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The Health and Wellbeing of International Students in Wales

  School of Care Sciences at the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education

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 Tuesday, July 12, 2022
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

Applications are invited from Home and International applicants for two ‘Public Health’ PhD studentships in the School of Care Sciences at the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education. The projects aim to generate new knowledge, innovation and pertinent research data relating to international students’ health and wellbeing in Wales.

Proposals are invited from applicants that meet the following criteria:

  • The project proposal should only use the proposal format stated at the link below (see link). 
  • The project proposal should focus on international students studying in Wales.
  • A primary data collection process should be utilised, but the approach can be quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. 
  • An innovative, practical, co-produced or participatory approach should be included.
  • The proposal should explicitly specify how it will integrate or aim to achieve one or more of the Health and Wellbeing for Future Generation Act (2015) goals. The link for this Act is here https://www.futuregenerations.wales/about-us/future-generations-act/ 

This project supervision team is likely to be multidisciplinary in nature and will include Dr Nova Corcoran and Dr Joseph Sunday.

The successful applicants may have the opportunity to be involved in some of the teaching and academic duties on the MSc Public Health programme. The studentships will be based in Wales on the Pontypridd campus in South Wales.

Scholarship details

The scholarship will cover fees for a full-time 3-year PhD programme and pay a stipend of £15,500 per year.


The successful candidate will hold an upper second-class honours degree and a master’s degree in a relevant area. The candidate must be able to demonstrate: a strong interest in the health and wellbeing of international students; strong academic writing skills; research skills including data collection and analysis; a clear understanding of either or both quantitative and qualitative approaches and the ability to apply appropriate methodological approaches towards addressing pertinent research questions. The applicant must be able to meet the expectations of contributing to academic teaching and learning on the MSc Public Health programme should the need arise. International applicants must have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or proof of equivalent English language proficiency.

How to Apply

Please visit the Graduate School webpages

Applicants must upload a research proposal (up to 2000 words) with their application, which includes:

  • A clear concise project title
  • Research question - explaining its academic and / or practical importance
  • The main research objectives
  • Literature review / previous research in this area, and how your research will make an original contribution to knowledge
  • Research methods / design including data collection techniques you will employ 
  • Ethical and practical considerations including possible difficulties
  • Project plan / timeline
  • Key references (Harvard style)

Applicants can contact Jane MacCuish jane.maccuish@southwales.ac.uk in the Graduate School for advice on the application process and Dr Nova Corcoran nova.corcoran@southwales.ac.uk to discuss the project.

The closing date is Tuesday 12th July and interviews will be held at the end of July (27th/28th). The studentship will commence in October 2022.

The successful applicant will initially register for an MPhil/PhD.

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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