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PhD Studentship in Psychology

Applications are invited for a funded PhD studentship tenable in the Faculty of Life & Health Sciences at the Coleraine Campus.

In recent years a body of literature which relates to British service personnel has risen from the King's Centre for Military Health Research . What is noticeable is the absence of investigation related to veterans who live in NI. The most recent estimate of the NI veteran population suggests that it comprises 110,000 individuals. In order to meet the mental health and wider support needs of this population we must take into consideration the unique nature of both their military service and their transition to their post-service living environment; these individuals were enlisted for prolonged and continuous periods of service, they lived in the community which was also their operational theatre, and they perceived themselves to be constantly under threat and at risk both on and off duty. Living with the daily perception of threat is known to be detrimental to an individual's mental health.

The successful candidate will join a team of researchers at Ulster University who are designing, developing, implementing and ultimately analysing a large scale survey of veteran mental health concerns and associated factors in NI. There will be several potential lines of enquiry; therefore during the design of the survey students will have the unique opportunity to select and focus on a particular topic area. This could be Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, diagnostic comorbidity, stigma, help-seeking, alcohol use disorders and so on. Candidates will be asked to submit a research proposal on their areas of interest within military veteran mental health and will be asked to discuss this at interview.

Candidates should hold, or expect to hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Psychology or a cognate area when commencing the PhD programme.

Applications will be considered on a competitive basis with regard to the candidate's qualifications, skills, experience, and interests. Successful candidates will enrol as soon as possible, on a full-time programme of research studies leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

The studentship will comprise fees (Home and EU) together with an annual stipend of £14,057 and will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.

Applicants are required to submit a short research proposal (max 500 words) outlining their ideas for their project design. Applicants will not be considered if a proposal is not submitted.

If you wish to discuss your proposal or receive advice on this project please contact:-

Dr Cherie Armour on [email protected] OR [email protected]

For more information on applying go to
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The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 26 February 2016, Interviews will be held early March 2016

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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