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Studentships

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 www.jobs.ac.uk.  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.

Reference Number: 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 will be 1st April 2021.

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 (email: bfhornby@uclan.ac.uk)

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry via email at researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk quoting the studentship reference number RS/20/07

Closing date: 1st March 2021
Proposed Interview Date: w/c 15th March 2021

Our current research students will not be eligible to apply for this studentship.

Reference Number: RS/20/19

Applications are invited for a MPhil studentship in the Allied Health Research Unit, within the School of Sport and Health Sciences. The studentship is tenable for up to 4 years part time. Studentship is open to only Home/EU students and fees will be covered at the relevant part time rate.

It is expected the successful applicant will commence 1st May 2021.

Project Title: Can an innovative sleep surface impact back pain?

Project Description: In partnership with a Northwest SME, we are looking to evidence the impact of a new innovative sleep surface on the management of simple mechanical back pain.

Further information: Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Ambreen Chohan

How to apply:

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry email researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk quoting the studentship reference number RS/20/19

Please return by email to our Research Student registry: researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk quoting the studentship reference number (RS/20/19).

Closing Date: 28th February 2021 23:59hrs
Proposed Interview Date: Week commencing 8th March 2021

Our current research students will not be eligible to apply for this studentship.

Reference Number: RS/21/02

Expected start date: 1st October 2021 or 1st January 2022

Applications are invited for one or more full time PhD (via MPhil) studentships in Astrophysics in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute. The studentships are tenable for 3.5 years full-time (subject to satisfactory progress) and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK rates together with a maintenance grant (£15,285 per year 2020/21 rates) for eligible applicants.

The studentships are funded by the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)/University of Central Lancashire/Moses Holden Foundation. The studentships are open to international applicants, however international applicants will be required to pay the difference between the UK and international tuition fee rate.

The successful applicants will be required to comply with the terms of the funding.

Project Description: The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute is pleased to announce the availability of one or more new PhD Studentships in Astrophysics.

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Depending on the preferences of the students ranked highest on the list of applicants (ranking will be carried out by JHI staff based on application forms, references, and interviews of short-listed candidates).

These projects are suggested opportunities offered by JHI staff. If you would like more details or would like to discuss something else related to their field of study, then please contact us directly.

Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a UK Bachelor of Science degree at 2:1 or above in a related area (or equivalent qualification), or a Masters level qualification (e.g. MSc or MPhys).

International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTs 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

Further information: For informal discussion, please email Prof. Derek Ward-Thompson or Dr. Mark Norris. For further information, visit our projects page.

How to apply:

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry via email at researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk, quoting the studentship reference number: RS/21/02.

If you are interested in a specific project, please state clearly which one on your application

Closing date: 26th February 2021
Interview date: 10th March 2021

Our current research students will not be eligible to apply for this studentship.

Reference Number: RS/21/04

Applications are invited for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the School of Psychology and Computer Science. The studentship is for up to five years part time (subject to satisfactory progress). The studentship covers the cost of standard Home/EU tuition fees (£2220 per year). We welcome applications from Home and EU applicants. It is expected the successful applicant will commence 1 April 2021.

Project Title: Exploring intimate partner violence through systematic and meta analytic reviews.

Project Description:

Explore an intimate partner violence topic by conducting a review of reviews of existing systematic and meta analytic reviews. Procedures for managing reviews of reviews will need to be explored and a protocol or process for conducting these developed. The candidate will be expected to be conversant in review methods and show some awareness of data management tools.

Further information

Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Niki Graham-Kevan

Completed application forms should be returned to Research Admissions quoting the studentship reference number: RS/21/04.

Closing Date: 1st March 2021

Proposed Interview Date: TBC

Our current research students will not be eligible to apply for this studentship.

Reference Number: RS/21/05

Applications are invited for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the School of Psychology and Computer Science. The studentship is for up to five years part time (subject to satisfactory progress). The studentship covers the cost of standard Home/EU tuition fees (£2220 per year). We welcome applications from Home and EU applicants. It is expected the successful applicant will commence 1 April 2021.

Project Title: Understanding child sexual and criminal exploitation within the context of organised criminal networks: Attending to the motivations and modus operandi of perpetrators

Project Description

The proposed PhD aims to investigate the motivations and ‘modus operandi’ of perpetrators of child sexual (CSE) and criminal exploitation (CCE) who operate in organised networks. In doing so, interventions and strategies can be tailored to incorporate such understandings and better target group perpetrators of such crimes, which also allows for more integration with a wider literature base. Further, the project aims to develop a profile of perpetrators of CSE and CCE belonging to organised networks, taking into account perspectives, backgrounds and characteristics. The main focus here is on motivation and there will be a significant emphasis placed on understanding triggers, settings, behaviours, and the reinforcing inhibitory and protective factors of perpetrators’ engagement. Attention will also be given to the operating networks associated with organised CSE and CCE, including the factors that form and perpetuate these. The temporal and spatial dimensions, and patterns of perpetrators operating in organised networks exploiting children will be explored.

Applicants are required to submit a 500 word summary, in addition to their application form, which considers what measures/approaches this PhD could include and why it is an important area of study. Applications will not be considered without this.

Candidates should have a UK BSc Honours degree at 2:1 level or above in Psychology (or equivalent qualification). They should also have (or expect to have been formally awarded by the start of the studentship) an MSc degree at grade merit or above in a relevant discipline, such as Forensic/Investigative Psychology, Criminology, Policing or Criminal Investigation. Prior experience of working in an applied setting with offenders and/or victims is essential. This can also include working within the police sector in crime analysis and intelligence for example, where direct contact with victims and offenders is not regular, but there is an awareness of these groups.

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

Further information

Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Michael Lewis MLewis9@uclan.ac.uk

Completed application forms should be returned to Research Admissions quoting the studentship reference number: RS/21/05.

Closing Date: 1st March 2021

Proposed Interview Date: TBC

Reference Number: RS/21/06

Applications are invited for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the School of Psychology and Computer Science. The studentship is for up to five years part time (subject to satisfactory progress). The studentship covers the cost of standard Home/EU tuition fees (£2220 per year). We welcome applications from Home and EU applicants. It is expected the successful applicant will commence 1 April 2021.

Project Title: Understanding the dynamics of online sexual exploitation: Offender and victim characteristics, offence processes and impacts

Project Description:

The proposed PhD aims to examine the dynamics of online sexual exploitation. It will examine the relationships between offender and victim characteristics, offence processes and impacts. A key focus of the project will be to explore related similarities and differences in these dimensions between adults and peers who engage in sexually exploitative behaviour online. It will also investigate the specific developmental, behavioural, psychological, environmental and factors which potentially increase young peoples’ vulnerability to this form of victimisation. The project will directly contribute towards evidence-based approaches to prevention and response to this form of offending and victimisation, and involve working with a variety of different stakeholders.

Applicants are required to submit a 500 word summary, in addition to their application form, which considers the research approaches this PhD could include and why it is an important area of study. Applications will not be considered without this.

Candidates should have a UK BSc Honours degree at 2:1 level or above in Psychology (or equivalent qualification). They should also have (or expect to have been formally awarded by the start of the studentship) an MSc degree at grade merit or above in a relevant discipline, such as Forensic/Investigative Psychology, Criminology, Policing, Cybercrime or Criminal Investigation. Prior experience of working in an applied setting with offenders and/or victims is essential. This can include working in a safeguarding role in education, social care or the NHS, the police, youth justice or organisations which support victims and/or offenders.

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

Further information

Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Jo Bryce JBryce@uclan.ac.uk

Completed application forms should be returned to Research Admissions quoting the studentship reference number: RS/21/06.

Closing Date: 3rd March 2021

Proposed Interview Date: TBC

Our current research students will not be eligible to apply for this studentship.

Reference Number: RS/21/07

Expected start date: 1st September 2021

Applications are invited for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full time [subject to satisfactory progress]. Both Home/EU and International Applicants may apply but will be required to pay the tuition fees at the appropriate rate.

Project Title:

A longitudinal study to evaluate biomarkers in brain tumour patients

Project Description:

The overall aim of the study is to identify and evaluate predictive and prognostic blood-borne biomarkers that may be used singly or in combination to guide the clinical management of glioblastoma patients. A comprehensive panel of blood-borne biomarkers will be investigated in relation to the molecular subtype of glioblastoma, radiology, therapeutic response, tumour burden and clinical outcome in a prospective series of newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients. These biomarkers will include an analysis of molecular and spectroscopic data sets. You will be collaborating with clinicians from the Royal Preston Hospital and The Walton Centre in Liverpool.

Further information: Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Dr. Peter Abel

Completed application forms should be returned to Research Admissions quoting the studentship reference number: RS/21/07.

Closing Date: 26th March 2021
Proposed Interview Date: 23rd April 2021

Our current research students will not be eligible to apply for this studentship.

These Travel Fellowships provide an opportunity for biomedical researchers from the Middle East to visit a research institution of their choice in the UK, and for those from the UK to visit a research institution of their choice in the Middle East. Open to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Territories.

Further information 

Deadline: 1 March 2021, 16:00hrs

For more postgraduate research funding options visit scholarships and bursaries.