. The studentship is tenable for 3 years full time (subject to satisfactory progress). Both Home/EU and International applicants may apply. The studentship will provide an annual stipend of £15,285 ( subject to satisfactory progress) in addition to course fees.

It is expected that the successful applicant will commence on 10 January 2022.

Project Title: Can global consensus be arrived at as to the essential components of training for ensuring confident and effective medical practice in remote settings?

Project Description:

This project will undertake an initial review of all global programs which seek to train remote medical practitioners. The initial review will inform the first stage of a Delphi process calling on the expertise of leaders in this area from around the world. On completion of the full Delphi process, it is hoped to arrive at a draft consensus position for the essential features for training for those practicing in remote locations anywhere in the world.

Further information:

Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Prof Cathy Jackson (

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Admissions email quoting the studentship reference number RS/21/16.

Closing Date: 31 October 2021
Proposed Interview Date: 17 November 2021

Current UCLan research students will not be eligible to apply for this research studentship.

Reference RS/21/18

One full-time PhD (via MPhil) studentship, and two full-time MPhil studentships, are available at University of Central Lancashire, via the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration North West Coast (NIHR ARC NWC). NIHR ARC NWC is one of 15 regional ARCS funded by the NIHR to bring together those needed to support research to improve health and care. Our vision is to address the considerable health inequalities across our region through the collaborative production and implementation of high-quality applied health research in our five themes. Research supported by the ARC NWC must be relevant to the needs of the diverse communities served by the NIHR ARC NWC and its local health and care system, and be generalisable across health and care nationally, as well as within the local health and care system where it is conducted. Our Doctoral Fellows are distributed across the themes and universities and are a crucial part of our Academic Career Development Strategy.

The studentships will be hosted within Applied Health Research Hub, a central methodological aligned to the Faculty of Health and Care, which seeks to develop high quality health and care research, implementation, and innovation to improve service and care delivery. The hub builds on the successful partnership between UCLan and the NIHR ARC NWC to promote collaboration, build research capacity, and provide methodological expertise. Successful candidates will be supported by a dedicated supervisory team, and have access to a broad range of expertise from colleagues within the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit, the Health Technology Assessment Group, the Research Facilitation and Delivery Unit, and the Research Design and Statistical Support Team.

The full-time studentships are tenable up to 3 years full-time (PhD via MPhil), and 2 years full-time (MPhil) (subject to satisfactory progress) and will cover the cost of tuition fees at Home rates. A stipend in line with the UK Research Council is payable at £15609 per annum, and an additional Research Training Support Grant of up to £1000 per year will be paid for approved research costs. For those undertaking MPhil studentships, further additional funds to support transfer from MPhil to PhD will be sought, though cannot be guaranteed at this time.

Due to funding restrictions, the studentships are open to Home applicants only. It is expected the successful applicant (s) will commence on 1 February 2022.

Potential applicants must:

  • consult the HIAT and demonstrate consideration of the toolkit in their research proposal
  • discuss their research proposal with the appropriate Director of Studies (DoS) prior to application

Applicants should have (or expect to have been formally awarded by 31 August 2021) at least a UK Bachelor honours degree at second class (upper division) level (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline

Applicants must have completed and been awarded any current course of study by the proposed start date (before 1 February 2022) otherwise they will not be shortlisted.

Applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTS 6.5 (no sub-score less than 6.0) or acceptable UCLan equivalent qualification.

Further information and application process:

Completed application forms and a fully completed research proposal (not more than 1000 words excluding references) related to the title you are applying for should be returned to the Research Student Registry by email quoting the studentship reference number RS/21/18.

Applicants must also state the title of the project(s) they are applying for, and the preferred mode of study (PhD via MPhil, or MPhil) where indicated on the application form. Application forms received without this information will not be considered.

Closing Date: 15 November 2021
Fixed Interview Date: 16 December 2021

Current UCLan research students will not be eligible to apply for this research studentship.

For more postgraduate research funding options visit scholarships and bursaries.