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NIHR funded PhD (via MPhil) Studentships in the School of Sport and Health Sciences, within the Faculty of Health and Care, and the Applied Sciences Hub

PhD (via MPhil) Studentships in the Lancashire Applied health Research Collaboration Hub (LARCH)

3 Full-time Studentships

Reference RS/20/10

Three Full-time PhD (via MPhil) studentships are available in the Lancashire Applied health Research Collaboration Hub (LARCH), via the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration North West Coast (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 LARCH, a central methodological hub hosted by 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 (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.

Due to funding restrictions, the studentships are open to Home applicants only. It is expected the successful applicant(s) will commence on 1st September 2021.

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
  • in conjunction with the DoS, approach the appropriate Theme Lead for approval of the research proposal prior to application

Applicants should have (or expect to have been formally awarded by 31st 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 1st September 2021) 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.


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Further information

For the application form and full details of the studentship topics go to: Please click on Appendix 1 to access proposed studentship topics and contact details, should you wish to discuss your proposal.

Completed application forms and a fully completed research proposal (not more than 1,000 words excluding references) related to the title you are applying for should be returned to the Research Admissions by email quoting the studentship reference number RS/21/10.

Applicants MUST ALSO state the title of the project(s) they are applying for where indicated on the application form. Application forms received without this information will not be considered.

Closing Date: 27th June 2021
Fixed Interview Date: 19th July 2021


NIHR funded PhD (via MPhil) Studentships in the School of Sport and Health Sciences, within the Faculty of Health and Care, and the Applied Sciences Hub