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Reference Number: RS/21/11

The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is offering MA (by Research) studentships in North Korean Studies for 2021/22 academic year. We seek highly motivated students who have excellent academic grades at undergraduate level and are committed to high quality critical study of North Korea.

Applications are open to students of any nationality, but the scholarship is for the value of UK tuition fees (up to £4,550). Non-UK fee paying students will receive a partial fee waiver to the value of UK tuition fees. Successful candidates will be expected to work with our academics as research assistants.

IKSU was established in 2014 as a multidisciplinary hub of research, teaching and public policy in the study of contemporary Korea. IKSU is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies at UCLan, bringing together university wide research expertise on global Korea in the context of development, political economy, anthropological discourse, society and culture, language, and international relations surrounding both Koreas.

How to apply:

Applications should be made here: How to apply - postgraduate by selecting following entries:

  • Level of Study: Research Degree (Postgraduate)
  • Mode of Study: Full Time
  • Year (To start study): 202122
  • Course Title: Master of Arts (By Research) (ULPGRS122) 
  • Course Start: January 2022

Upon completion of online application, email the following information to

  • Your application number (starting with ‘G’)
  • A short research plan (max. 1,000 words), including your research question related to North Korea, explaining how the proposed research relates to the existing academic literature, and a brief description of your proposed methodology, within the disciplines of Anthropology, Development Studies, Sociology, and/or International Relations (inter-disciplinary methodologies are particularly welcome), in MS-Word file.

Project Description: Research on North Korea within the disciplines of Anthropology, Development Studies, Sociology, and/or International Relations (inter-disciplinary methodologies are particularly welcome).

Further information:
Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Sojin Lim via

Closing Date: 31 July 2021
Proposed Interview Date: No interview is required

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

Reference RS/20/07

Applications are invited for a fulltime or part time MSc by research studentship in the School of Psychology. The studentship is funded through the ‘small care grant’ awarded to Lancashire and South Cumbria MND Care and Research centre by the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) to develop evidence-based approaches for provision of bereavement support in Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and is tenable for up to a maximum of two years (subject to satisfactory progress). Funding will cover the payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to the short time length of the advert this position is not available for students whose country of residence is outside the United Kingdom.

The project is in collaboration between the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Dr Belinda (Bradley) Hornby and Professor Suresh Chhetri, Consultant Neurologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. The successful applicant will be required to meet the terms and conditions of UCLan, and the Lancashire and South Cumbria MND Care and Research Centre based at the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The start date TBC

The bursary will cover UK tuition fees only.

The studentship does not cover living expenses.

Project Title

Bereavement support in Motor Neurone Disease.

Project Description

The aim of the research project is to contribute towards understanding and improved provision of bereavement support for bereaved caregivers/families of patients with MND, in line with the 2017 NICE recommendations relating to the need for specialist caregiver bereavement-support services and MNDA 2020/21 strategy. Therefore, the MRes student will be expected to conduct a systematic review around the areas of bereavement support in MND and study the bereavement support provided by Lancashire and South Cumbria MND care and research centre. There will be opportunity for the successful applicant to attend the European Network to Cure ALS annual conference without requirement for the registration fees.

Candidates should have (or expect to have been formally awarded) an upper second-class honours degree recognised by the British Psychological Society as bestowing Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) or an equivalent qualification. Applications from candidates with a degree in a related field will be considered provided they can demonstrate substantive research methods (both qualitative and quantitative) and analysis training. It is essential that the successful applicant is also willing to attend systematic review training and take a rigorous approach to research. As this is a sensitive subject it is also important that the candidate is happy to work in this area of research and has appropriate levels of empathy towards those suffering from Motor Neuron Disease and their carers’.

EU and International applicants will also need to hold an English Language qualification at IELTS 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

Applicants are required to provide supporting information as part of their application form that specifies the following: (i) how you meet the Research Student Specification; (ii) your reasons and motivation for applying to study at the University of Central Lancashire; and (iii) your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied

Further information

For academic related enquiries about the project please contact; Dr Belinda Hornby.

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry via email at quoting the studentship reference number (RS/20/07)

Closing date: 1 September 2021
Proposed Interview Date: TBC

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

For more postgraduate research funding options visit scholarships and bursaries.